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Join Photoshop master Deke McClelland in the fourth and final installment of his popular Photoshop CC One-on-One series. In this course, Deke shares step-by-step tutorials and expert-level insights on the most powerful features, helping you make your own way to true Photoshop mastery.
In this movie I'll show you how to use an action to batch process an entire folder full of images. So here I am looking at the two files in my CMYK flat for print folder. Unless you followed along with the previous movie, you won't have any files. Now what we're going to be doing is that we're going to filling up both this folder and the RGB layers folder with copies of the south of France images, 15 in all, right here. So you might figure what you want to do is clear out these folders, but really, all I'm going to do is get rid of my changes so far.
So I'll select it because it was just a test file and I don't like cluttering up things. And I'll press Ctrl + Backspace, or Cmd + Delete on a Mac, and then click OK in order to move that guy to the trash. And then I'll select the RGB layers sub-folder and I'll do the same here. Ctrl + Backspace or Cmd + Delete on the Mac, and then click OK. And the reason that I'm leaving Les Beaux de Province behind in both of these folders is, I want you to see that it'll get replaced automatically, which is exactly what we want to see happen.
Alright, now switch to the south of France folder here and I'll go ahead and press Ctrl + A, or Cmd + A on the Mac in order to select all of these images. And then you want to go up to the Tools menu, choose Photoshop and then choose the Batch command. And that's going to actually switch you over to Photoshop and open up the batch dialog box. Now these first options are all about the actions that you want to apply, so the set is output actions because that's the only set I have and then the action is automatically set to the one you created mostly recently which is exactly what I want convert for pre-press.
Now the source for the images should be bridge followed by a collection of very confusingly named check boxes. Now in order to understand Override Action Open commands, which isn't even English, you could hover over it, but the tip doesn't really make that much more sense. Instead you go ahead and select the check box, and you'll get this error message. That tells you because you know obviously nobody understands what this means, when this option is on the source files will be opened from the source folder that is, in this case the folder in which the bridge is currently trained only by open steps in the action.
So in another words if we created a step that open files, instead of opening from the original folder, it would open from the folder that bridge is currently trained on. Well, here's the problem, if there are no open steps, no files will be open. So we'd be in bad shape, so I'm going to go ahead and click OK unless you have open steps, you don't even need to worry about this, you want it to be turned off. Then you could Include All Subfolders. We don't have any subfolders inside this particular subfolder so we don't need that check box. And then you could choose to Suppress Open Options or Color Profile Warnings, but that's not really something that's going to effect us.
Next we have destination. You definitely do not want to leave this set to None. What that would do is just leave all of your files open. So in our case, we're processing 15 files. But we could be batch processing hundreds of files. And just imagine a few hundred files being open inside of Photoshop. And then you having to manually save each and every one of them. Instead what you want to do is either select a folder as the destination, in which case you can turn on this equally confusing check box here, Overriding Action Save As commands.
I'll go ahead and turn it on for a moment so you can see when this option is on, files will be saved to the destination only by save as steps. We have two of those in the action, and what'll happen is, instead of saving to the folders that we specified, we'd save to a folder that we choose here inside the dialog box. Well, that's not what we want. We spent a lot of time and effort selecting very specific folders, so go ahead and click OK to dismiss this message and then turn that check box off. And, we don't want destination to be Folder, either.
We want it to be Save and Close. So it's going to automatically open the files that it finds in Bridge. And it's going to automatically save them, according to our Save As steps. And then close those files as well. And then finally, you can choose to stop for the errors, if you want to. Or, you can log your errors to a file. And that would assume, of course, that you have any errors. We're not going to have any, because we've already trouble shooted our action. So now all you have to do is click the OK button and if you are processing hundreds of images, you would of course walk away from your machine or you could just switch to a different application as well because you probably don't want to watch this process.
And I'm betting that you don't want to watch fifteen images either, so what we going to do is just fast forward through this process. All right so now that everything is finished up inside Photoshop I'm going to go back to Bridge by choosing Browsing Bridge from the File menu. And what we're seeing here is the contents of the south of France folder because that's where we left things off. I'm going to press Ctrl + Shift + A or Cmd + Shift + A on the Mac to deselect those files. All right for starters I'll switch to the CNYK flat for print folder. And you can see that we have a total of 15 images.
Every single one of them has the same pixel dimensions and the same resolution and they're all set to US webcoded swap v2. So our work is done here. And if you want to check out one of the files by all means just go ahead and double click on it. In order to open that file inside the Bridge, and that is the CMYK version, of Ponte du Garde there. And now I'll go ahead and switch back to bridge just by pressing Ctrl + Alt + O, or Cmd + Option + O on a Mac. And I'll click on the RGB layer sub folder.
And let's try out that same file. Notice that once again, all the files have the exact same pixel dimensions and resolutions. And they're all set to the Adobe RGB color space as well. Even though, frankly, they were already. And they're all PSD files with adjustment layers, so I'll go ahead and double click on Pont du Gard.PSD here and I will zoom in on it. And the thing I want to stress here is that this compensation layer is just here to make the image print as it looks when the compensation layer is turned off, so in case it looks too light on your screen, although these things frequently do because of the way they get compressed.
But even so, what we want is this darker version of the image that's now taking up the entire screen, thanks to the fact that I pressed the F key a couple of times in a row. And that folks is how you batch process an entire folder full of images, whether you're talking about 15 images in our case, or several hundred or even thousands of images, in a single operation.
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