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Adding a Save As operation

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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.

Adding a Save As operation

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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Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Mastery

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  1. 40m 45s
    1. Welcome
      2m 45s
    2. Making Photoshop your default image editor
      7m 43s
    3. Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      8m 10s
    4. Remapping OS shortcuts
      7m 37s
    5. Installing the Best Workflow color settings
      4m 31s
    6. The color settings explained
      6m 54s
    7. Loading the CS5 color settings in Bridge
      3m 5s
  2. 1h 11m
    1. Your creative range continues to expand
      1m 46s
    2. The Avatar project so far
      2m 38s
    3. Painting on a photograph
      7m 50s
    4. Adding texture and depth
      6m 14s
    5. Simulating chalky white paint
      7m 23s
    6. Masking and placing an image
      7m 20s
    7. Upsampling and Lens Blur
      5m 9s
    8. Blending blurry elements
      3m 48s
    9. Making a Smart Object
      6m 46s
    10. Placing an image as a Smart Object
      3m 22s
    11. Blending away a background
      5m 56s
    12. Applying Smart Filters
      4m 34s
    13. Creating a glow with Lens Flare
      3m 45s
    14. Blending and masking a glow
      5m 3s
  3. 1h 26m
    1. Using the image to select itself
      1m 53s
    2. Introducing masking
      6m 32s
    3. Making an alpha channel
      6m 54s
    4. Using the Calculations command
      6m 48s
    5. Add, Subtract, Offset, and Scale
      5m 54s
    6. Prepping an image with the Dodge tool
      6m 55s
    7. Fixing mistakes before they get too big
      6m 32s
    8. Painting in the Overlay mode
      5m 51s
    9. Exaggerating and selecting flesh tones
      7m 39s
    10. Smudge, Median, and the Blur tool
      6m 59s
    11. Masking low-contrast details
      6m 7s
    12. Creating a flesh-and-clothing mask
      5m 45s
    13. Masking and compositing the foreground
      5m 27s
    14. Finessing the final composition
      7m 39s
  4. 2h 24m
    1. Connecting the dots
      1m 40s
    2. The Pen tool and the Paths panel
      6m 32s
    3. Drawing a straight-sided outline
      6m 25s
    4. Editing a path outline
      6m 36s
    5. Adding and editing smooth points
      5m 35s
    6. Creating vector masks with the shape tools
      4m 59s
    7. Building a complex outline from shapes
      4m 26s
    8. Subtracting and transforming shapes
      6m 45s
    9. Cloning, flipping, and combining shapes
      8m 58s
    10. Roughing in non-symmetrical paths
      7m 41s
    11. Finessing a complex outline
      9m 15s
    12. Masking a layer effect
      8m 26s
    13. Isolating an image element
      6m 8s
    14. Smooth points and control handles
      9m 3s
    15. Stretching curved segments
      7m 49s
    16. Using the Rubber Band option
      9m 33s
    17. Drawing smooth points with the Pen tool
      6m 59s
    18. Shading an isolated object
      3m 45s
    19. Drawing cusp points
      7m 14s
    20. Setting points in the pasteboard
      9m 57s
    21. Using the Convert Point tool
      6m 42s
  5. 2h 57m
    1. Everything you need to know about blending
      1m 45s
    2. Photoshop CS5's blend modes
      7m 21s
    3. Cycling between blend modes
      6m 15s
    4. Darken and Lighten and their derivatives
      6m 3s
    5. The blend mode shortcuts
      8m 6s
    6. The Multiply and Burn modes
      4m 28s
    7. The Screen and Dodge modes
      6m 0s
    8. How opposite blend modes work
      8m 24s
    9. Why Multiply darkens and Divide lightens
      5m 23s
    10. Cleaning up a client's bad art
      5m 3s
    11. Dropping out a white background
      5m 56s
    12. Blending inside blend modes
      8m 3s
    13. Overlay, Soft Light, and Hard Light
      6m 26s
    14. Vivid, Linear, and Pin Light (and Hard Mix)
      6m 35s
    15. Difference, Exclusion, Subtract, and Divide
      7m 34s
    16. Great uses for the Difference mode
      6m 18s
    17. Promising uses for the Divide mode
      9m 6s
    18. Hue, Saturation, Color, and Luminosity
      7m 0s
    19. Blending an inverted layer
      3m 32s
    20. The "Fill Opacity Eight"
      7m 25s
    21. Making bad blend modes good
      5m 16s
    22. Making a knockout layer
      6m 53s
    23. Blending in the CMYK mode
      8m 3s
    24. Overprinting black text
      8m 29s
    25. Using the Luminance slider
      5m 24s
    26. Parametric luminance masking
      6m 21s
    27. Adjusting the behavior of luminance effects
      10m 8s
  6. 2h 2m
    1. Smart Objects = protective containers
      1m 35s
    2. Placing an Illustrator graphic
      6m 30s
    3. Vector copy and paste options
      6m 56s
    4. Applying Puppet Warp to vectors
      8m 9s
    5. "Gluing" vector art for Puppet Warp
      5m 50s
    6. Warping art onto the surface of an image
      8m 7s
    7. Blending a Smart Object
      4m 30s
    8. Blurring and blending a Smart Object
      6m 8s
    9. Making changes in Illustrator
      5m 57s
    10. Creating "true clones"
      7m 18s
    11. Double-flipping text
