My utility belt. Shark repellent spray not included.

Open Latest Screenshot in Photoshop

Kicking off a series about the tools in my utility belt.

The Problem

When doing UI design, I often need to capture screenshots from the iOS Simulator and open them in Photoshop to check spacing and ensure everything is aligned to a whole pixel.

Instead of hunting for your screenshots and dragging them into Photoshop, save yourself time by pairing this script with FastScripts or Keyboard Maestro.

What does it do?

Opens all screenshots created in the last minute or the latest screenshot in Photoshop.

How does it work?

This script searches your Desktop for files that start with Screen Shot or within the Screenshots folder inside Dropbox for files starting with Screenshot. If you’ve changed their destination folder you’ll need to adjust the script.

Download Open Latest Screenshot (right click and Save As…)

Setting up FastScripts

  1. Download FastScripts and copy it to your Applications folder.
  2. Open FastScripts.
  3. Open the Finder.
  4. Select Go → Go to Folder…
  5. Type or paste the following into the dialog: ~/Library/Scripts
    This will open a Finder window with your Scripts folder.
  6. If you don’t have one, create a new folder named Applications.
  7. Create a folder named Photoshop. If you’re using Photoshop CC or above you’ll need to name it Photoshop CC.
  8. Download Open Latest Screenshot and copy it to the Photoshop folder.
  9. Open Photoshop.
  10. Open Latest Screenshot should now appear in the FastScripts menu.
    Tip: If you hold down the command key when selecting it you can assign a keyboard shortcut. I recommend control + O.

Want more?

View my UtilityBelt project on GitHub.

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Photo credits: Batman’s Utility Belt by Michael Crawford. Caricature by @levitzo.

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