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Match-processing a folder of files

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By now some of you might be thinking, you know I really like this series better, when we were looking at those Illustrator features that were fun and worked right. In this exercise, I'm going to show you a really great command that allows you to batch process a bunch of illustrations at the same time. So notice here inside the Bridge I'm looking at the contents of the 30_actions folder, and I've got these four items. I went ahead and cleaned up all those PNG files, I'm not going to give you those because if anything you're going to be creating them on the fly and I don't have that testSet.aia file in here either.

Match-processing a folder of files

By now some of you might be thinking, you know I really like this series better, when we were looking at those Illustrator features that were fun and worked right. In this exercise, I'm going to show you a really great command that allows you to batch process a bunch of illustrations at the same time. So notice here inside the Bridge I'm looking at the contents of the 30_actions folder, and I've got these four items. I went ahead and cleaned up all those PNG files, I'm not going to give you those because if anything you're going to be creating them on the fly and I don't have that testSet.aia file in here either.

I've just got the three variations, that is Musical review.ai, Variation 1.ai and Variation 2.ai, as well as the Fabric.jpg file, that serves as a backdrop and I've got this empty folder here called Batched files, so I'll go ahead and double-click on it so you can see it doesn't have anything in it, it will in a moment. Let's return to Illustrator and I'm going to go ahead and grab that action right there and I'm going to turn off File Info, because I don't want to sit there and baby sit that darn command. In other words, I don't want it coming up on-screen and requiring me to click the button and click OK and all that jazz, let's just leave it out.

We'll just save out our PNG files. And now with nothing open, notice that I don't have a single illustration open right now, that will change in just a moment. I'm going to go to the Actions panel flyout menu and I'm going to choose the last command which is called Batch, which ask you first what set is your action in, the action that you want to apply to multiple files, and in my case it's in successSet and the name of the Action of course, is Save for Web PNG 8/64. Now I need to choose a Source for my modifications, in other words where are the files that I want to save as PNG files? Well, I'll leave my Source at to Folder and I'll click on Choose, and then I need to locate that file there inside the Exercise Files folder, it's called 30_actions, so I'll just click on 30_actions.

You just need to select the folder, click OK. And if you have any open operations inside of your Action then you might want to override them, so you're actually opening these files only. But we don't have any open operations, we didn't record the opening of a file and it's unlikely you'll record the opening of a file either. You could say Include All Subdirectories, if you have a bunch of subdirectories inside of your folder; we don't so it's not an issue. All right, now I need to specify a Destination and in my case I could go ahead and say all right, I want to save these out to a Folder.

The problem is this strictly speaking is not a save operation, even though the name of the command is Save for Web, only the Save command is a true save operation, everything else is an export. So this is considered to be an export. If you go and say Folder and you say you want to save out to that Batch folder, you're going to save strangely multiple copies of the AI file, which can be extremely confusing. So in our case, I suggest you just say None to this option. Although, what that's going to do is leave all the files open.

If you want to close them out then you're going to have to say Save and Close which is going to overwrite the original files. Now it's not going to hurt them, because it's just going to save that, Save for Web information, but if you are doing some other stuff, if you're doing larger modifications then you need have to think about that. So totally up to you how you decide to work, I'm going to set it to None, so we can see how the file stay open. And I'm going to drop down here to Override Action "Export" Commands, because we do have an Export Command inside of our Actions, Save for Web right there and it's already specifying a very specific folder.

Remember we got rid of the file name information, but we didn't get rid of the folder information and there's really no elegant way to pull that off. So better just to say, Override Action "Export" Commands and then this button will light up, click Choose, go ahead and twirl open Exercise Files once again. I'll twirl opened 30_actions and I'll click on Batched files, click OK and now we are ready to go. Stop for Errors that's fine. We might see a couple of very strange meaningless errors on the way here, we'll try it out. Click OK to see what happens and you should see the files open up and then some happen and then another file open up and some happen and then the third file opens up, look Fabric even opens up.

Illustrator goes ahead and opens the Fabric.jpg photograph. Swell! Anyway hey, it must worked, because all these files are open on-screen and notice they all have asterisks after them, which indicates that Illustrator believe some change has been made. So if I try to close Fabric.jpg I definitely don't want to save over that. So No, and then all these other ones, it's going to ask if I want to save my changes too, because by golly something happened in the Save for Web dialog box and that is save able information, you can't save those settings.

