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saline

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hmm i got a problem. got no idea how to solve tried for 2hrs already.. hope the folks here can help me out. i'm trying to create a border and a drop shadow for my photos
heres what i did

1- create new action press 'record'
2- open a new background image a white background
3- open my photo, resize
4- cut and paste the photo onto the white background
5- border and drop shadow done
6- save, press stop on the action

the weird part is i keep getting an error it keeps opening the photo that i opened previously to edit, then it shows 'the command move is currently unavailable' either i continue or stop
how do i make my action suitable for batch addition of photos?

thanks in advance.
 

sunsetbay

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ur main purpose is to create a shadow effect on ur photos right? try using PS Image Ready for simple editing. u shld open the image 1st before u start "record-ing".

1. open photo/ image
2. create new action & name it (no need to press record coz it already start recording)
3. goto Image > Canvas > set the width & height pixel slightly bigger than pic, eg. 5 pixels more & select the anchor on the top left instead of the default centre > then Ok.
4. goto Layer Style > Drop Shadow > Done
5. goto Window > Optimize > Quality > 80% if u for web publishing, printing set to 100%.
6. stop recording.
7. save ur work (save optimized as)


now u can open another picture & "play".
 

saline

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sunsetbay said:
ur main purpose is to create a shadow effect on ur photos right? try using PS Image Ready for simple editing. u shld open the image 1st before u start "record-ing".

1. open photo/ image
2. create new action & name it (no need to press record coz it already start recording)
3. goto Image > Canvas > set the width & height pixel slightly bigger than pic, eg. 5 pixels more & select the anchor on the top left instead of the default centre > then Ok.
4. goto Layer Style > Drop Shadow > Done
5. goto Window > Optimize > Quality > 80% if u for web publishing, printing set to 100%.
6. stop recording.
7. save ur work (save optimized as)


now u can open another picture & "play".

hi bro, i did everything from step 1-3 so far so good but i got stuck at step 4. i couldnt select layer style without adding a new layer. and i tried adding a new blank layer or a layer with background copied. but both never show any drop shadow -_-
i'm using photoshop as i dont have image ready :bigeyes:
 

Jer

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Before you go to step 3, you need to duplicate the background copy. Using the background copy, then proceed with the rest of the steps. That should works
 

saline

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great it worked!
the next thing is that i did
1- File -> Automate -> Batch
2- Choose the action -> source -> Folder
3- Destination -> Another folder

the question is how do i set it to autosave using its default filename?
i cant seem to get it to work when i check on that overwrite action save as command
 

saline

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tried for 1hr + earlier still cannot find solution.. anyone?
 

sunsetbay

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saline said:
hi bro, i did everything from step 1-3 so far so good but i got stuck at step 4. i couldnt select layer style without adding a new layer. and i tried adding a new blank layer or a layer with background copied. but both never show any drop shadow -_-
i'm using photoshop as i dont have image ready :bigeyes:
image ready comes together wif PS during installation, interface wise is v much same as PS but it's easier for work if u r doing simple editing.
 

sunsetbay

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saline said:
great it worked!
the next thing is that i did
1- File -> Automate -> Batch
2- Choose the action -> source -> Folder
3- Destination -> Another folder

the question is how do i set it to autosave using its default filename?
i cant seem to get it to work when i check on that overwrite action save as command
ok, now i know what u want.

go back to ur action, stop the recording only after u had saved & closed.

nw go bk to ur batching work, it shld work nw.

see illustration:



;)
 

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