      4m 44s
    12. Applying effects to multiple layers
      3m 24s
    13. Updating true clones in one operation
      7m 36s
    14. Editing JPEGs as Camera Raw objects
      5m 49s
    15. Creating a double-exposure effect
      7m 15s
    16. Masking and shading transitions
      7m 47s
    17. Applying and repeating Camera Raw edits
      6m 9s
    18. Copying vs. cloning a Smart Object
      5m 18s
    19. Flipping a Smart Object and its mask
      3m 42s
    20. Adjusting multiple Camera Raw clones
      3m 53s
    21. Text that inverts everything behind it
      5m 34s
  7. 1h 59m
    1. This time, "smart" means dynamic
      1m 37s
    2. Introducing Smart Filters
      6m 28s
    3. Traditional High Pass sharpening
      5m 17s
    4. Smart High Pass in the Lab mode
      7m 57s
    5. Sharpening a high-frequency image
      7m 46s
    6. Retroactively reducing noise
      7m 31s
    7. Which filters are Smart Filters?
      6m 20s
    8. Shadows/Highlights as a Smart Filter
      4m 37s
    9. Nesting one Smart Object inside another
      7m 11s
    10. Drawing a mask from a nested Smart Object
      8m 7s
    11. Better Shadows/Highlights inside Lab
      9m 16s
    12. Tempering saturation values in Lab
      7m 0s
    13. Filtering live, editable text
      9m 2s
    14. Enhancing filters with layer effects
      4m 33s
    15. Applying a filter multiple times
      5m 0s
    16. Creating a synthetic star field
      7m 7s
    17. Making a stucco or drywall pattern
      6m 28s
    18. Land, sea, and clouds
      8m 30s
  8. 2h 50m
    1. Photoshop's advanced painting tools
      2m 3s
    2. Canvas texture and brush libraries
      6m 40s
    3. Painting with a predefined custom brush
      9m 21s
    4. Dissecting a custom brush
      11m 9s
    5. Designing and using a custom brush
      4m 54s
    6. Saving and loading brush presets
      5m 27s
    7. The ten styles of bristle brushes
      9m 47s
    8. Size, Spacing, and Angle
      7m 2s
    9. Using the Bristle Brush preview
      7m 53s
    10. Bristles, Length, Thickness, and Stiffness
      6m 53s
    11. Stylus tilt and mouse behavior
      5m 25s
    12. Stroking a path outline with a brush
      4m 0s
    13. Troubleshooting a stylus
      5m 49s
    14. Introducing the Mixer Brush
      7m 22s
    15. The Load, Mix, and Wet values
      5m 1s
    16. Cleaning and loading a brush
      6m 26s
    17. Shading a piece of graphic art
      6m 34s
    18. Shading with color
      7m 53s
    19. Mixing a photographic portrait
      6m 11s
    20. Tracing the fine details in an image
      5m 52s
    21. Crosshatching and brush size
      5m 53s
    22. Covering up and augmenting details
      7m 36s
    23. Painting in hair and fabric
      5m 54s
    24. Painting and scaling very fine hairs
      8m 7s
    25. Adding texture with the Emboss filter
      8m 31s
    26. Exploiting a "happy accident"
      2m 46s
  9. 1h 40m
    1. Artificial intelligence that works
      1m 22s
    2. The Auto-Align Layers command
      7m 25s
    3. The Auto-Blend Layers command
      3m 54s
    4. Masking auto-aligned layers
      4m 50s
    5. The Geometric Distortion setting
      6m 44s
    6. The Seamless Tones and Colors checkbox
      4m 8s
    7. Creating the best possible layer mask
      9m 18s
    8. Auto-blending depths of field
      5m 54s
    9. Finessing masks, accepting imperfections
      6m 29s
    10. Shooting and downsampling panorama images
      5m 54s
    11. Introducing the Photomerge command
      6m 40s
    12. Evaluating the Layout settings
      6m 47s
    13. Loading, aligning, and blending with Photomerge
      5m 36s
    14. Tracing and extracting seams
      7m 18s
    15. Adding a masked element into a panorama
      5m 55s
    16. Simplifying and correcting a panorama
      5m 58s
    17. Smart Filters and nondestructive cropping
      6m 43s
  10. 1h 18m
    1. The most mysterious of mysterious topics
      2m 29s
    2. Introducing HDR Toning
      6m 43s
    3. Reigning in clipped highlights
      5m 54s
    4. The Local Adaptation options
      9m 5s
    5. Nondestructive editing with HDR Toning
      8m 22s
    6. Using the HDR Toning Curve
      7m 2s
    7. HDR Toning vs. Shadows/Highlights
      6m 0s
    8. Merging multiple exposures
      7m 14s
    9. A first look at HDR Pro
      6m 24s
    10. Removing ghosts, correcting backlighting
      7m 11s
    11. Generating and editing an HDR comp
      7m 0s
    12. HDR rendered to completion
      5m 19s
  11. 1h 27m
    1. Processing hundreds of files in no time
      1m 43s
    2. Creating an action set
      6m 37s
    3. Making an action
      7m 7s
    4. Stop, Delete, and Record
      7m 12s
    5. Add, Undo, and Rerecord
      6m 40s
    6. Playing and testing an action
      6m 31s
    7. Playing and editing a specific operation
      6m 39s
    8. Permitting the user to change settings
      4m 58s
    9. Explaining an action with a custom stop
      5m 0s
    10. Batch-processing multiple images
      7m 22s
    11. Adding a Save As operation
      6m 34s
    12. Creating an action to save web graphics
      7m 59s
    13. Batching two actions into one
      7m 15s
    14. Saving and loading actions
      5m 30s
  12. 1m 19s
    1. See ya
      1m 19s

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