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  • Shift-Parent Script: Modification-Advice needed

  • Michael Schneider

    November 29, 2019 at 11:57 pm

    I need to Shift-parent nearly 100 images to the same number of shape layers, so that the images adopt the position values of the shape layers. I found this great script by Nik Ska: that basically does what I need, but without the Shift-part..

    Does anyone know how to adapt the script for Shift-parenting needs?

    Thanks in advance and best wishes from Germany,

    //Batch parent layers
    //1. select the batch you want to set parents to
    //2. select the batch you want to parentthe first batch to

    //order matters

    //0.1 - initial release

    //CC-BY-SA, Nik Ska, 2013

    var nsBatchParent = this;
    this.version = 0.1;
    this.scriptTitle = "Batch Parent"; = function(){

    nsBatchParent.thisBatch = [];
    nsBatchParent.thatBatch = [];

    nsBatchParent.buildGUI = function(thisObj){
    thisObj.w = (thisObj instanceof Panel) ? thisObj : new Window("palette", thisObj.scriptTitle, undefined, {resizeable:true});
    thisObj.w.alignChildren = ['left', 'top']

    var l1 = thisObj.w.add("group{orientation:'row', alignChildren: ['left', 'top']}");
    l1.add("staticText", undefined, "Parent");
    l1.margins = [0,0,0,0];
    var thisBttn = l1.add("button", undefined, "this");
    thisBttn.size = [40, 20];

    var l2 = thisObj.w.add("group{orientation:'row', alignChildren: ['left', 'top']}");
    var toTxt = l2.add("staticText", undefined, " to");
    toTxt.size = [33,20];
    l2.margins = [0,0,0,0];
    var thatBttn = l2.add("button", undefined, "that");
    thatBttn.size = [40, 20];

    thisBttn.onClick = function(){

    thatBttn.onClick = function(){

    if (thisObj.w instanceof Window){;;
    else thisObj.w.layout.layout(true);

    nsBatchParent.getThis = function(thisObj){
    var activeComp = app.project.activeItem;
    if(activeComp && activeComp instanceof CompItem){
    thisObj.thisBatch = activeComp.selectedLayers;
    else alert("Select at least one layer")

    nsBatchParent.getThat = function(thisObj){
    var activeComp = app.project.activeItem;
    if(activeComp && activeComp instanceof CompItem){
    if(activeComp.selectedLayers && activeComp.selectedLayers.length === thisObj.thisBatch.length){
    thisObj.thatBatch = activeComp.selectedLayers;
    else alert("Select the same amount of layers: " + thisObj.thatBatch.length)

    nsBatchParent.parentShit = function(thisObj){
    app.beginUndoGroup("Batch Parenting");
    for(var i = 0; i < thisObj.thisBatch.length; i++){
    thisObj.thisBatch[i].parent = thisObj.thatBatch[i];


  • Michael Schneider

    December 1, 2019 at 10:24 am

    For all of you that might haven’t learned about Shift-Parenting yet or maybe forgot about it, here’s a great explainer by ukramedia:
    It really can be incredibly useful in certain scenarios.

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