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- Hey, everybody. Welcome back to Creative Quick Tips. My name is Justin Sealy. Today we're talking about Photoshop and how to get the most out of it using something called Image Processor Pro. This is something that takes an existing framework and sort of expands on it a little bit. Image Processor's been inside of Photoshop for a long, long time, but now we have something called Image Processor Pro, which is available for you to download and install into Photoshop, which takes it to a whole other level. Now this is part of a pack called Dr. Brown Services.
If you're not familiar with Russell Brown, he's a very famous Photoshop instructor, and he is one of the brilliant minds at Adobe. He's been there for a long time, and this package of add-on's that's available from creative.adobe.com/addons gives you several different things, the first of which is called Adobe Image Processor Pro, which allows you to process literally hundreds of images from Photoshop or Bridge, and it's gonna open the process to all major types of images and convert them to any size and any profile.
It tells you that this script will also work well with actions. You also get something called Stack-A-Matic, which stacks and processes multiple images quickly, and Place-A-Matic, which places images as smart objects inside of Photoshop. So basically you can run this directly from Bridge and paste lots of things directed into Photoshop as a smart object. So what you'll need to do is be signed into the Adobe add-on's website, and I've already acquired this, as you can see. But once you're on this website, you install it. It will then sync down to Photoshop. Make sure you quit Photoshop and Bridge and restart them.
And then basically what you're gonna do is this. Here inside of Adobe Bridge, I now have photo set up here. This is a couple of my little cousins, a photo of them that I was retouching. And basically what I wanna do with this photo is I want to process it in several different ways using the Image Processor Pro. What I'll do is go to the Tools menu, and go down to Dr. Brown's Services 2.3.0. That's the version I'm working with in this video. We'll go to Image Processor Pro, and that's gonna take me over into Photoshop. And it's going to launch this gigantic dialog box here.
So basically what you're allowed to do is process as many files as you want. In this case, I'm processing only the one, but you could process hundreds, literally. And what we're going to do here is we are going to go in here, and select the location where we wanna save it. Do we wanna save it in the same location? Save it in a subfolder? Yes, I do, so I'll just save it as a jpeg. Quality, let's do eight. And format, we can choose standard, progressive or optimized. Do we wanna embed a color profile? If so, which one do we want to use? We can also run an action on this if we want to.
We can use a different file naming system, different extension, etc. We can resize to fit. In this case I'm going to turn that on, and let's say we want the max width to be 800 and the height to be 800. So whenever it hits one of those with their height, it will automatically scale it down. Subfolder name right here, we'll just call this jpeg. Set number two, we're gonna save this out. And I want this as a, let's say, png. You can choose Save for Web if you want. It'll tell you the Save for Web will reduce your file size by removing the preview and meta data.
It will automatically set the resolution to the default 72 pixels per inch. OK, that's what I want. I want this to go ahead and be placed on the web somewhere. And we want this one to be- Let's max it out at 600 by 600. So whichever way it hits 600, either vertically or horizontally, we'll do that. Everything looks good there. We'll call this one png. And then finally, set number three here. Let's save this as a Photoshop file, and I'll just call this one psd. And everything, I'm gonna leave this pretty much as default right here.
I'm not gonna resize or anything like that. Then all I'm gonna do is click Run. Basically what that's gonna do is open Photoshop, perform all of those conversions for me, and now if I go back into Adobe Bridge, and I'll switch my view back to Essentials, you can see now I have those three folders. Let me reduce the size of the thumbnails so you can actually see it. I have the jpeg, the png and the psd folder. Going inside of those shows me that. It's got the 01 appended to the end of it. It's got all of the meta data still intact. If I go back here to photos, png, you can see here that all of the meta data from the png has been stripped out, and it has been resized, 72 pixels per inch, it's ready to go up on the web.
And then photos, psd, we have this one right here, which has all of the same things that it had before, all of the resolution is the same, everything is just basically in Photoshop format. So you can see how this would be helpful when you are processing several dozen or even hundreds of images at a time. Using this to either change the format, save out multiple formats, or even to run an action while you're doing all of that at the same time. This is a great way to expedite your workflow using both Adobe Bridge and Photoshop together, and something called Dr. Brown's Services.
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