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Writing Generator Plug-ins: Making Photoshop Yours

As a designer, my relationship with Photoshop had always been a one-way street. I’d spend hours pouring my heart into a design, but then I’d always run into the question of, “Now what?”. Extracting my design intent from PSDs felt tedious and repetitive. I conceived of Adobe Generator as a means to empower people to quickly and easily access the design data within PSDs. With Generator, anyone who knows JavaScript can create their own way of working with Photoshop.

While developing Generator in Photoshop CC, our team spoke with many designers and developers to understand their workflows. We learned from each other and worked together to make the Generator APIs super fast, lightweight, and powerful. Along the way we met Kat Bobbitt and Asa Miller from Stand In. Over just a few days, Kat & Asa were able to get Stand In up and running using Generator’s real-time APIs.

Stand In – Realistic Interactive Prototypes, Straight from Photoshop

Much more than image extraction, Stand In takes positioning, styling, state, even motion data, from PSDs and creates prototypes that feel like real apps which you can view on your iPhone. This capability, to fluidly create in Photoshop and seamlessly output designs to any context, is at the heart of the Generator technology. To get more info on this awesome mobile UI prototyping tool, check out standin.io.

Your First Generator Plug-In
If you’re interested in creating your own plug-in (Yay! I’m really excited that you’re interested), take a look at Tom Krcha’s quick start guide, then peek at the Image Assets code on github. You’ll find everything you need to get started.

Oh, and if you’ve got any comments or thoughts on Generator, send ‘em to me @timriot on Twitter.

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