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Processing multiple photos

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The Process Multiple Files command is a really efficient way to do the same thing to lots of photos at once. You can use this command to do some very practical things, like add a copyright to a batch of photos, or rename a batch of photos, or prepare a copy of a batch of photos in a particular size and format, maybe to upload to an online photo service. To do any of those things and more, in the Editor I'll go up to the File menu and choose Process Multiple Files. There's a lot to do this dialog box, I think the easiest way to approach it is just to start at the top and read down through all the sections.

Processing multiple photos

The Process Multiple Files command is a really efficient way to do the same thing to lots of photos at once. You can use this command to do some very practical things, like add a copyright to a batch of photos, or rename a batch of photos, or prepare a copy of a batch of photos in a particular size and format, maybe to upload to an online photo service. To do any of those things and more, in the Editor I'll go up to the File menu and choose Process Multiple Files. There's a lot to do this dialog box, I think the easiest way to approach it is just to start at the top and read down through all the sections.

You don't have to do all of these things to the files that you're processing, you can pick and choose, but you do have to designate which files you want to process and where you want to put the processed files. I can choose to process files as I'm importing them from a digital camera, or I can process just files that I've already opened into the editor, or I can choose to process a folder full of files. If I choose Folder, then in the Source field I'll click the Browse button and I'll navigate to the folder that contains the files I want to process.

If there are subfolders inside that folder that contains some files that I want to process, I'll check Include All Subfolders. I'll that unchecked for now. Next I have to designate the location where I want Elements to put the processed files. I'm careful not to save over the originals, so I usually do not check Same as Source here, instead I'm going to click the Browse button and I'll browse to a different location than my source location. I'll go to my Desktop, I'll click Make New Folder, and I'll give the folder a name, maybe something like finished, and I'll click OK.

In the next section I can opt to rename the files that I'm processing. I'll check Rename Files, and then I'll set up a naming convention in which each file will have names with two elements, which I can choose from these dropdown menus. If I choose Document Name, then that will use the current file name of each file as one of the elements. If I choose one of these Digit Serial Numbers, that will add a sequential serial number, or I could have Sequential Letters, or I can choose one of these date formats, which will come automatically out of the metadata for each photo file.

Or if I close this menu I can highlight the text in this field and I can type some text and then that text will appear in the file name of each of the files. So if all of these photos were taken of the same subject or in the same location, I might type that text. I know that all the photos in my source folder are sunflowers, so I'm going to type sunflowers, and then a hyphen. And from the second menu I'll choose one of these sequential serial numbers. This can be a 1, 2, 3, or Digit Serial Number; I'll go with 2 Digits.

And here I can set the starting serial number. So if I already have a file called sunflowers-01, I'll start with sunflowers-02. Over here I can see what the file naming convention is going to look like. And I usually make sure that my file names are going to be compatible with all operating systems, so I'll just put check marks here. If I want all the photos that I'm processing to be the same size, I can resize them here by checking Resize Images. This works best if all the source files are the same orientation, either all horizontal or all vertical.

I'm also careful to only do this to make photos smaller, not bigger, because sizing images up can cause a loss in photo quality. Let's say that I want my photos to be slightly smaller than the originals, which are around 700 pixels wide. In this field I'll type the width that I want in pixels, let's say 500 pixels. As long as Constrain Proportions is checked, I don't have to type anything in the height field, that will be calculated for me automatically. And as long as I'm measuring size in pixels, it doesn't matter what's in the Resolution field, because resolution in this case is a measure of the number of pixels that will be assigned to every inch if the file were printed in inches.

In the next section, I can choose to process the files in a different file format than the originals. So let's say that I need a copy of these files in the Photoshop format, I'll make sure that Convert Files to is checked, and then from the Format menu I'll choose the format that I want for the processed files. I'll go with PSD, which is Photoshop Document Format. I usually check log errors that result from processing files, which would create a small text file for me that would give me information about any processing errors that occur while I'm processing these files.

And then, I'll up to the Quick Fix area. I usually don't apply Auto Levels, Contrast, or Auto Color to multiple files, because they can have different effects on different photos, but I might choose to Auto Sharpen all of the files, because all digital images could benefit from a little sharpening. Then in the Labels section I have the ability to apply a custom watermark right on the face of each of my processed photos. To do that I'll make sure that this menu is set to Watermark, and then I'll come to the Custom Text field and I'll click there and, for example, if I were making proof prints I might type proof here, and then the word proof would appear on the face of each photo.

Or I can type a copyright here that will also appear in each photo. To create a copyright symbol on a Mac, all I would have to do is hold down the Option key as I pressed the G key on the keyboard. On a PC it's a little more complicated, I'll hold down the Alt key, and then I'll go all the way over to the keypad on the right-side of my keyboard. I won't use the numbers at the top of my keyboard. And on the keypad I'll type 0169, so again, that's Alt+0169 on the keypad; on a PC, or on a Mac, Option+G. And then I'll type the photographer's name, John Lorenz shot these particular photos in 2011.

