Aperture/Lightroom workflow and PS actions

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.

I’ve written a short javascript that will copy the duplicate document (and all it’s layers) back to the original file as a new layer group and delete the duplicate file. The Aperture->Photoshop->Aperture workflow can then be kept without manually having to rename files or copy layers.

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 🙂

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Photoshop CS5

Just had a look at the Photoshop CS5 upgrade price – $149 in the US, £159 + VAT in the UK (so almost $300 in total) – can’t say I’m impressed with Adobe’s pricing structure.

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Free add-on action for the Portrait Kit

I’ve just added a free add-on to the Portrait Kit – you can download it from the download area of the 1clickactions user group or direct from here.

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Portrait Kit and the DVD/’The Works’

THere’ll be an updated version of the DVD and ‘The Works’ out shortly with the new Portrait Kit included. If you want the updated version immediately then let me know and I’ll put something together for you that includes the latest set

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1clickactions Portrait Kit – now available

The new Portrait kit is now available on the 1clickactions website. Using scripts in addition to standard actions the new set has the size awareness features of the 1clickPRO actions – this means that you don’t need different actions for different image sizes.
Details can be found at https://1clickactions.com/products/1clickpro/

There will be two version available the standard version and the extended version – the extended version having extra skin actions that can add a lightening or darkening effect as well as retouching. Currently just the Extended version is on sale, the standard version to follow next week.
The extended version is $39.95 and the standard version $31.95 but there will be discounts for existing customers. The newsletter with the discount codes should go out over the weekend and early next week but if you just can’t wait get in touch and I’ll provide the necessary discount codes.

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Portrait Kit – should be available tomorrow

Finally finished work on the new PortraitKit User Guide so hopefully we should manage to get the new set of actions (or scripts to be exact) on sale on Friday 2nd April.

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