need script to export all layer names into an excel sheet or text file.

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Oct 22, 2015 Oct 22, 2015

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are there any scripts to export layer names into an excel sheet or a text file?

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Oct 22, 2015 Oct 22, 2015

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Hi maninthebox390,

Try this Code..... and Big Thanks to c.pfaffenbichler.

-yajiv

#target photoshop

var theLayers = collectLayers(app.activeDocument, []);

////// function collect all layers //////

function collectLayers (theParent, allLayers) {

      if (!allLayers) {var allLayers = new Array}

      else {};

        var theNumber = theParent.layers.length - 1;

      for (var m = theNumber; m >= 0;m--) {

          var theLayer = theParent.layers;

        // apply the function to layersets;

          if (theLayer.typename == "ArtLayer") {

          OutFoldCSV("~/Desktop",theLayer.name);

          }

          else {

          allLayers = (collectLayers(theLayer, allLayers))

        // this line includes the layer groups;

          OutFoldCSV("~/Desktop/Layer_Data",theLayer.name);

          }

      };

      //return allLayers

  };

     function OutFoldCSV(App_Path,Layer_name){

        var outfolder = new Folder(App_Path)

            if (outfolder.exists == false){

                outfolder.create();

                var myLogFile = new File(outfolder + "/LayerRef.xls");

                myLogFile.open("a", undefined, undefined)

                myLogFile.write(Layer_name);

                myLogFile.write("\n");

            }

            else{

                var myLogFile = new File(outfolder + "/LayerRef.xls");

                myLogFile.open("a", undefined, undefined)

                myLogFile.write(Layer_name);                

                myLogFile.write("\n");

            }

    }

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Oct 23, 2015 Oct 23, 2015

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This is a useful working script. I would like to customize the script by adding the file name to the list of layers in the xml file. Can someone provide guidance to achieve this result.

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LEGEND ,
Oct 23, 2015 Oct 23, 2015

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Photoshop is not a file editor and new documents have no associated files till you save one.  Do you want the full file path and name and extension?

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Oct 23, 2015 Oct 23, 2015

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Just the file name and extension in the xml document if possible.

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LEGEND ,
Oct 23, 2015 Oct 23, 2015

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Adding the before the first if may work.  Id the document is nor saved it will just add the document mane without any extension

      OutFoldCSV("~/Desktop",app.activeDocument.name);
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Oct 23, 2015 Oct 23, 2015

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OutFoldCSV("~/Desktop",app.activeDocument.name);  replaces the layers names in the xls with the document name.

When placed before the first if statement it prints the document name before each layer name in the xls.

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Oct 23, 2015 Oct 23, 2015

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Before the first if...

#target photoshop

var theLayers = collectLayers(app.activeDocument, []);

////// function collect all layers //////

function collectLayers (theParent, allLayers) {

      OutFoldCSV("~/Desktop",app.activeDocument.name); //<---------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      if (!allLayers) {var allLayers = new Array}

      else {};

        var theNumber = theParent.layers.length - 1;

      for (var m = theNumber; m >= 0;m--) {

          var theLayer = theParent.layers;

        // apply the function to layersets;

          if (theLayer.typename == "ArtLayer") {

          OutFoldCSV("~/Desktop",theLayer.name);

          }

          else {

          allLayers = (collectLayers(theLayer, allLayers))

        // this line includes the layer groups;

          OutFoldCSV("~/Desktop/Layer_Data",theLayer.name);

          }

      };

      //return allLayers

  };

     function OutFoldCSV(App_Path,Layer_name){

        var outfolder = new Folder(App_Path)

            if (outfolder.exists == false){

                outfolder.create();

                var myLogFile = new File(outfolder + "/LayerRef.xls");

                myLogFile.open("a", undefined, undefined)

                myLogFile.write(Layer_name);

                myLogFile.write("\n");

            }

            else{

                var myLogFile = new File(outfolder + "/LayerRef.xls");

                myLogFile.open("a", undefined, undefined)

                myLogFile.write(Layer_name);               

                myLogFile.write("\n");

            }

    }

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Oct 23, 2015 Oct 23, 2015

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Placing the function call  OutFoldCSV("~/Desktop",app.activeDocument.name); before the first if statement prints the document name in the xls. However if the document has layer groups it prints the document name  folder name. Is there a way to by pass the layer groups?


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Oct 23, 2015 Oct 23, 2015

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I did not see that the function collectLayers was being used recursively. The statement I added needs to be outside that function.

