Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/166973/how-to-automate-your-workflow-in-adobe-photoshop/
Not only is Adobe Photoshop a powerful hands-on image editing tool, it’s a very powerful hands-off image editing tool. Read on as we show you how to automate repetitive and routine tasks so you can spend your time more creatively, rather than cropping, correcting, and otherwise clicking.
It would be nice if articles focused less on bloated, expensive, proprietary software and more on FOSS options, which geeks are more likely to use for philosophical or just practical reasons. (I am not spending hundreds of dollars for something I could accomplish with lightweight software for free.)
I prefer Paint.net over GIMP for its simplicity, and while it doesn’t have actions, automation is possible via AutoHotkey.
Photoshop is the world standard for editing work, like it or not.
And with the creative cloud "rent" option being the only way to even get your hands on Photoshop in the near future, you can actually either use a free trial and do your editing, or pay a small fee to use it for a month for a project.
By the same argument, Firefox, Chrome and Opera should never have been developed, as for many years, IE was the world standard.
I understand that PS is the most popular of the editors and for readership reasons you want to appeal to the largest audience. I just don’t think it fits in with the geek ethos, that’s all.
That's cause many people don't know about GIMP or Paint.NET (haven't tried the latter myself, yet). If you post about them, people will know. When people will know about it, they'll use it.
Don't really matter what program you use, the principal it much the same.
Anyway you can get Photoshop for free, if you don't mind putting up with an older version direct from Adobe.
Adobe SoftwareOh and thanks for the tutorial
While I fully understand the sentiment in regard to the expensive and closed nature of the Photoshop platform, it is, hands down, the most powerful and widely adopted image editing platform around.
That said... I'm more than happy to write articles highlighting cool features in other editors, or highlighting how you can get a Photoshop-like experience in other applications.