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Processing multiple images at once

From: Photoshop CS6 for Photographers

Video: Processing multiple images at once

Here, we are going to continue to talk about how we can use Camera Raw in order to correct and enhance our photographs, whether that's working on tone or color. And I also want to talk about how we can work with multiple files, in a sense, how we can kind of batch process these files using Camera Raw in order to speed up our workflows. So let's go ahead and select a few images to work on. We are going to work with this first file here, then hold down Command and Ctrl, and click on these two other images as well. The first two were captured with my Canon 5D Mark II, this last one with my iPhone.

Processing multiple images at once

Here, we are going to continue to talk about how we can use Camera Raw in order to correct and enhance our photographs, whether that's working on tone or color. And I also want to talk about how we can work with multiple files, in a sense, how we can kind of batch process these files using Camera Raw in order to speed up our workflows. So let's go ahead and select a few images to work on. We are going to work with this first file here, then hold down Command and Ctrl, and click on these two other images as well. The first two were captured with my Canon 5D Mark II, this last one with my iPhone.

So let's open up both these Raw and JPG files in Camera Raw. To do so, we'll go to the File pulldown menu and then choose Open in Camera Raw. Once all these images are open in Camera Raw, we can access them in the Filmstrip. If ever you want to change the size of the Filmstrip, you can click and drag over it so you can open up more space or less space for your image. We'll go ahead and decrease that just a little bit there. Well, with this first image of my family playing in the snow, one of the things that I notice is I don't have a lot of good detail here in the snow.

To bring some detail back, I'll use the Highlight slider. As I drag this down, you'll see that we now have more texture in this area of the image. I also want to add a little bit of contrast and perhaps some clarity and vibrance and a touch of color saturation. Next thing I want to do is I want to change the color of my daughter Sophie's ski pants here. To do that, we can go to one of our other panels. Each of these different tabs allows us to access different controls. The tab that I want to go to is this one here, HSL/Grayscale.

We have different tabs, Hue, Saturation, and Luminance. With the Hue tab, what I am going to do is change the purple, and I want to change that to a nice bright blue. So I'll go ahead and click and drag this to the left. Next, I'll go to my Saturation tab and increase the Purples saturation, which is now blue, so now I have a brighter blue here. Next, I can go to Luminance, and on the Luminance tab, this allows me to control the brightness of these tones. I can either make these brighter or darker as you can see here.

So these controls give us the ability to make really specific adjustments to our images based on color. Luminance is about brightness of those colors, Saturation, well obviously, is how saturated they are, and then Hue allows us to change the color. Well, here with this image, we've made a few adjustments. We've adjusted some HSL controls. We've also made some adjustments in the Basic panel. Well, I want to apply both of these adjustments--or both of these sets of adjustments--to the other image, this one here, so that this one has good detail in this front area and also so that her pants are blue.

Well, to do that, you can click on the first image and then hold down Command or Ctrl. That's Command on a Mac, Ctrl on Windows. And then click on the second image, and then you'll notice you have a Synchronize button. Let's click on that. This Synchronize button allows us to synchronize various settings. We can choose specific Settings, just settings in the Basic panel, or we can choose to synchronize Everything. Let's go ahead and click on Everything in order to synchronize all of the settings from this file to the other file.

Next, click OK in order to apply those settings. And here, what I want to do is then click on this other image, and what we'll see is that we now have better detail in the snow, and the pants are now a different color. So as you can see, you can really work quickly with Camera Raw, especially when you have photographs which were captured in a similar way. Let's move to this next image here. With this iPhone picture, it's a little bit drab. This photograph, it needs some contrast, so I'll increase the contrast.

I'm also going to increase my color saturation and my exposure. I really want to make this one snap. I want to make those blacks deep, so I'll click and drag that to the left. All right! Well, let's take a look at our before and after. Here is before. Now here is after. I'm liking that much more. This is really coming to life, and it illustrates the graphic nature of the subject or of the content that I was photographing. Well, with this one, how can I then batch process or synchronize these settings with all of those other photographs? Because I forgot to open them.

