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In Photoshop CS5 Essential Training, author Michael Ninness demonstrates how to produce the highest quality images with fantastic detail in the shortest amount of time, using a combination of Photoshop CS5, Adobe Bridge, and Camera Raw. This course shows the most efficient ways to perform common editing tasks, including noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, retouching, and combining multiple images. Along the way, Michael shares the secrets of non-destructive editing, utilizing and mastering Adobe Bridge, Camera Raw, layers, adjustment layers, blending modes, layer masks, and much more. Exercise files are included with the course.
Once you understand the basics of mechanics of Camera Raw, well then the next step in your education process here is to learn how to automate as much as possible, so you're not doing one file at a time. So this is the first video where I'm going to start getting into this topic of automating Camera Raw. There's two ways to go about processing multiple files in Camera Raw and I'm going to show you the first way here is taking the settings used in one image and applying them to others inside Adobe Bridge. Let's begin by clicking on a particular image that we want to use to represent the series.
Here these are all from the same day, so we're going to go ahead and modify one in Camera Raw to fine-tune it. Go ahead and double-click on this Raw file, and we'll just do some basic adjustments. Maybe bring the Exposure down just a little bit. Bring that Recovery slider up to bring back some highlight detail. Maybe open up the shadows just a touch, improve the overall Contrast and Clarity. It's not really important what settings I'm using at this point. Just pretend that we're making the world's greatest adjustments here. I've got my adjustments. They're great. They're exactly the way I want them. I'm going to go ahead and click Done. You'll see that thumbnail now updates to reflect that it's been edited and shows you the little settings icon as well.
What we want to do now is use the settings that we created and applied to this image across all the other images in the current view here. So I'm going to go ahead and select that thumbnail and under the Edit menu, you'll see I have a Develop Settings submenu and I've got Copy Camera Raw Settings. There's also a keyboard shortcut for that. Command+Option+C on the Mac, Ctrl+Alt+C on Windows and you'll see that I've got a corresponding command for pasting Camera Raw settings, Command+Option+V or Ctrl+Alt+V. We'll use that in just a second. So for now I use the menu command, Copy Camera Raw Settings, and then when I click on any other thumbnail or any other range of thumbnail, so I'm going to hold down the Shift key, and select on the last thumbnail to select all of them in between.
I'll go back up to the Edit menu and choose Develop Settings again. If I know the keyboard shortcut I could just use it, Command+Option+V, Ctrl+Alt+V, or I'll choose the menu command here, Paste Camera Raw Settings. Then it says well, which settings do you want to copy and paste? You actually can have any number of them that you've chosen. If I go ahead and just choose everything, that's going to turn on every single checkbox. But if I only want to copy let's say the Grayscale Conversion settings or the Sharpening settings, we have a lot of flexibility here about exactly what subset of adjustments that you created do you want to apply to this other range of images? I'll just go with everything for now, click OK.
You'll see that Bridge will start updating all those thumbnails and it has applied those same settings that we used on this first file to all the other files in the range of selection there. So there you have it, a very quick way to copy and paste settings from one raw file or any file edited with Camera Raw and use them across another range of images. Okay, so to reset all these files back to where we started from, I'm going to go ahead and do select all, Command+A or Ctrl+A and I can go ahead back up to the Edit menu, under Develop Settings, and say Clear Settings, and this will get rid of any edits that we've done to these Raw files, and take them back to the way they were right when they got off the camera.
You'll see once those thumbnails are updated, those setting icons go away as well. I'll just click somewhere else to deselect.
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