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Old September 15th, 2006, 12:15 AM   #1
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Hi Everyone,

Another question for the Photoshop gurus! How can I make an action/script/etc. that merges two images (seperate files) together?

For example:

Something that automatically copies Photo_Top_001.png on top of Photo_Bottom_001.png and creates Photo_Complete_001.png, then Photo_Top_002.png on top of Photo_Bottom_002.png to create Photo_Complete_002.png, etc, etc.

As far as I can tell the actions "open" feature can only grab exact file names. I really need something that can grabs the file with the next sequential number.

I have access to PS7 (PC), CS (Mac) and CS2 (PC).

I haven't used CS2 much, but I know it does have a script feature. Could I use this to achieve the desired result?

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks!

Chris!
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Old September 15th, 2006, 12:41 AM   #2
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You're right PS actions can work only with exact file names. But this problem can be solved as automated in AE. Both of Your picture groups(top/bottom) can be handled as sequencies. AE is familiar with picture sequncies. As far AE is pretty much PS in timeline w/o printout extensions You can do pretty sophisticated merge there.

Another pretty nasty option is to convert both picture streams to filmstrip and merge them despite of everything in PS.
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Old September 15th, 2006, 01:59 AM   #3
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Thanks Frank!

Yes, I'm aware that you can do this kind of thing in After Effects or Shake. However, I just wanted to see if its possible using ONLY Photoshop (long story). I think it is in CS2 using scripting. Haven't had the time to play with it yet.
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