Actions, rotation, saving JPG and more

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Feb 17, 2008
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I have to produce 360 JPG files.
Each file consists of a white line, a few pixels wide, that is rotated one degree with respect to the prior file.
Each file is to be named sequentially: 001.jpg; 002.jpg; etc.

I created an Action that opens the master file (containing two layers, black background and white line against transparent surround on the other layer); Applies the rotation transform; saves the Photoshop file and then saves as JPG. The "Save As" dialog requires me to enter the name and select the quality level every single time.

Problems:

The line gets distorted as consecutive rotations are applied. By about frame 80 or so one can see a distinct "squiggle" where the line would otherwise be (and was) perfectly straight. This could easily be avoided if one could somehow always start with a file with the line at 0 degrees and apply an every increasing angle of rotation. The reason being that one would not concatenate rotations and inherit shape artifacts from frame to frame. I can’t find a way to do this.

The other issue would be that of having to specify the new file name every single time. Is there a way, in Actions, to specify sequential naming of files?

In "save as" I have to choose the JPG quality setting every single time. How can one force this dialog to skip?

Finally, it would be absolutely fantastic to be able to be able to run an action automatically a given number of times –360 in my case– particularly if all else can be automated as well.

I’ve already done one full sequence, which required executing the Action 360 times; typing the name 360 times and selecting the JPG quality 360 times. I would like to make a few more changes — additional processing before saving– but it would be nice to solve some of the above issues first.

Thanks in advance for any and all help,

-Martin
TK
Toobi-Won Kenobi
Feb 17, 2008
"m" wrote in message
I have to produce 360 JPG files.
Each file consists of a white line, a few pixels wide, that is rotated one degree with respect to the prior file.
Each file is to be named sequentially: 001.jpg; 002.jpg; etc.
I created an Action that opens the master file (containing two layers, black background and white line against transparent surround on the other layer); Applies the rotation transform; saves the Photoshop file and then saves as JPG. The "Save As" dialog requires me to enter the name and select the quality level every single time.

Problems:

The line gets distorted as consecutive rotations are applied. By about frame 80 or so one can see a distinct "squiggle" where the line would otherwise be (and was) perfectly straight. This could easily be avoided if one could somehow always start with a file with the line at 0 degrees and apply an every increasing angle of rotation. The reason being that one would not concatenate rotations and inherit shape artifacts from frame to frame. I can’t find a way to do this.
The other issue would be that of having to specify the new file name every single time. Is there a way, in Actions, to specify sequential naming of files?

In "save as" I have to choose the JPG quality setting every single time. How can one force this dialog to skip?

Finally, it would be absolutely fantastic to be able to be able to run an action automatically a given number of times –360 in my case– particularly if all else can be automated as well.

I’ve already done one full sequence, which required executing the Action 360 times; typing the name 360 times and selecting the JPG quality 360 times. I would like to make a few more changes — additional processing before saving– but it would be nice to solve some of the above issues first.

Thanks in advance for any and all help,
Martin
In the destination pane of Automate>Batch have you got the "overide action "save as" command" checked.?
Below that you have File Naming where you chose the filename and extension. Having chosen, the action should give each new file the name you chose with the addition of a serial number.eg, new1.jpg, new2.jpg etc., TWK
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m
Feb 17, 2008
On Feb 17, 4:48 am, "Toobi-Won Kenobi" <Toobi-won > wrote:

Below that you have File Naming where you chose the filename and extension.. Having chosen, the action should give each new file the name you chose with the addition of a serial number.eg, new1.jpg, new2.jpg etc.,

Thanks, that helps with part of it. However, I can’t seem to be able to tell it to save as JPG rather than PSD. I could live with this and use another process to convert all the PSD files to JPGs, I suppose.
TK
Toobi-Won Kenobi
Feb 17, 2008
"m" wrote in message
On Feb 17, 4:48 am, "Toobi-Won Kenobi" <Toobi-won > wrote:

Below that you have File Naming where you chose the filename and extension.
Having chosen, the action should give each new file the name you chose with
the addition of a serial number.eg, new1.jpg, new2.jpg etc.,

Thanks, that helps with part of it. However, I can’t seem to be able to tell it to save as JPG rather than PSD. I could live with this and use another process to convert all the PSD files to JPGs, I suppose.

The saving as a JPG should be part of the action you use in the batch process.
I haven’t tried renaming a PSD as a JPG, (wouldn’t work anyway I should think) via the File Namimg dialogue box.

TWK

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