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Processing multiple files

From: Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training

Video: Processing multiple files

You can now apply Quick Fix Auto adjustments to multiple images at once using the new Process Multiple Files command. Let me show you how it works. I'm currently in the Bridge application and I'm viewing the exercise files folders here in the Content panel. What I want to do is double-click on the catalog images folder in order to display all of those images here in the Content panel. What I would like to do is access a specific group of images and display them in the Content panel in order to open them up in the Elements' Editing workspace. I'm going to do that using the Filter panel. Over here on the left is the Filter panel and you can see in the Keyword section, I have something that's named Enzo year 2. That is a keyword tag that I created previously.

Processing multiple files

You can now apply Quick Fix Auto adjustments to multiple images at once using the new Process Multiple Files command. Let me show you how it works. I'm currently in the Bridge application and I'm viewing the exercise files folders here in the Content panel. What I want to do is double-click on the catalog images folder in order to display all of those images here in the Content panel. What I would like to do is access a specific group of images and display them in the Content panel in order to open them up in the Elements' Editing workspace. I'm going to do that using the Filter panel. Over here on the left is the Filter panel and you can see in the Keyword section, I have something that's named Enzo year 2. That is a keyword tag that I created previously.

I'm going to go ahead and choose that from the Filter panel and that's now displaying just the images that are tagged with the Enzo year 2 tag. And I want to focus on this image stack right here. It's actually already expanded. We can see all of the images inside of it and that's right here. Where the number nine is where it starts and it goes all the way down here to where the rounded rectangle ends. I want to select some of the images from inside of this group in order to apply some adjustments, Quick Fix adjustments using the Process Multiple Files command. I'm going to select the first image in the series here in the stack, and then I'm going to hold down the Shift key and I'm going to select all the way up to this image right here. These last three images in the series are Camera Raw images, and they behave differently when you're using Process Multiple Files. So that's why we're not going to select them. We're just going to select these JPEG files, okay.

With those images selected now, I'm going to press Command+O in order to open all of them up in the Elements' Editing workspace. We can see them all now in our Project bin, okay? That's great. So we have them all opened. Next thing I want to do, rather than going into Quick Fix mode, we're going to stay in Full Edit mode and under the File menu, we're going to choose Process Multiple Files. It's important that you stay in Full Edit mode because you can't access that command when you're in Quick Fix mode. All right, in here we have this gigantic dialog box and we need to enter some settings in order to apply these Quick Fix commands over here. We also have several other options that we can make use of, if we would like to. All right, so up at the top here, it says where we're going to get these files from.

Right. So it says Opened Files and those are the files that we currently have in the Project bin. So if you choose Opened Files, you have to make sure that it's only the files that you want to process in this batch, and not any additional files you might have opened. Note also that if you didn't want to open the files first like we just did, you could also access this dialog box and tell Elements where you want to access the folders from by choosing Folder or Import or Bridge. We're going to choose Opened Files because we already have them opened in our Project bin.

All right. The next step is to choose our destination. Where we want to save copies of these images after they have been adjusted using all the settings here in the dialog box. Currently my desktop is selected and that's not a bad place for it, but I think I'm going to click Browse, and with desktop still chosen here, in the Choose a Destination Folder dialog box, I'm going to click New Folder. And I'm going to name this folder Enzo at the beach, something like that. We will click Create in order to create that folder, and I'm going to click Choose.

All right, so that is where these images are going to be stored. Again, copies of these images are going to be saved in this New folder on our desktop. Okay. We can choose to rename the file, if we would like. I don't see the reason to do that in this instance because if we move this dialog box out of the way, you will notice that these file names, which are visible in my Project bin, are actually quite descriptive and I think that's good. We actually used some really good naming conventions when we import the images from the camera. Okay. So there is no need for us to do that. However, if we wanted to, we could check rename files, enter a different name in here. We could enter what we want to come after the new document name, using any of the information that's available in here, or we could enter a starting serial number, any of these different options in here, always good idea to keep the Windows people happy to turn that on, so they have compatibility as well, but like I said in this instance, we don't need to do this. So I'm actually going to turn that off.

