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Photoshop is the world’s most powerful image editor, and it’s arguably the most complex, as well. Fortunately, nobody knows the program like award-winning book and video author Deke McClelland. Join Deke as he explores such indispensable Photoshop features as resolution, cropping, color correction, retouching, and layers. Gain expertise with real-world projects that make sense. Exercise files accompany the course.
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In this exercising, I'm going to introduce you to a new panel inside Bridge CS5 and it's this guy right there Export. And it's kind of weird the way it set up frankly. I don't really think much as the interface but it does a really great thing. It allows you to take a bunch of images and convert them to JPEG files. The reason that so incredibly useful is let's say you have a bunch of photographs that you captured to your digital camera's raw file format, and you want to hand off some of them to a client or a friend or a family member, well you don't want to get them a bunch of raw files, because they won't know what to do with them and they might mess them up, better to give them JPEG files which are universally usable.
There are all kinds of applications that support JPEG and they're compressed and smaller and you can shove a bunch of them on a CD and hand it off, that kind of thing. And also those of you who are creating intense layered Photoshop files, you want to show those to a client for approval better to give them a JPEG image. So that they're not overwhelmed, or they don't mess something up. So, here is how this works. I'm going to go ahead and switch over to my 03_open_org folder here inside the Bridge. I'm going to bring out my Metadata panel. It is brought up for me right now.
And I'll click on the flyout menu icon and I'll choose Create Metadata Template, and the reason I'm doing this is because you can assign the Metadata Template to your images as you convert them. So, I'm going to go up here to my right-pointing arrowhead and I'm going to choose Append Metadata and I'm going to choose Winter adventure which is a Metadata Template that I've created in advance. You're not going to be able to do this, because the files contained in the system level of my hard drive, but you'll be able to follow along just the same. I just want you to see that you can do this. Then here inside IPTC Core, notice the Creator is already set to me.
I'm going to go ahead and get rid of Description. We don't need that because the single description isn't going to be applicable to all of these files. I'm going to get rid of Date Created because that certainly isn't going to be applicable. Let's take this Copyright Notice here and update it to 2010 Type & Graphics Boulder, Colorado 80303. Copyright Status is Copyrighted. It could be Public Domain or Unknown as well. All right! Just one other thing I want to confirm, I'm going to go up all the way to IPTC legacy here and twirl it open and I see the Author and the Copyright, I want to make sure this Copyright Info URL is in there.
So, it's just deke.com, although you know what? I'm going to change it to lynda.com/ deke in honor of the fact that we're inside the lynda.com Online Training Library. And I'll go ahead and name this Template Generic Deke, because it would work for a lot of different files, and then I'll click on Save. So, I have now saved out a Metadata Template that I can use for my images. Now, I'll switch over to the Filter panel and notice these File Types here, this auto populated group of File Types. I'm going to click on DNG, and DNG is Adobe's open source Digital Negative format.
That's useful for all varieties of raw images captured by digital cameras from Olympus, and Nikon, and Canon, and so on and so on. But I want you to understand even though this is a great format that the Bridge supports all varieties of raw images out there, and you can apply what you're about to learn here to any kind of raw image as well. All right! So, now I'm going to press Control+A or Command+A on the Mac to select all of these Digital Negatives. Now, these guys would open in Camera Raw and they would require a fair amount of finesse.
So, I don't want to hand them off to an unsuspecting person, I want to give them JPEGs instead. So, we'll go over to Export and I'll go ahead and drag one of these thumbnails on to save for hard drive, which is weird in my opinion, because they are already saved to the hard drive. Why would I want to save them to the hard drive again? That doesn't make any sense, but that's what you do. That's where you start anyway. Then assuming you're good to go, click on this arrowhead right there, and that will bring up this dialog box. Now it's a two-panel dialog box.
It's a very important. So, I'm going to switch over to Image Options that's where you want to start. And it doesn't tell you that you're going to be saving JPEG images, but that's what you're going to be doing. Now, I recommend that you go ahead and save the images out to the highest quality format. Unless you're going to the web or something like that you're trying to post some web graphics, there is no point in using a lower image quality. So, let's go ahead and raise that to 12. And when I say there's no point, my point is that you might as well give your people the highest quality image as possible, and that quality is 12.
