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In this movie, I'll show you how to both open and modify multiple images at a time in Camera Raw, which is something you can't do inside Photoshop. So in Photoshop, it's just one image or composition at a time, whereas in Camera Raw, you can modify as many images as you like. I'm currently working in Bridge, and you can get to Bridge by choosing Browse in Bridge from the File menu inside Photoshop. And I've got Bridge trained on the 27_camera_raw folder inside the exercise files folder, and I'm looking at four images here; Swim meet-1 through 4.
They're all DNG files which stands for Digital Negative, which is Adobe's open standard for RAW digital photographs. But you might be working with CR2s or NEFs or ORFs, there's all kinds of file formats out there depending on your camera vendor. Now, you may see more images than this inside this folder, I am populating the folder as I go along. I'm going to click on Swim meet-1, Shift+Click on Swim meet-4 to select all four files, and there's a couple of different ways to open RAW images in Camera Raw.
One way is to go to the File menu and choose the Open command or press Ctrl+O or Cmd+O on a Mac, and that's going to open Camera Raw as a plugin inside Photoshop, which means you'll be occupying Photoshop's attention and freeing up Bridge. If you'd rather go the other way around, if you'd rather run Camera Raw as a plugin inside Bridge, and leave Photoshop free, then you go down here to this command, Open in Camera Raw or you'd press Ctrl+R or Cmd+R on the Mac. And that's the way that we'll be working, because that will allow us to see our modifications in Bridge when we're done.
So I will go ahead and choose the command and that brings up Camera Raw. And if this is a first time you've entered Camera Raw, then you'll see the plugin inside of the dialog box. If you'd rather consume the entire window, which you might as well, because you can't switch back to Bridge by clicking on it here, then click on this icon, or press the F key to fill the entire screen. Now, notice that we're seeing the open images in a vertical filmstrip, and we're seeing the selected image of my youngest son with a scratch on his face here inside the Image Preview. And currently, just one image is selected as you can see, so if I make any modifications, I will affect that image, and none of the others.
If you want to edit all the images at the same time, then either click on the Select All button or press Ctrl+A or Cmd+A on the Mac, and that will go ahead and select all of them. Now, if you want to switch from one image to another, that is, you want to see a different image inside the preview, then press the Down Arrow key to advance to the next image or you can press the Up Arrow key to advance to a previous image. Another way to work, if you want to skip down to an image for example, is not to click on it, because if you click on that thumbnail there in the filmstrip, you will not only switch to it, but you also deselect all the other images.
So I will press Ctrl+A or Cmd+A on a Mac in order to select them all once again. Instead what you do is you Alt+Click or you Opt+Click on the thumbnail, and that not only switches to that image, but it keeps all the other images selected as well. Now, notice all these correction options that are available to us in the Basic panel, and we'll be running through exactly how these options work in future movies. But for now, what I'd like you to do is just click on this Auto button; so yet another automatic means of correcting the color of images inside Photoshop.
And this one often works very well. I will go ahead and click on Auto, and we can see that just like that, we've changed the luminance of all of the selected images. And notice the Auto button just affects these 6 options right here; so Exposure, all the way down to Blacks. Now, we're not seeing any numerical values anymore, because each and every one of the images has been modified differently, and to varying degrees of success. So, if I go ahead and just click on one of the thumbnails to select it independently of the others, then you can see the numerical values that Camera Raw has automatically applied.
And in the case of this image, Camera Raw has done a pretty good job, you can check out the uncorrected version of the image by turning off the Preview checkbox and you can also toggle that checkbox by pressing the P key. So this is before, and this is after. I will go ahead and switch down to this next one, this one looks pretty good as well, this is before and this is after. And finally, we've got this guy here again, looks pretty darn good, this is before, and this is after. Now let's say you decide that you want to apply the modifications assigned to one of the images to all the images, because for example, this very first one, Swim meet-1 didn't come out too well, it's way too bright.
So what I'd like to do is go ahead and select all the images again, I will press Ctrl+A or Cmd+A on the Mac, and then you want to switch to the image that you like. So I will Alt+Click or Opt+Click on Swim meet-4 for example, and then you've got this Synchronize button, that will assign the settings that you've applied to this image, to all of them. And there are two ways to use Synchronize; one is just to click on the button, and you'll get this massive dialog box of options that are available to you. So basically, you're synchronizing every single development setting and the only things you're not synchronizing are things like Crop and Spot Removal and Local Adjustments, which would just work for one image at a time anyway.
So, you could go ahead and click OK at this point, but what I like to do is just skip this dialog box, because it seems to me that it's set up exactly the way I'd want it to be by default. So I will click Cancel, and if you want to skip, you press the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac, that gets rid of the little dot, dot, dot, after synchronize, then you just go ahead, and click on the button and everything happens automatically. And now, if I click on the thumbnail for Swim meet-1, we see a much better development. And by the way, keep an eye on the upper-right corner of the Preview here.
If you switch to a different image and you see a yellow caution sign for a moment, that doesn't mean anything is wrong, that just means that Camera Raw is trying to keep up with you, so it needs to refresh the preview on screen. All right. Now that we're done, a couple of different ways to work; one is to press Ctrl+A, again, Cmd+A on the Mac, and then you can click on this Open Images button, and that's going to open all four images inside Photoshop. If you just have one thumbnail selected, then it changes to the Open Image button, and you'll open just that one image.
And that's great if you want to apply more modifications inside Photoshop, but it's not necessary if you just want to save these images to a different file format. In that case, if you want to save all these images as JPEGs or TIFFs for example, you'd press Ctrl+A, once again, Cmd+A on the Mac, to select them all, and then you click on the Save Images button, and then you can go ahead and decide which file formats you want to use. For example, you can select JPEG, TIFF what have you. However, what I am going to do is cancel out of this dialog box, and just click on Done, because that goes ahead and applies our changes to the images without opening them in Photoshop, and then you see, when we return to Bridge, that all of the thumbnails update to reflect our modification and we have these little icons in the upper-right corners of the thumbnails that show us that the images include development settings.
However, and it's worth noting, that these modifications have been saved as metadata. In other words, not a single pixel has been permanently modified inside the image. And because I'm working with DNG files which is the Adobe standard, the metadata is saved directly to the file, and I can see that metadata by moving down here to the Metadata panel, which by default lives in the lower-right corner of the screen. And if I go ahead and twirl close File Properties, you can see there's this item called Camera Raw, you may have to scroll down to it, and I will go ahead and twirl it open, and then I can see my Exposure, Highlight, Shadows, Whites, Blacks, and Contrast settings, all of which were modified automatically when I clicked on that Auto button.
And that's how you open and modify multiple images at a time in Camera Raw.
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