Well, what you can do is you can apply adjustments to one image and then simply click Done. Back in the Adobe Bridge, we'll see that this image has now been updated. Well, you can select a file which has been updated, and you can right-click or Ctrl-click. Make your way down to Develop Settings, and here you can choose Copy Settings. This will copy all of those Camera Raw settings. Next, we'll click on these three images. You can do that by holding down Command on a Mac, Ctrl on Windows, as you know, and then right-click or Ctrl-click, and here's really where the magic happens. You go back to Develop Settings and just choose Paste Settings.

Here, we are going to paste everything. We've seen this dialog before. We'll go ahead and click Everything, or select Everything, and then click OK. Well, now here, you can see these images have really snapped. They've come to life in a completely different way. All of these images have been modified with those settings which we applied to this first image. So as you can see here, Camera Raw is a tool which not only gives you flexibility and speed when working with one image, it gives you incredible flexibility when it comes to your overall photographic workflow.

Because as photographers, we so often work on multiple images, and by being able to process more than one image at a time, well, this can just speed up your workflow by leaps and bounds.

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Photoshop CS6 for Photographers

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  1. 1m 43s
    1. Welcome
      58s
    2. Using the exercise files
      45s
  2. 11m 49s
    1. Ideas for how to learn Photoshop more effectively
      4m 25s
    2. Isolating what you've learned and taking quality notes
      3m 53s
    3. Getting creative and being ready to be surprised
      3m 31s
  3. 38m 57s
    1. Customizing the Bridge workspace
      4m 46s
    2. Reviewing and evaluating your photos
      4m 22s
    3. Rating, ranking, and filtering photographs
      5m 42s
    4. Organizing photos with stacks
      3m 55s
    5. Grouping pictures together with collections
      3m 56s
    6. Adding metadata and keywords
      4m 47s
    7. Renaming images
      1m 45s
    8. Accessing the Photoshop tools from within Bridge
      2m 28s
    9. Working with Bridge and Photoshop
      2m 40s
    10. Working with Mini Bridge
      4m 36s
  4. 45m 29s
    1. Setting up your color settings
      3m 31s
    2. Choosing preferences for the HUD color picker
      3m 50s
    3. Setting image interpolation preferences
      3m 3s
    4. Modifying zoom preferences
      4m 20s
    5. Changing HUD brush options
      3m 41s
    6. Customizing interface preferences
      3m 30s
    7. Opening up documents in tabs
      4m 11s
    8. Reviewing file-handling preferences
      5m 4s
    9. Setting performance preferences
      4m 23s
    10. Choosing cursor preferences
      5m 14s
    11. Reviewing guides and type preview preferences
      4m 42s
  5. 21m 4s
    1. Exploring two simple steps for more accurate color
      2m 57s
    2. Introducing color profiles
      5m 17s
    3. Opening and saving files with embedded profiles
      7m 33s
    4. Setting up your studio
      1m 59s
    5. A demonstration of monitor calibration
      1m 46s
    6. Finding color management resources
      1m 32s
  6. 28m 34s
    1. Introducing the Tools panel
      4m 53s
    2. Changing the view mode and working with panels
      5m 33s
    3. Opening and arranging multiple documents
      6m 31s
    4. Combining, saving, and closing multiple documents
      5m 17s
    5. Creating custom keyboard shortcuts
      5m 11s
    6. Working with a Wacom tablet
      1m 9s
  7. 18m 24s
    1. The foundation of digital imaging: pixels and bit depth
      6m 12s
    2. Introducing image resizing
      3m 42s
    3. Resizing images effectively
      3m 48s
    4. Resizing and straightening with the Crop tool
      2m 28s
