The Adobe ExtendScript Toolkit CS5 is also installed on you system the is a provides a GUI for developing the Scripts you need it an editor debugger and viewer. You have some learning to do if you need to create scripts.
Also in my Crafting Actions Package I included some scripts to be used within actions. Actions are easy to record and Edit on their own actions can not use logoc. However actions can use scripts so simple utility scripts can be written for use within action to add logic and function to Actions. One of the Scripts is a Plugin based on Adobe Fit image Plugin. Like Fit Image my AspectRatioSelection plug-in script like fit image will make rectangal or oval aspect ratio selectino using the documents current orintation lanscape or portrait. It would be very easy to create an Action to do what you want. For a document be it layer or flat. The action would simplely add a new empty layer move it the the front of the layer stak (Top Layer) stamp visible layers into the new top layer then use the AspectRatioSelection plugin to make a recorded aspect ratio selection or an interactive Aspect Selection by turning on the steps dialog. The action would then invert this selection and clear the selection thus cropping the layer to the desired aspect ratio.
Crafting Actions Package Contains
- 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 includes an example Watermarking action
- Sample Actions.txt Photoshop CraftedActions set saved as a text file.
- 12 Scripts for actions
By the way were you able to turn on the thumbnail view when selecting images for collages while using the interactive script in my Photo Collage Toolkit.... You do not need to do any croping or resizing of images for the Toolkit it will fit any image file to the Collage area being populated. For best results Image should have the same orintation as the area being populated. If you populate templates interactivly when your selecting an image files you can turn on the thumbnail view in the selection dialog and select an image with matching orintation for the highlited area being populated. Once you select a file the scripts will place the image file in resize the image to fit the location and center it over the location being populated. In the Interactive script you are then given an oportunity to teak the positioning and sizing of the image you can transform the image composition angle size.etc Nothing has been croped only masked. There is a tutorial and a video in the help. Please view the video here or use the help button when using the scripts look for these tutorials.
- Short Tutorial Interactively Populating a Photo Collage Template
- Video Interactively Populateing a Photo Collage Template
Please let me know that you have seen and read my appends. You seem the be having a problem understaning my documentation and appends I'm at my wits end. You would not be having a problem if you understood what I've written....