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Reader John DeRolph is a Photoshop user looking for some Automator assistance. He writes:

I’m trying to use Automator for a Photoshop action and I’m not understanding how this thing works. Is there a drop-down in Photoshop? Do you drag an image into Automator? Is there any video tutorial as to how to make this action work?

Automator is a very powerful tool built into Tiger, but as intuitive as it appears, it can be confusing.

To get started, I’d suggest you head over to the site. The Tour section, in particular, will help you understand the basics of Automator workflows.

Because you’re specifically interested in how Automator works with Photoshop, I’ll next direct you to Ben Long, a frequent Macworld contributor, who knows more about Photoshop Automator actions than any being on earth.

In his Framed and Exposed: Better Living Through Automator article from, Ben lays out the basics of Automator from a digital photographer’s perspective. With that knowledge in hand, coupled with what you’ve gleaned from, you’ll be ready for Ben’s Photoshop Automator Actions v.3.0, a collection of very useful actions for Mac Photoshop users. They’re free, but if you find them useful a contribution would be welcome.

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