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Quick raw processing of multiple files

From: Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: Camera Raw 6

Video: Quick raw processing of multiple files

One of the reasons why I love working with Adobe Camera Raw is because it really enables and empowers me to work quickly. What I want to do here is share with you a couple of speed tips in regards to working on multiple files. We'll be working on these three photos of my sister and her family. You just got to love this little guy. Look at those cheeks and that smile, love it. Let's say we want to convert these images to black-and-white. I'll hold down the Command key on the Mac, Ctrl key on Windows, click on the images, then press Command or Ctrl+ R to open these up in Camera Raw.

Quick raw processing of multiple files

One of the reasons why I love working with Adobe Camera Raw is because it really enables and empowers me to work quickly. What I want to do here is share with you a couple of speed tips in regards to working on multiple files. We'll be working on these three photos of my sister and her family. You just got to love this little guy. Look at those cheeks and that smile, love it. Let's say we want to convert these images to black-and-white. I'll hold down the Command key on the Mac, Ctrl key on Windows, click on the images, then press Command or Ctrl+ R to open these up in Camera Raw.

Well, there are a couple of different ways we can work here. One thing that we could do would be to simply desaturate. Let's say we decide to do that. Next, we want to synchronize these settings to all the images. We'll click Select All and then, if we click on Synchronize... whenever you see dots that means a dialog is about to be open. Here, what we can do is we can choose a lot of different options like synchronize everything or just synchronize something, like let's say the sliders in the basic panel. Whatever your option is, all we need to do is to dial that in and then click OK.

It will then synchronize those settings across these images. Now, if ever you don't want to see that dialog, I'll hold down Option or Alt, those dots disappear, click Synchronize then, and basically, what it's going to do is it synchronize based on whatever options you previously checked off inside of that dialog. So, that dialog box has built-in memory. All right. Well now that we synchronized these images, we go ahead and click Done in order to apply those settings. We are back here in Bridge, and in Bridge move over to another image.

But then we say, you know what, I want to go back to this other photograph. I am not quite content with that. So, we reopen this image in Camera Raw. Press Command or Ctrl+R. All right. Well now that I am in Camera Raw I realize, you know what this image needs more Exposure. It needs more Fill Light, a little bit more Contrast. All right, now the image is starting to snap. Now that I have modified this a bit more, here I go ahead and click Done. When I go back, I realize, I wish I had applied these settings to these other images, because when I scroll through them or compare them this is just muted and muddy, this is bright and vibrant. I love it.

So, if only there was a way, of course, to apply the Camera Raw settings that we've applied here to the other images. This comes up a lot, especially when we shoot a high volume of photographs. For example, let's say we are photographing a wedding, and we have a wedding where we have a hundred images, which we want to process a similar way in regards to the White Balance, or Contrast, or Exposure. Well what you can do is process one image. You can then apply those settings to the other files a couple of different ways. First, a shortcut: you can press Command+Option+C on Mac, Ctrl+Alt+C on Windows.

Next, you can click on one or more images here and then press Command+Option+V on a Mac, Ctrl+Alt+V on Windows. This will then say hey! What you want to paste? In my case, what I want to do is I want to paste all of my Camera Raw settings that I did previously -- remember, this has built-in memory. Remember, when I checked off last time. So, I'll go ahead and click OK. It now updates all those photos so they are now all processed the exact same way. Now, let's take this even further.

Let's say we go back to the original image, the first one. We reopen this in Camera Raw. Press Command+R on a Mac, Ctrl+R on Windows. Here, we are going to make a change in the Split Toning panel. I am just going to add a bit of a dark, nice, little sepia tone there, and then I'll click Done. I am doing this just so we have a visual difference. Now, let's say oh! Gosh, I wish I could apply that to these other images. Well we could of course use our shortcut, or we can click on one or more images by holding down the Command key on a Mac, Ctrl key on Windows and then we can right-click or Ctrl+Click.

