Photoshop Automator Actions v.5

Mac OS X’s Automator provides a friendly, flowchart-like front end for the incredibly powerful AppleScript capability built into most applications and the Mac OS itself. Ben Long has created a set of 95 Automator Actions that use Photoshop CS4 and CS5 to make changes to images dropped into a folder — a tremendous timesaver when you have lots of images to process. (There are also versions for Photoshop CS2–CS3.)

The basic collection, which includes 30 actions, is free. The extended collection costs $20.

Some of our favorites are:

  • Contact Sheet
  • Change Mode
  • Add Watermark
  • Flatten Document
  • De-Interlace
  • Auto Levels
  • Change Resolution
  • Reduce Noise
  • Dust and Scratches
  • Shadow/Highlight
  • Smart Sharpen
  • Assign Color Profile
  • Resize Image
  • Rename from EXIF
  • Save as TIFF
  • Save as JPEG
  • Copy IPTC to Spotlight Comments

The package also includes sample workflows and a 79-page manual describing the actions and an introduction to using Automator. You can download the actions and read all about them at www.completedigitalphotography.com/?p=339