The idea being that if you exported once to the PNG format then you'll probably want to do it again, if you need to make some sort of modifications. But in my case I'm going to click No or press the N key on the Mac obviously, you click Don't Save or press the D key, et cetera, et cetera. Now of course, to close the remaining files you could press that Close All keyboard shortcut of Ctrl+Alt+W, Command+Option+W on the Mac and then just press the N key a couple of times or on the Mac, you would press the D key a couple of times. All right, having cleaned everything up here inside of Illustrator, I'll switch back to the Bridge and sure enough look at that, inside of the Batched file subfolder I have PNG versions of all of my files, just imagine doing exactly that to a hundred or more files at a time in which case you would probably want to choose that Save and Close option, so that you don't have a hundred files open inside of Illustrator, but otherwise you're going to make quick work of converting multiple files at a time, here inside Illustrator.

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Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Mastery

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  1. 37m 22s
    1. Welcome
      45s
    2. Linking AI and EPS files to Illustrator
      6m 34s
    3. Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      7m 43s
    4. Remapping Mac OS shortcuts
      6m 56s
    5. Installing the Best Workflow color settings
      4m 56s
    6. The color settings explained
      7m 4s
    7. Preserve Numbers vs. embedded profiles
      3m 24s
  2. 1h 35m
    1. My favorite features in all of Illustrator
      1m 21s
    2. Introducing the Transform effect
      5m 30s
    3. Repeating the last effect you applied
      4m 52s
    4. Applying multiple passes of a single effect
      5m 21s
    5. The wonders of editing dynamic artwork
      7m 13s
    6. Applying effects inside effects
      5m 11s
    7. Assigning an effect to an entire layer
      5m 42s
    8. Building a complex bevel effect
      5m 44s
    9. Placing artwork as a Photoshop Smart Object
      4m 55s
    10. Editing that Smart Object in Illustrator
      4m 21s
    11. Rotating continuously overlapping objects
      5m 34s
    12. Adjusting a dynamic transformation origin
      6m 22s
    13. Vector vs. raster effects
      5m 46s
    14. Introducing the Scribble effect
      5m 23s
    15. Copying effects between layers
      4m 20s
    16. Introducing Graphic Styles
      6m 50s
    17. Controlling the Filter Gallery preview
      2m 28s
    18. Document Raster Effects Settings
      4m 31s
    19. Combining and saving styles
      4m 32s
  3. 1h 25m
    1. Airbrushing with points and handles
      1m 45s
    2. Introducing the gradient mesh
      6m 10s
    3. Working with the Mesh tool
      6m 12s
    4. Lifting colors from a tracing template
      5m 47s
    5. Finessing the colors of mesh points
      4m 17s
    6. Creating a mesh with the Mesh tool
      7m 19s
    7. Adding a gradient mesh to a circle
      4m 37s
    8. Adding a gradient mesh to a slender shape
      8m 7s
    9. Creating soft and sharp transitions
      6m 56s
    10. Converting a linear gradient to a mesh
      7m 29s
    11. Editing a linear gradient mesh
      5m 6s
    12. Converting a radial gradient to a mesh
      8m 19s
    13. Editing a radial gradient mesh
      8m 15s
    14. Creating credible cast shadows
      5m 32s
  4. 1h 15m
    1. The best of static and dynamic adjustments
      58s
    2. Adding wings to a horse in Photoshop
      6m 52s
    3. Introducing the Warp tool
      6m 29s
    4. Brush size, Detail, and Simplify
      8m 24s
    5. The Twirl, Pucker, and Bloat tools
      6m 13s
    6. The Scallop, Crystallize, and Wrinkle tools
      5m 55s
    7. Creating a mind-blowing custom starburst
      4m 29s
    8. Introducing Envelope Distort
      5m 21s
    9. Editing the contents of an envelope
      5m 20s
    10. Warping an envelope mesh
      5m 20s
    11. Liquifying the contents of an envelope
      7m 7s
    12. Creating and editing an envelope mesh
      7m 59s
    13. Blending an envelope into a background
      4m 35s
  5. 2h 1m
    1. Outlines along a path
      1m 13s
    2. Weaving a pattern throughout an illustration
      6m 24s
    3. Introducing the Brushes panel
      4m 21s
