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Define specific swatch color to stroke using batch processing to edit 4,000 files

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May 29, 2024 May 29, 2024

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I need to batch process close to 4,000 files. When setting up actions, I am not able to apply a specific swatch color (in this case, a swatch named "PerfCutContour") to the stroke. Am I missing something here?

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May 29, 2024 May 29, 2024

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Is that swatch already in the file?

What does not work? Recording the step or running the action?

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May 30, 2024 May 30, 2024

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I'm actually the OP on this post. My computer was signed into my step father's Adobe account. The swatch is a Roland Versawworks cutline swatch with Magenta as the color and "PerfCutContour" as the name of the swatch (without quotes). I am batch-processing close to 4,000 files and they're all different shapes and sizes.I own EmojiStickers.com and I sell emojis, in the form of die cut stickers, all 4,000 of them, The single thing that the action will not do is specify which swatch to use during the batch action. It's the last piece of the puzzle. 

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May 31, 2024 May 31, 2024

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Any help on this? 🙂 

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May 31, 2024 May 31, 2024

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For this to work PerfCutContour needs to be set as a global color in all files

Screen Shot 2024-05-31 at 8.17.32 AM.jpg

Then record an action that:

  1. pastes in your clipboard with a swatch with the updated color.
  2. in swatches select the good color, then shift select the old color, and use swatches flyout menu to merge colors
  3. The hit delete key to delete selected item you pasted.

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May 31, 2024 May 31, 2024

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I got frustrated and did half the task on 3400 files. One of the files is attached. Now, it seems as my work may be easier? Is there way to batch process 3400 files that will A) make the cut path named "PerfCutContour" swatch and, B) Make the top layer named "Cutlines" and the bottom layer "Artwork"?

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May 31, 2024 May 31, 2024

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can you post the same sample file showing the desired result?

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May 31, 2024 May 31, 2024

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Yes, sir! Attached. Thank you so much if you can help 🙂 

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May 31, 2024 May 31, 2024

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If all of your files have the same pattern (one cut contour and one raster image) as shown in your sample file, it can be done with a pretty simple action.

 

You mentioned that you already created an action. Can you share it in order to see the missing parts?

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May 31, 2024 May 31, 2024

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Yes, sir! Attached

 

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May 31, 2024 May 31, 2024

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Thanks, but it's not about getting a screenshot. It's about getting the actual action set file (.aia).

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May 31, 2024 May 31, 2024

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Is this it??

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