Here we can make our way down to Develop Settings. What we can choose is Previous Conversion. In other words, what I want to here is I want to apply the Camera Raw settings that I most recently used. In this case, it was those black-and- white settings, Contrast, Exposure and also that little bit of a Split Toning effect there. Well, now when I simply choose Previous Conversion, it will then apply those settings to these images so that now I've processed all three of these images in the same way.

Along the way, we learn some really valuable speed tips for processing multiple files while using Adobe Camera Raw and Adobe Bridge.

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Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: Camera Raw 6

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  1. 8m 57s
    1. Welcome
      54s
    2. Should I use Adobe Camera Raw or Photoshop?
      3m 22s
    3. What is Camera Raw?
      3m 45s
    4. Using the exercise files
      56s
  2. 21m 7s
    1. Bridge overview and preferences
      4m 9s
    2. Camera Raw preferences
      3m 17s
    3. Raw vs. JPG or TIFF files
      3m 5s
    4. Choosing a native raw file or a digital negative (DNG)
      6m 13s
    5. Converting or saving to the DNG format
      4m 23s
  3. 28m 44s
    1. Project overview: Cover photo shoot
      2m 6s
    2. Auto-toning and correcting white balance
      3m 3s
    3. Cropping and composing
      2m 35s
    4. Enhancing color and tone
      2m 39s
    5. Removing distractions
      2m 46s
    6. Sharpening and noise reduction
      2m 29s
    7. Converting to black and white
      2m 24s
    8. Adding a vignette
      2m 10s
    9. Making a localized correction
      1m 45s
    10. Creating snapshots of memorable looks
      3m 11s
    11. Re-editing Camera Raw settings
      57s
    12. Working with multiple adjustments
      2m 39s
  4. 16m 13s
    1. Navigating the interface and the toolbar
      5m 5s
    2. Image adjustment tabs and panels
      5m 8s
    3. Using the histogram
      2m 4s
    4. Previewing before and after different adjustments
      2m 4s
    5. Working with multiple files
      1m 52s
  5. 23m 17s
    1. Opening raw files in Bridge
      6m 3s
    2. Opening JPGs and TIFFs in Bridge
      3m 28s
    3. Accessing Camera Raw from Mini Bridge
      2m 57s
    4. Resizing in Camera Raw with workflow options
      3m 35s
    5. Saving from Camera Raw
      3m 5s
    6. Opening an image as a Smart Object
      1m 41s
    7. Creating a duplicate file
      2m 28s
  6. 13m 56s
    1. Using the Crop and Straighten tools
      2m 23s
    2. Working with the Crop tool
      3m 39s
    3. Cropping with an aspect ratio
      2m 26s
    4. Composing with the Crop tool
      2m 33s
    5. Creative cropping
      2m 55s
  7. 10m 29s
    1. Improving color balance
      2m 23s
    2. Using the White Balance tool and controls
      1m 35s
    3. Color correcting with white balance cards
      2m 31s
    4. White balance vision and creativity
      2m 22s
    5. Color balance resources
      1m 38s
  8. 30m 17s
    1. Deconstructing the basic adjustments
      3m 59s
    2. Recovering highlights
      2m 29s
    3. Making basic exposure enhancements
      1m 59s
    4. Making basic adjustments more quickly
      2m 18s
    5. The relationship between tone and color
      2m 40s
    6. Enhancing color and tone
      1m 9s
    7. Demystifying clarity
      3m 36s
    8. Increasing clarity
      3m 48s
    9. Understanding Vibrance and Saturation
      2m 28s
    10. Improving color with Vibrance
      2m 4s
    11. Using Vibrance and Saturation together
      1m 38s
    12. Color creativity
      2m 9s
  9. 8m 55s
    1. Learning about the parametric and point tone curves
