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Adobe Scripting: Your Visual Blueprint to Scripting in Photoshop and Illustrator (Visual Read Less, Learn More) [Paperback]

Chandler McWilliams
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28 April 2003 0764524550 978-0764524554 annotated edition
∗ Written by New York graphic design professional Chandler McWilliams, this is the first book about Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator design scripting on the market
∗ Discusses scripting procedures and techniques for Photoshop and Illustrator using JavaScript
∗ Explains how to automate tasks such as linking graphics to a database, transforming images, and performing batch processes
∗ Features more than 500 fully annotated screenshots, expanded introductions, and tips with real–life examples
∗ CD–ROM contains code examples, a fully searchable version of the book, and sample
Combining clear, step–by–step screen shots with minimal text, our five Visual series are the ultimate resources for visual learners, who represent up to forty percent of your customers.
Teach Yourself VISUALLY guides help computer users get up to speed on a wide range of office productivity, graphics, and Web design software. Offering significantly more coverage than our Simplified series, these books provide real–world tips and illustrate basic and intermediate level techniques using crisp full–color screen shots.
Visual Blueprints apply the proven Visual formula to professional–level programming, Web development, and networking tips. Each two–color guide includes self–contained two–page lessons, covering more than 100 key topics, accompanied by practical tips and code samples as well as examples and bonus software on CD–ROM.

Product details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; annotated edition edition (28 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764524550
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764524554
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 20.3 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,317,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Welcome to the only guidebook series that takes a visual approach to professional–level computer topics. Open the book and you’ll discover step–by–step screen shots that demonstrate more than 100 key Adobe Scripting techniques, including:
  • Storing scripts
  • Controlling program flow with conditionals
  • Converting a string into an array
  • Creating new documents in Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Making a reference to active documents
  • Manipulating and duplicating layers
  • Creating geometric shapes
  • Applying transformation matrices
  • Retrieving font names
  • Exporting and importing variables in Illustrator

Bonus CD–ROM!

  • Trial version of Adobe Illustrator
  • Freeware versions of Adobe Photoshop Scripting plug–in and BBEdit Lite
  • Plus code examples and a searchable e–version of the book

Extra Apply It

  • "Apply It" and "Extra"sidebars highlight useful tips
  • High–resolution screen shots demonstrate each task
  • Succinct explanations walk you through step by step
  • Two–page lessons break big topics into bite–sized modules

About the Author

Chandler McWilliams received his first Apple IIc when he was in third grade and has been hooked ever since. He attended Columbia College in Chicago where he studied Photography and Film and later graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1998 with a degree in Political Science. In 2002, he earned an MA from the Graduate Faculty at the New School for Social Research.
Taking leave of academia, he started working at The Chopping Block as a Design Technologist creating award–winning Web sites. He has taught at the School of Visual Arts and The Cooper Union. He currently lives in New York City.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Initially unimpressed 20 Aug 2005
By A Customer
Persevere with this book. It could have been better written and could have covered the subject in much more depth but in a subject where reference material is very scarce this book has pointed me in the right direction.
To get the most out of it though you have to read all the chapters and remember where individual things are.
Using information in this book I've scripted photoshop to take images and create 2 thumbnails then strip the metadata from the image and construct webpages with full details and descriptions of each image.
I also scripted photoshop to create multiple conversions of the same raw file at different exposures and layer them together in the same image.
Very handy book but a bit tough to find what you want
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good guide 6 Feb 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A straight forward guide, perfect for those who want to explore the opportunities that exist with scripting of F.ex Photoshop, instead of having to apply what they can extract from guides intended for scripting of websites.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic but out-of-date 27 Sep 2004
By Scott Gurley - Published on Amazon.com
This book is written extremely well and perfect for someone like me who knows plenty of scripting languages but just needs help with the details in Photoshop and Illustrator.

The major problem is that this book was published in January of 2003 and was written for Photoshop 7 and Illustrator 10. Naturally, I have the CS package and that is just too new for this publication. When you run many many of the scripts (maybe most of them... I stopped using their examples after the first few) it hangs Photoshop or causes other errors. One "new document" script actually killed my G5 (first time ever I had to reboot from a crash!).

I phoned the company who made the book (maranGraphics) and they were not helpful. There is no new version of this book planned nor is there an "updates" website or any further help.

My advice: Unless you are working with only older versions of Photoshop and Illustrator, skip this book. Instead, use the PDFs that come with the CS package. They are as helpful as this book will be to you without the problems that will cause crashes.

My advice to Maran: You should take a clue from other companies that make tech help books and provide a free "updates" site that includes differences between your book and later releases of software or any errata or whatnot. As it is, this book is only good for a few months and as specialized as this topic is, that means few sales.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Starter Book 16 Mar 2004
By Jean Legros - Published on Amazon.com
Great book to get started in scripting. Well explained with good clear examples. The only down side is that it is to brief.
3.0 out of 5 stars Book it's ok 27 May 2014
By Gus - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Book it's ok for me. I know is old but for the price you pay, is worth it.
I would like this book has more examples and scripts.
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