Action to Script

This utility lets you play actions (Photoshop macros) with the help of scripts.

Why might we need it? For instance, to use an action for batch processing.

Suppose, you've found an action set (.ATN file) on the Internet and want to apply one of its effects to a large series of photographs.

1. Open the Actions panel menu, choose "Load Actions", and find on your computer the downloaded .ATN file.

2. Run "Action to Script" script that opens a dialog shown on the screenshot 2.

3. In "Set name" field, type the name of the loaded set (folder), exactly as it stands in the Actions panel. In the example shown on the screenshots, it's "X-Art".

4. In "Action name" field, enter a name of a specific action in the loaded set. In our example, it's "X-Poster".

5. In "Category" menu, choose a target folder of the Scripts catalog to save the created script. To use the action for the batch processing, you select "Batch Optimized" category (screenshot 2).

6. If you are unsure of the naming accuracy, click "Test" button. This will play the action without creating a script.

7. To create the launching script, click "Save" button.

Now for batch-playing the "X-Poster" action, you simply select the corresponding item in the drop menu of the "Batch" dialog (fig. 3).

Important! The thus created scripts are mere action-launchers. If you remove an original action from the Actions panel, the corresponding script just won't work.

A video-tutorial on this topic is available here.

Note: This script doesn't work with App Store version of Photoshop Elements.
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