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In the all-new Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Mastery, the third and final installment of the popular series, join industry expert and award-winning author Deke McClelland for an in-depth tour of the most powerful and empowering features of Photoshop CS5. Discover the vast possibilities of traditional tools, such as masking and blend modes, and then delve into Smart Objects, Photomerge, as well as the new Puppet Warp, Mixer Brush, and HDR features. Exercise files accompany the course.
Recommended prerequisites: Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals and Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Advanced.
We've now managed to set up a batch processing solution wherein Photoshop goes and takes an entire folder full of images and flattens them and changes the resolution and converts them to CMYK and applies some sharpening, as well. The problem is that even though we've set up the Batch command, so it goes ahead and saves all the images to a separate folder, so it doesn't save over the originals, which is great by the way, we're saving to the original file formats. That is we're saving what were formerly layered files as PSD documents.
We're saving what were formerly flat files as JPGs, and it turns out that's not what anybody wants. When you're preparing CMYK images, whether for a designer or a commercial printer or whathaveyou, what they are going to expect is flattened TIFF files. That's the industry standard anyway, and so that's what I want to deliver. That means I need to introduce an additional operation into my Convert to CMYK action. So I still have Arles Amphitheatre and Avignon Street up onscreen. Either one of them will do. Just go ahead and click on Convert to CMYK, if you're working along with me.
That's the version that has no messages associated with it, so it just plows to the conversions without interruption. Go ahead and click on it to make it active and drop down here to the circular Record button. Click on it. It'll turn red to show you that indeed Photoshop is paying attention to you. Then I want you to go up to the File menu and choose the Save As command. It's very important that you choose Save As, instead of Save, even if Save is available to you. Then I want you to navigate your way to the CMYK for print subfolder, and what we're going to do here is leave the file name as it is, but change the format from PSD to TIFF.
Notice that some of our formats are missing, because we're working with the CMYK image. So go ahead and choose TIFF, and make sure that the ICC Profile check box is turned on. Then click on the Save button, and you'll be confronted by the TIFF Options dialog box. I would suggest you change Image Compression to LZW. There are very few instances out there of rips that have problems with LZW compression. If you're at all worried about it, go ahead and consult with your commercial printer. But most page designs end up being saved as PDF documents, anyway.
So this information will be converted out, ultimately. But again, if you're handing off files directly to your commercial printer, ask them what you want to do. Pixel Order should be Interleaved, Byte Order does not matter. IBM, PC, or Macintosh is universally compatible. Click OK in order to save off that file. What you've really done is you've created a step here inside your action. Now here's where I always go wrong. I always just switch over to the Bridge and test out my action now as a batch processing operation, entirely forgetting that the action is still in the middle of recording.
If you do that, you're going to create problems. So go ahead and stop the recording process by clicking on the square Stop button, and you are now ready to go. So I'm going to go ahead and close these two images that are open onscreen by going up to the File menu, choosing Close All. They're both saved, so I don't get any error message. I'll go up to the Bridge icon here in the Applications bar, and that switches me over to the Bridge, as you well know. Now because I want to see what's really going on here, I'm going to click on CMYK for print, that folder, and I'm going to select all my files inside this folder and delete them, because I want a fresh start here.
I want to see what the Batch command ends up producing. So I'll press Ctrl+A, Command+A on the Mac to select all of these images. So just three so far. And I'll press Ctrl+Delete, or on the Mac, you would press Command+Delete to throw those images in the trash. Hopefully, you won't get an alert message. If you do, just go ahead and say don't show again and click Delete or OK, or whatever it takes to get rid of those images. Now, switch back to Original wide-formats, and this time I'm going to be more daring. I'm going to select the first image, Arles Amphitheater.psd, and I'm going to press Ctrl+A, Command+A on the Mac to select all 15 items, as you can see.
Then I'll go up to the Tools menu, choose Photoshop, and choose the Batch command. That switches me over to Photoshop. I'll make sure that Set is Productivity, Action is Convert to CMYK so we don't get any interruptions. Source are those images selected in the Bridge. We don't need to worry about any of these open items here. Now I do have a Save As command this time, but I don't need to override the action because of I've already specified the proper folder. So the Save As command, the way it's recorded is just fine. However, if you wanted to save those TIFF images exactly as specified, just to a different folder in this case, you would set the destination to Folder, choose the folder you want to use, which in my case is the same darn folder and then turn on Override Actions Save As commands, which will bring up an alert saying you've got to have a Save As step inside of your action, or else nothing will get saved.
We do, so that's cool. Click OK. Or by the way, if you wanted to go ahead and save off all those TIFF images inside the same folder, that is the Original wide-format subfolder, then you would change Destination to Save and Close, like so. But we don't. We don't want to do either of those things. What we want to do is stick with Save and Close, because that will actually put the files where they need to go, and then turn off Override Actions Save As commands. Don't worry about these settings down here, and Errors is set to Stop for Errors is just fine.
We're right ready to go. Click OK, and then Photoshop is going to open each and every one of these, and run through the steps. We're going to go ahead and fast-forward through this process, because otherwise, we're going to see 15 of these images pop up onscreen. Once all of your images have processed, if you're working along with me, switch back to the Bridge, and let's check out the contents of the CMYK for print subfolder here. And sure enough, for me anyway, I am seeing a total of 15 TIFF images, all of which have been processed.
Let's just go ahead and open a random one of them, such as Theatre Antique d'Orange.tif, an image that we've seen before when we were discussing how to use Photomerge inside of Photoshop. But now is the flat image because it began as a layered TIFF image. We can check that its resolution here in the Image Size dialog box is in indeed 295. Yes, it is. It is a CMYK image, as you can see verified up there in the Title tab, and there's no doubt that this image has been sharpened. And there you have the real power of batch processing to a specific file format and location on your hard drive, file after file after file, processed according to your very specific instructions here inside Photoshop.
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