    5. Creative tip: sizing images correctly
      2m 14s
  8. 41m 56s
    1. What is Camera Raw?
      2m 47s
    2. Accessing the Camera Raw preferences
      3m 16s
    3. Improving your images with the basic controls
      7m 0s
    4. Correcting color and white balance
      4m 44s
    5. Processing multiple images at once
      5m 56s
    6. Utilizing the Crop tool to recompose your pictures
      5m 28s
    7. Creating dramatic black-and-white conversions
      5m 34s
    8. Reducing noise and making tack-sharp photos
      7m 11s
  9. 32m 55s
    1. Introducing layers
      2m 22s
    2. Understanding layers and layer transparency
      1m 29s
    3. Working with layer opacity
      3m 29s
    4. Aligning layers
      1m 32s
    5. Creating new layers
      4m 53s
    6. Organizing layers
      2m 31s
    7. Filtering and finding layers
      2m 8s
    8. Adding layer style effects
      5m 28s
    9. Creating a clipping mask
      6m 50s
    10. Targeting and moving layers
      2m 13s
  10. 33m 22s
    1. Making selections with the marquee tools
      4m 50s
    2. Using the three lasso tools
      4m 56s
    3. Selecting with the Magic Wand tool
      5m 43s
    4. Working with the Quick Select tool
      7m 21s
    5. Selecting based on color with the Color Range controls
      7m 13s
    6. Correcting skin tones with Color Range
      3m 19s
  11. 23m 2s
    1. Introducing masking
      1m 14s
    2. Painting away the contents of a layer with a mask
      3m 59s
    3. Using a selection to build a mask
      3m 3s
    4. Removing a subject from the background with a mask
      6m 37s
    5. Using a mask to selectively sharpen an image
      3m 58s
    6. Making selections with Quick Mask
      4m 11s
  12. 13m 42s
    1. Creating a custom border using selections and masks
      5m 4s
    2. Painting custom border effects
      3m 34s
    3. Using prebuilt borders
      4m 13s
    4. Exploring the PhotoFrame plug-in
      51s
  13. 11m 49s
    1. Adding brightness and contrast
      3m 3s
    2. Using hue and saturation and the Target Adjustment tool
      5m 34s
    3. Working with vibrancy and saturation
      3m 12s
  14. 14m 36s
    1. Working with auto levels
      3m 36s
    2. Enhancing color and tone with levels
      4m 12s
    3. Painting in adjustments with levels and masking
      4m 10s
    4. Creative tip: checking in
      2m 38s
  15. 29m 50s
    1. Introducing the Curves dialog box
      3m 12s
    2. Using auto curves and adjustments to enhance an image
      4m 17s
    3. Changing brightness with curves and masks
      3m 59s
    4. Using curves and masks to improve tone and color
      4m 56s
    5. Making advanced selections and masks
      3m 53s
    6. Enhancing a portrait with hand-painted masks
      5m 53s
    7. Using, modifying, and saving curves presets
      3m 40s
  16. 20m 12s
    1. Introducing the magic of blend modes
      6m 33s
    2. Blending multiple images together
      3m 50s
    3. Using blending modes to remove white or black
      2m 8s
    4. Improving exposure, contrast, and color with blending
      5m 37s
    5. Using blending shortcuts
      2m 4s
  17. 10m 26s
    1. Working with color correction in Camera Raw
      1m 21s
    2. Correcting color with the eyedroppers
      3m 11s
    3. Correcting color and tone with the eyedroppers
      5m 54s
  18. 36m 1s
    1. Using a Replace Color adjustment
      4m 14s
    2. Using Replace Color, Hue/Saturation, and masks
      5m 32s
    3. Replacing color with advanced masking
      7m 14s
    4. Selecting and modifying color with the Hue/Saturation eyedroppers
      2m 30s
    5. Using Color Balance to create vivid color
      4m 3s
    6. Modifying color with Selective Color
      5m 3s
    7. Changing color with Photo Filter
      4m 4s
    8. Making creative color changes with Color Lookup
      1m 44s
    9. Creative tip: shoot more
      1m 37s
  19. 35m 13s
    1. The modern equivalent of a traditional technique
