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Batch processing photos with the Adobe Image Processor

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Video: Batch processing photos with the Adobe Image Processor

These days people often use the word Photoshop as a verb. Here I could select a location, maybe come up with a naming convention that I like.

Batch processing photos with the Adobe Image Processor

These days people often use the word Photoshop as a verb. To Photoshop an image means to radically distort it or correct it or alter it or whatever. And of course Photoshop is great at all of that stuff. But Photoshop also has some handy image management utility features. That if you don't know about you really should be using. We're going to look at Image Processor. If you sometimes find yourself in a situation where you're repetitively opening images and saving them to change them to a different file format then I hate to say it but you've been wasting your time.

Because Image Processor can do it much more quickly. Let me give you an example. We recently went to Death Valley to shoot a landscape shooting course. And I came back with a whole bunch of images. I've got folders full of images from different locations. I now need to get these images to the Lynda editing team. I was shooting raw, and they don't need the raw files. The raw files are bigger than they need. But more importantly, I'm going to be submitting these files electronically, via Dropbox. So to have to send raw files, I think I've got like 80 gigabytes of data. I don't have that much Dropbox storage, and it would take a long time to send.

So it would be great if I could send these as JPEGs. Now, there are a few different ways I could generate JPEGs from these files. I could go through and open each image individually, in Photoshop, and save it out. That would take a long time. Another option is, I could open batches of images In Camera Raw, and I'm just doing a small batch here for the sake of expediency. You can open them in Camera Raw, hit Select All, and then hit the Save Images button. Here I could select a location, maybe come up with a naming convention that I like.

And then change the format to JPEG. I could then hit the Save button, and go to lunch. Okay, you don't actually have to go to lunch. But you could, the point being, you could do something else. Because what's going to happen is Camera Raw's going to sit there, and chug through all of your images, and save out JPEGs. Which is great, very easy, but it's got some limitations. First of all, I don't have great sizing options. They really don't need images that are bigger than 1920 by 1080 HD resolution. But if I come down here to the workflow options link, I see that my sizing options are limited to these kind of regular multiples of my original size, so that's not a great option.

The other problem is, I actually have more than just raw files, because I've done some editing in Photoshop on some of these images. We come down here, here's a raw file. That also has a Photoshop version sitting right next to it. I would like to produce a JPEG from the Photoshop version. This will give them a before and after of my editing process. I can't open Photoshop documents in Camera Raw, so it would be nice if I had a single batch processing operation that can handle every image or file format that's in this folder. And I have that in image processor.

There are two ways of launching Image Processor, we're going to start by looking at launching from within Bridge. I'm going to select all of the images that I want to process, I just hit Cmd+A or Ctrl+A if you're on Windows, to select all of the images in this folder. If I go up to Tools>Photoshop>Image Processor, I actually go into Photoshop and this dialog box appears. This is the Image Processor dialog box. It's very easy to configure. First, I select the images to process. In this case, I'm going to process files from Bridge only. There are 42 of them. Next I'm going to tell it where I want to save them.

I could save it back into the original location and in this case I'm going to select a folder and I'm going to create a new folder here called jpegs. Then select that. Now I need to tell it what format I want to save into. And what's cool is I can actually save out in multiple formats at the same time. I can save out a JPEG, a Photoshop Document, and a TIF if I wanted to. I only need JPEGs. Set my quality level. I have also set Resize to Fit and put in 1920 by 1080. What that means is the document will automatically be resized to fit within a box of this size.

So whether I've got a portrait oriented that is a vertical oriented image or a landscape image, a horizontally oriented image. They're all going to be resized to fit here, so this saves me from having to go in and individually resize images in different ways depending on their orientation. If I wanted, I could run a standard PhotoShop action. Here are the normal menus that appear in Photoshop's action palette. So, what I might want to do is come up, say, with some sharpening settings that work well for an image that's 1920 by 1080. I would then be able to just pick that sharpen action here and have it apply to all my images.

