How to create your own Photoshop scripts

If you’ve used Photoshop for more than a few months you’ll have no doubt come across actions - little pockets of wonderment that allow us to be free of identical tasks that are essential, but eat into our quality creative time. Actions are great (check out our selection of must-have actions for Photoshop here), but they do have one serious limitation: they’re dumb, and can’t do anything more complicated than play back through the prescribed series of steps.

Thankfully, Adobe recognised this problem a long time ago, and added support for scripting to Photoshop and most of their other creative tools. Photoshop’s scripting engine allows you to write in Applescript, VBScript or JavaScript, and perform complex operations that would normally require human intervention.

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