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In Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training, Ted LoCascio teaches casual photographers how to organize, edit, and share their digital image libraries using this powerful software package from Adobe. He tours the included Adobe Bridge application, used for importing and organizing photographs, and explores every feature of Elements itself. He demonstrates how to navigate the Elements workspace, which is used to correct and improve images, combine them into projects, and produce slideshows, photo books, web galleries, and more. Ted also explains how to get the most out of each editing mode, and shares tips for correcting, retouching, and sharpening photographs. Example files accompany the course.
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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