    4. Applying and editing a calligraphic brush
      8m 28s
    5. Applying and scaling art brushes
      6m 6s
    6. Applying and editing a scatter brush
      5m 29s
    7. Formatting and scaling brushed text
      5m 40s
    8. Editing the path outlines of an art brush
      6m 2s
    9. Replacing an existing art brush
      6m 46s
    10. Creating and refining an art brush
      8m 3s
    11. Tiling pattern vs. pattern brushes
      5m 12s
    12. Creating a pattern brush
      8m 20s
    13. Designing the perfect side pattern
      7m 1s
    14. Start, end, and corner tiles
      8m 58s
    15. Expanding and filling brush outlines
      6m 49s
    16. Text brushes vs. type on a path
      6m 55s
    17. Combining a text brush with the Width tool
      8m 43s
    18. Introducing the bristle brushes
      5m 43s
    19. Adjusting the hairs in a bristle brush
      5m 24s
  6. 1h 32m
    1. Charts can be beautiful
      1m 17s
    2. Adding a gradient mesh to a complex path
      8m 9s
    3. Importing and graphing data
      5m 22s
    4. Switching between the kinds of graphs
      6m 8s
    5. Changing the Graph Type settings
      8m 7s
    6. Correcting and editing data
      6m 51s
    7. Selecting and coloring graph elements
      6m 29s
    8. Making nuanced changes to a graph
      8m 6s
    9. The pitfalls of manual adjustments
      8m 45s
    10. Creating and applying graph designs
      6m 28s
    11. Making a basic pictograph
      6m 47s
    12. Assembling sliding graph designs
      8m 33s
    13. Making last-minute tweaks and edits
      5m 37s
    14. Composing and customizing a graph
      5m 44s
  7. 2h 6m
    1. Perspective is all about real life
      1m 44s
    2. Assembling an isometric projection
      8m 5s
    3. Introducing Illustrator's Perspective Grid
      6m 8s
    4. Drawing a basic perspective cube
      8m 1s
    5. One-point, two-point, and three-point perspective
      8m 25s
    6. Creating automatically scaling box labels
      4m 41s
    7. Setting up a Perspective Grid
      6m 45s
    8. Perspective Grid tips and tricks
      6m 39s
    9. Drawing and editing a perspective shape
      5m 20s
    10. Shifting between planes on the fly
      5m 24s
    11. Creating a freeform shape in perspective
      7m 8s
    12. Working with perspective symbols
      8m 57s
    13. Matching perspective with the Shear tool
      2m 50s
    14. Rendering an off-plane path in perspective
      5m 7s
    15. Replicating symbols in perspective
      8m 12s
    16. Mass-modifying perspective instances
      2m 56s
    17. Adding and editing perspective text
      5m 37s
    18. Duplicating perpendicular shapes
      7m 17s
    19. Adjusting multiple shapes on a single plane
      4m 48s
    20. Creating a perspective column
      9m 23s
    21. Duplicating a series of perspective paths
      3m 20s
  8. 1h 25m
    1. Just another dynamic effect
      1m 10s
    2. Introducing the 3D Revolve effect
      5m 1s
    3. The 3D Revolve settings
      7m 24s
    4. Fixing 3D rendering problems
      6m 32s
    5. Establishing symbols for 3D art
      6m 50s
    6. Mapping symbols onto 3D surfaces
      6m 14s
    7. Adjusting shading and light
      6m 25s
    8. Toning down 3D art in Photoshop
      5m 43s
    9. Adding a photographic texture
      7m 36s
    10. Converting from Illustrator paths to Photoshop masks
      4m 50s
    11. Making 3D droplets in Photoshop
      5m 58s
    12. Unifying textures with Smart Filters
      5m 48s
    13. Creating 3D type with Extrude & Bevel
      6m 44s
    14. Coloring and correcting extruded edges
      9m 15s
  9. 1h 3m
    1. Take action today, save effort tomorrow
      33s
    2. Introducing the Actions panel
      4m 16s
    3. Initiating a new action
      5m 33s
    4. Recording a practical action
      4m 56s
    5. Four ways to play an action
      4m 27s
    6. Streamlining by disabling dialog boxes
      5m 48s
    7. Editing an action set in a text editor
      7m 20s
    8. Inserting an unresponsive menu item
      6m 16s
    9. Match-processing a folder of files
      5m 42s
    10. Recording a transformation sequence
      6m 11s
    11. Editing and troubleshooting an action
      5m 6s
    12. Recording actions within actions
      7m 21s
  10. 1m 36s
    1. See Ya
      1m 36s

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