I'm not going to do that. I could put in my copyright info. This would just be stuck in the copyright field of the image's metadata. If ultimately these images were part of a print workflow, an I had a special ICC profile that I wanted embedded in the image, I could have that stuck there. Once I get this configured the way that I want, I just hit the Run button. And each image is opened in Photoshop, it's resized, and then it's saved into my folder as a JPEG. So as you can see, it's, the actual processing is not any faster than it would be if I was opening images manually in Photoshop.

There's no, like, back-end speedier thing that it's doing. It's pretty brute force. Opening in Photoshop, sizing, and then saving. The thing is, I don't have to do it. So now I can go to lunch again. As you might be surmising, this whole batch processing thing is going to make you fat. Actually, that's not true. You don't have to go to lunch, you can do something else. I'll go to the gym instead, to offset the lunch that I ate from my last batch processing operation. So this is just going to chug away. Now, it's got 40 images to go through. We don't really need to sit here and watch all of those. There is no cancel button available. If you accidentally start image processor and decide that you want to stop it, the only way to do that is going to be to force quit.

On the Macintosh, you can force quit by choosing, Cmd+Option+Escape, which brings up the force quit dialogue box. I'm just going to tell it to force quit Photoshop. And we can go look at what it's done so far. So again, that's the only way out of a batch process started with Image Processor. I'm back here in Bridge. I'm going to go back to my image processor folder. And you can see that there is a JPEGs folder here. Inside it is another jpeg folder because it creates a separate folder for each file type that it is outputting, so I could always move these later. And here I got a bunch of JPEGs including JPEGs created from any Photoshop documents that I had created.

What's cool is, it keeps any ratings that you have assigned to the image. And I can see that they have, in fact, been resized, which is very nice. So, really speedy way of getting through that batch process. Let's look at how I might do his from within Photoshop itself. If you're not a Bridge user, then maybe this is something you want to trigger right from within Photoshop. And you can do that by going to File>Scripts>Image Processor, and you'll get to the same dialog box. However, you have a couple of different options now. Use open images. If I had a whole bunch of images that I'd been working on and I just wanted to quickly spit out JPEGs, I could check that.

Or, I can select a folder. So now I can go in here and choose the folder that I want to work on, and I can also ask it to include all sub-folders. Then I configure this the rest of the, just like I did before, hit Run, it'll do the same thing that it did when I launched from Bridge. So if you regularly find yourself needing to save images into different formats, don't forget about the Image Processor. Surprisingly, it's an easy facility to just kind of slip out of your mind. So let me give you this call to action here to go right now and open up Image Processor and give it a try.

Get it into your hands. So you've gotta use it a couple of times before you really realize, wow, this is a great tool that I need to, to remember. I shouldn't be tediously doing this stuff on my own anymore. Image Processor is a great way to save a lot of time.

