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VB your on windows and have installed CS5 check out the folder "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS5\Scripting" it contains three folders Documents, Sample Scripts, and Utilities.
Good intro http://morris-photographics.com/photoshop/tutorials/scripting1.html and part 2 http://morris-photographics.com/photoshop/tutorials/scripting2.html he has many free script also this forum and http://www.ps-scripts.com/
Also CS5 ships with Adobe ExtendScript Toolkit CS5 for editing and testing scripts.
Thanks for a most helpful reply. I will look into all those options. I have run across so-called Photoshop Actions
(See, for example, http://www.visual-blast.com/photoshop/124-free-photoshop-actions/) and I hope everyone
reading this thread will chime in as to how useful these can be to minimise banging away on the keyboard.
Like Hawkeye Pierce in M.A.S.H. I need to do "meatball surgery" as a programmer in order to get a particular
block of work out of the way.
Thanks in anticipation to others who stop by and offer their suggestions.
It does seem a shame that interoperability between a superb program like Photoshop and a great development
tool like Visual Basic is marginal.
Photoshop Actions can not have logic in them without the use of Plug-ins and scripts there Photoshop step step. I have put together a package on crafting Photoshop Actions you can download it here: http://www.mouseprints.net/old/dpr/JJMacksCraftingActions.zip
Action Actions Palette Tips.txt
Action Creation Guidelines.txt
Action Dealing with Image Size.txt
Action Enhanced via Scripted Photoshop Functions.txt
CraftedActions.atn Sample Action set
Sample Actions.txt Photoshop CraftedActions set saved as a text file. This file has some additional comments I inserted describing how the actions work.
I also would not classify programming for Photoshop as marginal. As a new comer to Photoshop you have a huge learning curve it more a case of your knowledge of Photoshop and programming Plug-in, Script and Actions is less than marginal. Have you looked in Adobe web site for their Photoshop SDK http://www.adobe.com/devnet/photoshop/