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Gab Arito
Variable for Layer name and use in Actions
on Feb 2, 2018 at 7:11:29 pm
Last Edited By Gab Arito on Feb 2, 2018 at 7:19:08 pm

Hi everyone.

I'm doing a sequence of numbers to show a countdown counter, in the shape of those digital clock plates.
Like this:



Since there are 10 numbers and several frames of each number to do the animation, I thought about creating a sequence of actions.
I created the actions for one number and would like to apply it to the remaining nine ones.

But I came across a serious impediment: the actions use the name verbatim of each layer and do not lend themselves to be applied in the other layers.

For example, I created layer 9 that will transition to layer 8.
I made transformations in layer 9, made selections and made copies of layer 8.
If I apply this to layer 1, of course it will not work, because the action will look for layers 9 and 8.

Searching, I found references to using variables in the Image menu.
But from what I could understand, those variables will not be useful to me.
I was looking for something that would do the actions in layers that were referenced by variables and not by the name of each layer.
In a manner that I only had changed the variable by its-turn layers, applying the actions generically on layers 1 and 2, then 2 and 3, and so on.

Attached are a template file and my palete of Actions for colleagues to take a look at what I'm doing.

Thank you for any suggestion and/or change of procedure.
Because I'm not a Photoshop expert, I may be going down a more complicated path than I would have thought.
Incidentally, I even ask for an opinion about the transformations that I made trying to simulate a 3-D board turn.

As I said before not being an expert, it is only today that I "discovered" the 3D features of the program.
Who knows what animation I'm trying to do would be better represented by using this feature?


Waiting suggestions.
Thank you.

12119_plates.zip
12117_actionspalette.psp.zip

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Guidance on how to use Actions:
Open the Plaques.psd file
Perform Action "Number Only"
Execute Action "Style 1 - Bold"
Perform Action "Center"
Perform Action "Detach in the middle"
Perform Action "Make Plates"
Perform Action "Transformation"


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