      1m 40s
    2. Introducing two burn and dodge techniques
      7m 22s
    3. Burning and dodging with the Brush and Gradient tools
      4m 18s
    4. Dodging and reducing shadows in a portrait
      6m 0s
    5. Using selections, masks, and curves to change tonality
      7m 21s
    6. Improving a black-and-white landscape
      8m 32s
  20. 16m 9s
    1. The power of black and white
      4m 14s
    2. Converting a portrait to black and white
      4m 6s
    3. Converting a landscape to black and white
      4m 23s
    4. Adding grain and tone to a black-and-white image
      3m 26s
  21. 31m 57s
    1. Introducing Smart Filters
      3m 36s
    2. Applying Smart Filters
      6m 20s
    3. Creating a soft contrast effect
      6m 38s
    4. Changing focus with the Blur Gallery
      3m 40s
    5. Working with Tilt-Shift Blur
      3m 52s
    6. Creating a realistic lens flare
      2m 45s
    7. Adding light with the Lighting Effects filter
      5m 6s
  22. 12m 33s
    1. Using the Noise Reduction filter
      3m 46s
    2. Exploring advanced noise reduction using channels
      2m 49s
    3. Masking in noise reduction to a specific area
      2m 1s
    4. Reducing noise with Surface Blur
      3m 57s
  23. 48m 30s
    1. Cleaning before you enhance
      1m 2s
    2. Introducing the healing and cloning tools
      7m 22s
    3. Cleaning up the background of an image
      6m 21s
    4. Basic portrait retouching
      3m 15s
    5. Brightening shadows under the eyes
      4m 53s
    6. Brightening the eyes
      2m 30s
    7. Retouching selected areas
      5m 27s
    8. Using Content-Aware Fill to remove distractions
      5m 34s
    9. Moving a subject with the Content-Aware Move tool
      7m 54s
    10. Changing shape and dimension with Liquify
      4m 12s
  24. 24m 2s
    1. Using the Lens Correction filter
      6m 52s
    2. Reducing exaggerated distortion
      5m 16s
    3. Applying Free Transform to correct perspective
      3m 49s
    4. Correcting distortion with the Perspective Crop tool
      3m 45s
    5. Using Puppet Warp to correct perspective
      4m 20s
  25. 26m 48s
    1. Combining two photos with movement
      4m 12s
    2. Using two frames for a group photo
      4m 57s
    3. Creating a panoramic photo from multiple frames
      3m 37s
    4. Correcting distortion with the Adaptive Wide Angle correction
      7m 34s
    5. Cropping, filling in the gaps, and making final panographic adjustments
      6m 28s
  26. 27m 24s
    1. Working with Smart Sharpen
      6m 17s
    2. Using Unsharpen Mask
      4m 49s
    3. High Pass sharpening an image
      4m 47s
    4. Selectively sharpening the in-focus areas of an image
      3m 35s
    5. Selective sharpening with hand-drawn masks
      7m 56s
  27. 22m 44s
    1. Preparing images for the web and email
      4m 38s
    2. Sharpening for the web
      3m 5s
    3. Using Save for Web to create an optimized JPEG
      4m 26s
    4. Exporting images to Facebook or Flickr
      4m 46s
    5. Creating a web gallery
      5m 49s
  28. 26m 6s
    1. Desktop printing recommendations
      2m 46s
    2. Creating a PDF layout and contact sheets
      5m 56s
    3. Using a soft proof to visualize the print
      8m 0s
    4. Adjusting printer settings
      3m 43s
    5. Customizing the Print dialog box options
      5m 41s
  29. 32m 4s
    1. Opening up a video file in Photoshop
      7m 7s
    2. Editing a video clip and adding text
      5m 15s
    3. Using adjustment layers and adding an audio track
      4m 47s
    4. Creating a project with multiple clips
      4m 55s
    5. Adding a cross-dissolve fade and creating custom shortcuts
      4m 43s
    6. Customizing the workspace to review your project
      3m 2s
    7. Exporting a project
      2m 15s
  30. 3m 4s
    1. Exploring additional resources and ways to keep in touch
      2m 29s
    2. Goodbye
      35s

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