Scripts and understanding

Community Beginner ,
Aug 25, 2021 Aug 25, 2021

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Hey, i've been reading about scripting, but i'm finding it difficult to understand how to get started.

Could someone provide a step by step guide?

 

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Aug 25, 2021 Aug 25, 2021

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 25, 2021 Aug 25, 2021

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Pick a project, make it as simple and easy as you can – really, really simple, even if it only changes "one thing", a single command such as inverting an image or running a filter.

 

Then read documentation and search the web (forums such as this, blogs etc) for real code samples to make a script to do that "one thing".

 

A script to do "one thing" may take a single line of code, or perhaps many!

 

Presuming that you are not interested in AppleScript or VB Script, then it is all JavaScript/ExtendScript, however, there are "two types" – standard DOM code, or Action Manager code.

 

Good luck, the forum is here to help.

 

 

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 25, 2021 Aug 25, 2021

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You also need a text editor or IDE for your chosen scripting language.

 

Although a simple plain text editor is all you need for JS, a "coding" text editor with JS syntax highlighting is better. Better yet is something specific for Adobe script writing.

 

What OS and version do you use?

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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I would recommend:

 

Download Visual Studio Code

 

Once installed, add the following extension:

 

ExtendScript Debugger

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Hello, I've heard good things about Davide Barranca's books, and make sure to check his blog: Courses

see also Adobe Creative Cloud

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David's book is great. The scripting guides that Adobe provides are confusing and not always accurate. 

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