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Adobe Scripting: Your Visual Blueprint to Scripting in Photoshop and Illustrator

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.

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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