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The Practicing Photographer

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  1. 7m 16s
    1. Using an iPhone to make a print in the darkroom NEW
      7m 16s
  2. 1m 35s
    1. Introducing The Practicing Photographer
      1m 35s
  3. 7h 54m
    1. Choosing a camera
      5m 27s
    2. Looking at light as a subject
      2m 22s
    3. Using a small reflector to add fill light
      5m 45s
    4. Editing photo metadata with PhotosInfo Pro for iPad
      6m 30s
    5. Let your lens reshape you
      7m 26s
    6. Compositing street photography images with Photoshop
      7m 44s
    7. Expand your filter options with step-up and step-down rings
      3m 56s
    8. Shooting without a memory card
      3m 6s
    9. Give yourself a year-long assignment
      5m 28s
    10. Working with reflections
      1m 26s
    11. Exploring mirrorless cameras
      7m 25s
    12. Batch processing photos with the Adobe Image Processor
      7m 30s
    13. Limiting yourself to a fixed-focal-length lens
      2m 13s
    14. Creating tiny worlds: Shooting technique
      4m 15s
    15. Creating tiny worlds: Post-processing techniques
      11m 41s
    16. Shooting macro shots on an iPhone
      3m 18s
    17. Using a tripod
      3m 33s
    18. Wildlife and staying present
      5m 58s
    19. Batch exposure adjustments on raw files
      6m 52s
    20. Why Shoot Polaroid
      11m 12s
    21. Seizing an opportunity
      4m 4s
    22. Four photographers do a light-as-subject exercise
      12m 24s
    23. Shooting macro bug photos with a reversed lens
      4m 54s
    24. Varnishing a photo for a painterly effect
      13m 36s
    25. Shooting wildlife
      7m 24s
    26. Discussion on how to shoot architecture
      12m 27s
    27. Using a lens hood
      4m 48s
    28. Working with themes
      2m 48s
    29. Setting up an HDR time lapse
      7m 55s
    30. Processing an HDR time lapse
      7m 55s
    31. Two perspectives on travel photography
      12m 28s
    32. Scanning Photos
      5m 37s
    33. Photo assignment: shooting an egg
      3m 13s
    34. Reviewing the egg shot images
      6m 47s
    35. Shooting in your own backyard
      4m 38s
    36. Jpeg iPad import process
      3m 17s
    37. Shooting a product shot in open shade
      9m 34s
    38. Reviewing the product shot images
      4m 5s
    39. Warming up
      3m 26s
    40. Taking a panning action shot
      10m 17s
    41. Scanning polaroid negatives and processing in Photoshop
      8m 17s
    42. Shooting a silhouette
      3m 9s
    43. Going with an ultra-light gear configuration
      5m 29s
    44. Working with masks and calculations in Photoshop
      12m 38s
    45. Working with flash for macro photography
      4m 55s
    46. Colorizing a black and white photo in Photoshop
      5m 10s
    47. Using duct tape and zip ties in the field
      4m 14s
    48. When the on camera flash is casting a shadow
      3m 4s
    49. Using Lightroom on the road
      6m 28s
    50. Listening to your camera to get good exposure
      2m 20s
    51. Shooting a successful self portrait with a phone
      7m 18s
    52. Switching to Lightroom from another application
      9m 48s
    53. Photographing animals in wildlife refuges
      6m 41s
    54. Shooting level
      2m 42s
    55. Photoshop and Automator
      8m 54s
    56. Shooting when the light is flat
      3m 23s
    57. Discussing the business of stock photography
      9m 48s
    58. Shooting tethered to a monitor
      3m 21s
    59. Making a 360 degree panorama on the iPhone
      4m 45s
    60. Understanding the three flash setup
      3m 34s
    61. Shooting a three flash portrait
      4m 6s
    62. Understanding the differences with third party lenses
      4m 43s
    63. Understanding why files look different on depending on device
      5m 25s
    64. Working with a geotagging app on the iPhone
      4m 43s
    65. Using high speed flash sync to dim ambient light
      7m 29s
    66. Using your iPad as a second monitor
      5m 46s
    67. Understanding exposure with a leaf shutter camera
      3m 28s
    68. Photography practice through mimicry
      8m 8s
    69. Canon wireless flash with built in radio control
      5m 59s
    70. Posing and shooting pairs of people
      5m 35s
    71. Shooting with a shape in mind
      3m 15s
    72. Shooting tethered to a laptop
      4m 40s
    73. Softboxes vs. umbrellas
      2m 55s
    74. Getting your project out into the world
      6m 25s
    75. Exploring how to think about shooting a new environment
      3m 56s
    76. Discussing the book "The Passionate Photographer" with Steve Simon
      6m 4s
    77. Highlighting iOS 8 updates on the iPhone5S
      10m 46s
    78. Exploring manual controls with iOS 8 and ProCamera
      5m 30s
    79. Understanding how to compose with an empty sky
      4m 54s

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