How to Run JSX in Photoshop

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How to Run JSX in Photoshop
Generate these images dynamically from a website with Photoshop and JSX. (farbenfrohe Suppen image by Silvia Bogdanski from

Running JSX in Photoshop was introduced with Photoshop CS2. This was version 9 of Adobe's seminal photo-editing software program, and CS2 brought new capabilities of generating images dynamically from a website rather than first on a local computer. More than just familiarity with Photoshop editing is needed for this activity; you should also have a passing knowledge of JavaScript. The JavaScripting provides the dynamic instructions to enable image creation from a Web server.

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Things you need

  • Photoshop CS2 or newer

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  1. 1

    Install Adobe Photoshop CS2 (version 9) or newer on a Web server. Activate DCOM Process Launcher, WIA (Windows Image Acquisition), Mime-Association, ExtendScript Toolkit Removal, Default User and Usermode.

  2. 2

    Confirm that the DCOM Server Process Launcher is started on the Web server. It's found in the Administrative Tools/Component Services Shortcut.

  3. 3

    Make sure WIA (Windows Image Acquisition) service is started. It's also found in the Administrative Tools/Component Services Shortcut.

  4. 4

    Change the configuration that Adobe assigns JSX files from the default ExtendScript Toolkit to opening Photoshop when a JSX file is double-clicked.

  5. 5

    Activate the default user account to engage the process of triggering Photoshop from a Web page. Depending on the Web server, the network service account may need to be attached to this folder with "Modify, Read & Execute," "List Folder Contents" and "Read" and "Write" permissions activated.

  6. 6

    Confirm that the Usermode folder in the \Windows\debug folder also has the network service account attached to it with the same permissions active: "Modify, Read & Execute," "List Folder Contents" and "Read" and "Write" permissions.

  7. 7

    Restart the Web server to activate all changes, if you don't have an option to save the changes.

Tips and warnings

  • When using Photoshop CS3 instead of Photoshop CS2, a prompt may appear regarding "Trusted Source," which opens with a Yes/No dialogue menu box. If this prompt appears, the file path for JSX files must be altered: [Photoshop Application Install Folder]/Presets/Scripts.
  • View prebuilt Java scripts on your local computer at D:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS3\Presets/Scripts.

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