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Since the beginning of the photographic art form, photographers have been searching for clearer and sharper images. Now, you don't have to settle for what was captured in camera; you can perfect your photos in post-production. In this course, Chris Orwig tackles sharpening in three programs: Adobe Camera Raw, Lightroom, and Photoshop. They all have their strengths, so he shows you how to get the best results from specific sharpening challenges with each one. Chris shows you how to reduce noise and sharpen with sliders and make selective adjustments to certain areas of raw images. In Photoshop, he uses powerful filters like Unsharp Mask and Smart Sharpen to sharpen larger areas of pictures, and masking to paint in sharpening. Last, he shares two advanced techniques, one using high pass sharpening and another that limits sharpening to the edges of your images.
The real advantage of working with actions shows up when we start to batch process larger groups of photographs. And that's what were going to do here. Before we do that, though, I need to do a little bit of housekeeping. In this chapter 8 folder, I currently have two JPG files. I want to delete or get rid of those. So click one of them, then press Delete on a Mac, Backspace on Windows. Here we'll choose Delete. We're going to throw those away to the trash. And I'm just doing that so that we can then focus in on the raw files that we have.
Often we'll have a set of raw files. Maybe it's four, or maybe it's 40 images. Whatever it is, we then want to use our actions, or take advantage of those actions which we've recorded, especially when it comes to re-sizing and sharpening. And the way that we can do that is to select the group of images, click on one, hold down the Shift key, then click on the last image in the set. Next, we'll go to the Tools pulldown menu. And here, underneath the option for Photoshop, we have access to the Batch command.
Click on Batch. This will open up this dialog. Notice that it opened it up inside of Photoshop, because what really what it's doing is it's tapping into the Photoshop engine, and it's going to use one of our actions in order to play that. Up top we have the ability to choose the set of actions, either default or the one which we created. Also, can select our action, and because we've named this appropriately we know that, yep, this is the one we want, four by six, we want to resize, sharpen that image, perfect.
We'll use the files which we had selected. You need to turn on these options, suppress the file open and color profile warnings. And then the next step is really easy. Just click OK, and you kick back while Photoshop does all of the heavy lifting, it does all of the work. And it will go through and open the images up, it will apply the steps, which we recorded interaction, and then of course will save and close these files out as well. I'm going to wait for this process to finish, and then once it's finished, we'll go back over to Bridge and take a look at the files that it created for us.
All right, now that the batch processing is wrapped up, I'll go back to Bridge, and here in Bridge, you can see we have these JPG files that were created with that action. And the advantage of working with batch processing is immense. As you can imagine, this can really help you to speed up your overall workflow.
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