There are other options here for determining the position, the font, the font size, the opacity, and the color of this watermark. I'll actually change the font size to make it big enough that we can really see it. And I want to keep in mind that this is going to make a permanent change on each photo, so I want to be sure that I really want this copyright on the front of each photo. There's one other option here, and that is to apply a caption instead of a watermark. Like a watermark, this caption would appear on the front of each photo, but instead of custom text, I can choose to have a caption include the file name, any description that I've entered in the File Info dialog box from the File menu, and/or the date that the file is modified, which is the date that I am processing it here.

But I'm going to go with watermark for now. Now that I'm done setting up all these fields, I'll go down and click OK, and Elements processes my files for me. Now I'm going to go out to my destination folder and find those files so you can see the file names, and I'll open one of the files for you so you can see the watermark. I'll go to File > Open, I'll navigate to the destination folder, and here are my processed files. Notice that each has a file name that comes from the file name convention that I specified in the Process Multiple Files dialog box, and each of these is a PSD file, as I specified there too.

And here's the log file that I asked to have made for me. I'll select one of these files so that you can see it in the Editor, and then I'll click Open. And here you can see that watermark that I asked Elements to add on the face of each of the processed photos. Finally, keep in mind that these processed photos are not automatically added into my Organizer, so if I do want them in the Organizer, then I would have to import them into the Organizer, just as I would any file, using the command Get Photos from Files & Folders.

So this Process Multiple Photos command is a great way to do the same thing to lots of photos at once. Give it a try the next time that you've got a batch of photos to process.

