What Are Photoshop Scripts? How Are They Used?

Automating your tasks with the help of digital tools means increasing your productivity and the quality of your work, no matter what kind of graphic design your current project requires. You might already know some of the ways that Photoshop helps you automate small tasks with actions, but there are even more powerful tools that let you take automatic functions a step further. Photoshop Scripts execute complex tasks. Scripting is done externally, and the platform supports languages that support COM automation. JavaScript can be used as a cross-platform language, but both VBScript and AppleScript are also common.

Uses for Scripting
You can script practically any process or chain of processes in Photoshop and then tie them to various events, allowing you to automate tasks that make editing images easier. One common script solution is to tie resizing images to a level that makes detail work easy and opening files so that every new file opened is automatically resized and ready to work with. Another common use is to create automatic backup saves or to create automatic saves in multiple file types when finishing projects.
There are very few limits to scripting if you become versatile with the language you use, and JavaScript code for various common tasks can be found on many community websites to help those who are knew to Photoshop scripts by giving them both easy scripts to start using and examples of code to examine as they learn.
Comparing Scripts and Actions
Scripts and actions can be used to perform many of the same tasks. So what are Photoshop scripts? And how is it different from an action? First, let’s talk about how they are similar. Then we will tease apart how they are different.
  • Both involve automating tasks that otherwise take several steps and eat up both time and designer attention.
  • Both allow the user to control the number of tasks performed and their end result.
  • Both are reusable, so you can set them up once and then count on them for future projects.
  • Both can be tied to events in the program.
The differences make all the difference, though.
  • Actions involves recording input by the user. Scripting involves writing commands in a language the program can access, so you don’t need to perform them yourself.
  • Scripts are saved externally and can be easily exported to other devices and re-used, where exporting actions tends to be complicated and often temporary.
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