A customer recently raised an issue concerning the actions and Aperture and the fact that some of the actions create duplicate documents – ie they have a different name.
As part of the Aperture workflow (correct me if I’m wrong as I don’t use Aperture) it is more streamlined to keep the same filename so that the image can be brought in from Aperture, edited in Photoshop and then sent back to Aperture. I can see the benefits of this approach but I’m also aware that somepeople actually prefer a new document.
If you want to add this to any of your actions then you need to download the ‘CopytoOriginal.jsx’ file from https://1clickactions.com/download/CopytoOriginal.jsx and save it somewhere convenient on your PC – the ‘1clickscripts’ folder might be a good idea – and then add a call command from your actions. If you don’t really know what this means and you’re not happy editing actions then it might be best not to do it 🙂
Here’s how if you want to try:
Before you edit any actions it might be an idea to just run the script from the menus first.
In the Photoshop action palette highlight the action that creates a duplicate file and then click ‘Record’ – from the Photoshop menu select, File-Scripts-Browse and navigate to the location where you saved the CopytoOriginal.jsx file. Open the file let it run and then hit Stop record. This will add a new command to the action that runs the script.
The end result will then be that the action does its stuff on your orinal file (still preserving the background layer though) so that it can go back into Aperture.
One thing to watch out for is that there should just be the one open image (and its duplicate) but this shouldn’t be a major issue.
The same process will be useful to Lightroom users too. It should work on any actions from other sources too not just 1clickactions.
If you need any help ask 🙂