      4m 53s
    2. Using the parametric curve
      2m 7s
    3. Using the point curve
      1m 55s
  10. 15m 29s
    1. Removing blemishes on a face
      4m 36s
    2. Cloning away small background distractions
      3m 37s
    3. Removing distracting background elements
      1m 55s
    4. Cleaning up a studio background
      1m 31s
    5. Removing dust on the lens or the camera sensor
      2m 25s
    6. Removing red-eye
      1m 25s
  11. 46m 13s
    1. Demystifying the Adjustment Brush
      3m 37s
    2. Correcting exposure by brightening shadows
      2m 23s
    3. Painting an effect into a photograph
      4m 41s
    4. Increasing visual interest by brightening shadows
      4m 3s
    5. Increasing visual interest by heightening saturation
      5m 0s
    6. Whitening teeth
      3m 33s
    7. Adding color to makeup
      5m 58s
    8. Changing color
      4m 12s
    9. Selective sharpening
      6m 8s
    10. Eye sharpening and skin smoothing workflow
      4m 28s
    11. Creating custom Adjustment Brush presets
      2m 10s
  12. 11m 33s
    1. Enhancing the foreground and background of an image with the Graduated Filter
      4m 55s
    2. Reducing exposure with the Graduated Filter
      3m 15s
    3. Creative effects with the Graduated Filter
      3m 23s
  13. 33m 26s
    1. Noise reduction
      6m 33s
    2. Reducing noise and sharpening
      6m 36s
    3. Sharpening more effectively
      7m 18s
    4. Edge sharpening in an architectural photograph
      3m 1s
    5. Sharpening a portrait
      2m 3s
    6. Using the Detail panel to soften skin
      7m 55s
  14. 16m 18s
    1. Introducing HSL
      3m 38s
    2. Modifying color and tone
      3m 52s
    3. Enhancing a fashion photograph
      3m 5s
    4. Enhancing color and tone with HSL
      3m 16s
    5. Getting creative with color
      2m 27s
  15. 13m 59s
    1. The black-and-white controls
      2m 43s
    2. A simple black-and-white conversion
      2m 5s
    3. Using multiple panels to create a black-and-white image
      3m 52s
    4. Creating a dramatic black-and-white landscape
      5m 19s
  16. 6m 40s
    1. Traditional black-and-white toning
      3m 26s
    2. Toning a color photo creatively
      3m 14s
  17. 11m 17s
    1. Deconstructing the Lens Correction controls
      3m 48s
    2. Correcting lens vignette
      1m 59s
    3. Correcting lens vignette more quickly
      1m 21s
    4. Correcting chromatic aberration and defringing
      4m 9s
  18. 16m 30s
    1. Understanding the Effects controls
      5m 54s
    2. Using the Post Crop Vignette for creative effects
      3m 23s
    3. Adding film grain to a black-and-white image
      2m 18s
    4. Adding film grain with Camera Raw and Photoshop
      4m 55s
  19. 14m 4s
    1. Introducing the Camera Calibration panel
      3m 39s
    2. Comparing color options with Snapshot
      2m 47s
    3. Creative color with the Camera Calibration controls
      4m 48s
    4. Camera Calibration resources
      2m 50s
  20. 9m 41s
    1. Introducing presets
      2m 27s
    2. Applying presets to multiple images
      3m 9s
    3. Preset resources
      4m 5s
  21. 10m 0s
    1. Quick raw processing of multiple files
      4m 38s
    2. Recording an action
      3m 15s
    3. Batch processing multiple images
      2m 7s
  22. 13m 52s
    1. Creative vivid color
      3m 30s
    2. Working with split toning
      2m 14s
    3. Applying soft and warm colors
      1m 25s
    4. Adding warm, muted colors
      2m 28s
    5. Adding and reducing false color
      4m 15s
  23. 7m 58s
    1. Additional resources
      3m 11s
    2. Camera Raw and Lightroom
      4m 19s
    3. Goodbye
      28s

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