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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers is an essential course for any digital photographer who wants to master the software's vast array of image enhancement techniques. Professional photographer and instructor Chris Orwig uses his own compelling images to demonstrate how the power of Photoshop can make photographers more passionate about their work. He covers many aspects of the application, such as working with RAW images, using curves and levels, making images snap, and enhancing bland photographs by converting them to black and white. Exercise files accompany this course.
In the previous movie we talked about how we can record an action. Now in this movie, we are going to take a look at how we can take advantage of that action by using one of the Bridge tools. Now before we go back to the Bridge, I just want to point out that our action is part of the set, Convert to Black and White, and then the name of the action is BW. Okay, let's navigate back to the Bridge. Here we can see we have our Bridge tools folder and then that sub- folder BW, and when I go inside of the BW folder, you will notice that I have that image that I converted to black and white, just one image. Okay, well back to the Bridge tools. I then want to batch process the next three images. Now with three images, is batch processing that impressive? No, but it's incredibly impressive when you have to work with 30 or 50 images.
I'm just not going to work with 30, because that will take too much time. But we can imagine that we are applying this process to multiple, multiple images. All right, I have selected all the images I want to Batch process. Next, I navigate to the Tools pulldown menu, and choose Photoshop and then Batch. This will then open up the Batch dialog window. Now first I need to choose what action do I want to play? In this case I want to play from the set Convert to BW, the action BW. Now the source or the images that I have selected inside of the Bridge, I don't need to suppress anything here. File Open, or Color Profile, because I know those are all fine. All I need to do is simply click OK. Now when I do that you will notice that it is open in the images and then it is running through these different actions. All right, let's look at our BW folder. And in our BW folder, we now have all of these files that have been converted to black and white. And here is the good thing about the action that we wrote. If we open up one of these files, we will notice-- let's minimize this menu for a minute.
We'll notice that there is an adjustment layer that was created above the image, so that we can modify that adjustment layer and even add some other adjustment layers in order to continually tweak this photograph. All right, well, I'll close that one now, and we don't need to save it because I haven't modified it. All right, well, back to the Bridge for a moment to wrap up our conversation about batch processing. One of the things that you want to think about is that if you ever find yourself doing something in Photoshop and you notice that you are doing something over and over and over again, well, it may be a good idea to record an action and then batch process those images, because it can really speed up your overall workflow.
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