Ramblings

October 11, 2008

Notes: Photoshop Sparklines Script

Filed under: adobe, automation, javascript, photoshop cs3, tool — michaelangela @ 11:17 pm

Tufte Sparklines Photoshop Script | La Photo Vita

Sparklines can be hard to produce. Most graphing packages are designed to produce large graphs or charts, and it can be very hard to generate the wide-but-thin lines for incorporation in documents. This was the motivation for writing a Photoshop script that would automate the production of sparklines. It works by reading a data series from a text file and plotting a sparkline image as a Photoshop path, and then stroking it with the pencil tool. This produces a bitmap image which can then be cut-and-pasted into the target document. The user retains control of the color and line style of the sparkline by setting the Photoshop foreground color and pencil tool settings before running the script.

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