I do want to resize the images though because if you notice at the bottom of the document window here, this image is 54"x36" at 72 ppi and that's actually very, very, very large. We want to actually size these down in order to use them, let's say in a PDF slide show, or maybe it's in a web gallery, or to post on the web, maybe it's just email, who knows and in either case we need to resize them in order to do that. So let's click Resize Images, because we have Constrain Proportions checked down here, I'm going to enter a width of 6 and I'm going to change this to Inches. I'm going to do the same for the field underneath.

I wish that these two fields change at the same time, but unfortunately I have to do this manually for each one. I don't need to fill in the Height amount. It's going to do it automatically because we have Constrain Proportions turned on, but I know that I want them to be 6 inches in width. I'm going to keep their resolution at 72 dpi, which is the same as what it says over here. So all we're doing is downsizing, making them smaller, but keeping them at the same resolution. This is a good on screen display resolution, 72 dpi. All right, for file type, if we want to do a conversion here, we can turn that on. Right now the default is set to JPEG Max Quality, that's a good idea. But since, we're probably going to use these on the web, we could choose something a little lower, maybe Medium Quality because that will make the file size go down a bit which is a good thing. You want to conserve in file space when you're saving images to be displayed on the web. So medium quality I think is good.

All right. Then over here is where we have our quick fix controls. Notice that we have most of what's available in the Quick Fix Edit mode. We have Auto Levels, Auto Contrast, Auto Color and Sharpen. Notice that we don't have Auto Smart Fix and we don't have Auto Red Eye Fix. So those two options unfortunately are not available in the Process Multiple Files dialog box. However, we do have these, and in this instance, I would like to actually apply auto levels and sharpen. Now, one disadvantage to this is there is no preview in here to show you what's going to happen when you turn these on. So what I recommend that you do, is you actually apply these in Quick Fix mode or at least preview them without actually committing to it to one of the images in the series before you decide which one of these you're going to turn on. So do a test run. Figure out which ones are going to work best, okay. If you know they are going to work out great, then you will know which ones you need to turn on inside this dialog box. I know that auto levels and sharpen are going to give me the results I want.

So now that I know that these are going to work, I can then process this. I do want to mention though before I click the OK button, you can also add things like watermarks or a caption, if you would like to. I don't feel the need to do that in this instance, but I want you to know that these options do exist. I'm going to go ahead and hide those again. We will click OK. It's going through applying those adjustments and resizing the image and they are all now saved on my desktop. Let's go back into Bridge, let's view the desktop by choosing it from the Favorites panel over here on left, and then double-click on the Enzo at the Beach folder and here they all are.

Okay. So we can take a look at them, let's go ahead and select them all. Press Command+O to open them up in the Elements' Editing workspace, and you can see here they are. Obviously much smaller, 6"x4" at 72 ppi, they are much sharper and they have that Levels adjustment. As you can see, the colors are slightly different, a little bit stronger in tonality, okay. We can double-click on any of the images here in the Project bin to take a look at what happened, okay. So now we can use these images to post them on the web and share with our friends and our family, and we did all of these adjustments quickly and easily using the Process Multiple Files command.

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Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training