#target photoshop

OutFoldCSV("~/Desktop",app.activeDocument.name);

var theLayers = collectLayers(app.activeDocument, []);

////// function collect all layers //////

function collectLayers (theParent, allLayers) {

      if (!allLayers) {var allLayers = new Array}

      else {};

        var theNumber = theParent.layers.length - 1;

      for (var m = theNumber; m >= 0;m--) {

          var theLayer = theParent.layers;

        // apply the function to layersets;

          if (theLayer.typename == "ArtLayer") {

          OutFoldCSV("~/Desktop",theLayer.name);

          }

          else {

          allLayers = (collectLayers(theLayer, allLayers))

        // this line includes the layer groups;

          OutFoldCSV("~/Desktop/Layer_Data",theLayer.name);

          }

      };

      //return allLayers

  };

     function OutFoldCSV(App_Path,Layer_name){

        var outfolder = new Folder(App_Path)

            if (outfolder.exists == false){

                outfolder.create();

                var myLogFile = new File(outfolder + "/LayerRef.xls");

                myLogFile.open("a", undefined, undefined)

                myLogFile.write(Layer_name);

                myLogFile.write("\n");

            }

            else{

                var myLogFile = new File(outfolder + "/LayerRef.xls");

                myLogFile.open("a", undefined, undefined)

                myLogFile.write(Layer_name);               

                myLogFile.write("\n");

            }

    }

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Oct 23, 2015 Oct 23, 2015

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Yes, this works great. I modified the docPath to save the Layer_Data directory and LayerRef.xls file in the same directory as the source files which the script process.

The final issue to consider is adding the file name to the Layer_Data/LayeRef.xls which lists the layer groups from the source file.

Below is the script with the docPath modifications.

Thanks for your help!

#target photoshop

var thedoc = app.activeDocument;

var docPath = thedoc.path;

OutFoldCSV(docPath,app.activeDocument.name);

var theLayers = collectLayers(app.activeDocument, []);

////// function collect all layers //////

function collectLayers (theParent, allLayers) {

      if (!allLayers) {var allLayers = new Array}

      else {};

        var theNumber = theParent.layers.length - 1;

      for (var m = theNumber; m >= 0;m--) {

          var theLayer = theParent.layers;

          // apply the function to layersets;

          if (theLayer.typename == "ArtLayer") {

          OutFoldCSV(docPath,theLayer.name);

          }

          else {

          allLayers = (collectLayers(theLayer, allLayers))

          // this line includes the layer groups;

          OutFoldCSV (docPath+"/Layer_Data",theLayer.name)

          }

      };

      //return allLayers

  };

function OutFoldCSV(App_Path,Layer_name){

  var outfolder = new Folder(App_Path)

      if (outfolder.exists == false){

          outfolder.create();

          var myLogFile = new File(outfolder + "/LayerRef.xls");

          myLogFile.open("a", undefined, undefined)

          myLogFile.write(Layer_name);

          myLogFile.write("\n");

      }

      else{

          var myLogFile = new File(outfolder + "/LayerRef.xls");

          myLogFile.open("a", undefined, undefined)

          myLogFile.write(Layer_name);               

          myLogFile.write("\n");

      }

  };

// source: https://forums.adobe.com/message/8100899#8100899

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Feb 03, 2021 Feb 03, 2021

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Hi Guys, should this still work? I am getting an error message

Error 1302: No such element

Line :13

-> var thenumber = the Parent.layers.length - 1;

 

Do I take this from the web and save as a 'js' file and run through photoshop?

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Hi, does this work for Illustrator too? thanks

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I just tried this in illustrator and it works ... kind of ...

For some reason, the script only outputs the first (top) layer and second (nested) layer. I'm not too good at javascript so I don't really know how to get it to output all layers and sub layers.

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May 13, 2017 May 13, 2017

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This is also possible with ExifTool using the following command:

exiftool -Photoshop:LayerNames PATH-TO-FILE-or-FOLDER

Which would output the following (which may be a little cryptic, see the screenshot below for a visual):

Color Fill 1, </Layer group>, Layer 0, Layer 1, Layer 2, Layer 3, Group 1, Layer 4, Invert 1

layers.png

For an Adobe Illustrator .AI file, the command would be:

exiftool -a -XMP-egLayL:LayersName PATH-TO-FILE-or-FOLDER

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