Don't just select it Maximize, because that will give you a quality of 10, 12 is your best setting. Now, you can go ahead and down sample your images if you want to, for example, if I choose Manual Size and Constrain to Fit then 1024 is going to be my maximum dimension in pixels. So, it's either going to be 1024 pixels wide or 1024 pixels tall, obviously I can adjust that. If I'm thinking people are going to be viewing these images on screen, then Bicubic Sharper is the way to go. If they're going to be printing the images, you can go with Bicubic (best for smooth gradients) instead.
And I explain my rationale there in Chapter 05. I'll tell you everything there is to know about down sampling and interpolation and all of this Bicubic stuff as well. All right! However, I do not want to resize my images. I'm going to say Don't Resize, turn that off. And we're going to drop-down here. I definitely want to include my Original Metadata and all my metadata as well, although you can select to just do the copyright or something along those lines. I want to apply a Metadata Template, so I'll go ahead and turn on that checkbox and I'll select this guy right there, Generic Deke, which I just saved a moment ago.
And I will append that metadata to the existing metadata inside the image, and then I could add additional keywords if I wanted to, don't need to and now, I'll go back to Destination. So, I just like to visit Image Options first and then come back to Destination. And I think we should publish this to a Specific Folder as opposed to cluttering up the original location here. So, I'll click on Browse and I'm going to create this folder inside the exercise_files folder, inside open_org and I'll go ahead and create a new folder like so, and we'll call this one JPEG files and that's it.
Go ahead and select it, click OK and that becomes the location to which my images will be saved. And this final option here is asking what to do if the Bridge encounters files with the exact same filenames. So, do you want to create a new file name? In other words, you're going to keep both files and the new file just have like a - 1 after it, or do you want to overwrite the existing files? Certainly, you want to copy over them, or do you want to skip? In other words you'll not create the new file, you'll preserve the old file instead. In our case, it doesn't matter because we don't have any files.
We just created that folder. I will go ahead and call this My JPEG settings so that I can use this preset over and over again. And now I'll click on Save. So there are My JPEG settings preserve for evermore, and I'll now click on Export as well in order to begin exporting my list of JPEG images. Notice it's going to start a little slow and then it's going to take off. Now the great thing is in the old days there was this command prior to CS5 here that allowed you to convert a bunch of images over to JPEG, but it was basically a script, and it had to open every single image inside of Photoshop inside Camera Raw.
So, you would see Camera Raw flash up on screen, and then file would get saved. And then Camera Raw will come up and screen again and then file would get saved. And it would happen over and over again and it wasn't especially fast. And even though this doesn't look like it's going all that fast, it's churning through these images much faster than the old image processor. All right! So, I'm going to twirl open this little hard drive here and we'll see the progress, and so you can see that many of the files, actually most of the files are done and it's just working on these last files right here. So, quite interesting.
Now, you can walk away from your computer if you like, and get a beverage, and then come back, do whatever you want, watch a commercial on TV. It should be done when you come back. Also notice down here inside the Export panel this blurry sort of the murky thing that we've got going, and in the background very blurrily, we see Exporting to Hard Drive, 96%. So that's encouraging. It's 96% done and now it is done. Awesome! Now all I have to do is close out, because I'm done with that operation. And I will click OK, because the updater was asking me if he could find updates whatever.
Anyway I'm going to switch over to JPEG files and here are my JPEG images, JPEG versions of every single one of those DNG files. These will open directly inside of Photoshop or your clients' favorite image handler. And notice that the Metadata is preserved, so the star ratings are still there, the labels are still there, this keywords are still going to be there so I click on this butterfly and go over to the Keywords panel, sure enough it's still a Butterfly. So that's totally awesome. So anyway, that's how you use the Export panel to convert a bunch of images over to JPEG files, the original images are still retained incidentally here inside Bridge CS5.
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