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  1. 23m 48s
    1. Welcome
      58s
    2. Getting around Elements
      6m 9s
    3. Exploring the differences in Mac versions of Elements
      5m 41s
    4. Working with Organizer catalogs
      6m 16s
    5. Using the exercise files
      4m 44s
  2. 21m 39s
    1. Touring the Organizer
      5m 35s
    2. Importing photos from a camera
      4m 44s
    3. Importing photos from a computer
      3m 1s
    4. Importing photos from an iPhoto library
      5m 27s
    5. Importing photos from external drives
      2m 52s
  3. 31m 24s
    1. Working in Thumbnail view
      4m 10s
    2. Working in Folder Location view
      4m 33s
    3. Reviewing photos in Full Screen view
      4m 55s
    4. Editing and organizing in Full Screen view
      7m 20s
    5. Comparing photos in Side by Side view
      4m 10s
    6. Displaying photos in Date view
      2m 40s
    7. Viewing photo information
      3m 36s
  4. 47m 47s
    1. Using keyword tags to categorize photos
      6m 42s
    2. Organizing keyword tags
      4m 25s
    3. Finding photos by keyword tag
      3m 39s
    4. Automatically tagging people
      8m 21s
    5. Using automatic smart tagging
      5m 36s
    6. Assigning ratings to photos
      4m 9s
    7. Creating albums to organize photos
      5m 7s
    8. Creating smart albums
      5m 52s
    9. Stacking photos to reduce thumbnail clutter
      3m 56s
  5. 24m 35s
    1. Finding photos that are visually similar to each other
      4m 3s
    2. Searching for an object in a photo
      3m 45s
    3. Finding duplicate photos
      4m 50s
    4. Searching by text
      5m 59s
    5. Exploring the Find menu
      4m 27s
    6. Finding photos in the Timeline
      1m 31s
  6. 22m 41s
    1. Deleting photos
      4m 30s
    2. Renaming photos
      2m 24s
    3. Moving photos
      3m 58s
    4. Reconnecting missing files
      4m 37s
    5. Changing photo dates
      4m 29s
    6. Backing up
      2m 43s
  7. 16m 14s
    1. Choosing an editing workspace
      4m 37s
    2. Autocorrecting with the Organizer's Photo Fix options
      3m 47s
    3. Photo finishing with the Organizer's Photo Fix options
      4m 2s
    4. Changing a Photo Fix adjustment
      3m 48s
  8. 22m 10s
    1. Editing with assistance: the Guided Edit workspace
      6m 27s
    2. Retouching a photo the step-by-step way
      7m 55s
    3. Creating a dreamlike Orton effect
      1m 8s
    4. Simulating shallow depth of field
      4m 11s
    5. Creating a collage using Picture Stack
      2m 29s
  9. 29m 26s
    1. Quick improvements: introducing the Quick Edit workspace
      3m 28s
    2. Applying Quick Edit corrections
      4m 8s
    3. Adjusting lighting
      4m 0s
    4. Correcting color
      4m 20s
    5. Fixing red-eye, improving skies, and touching up photos
      6m 28s
    6. Sharpening images
      3m 10s
    7. Saving in Quick Edit
      3m 52s
  10. 41m 16s
    1. Full control: introducing the Full Edit workspace
      5m 19s
    2. Tips for using the editing tools
      3m 50s
    3. Customizing panels
      5m 10s
    4. Undoing your work
      6m 22s
    5. Zooming and navigating
      4m 41s
    6. Saving images and examining file formats
      4m 50s
    7. Working with multiple documents
      4m 0s
    8. Creating a file from scratch
      2m 57s
    9. Customizing Editor preferences
      4m 7s
  11. 25m 42s
    1. Understanding layers
      7m 3s
    2. Managing layers in the Layers panel
      7m 19s
    3. Tips for working with layers
      4m 25s
    4. Understanding layer masks
      6m 55s
  12. 29m 59s
    1. Understanding selections
      6m 49s
    2. Using manual selection tools
      4m 42s
    3. Modifying selections
      4m 20s
    4. Using the automatic selection tools
      7m 11s
    5. Refining selections
      4m 50s
    6. Saving selections
      2m 7s
  13. 23m 52s
    1. Retouching blemishes with the Spot Healing Brush tool
      2m 50s
    2. Retouching skin with the Healing Brush tool
      6m 7s
    3. Retouching with the Clone Stamp tool
      1m 58s
    4. Using the Content-Aware option in the Spot Healing Brush to remove content
      3m 13s
    5. Touching up photos with the Smart Brush tools
      7m 22s
    6. Using the Dodge, Burn, and Sponge tools
      2m 22s
  14. 1h 0m
    1. Understanding color management
      7m 23s
    2. Understanding adjustment layers
      6m 49s
    3. Adjusting part of a photo
      6m 16s
    4. Correcting contrast and brightness using Levels controls
      5m 6s
    5. Enhancing color with Hue/Saturation
      4m 32s
    6. Improving shadow and highlights using Shadow/Highlight
      2m 36s
    7. Adjusting lighting and color using Color Curves
      3m 53s
    8. Removing a color cast
      2m 11s
    9. Converting color to black and white
      3m 15s
    10. Reducing noise
      3m 53s
    11. Sharpening images
      6m 43s
    12. Processing multiple photos
      8m 19s
  15. 23m 6s
    1. Resizing and changing photo resolution
      7m 1s
    2. Cropping photos
      5m 35s
    3. Straightening photos
      2m 35s
    4. Adding canvas around photos
      2m 43s
    5. Changing a photos orientation using the Recompose tool
      5m 12s
  16. 23m 50s
    1. Combining photos using the Place command
      5m 21s
    2. Using a layer mask to hide a background
      6m 26s
    3. Blending images using a gradient
      8m 18s
    4. Blending images using Blend modes
      3m 45s
  17. 24m 2s
    1. Creating text
      6m 22s
    2. Editing text
      3m 49s
    3. Creating text on a selection
      6m 1s
    4. Creating text around a shape
      3m 51s
    5. Creating text on a custom path
      3m 59s
  18. 22m 43s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 24s
    2. Adding effects
      2m 6s
    3. Adding layer styles
      7m 38s
    4. Making shapes
      5m 17s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 18s
  19. 42m 14s
    1. Understanding Camera Raw
      3m 35s
    2. The Camera Raw interface
      5m 16s
    3. Adjusting color using the white balance controls
      4m 41s
    4. Controlling lighting and contrast
      6m 26s
    5. Enhancing photos with the Clarity, Vibrance, and Saturation controls
      2m 39s
    6. Cropping and straightening
      2m 12s
    7. Reducing Noise
      2m 24s
    8. Sharpening
      6m 46s
    9. Outputting from Camera Raw
      4m 43s
    10. Processing multiple photos in Camera Raw
      3m 32s
  20. 56m 43s
    1. Creating a photo book
      6m 50s
    2. Completing the photo book
      10m 5s
    3. Creating a photo calendar
      8m 19s
    4. Creating a photo greeting card
      5m 17s
    5. Making other photo creations in the Create workspace
      2m 8s
    6. Outputting photo creations from the Create workspace
      2m 50s
    7. Creating a photo slideshow in Windows
      8m 45s
    8. Completing the photo slideshow
      3m 31s
    9. Making a scrapbook page from scratch in Full Edit
      8m 58s
  21. 41m 34s
    1. Printing photos
      8m 30s
    2. Printing contact sheets and picture packages in Windows
      5m 23s
    3. Printing contact sheets and picture packages on a Mac
      8m 33s
    4. Ordering prints from the Organizer
      4m 22s
    5. Sharing photos by email from the Organizer
      3m 46s
    6. Sharing photos with Photo Mail in Windows
      5m 3s
    7. Sharing photos on Facebook from the Organizer
      3m 42s
    8. Sharing photos on Flickr from the Organizer
      2m 15s
  22. 7m 34s
    1. Signing up for an Adobe ID
      2m 20s
    2. Sharing online albums from the Organizer to Photoshop.com
      5m 14s
  23. 40s
    1. Goodbye
      40s

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