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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.
So continuing on with the concept of automating Camera Raw, the first technique of processing multiple files is to create and edit the settings of one file and then copy and paste those settings to other images that you have selected inside Bridge. The other method is to actually work with more than one image in Camera Raw to begin with. So I'm going to go ahead and select our range of images here. We'll just hold down the Shift key to select multiple. If I want to select images that are not adjacent to each other, I can hold down the Command key on the Mac, or Ctrl key on Windows. So I'm just going to select this subset of images here, these four.
And I'll double-click in any one of them to open up Camera Raw. Now, because I had more than one image selected, you'll see that I get this vertical filmstrip along the left showing you how many images I have in my selection. The thumbnail that has the dark blue line around is the one that's currently being edited of course. If I want to select any other image, just click on its thumbnail and that becomes the active image. I'm going to go ahead and click on the first thumbnail again, and let's start doing an edit. All right. Let's go ahead and do something similar that we did previous to these images. We'll lower the Exposure just a bit.
We'll bump up the Recovery slider. Maybe open up the Fill Light. And again, this is just to demonstrate how you do it across multiple files. So what settings we use don't really matter here. Maybe increase the Clarity. The idea here is that I've got this image that's now been modified, and I want all the other three thumbnails to use the exact same settings. So you'll notice here in the upper- left hand corner, there is a Select All button, go ahead and click that. Now what that does is that selects the thumbnails below the target image, the reference image. And then there is this button right here that says Synchronize.
I'm going to go ahead and click the Synchronize button. And it says well, what settings do you want me to synchronize across this range of selected items? I'm just going to go with everything. I'm going to click OK, and that will update all those thumbnails for me. They are all now using the exact same settings. At this point, I can either click the Done button and that will update the thumbnails and save those settings in the Metadata. I can click the Open Images button. And of course, that will open all four of these images and pass them on over to Photoshop. Or if I want, I can actually save out these images with skipping another trip to Photoshop.
I can save out JPEGs, choose a particular folder where I want these to go, get them a base filename. Choose JPEG and set its Quality settings and so forth. So a very easy quick way to work with multiple files in the Camera Raw Editor, just select multiple files in Bridge before you double-click on one of them. Once you do that, you'll have access to all the thumbnails and then you can edit one and synchronize those settings across the entire range of selected thumbnails.
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