Photoshop CC One-on-One: Mastery
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Batch processing an entire folder of images


Photoshop CC One-on-One: Mastery

with Deke McClelland

Video: Batch processing an entire folder of images

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.
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  1. 1m 25s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      1m 25s
  2. 1h 21m
    1. The many and varied filters in the Filter Gallery
      1m 10s
    2. Introducing the Filter Gallery
      7m 25s
    3. Modifying Filter Gallery settings
      4m 27s
    4. Combining multiple Filter Gallery effects
      7m 28s
    5. The strange power of the Sketch filters
      7m 19s
    6. Converting an image to etched outlines
      5m 58s
    7. Turning those outlines into "digital ink"
      4m 21s
    8. Duplicating a complex Smart Filter sequence
      5m 31s
    9. Customizing a filter effect for a new image
      6m 47s
    10. Tracking Filter Gallery effects by name
      4m 2s
    11. Pencil sketching one image onto another
      6m 26s
    12. Brightening eyes and teeth in a filtered portrait
      8m 46s
    13. Using the new Oil Paint filter (CC Only)
      8m 8s
    14. Customizing an effect with a filter mask (CC Only)
      3m 56s
  3. 41m 16s
    1. Shining light onto a photograph
      1m 1s
    2. Introducing the Lighting Effects filter
      10m 3s
    3. Creating a custom, colorful vignette
      4m 34s
    4. Creating an angled watermark pattern
      5m 24s
    5. Lighting a watermark texture map
      6m 22s
    6. Turning text into a soft texture map
      3m 45s
    7. Creating raised credit-card-style letters
      5m 4s
    8. Wrapping an image using a displacement map
      5m 3s
  4. 30m 38s
    1. Magic is a shaky proposition
      1m 32s
    2. Introducing the Shake Reduction filter
      7m 41s
    3. Drawing custom Blur Trace boundaries
      8m 3s
    4. Modifying and comparing Blur Trace boundaries
      3m 1s
    5. The Blur Direction tool and Source Noise
      2m 58s
    6. Adding grain and smoothing color artifacts
      7m 23s
  5. 33m 37s
    1. Correcting barrel distortion and panoramas
      1m 4s
    2. Introducing the Adaptive Wide Angle filter
      4m 17s
    3. Drawing polygonal constraints
      4m 10s
    4. Manually straightening a GoPro photo
      4m 45s
    5. Stitching together a seamless panorama
      4m 35s
    6. Correcting a pano with Adaptive Wide Angle
      6m 57s
    7. Aligning constraints and overcorrecting
      7m 49s
  6. 52m 52s
    1. Distorting an extracted image
      1m 24s
    2. Extracting a foreground from a background
      3m 30s
    3. Introducing the Puppet Warp command
      5m 2s
    4. Changing the mode and adding rotation
      4m 58s
    5. Adjusting the Expansion value
      4m 0s
    6. Using Pin Depth and Density
      4m 36s
    7. Applying Puppet Warp to editable text
      6m 41s
    8. Creating an intermediate text frame
      3m 16s
    9. Converting layers into animated frames
      7m 13s
    10. Tweening and animating text
      5m 10s
    11. Exporting a QuickTime movie and GIF animation
      7m 2s
  7. 1h 10m
    1. Why edit video in Photoshop?
      1m 5s
    2. Loading video clips into Photoshop
      5m 57s
    3. Creating gradually fading transitions
      6m 11s
    4. Activating a few painless keyboard shortcuts
      3m 41s
    5. Adding text to your video
      5m 21s
    6. Combining your text into video groups
      4m 57s
    7. Adding motion to text (or any layer)
      5m 33s
    8. Adding soundtracks and voiceovers
      6m 50s
    9. Exporting and examining your video
      6m 14s
    10. Editing an existing video comp
      8m 55s
    11. Adding a video clip to the start of a track
      5m 38s
    12. Superimposing video clips with blend modes
      4m 49s
    13. Applying a Smart Filter to an entire video clip
      5m 30s
  8. 1h 24m
    1. Merging multiple exposures in Photoshop
      1m 52s
    2. Automatically aligning bracketed photographs
      4m 13s
    3. Preparing bracketed photos in Camera Raw
      4m 47s
    4. Introducing the HDR Pro command
      4m 12s
    5. How the HDR Pro settings work
      4m 56s
    6. Dramatically increasing the detail in a photo
      7m 45s
    7. Adding a curve in HDR Pro to heighten reality
      9m 9s
    8. Creating a faux-HDR effect in Camera Raw
      6m 17s
    9. Simulating HDR exposures in Camera Raw
      6m 57s
    10. Merging simulated exposures in HDR Pro
      7m 17s
    11. Creating an authentic HDR portrait shot
      6m 12s
    12. Softening an HDR portrait shot
      4m 28s
    13. Developing HDR in Camera Raw
      8m 53s
    14. Working with a 32-bit channel image
      7m 6s
  9. 1h 11m
    1. Managing the multilayer experience
      1m 52s
    2. Renaming a sequence of layers
      5m 35s
    3. Refining the Layers list using filter icons
      3m 31s
    4. Searching by name, effect, and blend mode
      5m 20s
    5. Color property, hide, show, and lock
      5m 28s
    6. Deleting empty layers; replacing fonts (CC 2014)
      5m 56s
    7. Deleting empty layers; replacing fonts (CC)
      4m 34s
    8. Grouping layers by name
      7m 53s
    9. Masking groups and effects in one operation
      5m 28s
    10. Expanding and collapsing all groups and effects
      3m 43s
    11. Introducing layer comps
      4m 4s
    12. Creating a dynamic layer comp
      5m 34s
    13. Applying a mode or effect to an entire group
      8m 55s
    14. Moving many layers without upsetting comps
      3m 28s
  10. 1h 15m
    1. Three incentives to recording actions
      2m 2s
    2. Introducing the Actions panel
      6m 31s
    3. Recording a simple but practical action
      7m 4s
    4. Modifying settings and playing an action
      7m 37s
    5. Creating a dynamically adjustable action
      5m 5s
    6. Adding steps to an existing action
      7m 56s
    7. Actioning a consistent image resolution
      8m 13s
    8. Modifying an adjustment and adding Save As
      6m 21s
    9. Actioning the creation of a flat CMYK image
      5m 18s
    10. Batch processing an entire folder of images
      6m 41s
    11. Saving and loading your actions
      4m 10s
    12. Creating a conditional action
      8m 47s
  11. 1m 20s
    1. See ya
      1m 20s

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Watch the Online Video Course Photoshop CC One-on-One: Mastery
9h 4m Advanced Oct 15, 2013 Updated Oct 01, 2014

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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.

Topics include:
  • Creating professional-quality effects with expertly combined art filters
  • Creating a dimensional watermark with lighting effects
  • Correcting for camera shake with the Shake Reduction filter
  • Removing distortion from a GoPro photo
  • Correcting a panorama with the Adaptive Wide Angle filter
  • Animating text with Puppet Warp
  • Adding transitions, text, and sound to videos
  • Creating an authentic HDR portrait shot
  • Managing and leveraging advanced layer options
  • Recording automatic actions and batch processing
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Deke McClelland

Batch processing an entire folder of images

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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Q: This course was updated on 10/1/2014. What changed?

A: Deke updated the course to reflect changes in the 2014 version of Illustrator CC, including changes to the art filters, the Puppet Warp tool, HDR, layers, and actions.

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