First up is the summary from the GDC site, followed by my thoughts.
Most of us know that one can record actions (or macros) within Photoshop. What I didn’t know is that Adobe allows one to write their own script logic to execute commands within Photoshop, and it’s not Action Script.
Action script has long been Adobe’s scripting langue, and I’ve used it in AfterEffects and Flash to write expressions; however, with Photoshop we have our choice of three different langues and AS isn’t one of them. Go figure.
The three we have are:
- AppleScript – only works on Macs
- VBScript – only works on Windows
The speaker spent a bit of time on the concept of variables and “if” statements. That part was needed because many in attendance are artists only and don’t program. If one is only an artist the information probably didn’t sink in, but I felt he did a good job explaining with the time he had. He certainly made the case for why artists should learn basic programming concepts.
The scripts are best written inside of Adobe’s Extend Script Toolkit. This tool kit includes the functionality to run scripts on the currently active Photoshop file. To find out all of the properties and functions available for script editing, consult the Adobe Photoshop Scripting Reference.
Everything you need to know can be found from the Adobe Scripting Center.
Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more GDC posts throughout the week!