Alchemist for Photoshop
UXP Developer tools for easier development of your plugins.
Listens all (most of) Photoshop events. Something like actions panel in Photoshop but for scripting. Or ScriptListener plugin for ExtendScript but in panel. Also can inspect PS DOM and show PS AM descriptors from various places.
Videos on how to use it from Davide Barranca series about UXP:
- #7 BatchPlay (part 2): the Alchemist listener https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZn_6X6nvUM
- #8 BatchPlay (part 3): the Alchemist inspector https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDw3mdGAG2o
batchPlayworks. Read before you code! https://developer.adobe.com/photoshop/uxp/2022/ps_reference/media/batchplay/
Can convert action files (.atn) into JSON and also into source code snippets.
Short demo: Convert Photoshop Action (.atn) files to UXP code with Alchemist https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ve6awe_FOtY
Can generate whole plugin based copy/pasted source code e.g. from Alchemist panel. It also can help you generate content of manifest.json file. So you can convert action file into plugin very quickly. E.g. record action file (.atn) -> Read it as JSON via Occultist -> Pass it into Alchemist to generate source code -> Generate plugin from generated source code.
Video: Generate plugin with Sorcerer panel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhSy2nyK3Uk (tutorial)
Alchemist 2.5.0 or higher requires Photoshop version 24.2.0 or higher
Alchemist 2.1.0 requires Photoshop version 23.3.0 or higher
Alchemist 1.4.0 - 2.0.2 requires Photoshop version from 22.5.x to 23.2.x
Alchemsit 1.3.0 works best with Photoshop 22.4.x and lower.
Show all versions here: https://github.com/jardicc/alchemist/releases
You are using this software at your own risk. It is possible that Photoshop could crash if you ask Photoshop to do something unusual via Alchemist. So just save your work if you are concerned.
Difference between Marketplace and Development version
Feature to listen to all Photoshop events is available only in Development version. This is intentionally forbidden by Adobe in Production version of plugin. Alchemist tries to listen to as many events as possible but it might perform badly. If you don't need Listener then it doesn't matter which version you will use.
Quick usage - Development version (Recommended)
In Photoshop enable Developer Mode
PS > Edit > Preferences > Plugins > Enable Developer Mode.
Install "Adobe UXP Developer Tool" if not already installed. (Get it here: https://www.adobe.io/photoshop/uxp/devtool/#download )
Click add plugin button. And open
dist\manifest.json in dialog. Then click "load" in actions.
Please make sure to use
dist folder and NOT
Even quicker usage - Marketplace version (Not preferred)
installer/2bcdb900.ccx installer file in https://github.com/jardicc/alchemist/raw/master/installer/2bcdb900.ccx And double click file in file explorer.
Quickest usage - Marketplace version (Not preferred)
You just click the button to add plugin automatically in Photoshop from Marketplace https://adobe.com/go/cc_plugins_discover_plugin?pluginId=2bcdb900&workflow=share
The extension will be available in
Plugins > Alchemist > Alchemist menu with the extension's name. This will open up a PS panel with your extension loaded in it.
I hope you won't need to do anything with that file but in case that something goes wrong it is here. Panel settings for development version on Window can be found in:
or for marketplace version
To enable UXP development and see your panels in Photoshop, you will need to enable that in Photoshop preferences.
PS > Edit > Preferences > Plugins > Enable Developer Mode
Install the dependencies:
Run this to watch for file changes and rebuild automatically and also generate sourcemap
Or run this to create production bundle
Then load plugin as described above in quick usage section.
In "Adobe UXP Developer Tool" click actions triple dot and click debug.
The Alchemist plugin for Photoshop was developed with support from the Adobe Fund for Design.
- Cameron McEfee (€1,000) - https://cameronmcefee.com/
- Pierre Guidera - https://github.com/pierreGuidera
- and other anonymous developers
Please let me know if you want your name here :-)
Visit this site if you want to donate: https://bereza.gumroad.com/l/alchemist
- Plugin icon and logo: Petr Štefek - https://twitter.com/phobik
- Original inspiration and some derived components: https://github.com/zalmoxisus/redux-devtools-extension
- JSONViewer Component - Dave Vedder email@example.com http://www.eskimospy.com/