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Ted LoCascio
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  1. 2m 22s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the example files
      1m 20s
  2. 12m 1s
    1. Understanding Photoshop Elements
      2m 10s
    2. Using the Welcome screen
      2m 33s
    3. Importing photos from a digital camera
      7m 18s
  3. 1h 1m
    1. Viewing and selecting images
      2m 1s
    2. Creating and saving a custom workspace
      5m 29s
    3. Rotating images in Bridge
      3m 20s
    4. Renaming images in Bridge
      5m 34s
    5. Adding keywords to images
      7m 38s
    6. Applying ratings to images
      5m 17s
    7. Labeling images
      5m 17s
    8. Searching for images
      6m 38s
    9. Creating Collections
      2m 50s
    10. Sorting images with the Filter panel
      6m 36s
    11. Using image stacks
      7m 2s
    12. Hiding images
      4m 6s
  4. 31m 55s
    1. Opening images from Bridge
      2m 24s
    2. Working with palettes and the Palette Bin
      4m 53s
    3. Using the Project Bin
      6m 44s
    4. Zooming and scrolling
      8m 1s
    5. Fixing mistakes with Undo and Redo
      5m 3s
    6. Saving versions
      4m 50s
  5. 49m 38s
    1. Opening and viewing images in the Quick Fix mode
      6m 8s
    2. Understanding Auto Color and making tonal adjustments
      8m 50s
    3. Using the Lighting sliders
      5m 19s
    4. Using the Color sliders
      7m 1s
    5. Applying Auto Red Eye Fix
      3m 31s
    6. Applying Auto Sharpen
      4m 25s
    7. Using the Guided Edit mode
      6m 19s
    8. Processing multiple files
      8m 5s
  6. 10m 22s
    1. Understanding image resolution
      3m 23s
    2. Resizing images
      6m 59s
  7. 17m 8s
    1. Applying Auto Crop and Auto Straighten
      6m 22s
    2. Using the Straighten and Crop tools
      4m 10s
    3. Changing the canvas size
      6m 36s
  8. 30m 32s
    1. Why make selections?
      6m 3s
    2. Using the Quick Selection tool
      8m 37s
    3. Using Refine Edge
      7m 15s
    4. Saving and loading selections
      8m 37s
  9. 25m 58s
    1. Working with the Layers palette
      9m 45s
    2. Using adjustment layers and masks
      8m 37s
    3. Applying transparency and blend mode adjustments
      7m 36s
  10. 40m 56s
    1. Removing a color cast
      5m 53s
    2. Correcting skin tone
      3m 38s
    3. Enhancing color with Hue/Saturation adjustments
      6m 37s
    4. Balancing contrast and color with Levels adjustments
      7m 10s
    5. Correcting dark or light areas with Shadow/Highlight Adjustments
      5m 17s
    6. Improving images with Color Curves adjustments
      5m 55s
    7. Converting color images to black and white
      6m 26s
  11. 54m 14s
    1. Using the Red-Eye Removal tool
      8m 1s
    2. Using the healing tools
      7m 42s
    3. Whitening teeth and eyes
      6m 20s
    4. Cloning to remove contents
      8m 14s
    5. Adjusting perspective and correcting camera distortion
      6m 10s
    6. Using Photomerge Group Shot
      6m 17s
    7. Using Photomerge Faces
      6m 4s
    8. Using Photomerge Panorama
      5m 26s
  12. 16m 1s
    1. Creating a clipping mask
      7m 25s
    2. Creating collages with gradient blending
      8m 36s
  13. 22m 15s
    1. Reducing noise
      8m 7s
    2. Sharpening with Unsharp Mask
      7m 16s
    3. Sharpening with Adjust Sharpness
      6m 52s
  14. 17m 54s
    1. Understanding Camera Raw
      1m 46s
    2. Opening Camera Raw images from Bridge
      6m 37s
    3. Applying tonal and color adjustments in Camera Raw
      6m 23s
    4. Saving raw images
      3m 8s
  15. 40m 41s
    1. Painting with the Filter Gallery
      8m 7s
    2. Creating a pencil sketch
      7m 40s
    3. Customizing images
      7m 59s
    4. Adding artwork with the Content palette
      9m 39s
    5. Building and saving a multi-page photo creation
      7m 16s
  16. 37m 5s
    1. Creating a slideshow
      6m 58s
    2. Creating a photo book
      9m 1s
    3. Creating a photo collage
      6m 58s
    4. Creating a greeting card
      6m 31s
    5. Creating a web photo gallery
      7m 37s
  17. 31m 6s
    1. Choosing color settings
      7m 1s
    2. Printing to an inkjet printer
      8m 13s
    3. Using Picture Package
      4m 33s
    4. Saving for the web
      5m 55s
    5. Attaching images to emails
      3m 6s
    6. Burning to CDs and DVDs
      2m 18s
  18. 56s
    1. Goodbye
      56s

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