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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers is an essential course for any digital photographer who wants to master the software's vast array of image enhancement techniques. Professional photographer and instructor Chris Orwig uses his own compelling images to demonstrate how the power of Photoshop can make photographers more passionate about their work. He covers many aspects of the application, such as working with RAW images, using curves and levels, making images snap, and enhancing bland photographs by converting them to black and white. Exercise files accompany this course.
Welcome to this brief chapter on some of the essential Bridge tools. Now we are not going to get cover all the Bridge tools, just the essential ones. If you are interested in some of the other tools, I'll cover those in some of my other training titles. All right, the first tool we are going to focus in on is how we can write and create actions. And here you can see I'm in the Chapter 10_bridge_tools folder. What I'm going to do is create an action that will convert my images to black and white. Now here you can see I have this particular image and then I have a couple more, and I have four stock shots. I want to convert all of those to black and white and I want to save those to a particular folder.
For starters, let's go ahead and create a new folder. I'm going to go ahead minimize my icon size, so we can see this here. Then right-click or Ctrl- click and choose New Folder. I'll name this BW for black and white. Next step, to select an image, double-click the image to open it up in Photoshop. I have to go to Full Screen View mode, and you will notice I already have my Actions panel open. Now if your Action panel isn't visible, navigate to Window > Actions and then that will bring that out there. OK great. Well, now that I have the Actions panel visible, I'm going to do a couple of things. The first thing is I need to create a set. I'll go ahead and click on this icon here and I'll call this Convert to BW, black and white. Now I'll record the actions, so I'll click on the Create New Action icon. And I'll call this one BW, for black and white. It is now recording everything that I do.
Right, well, the first thing that I want to do, is create an adjustment layer, and I want to Desaturate this image, I want to remove all the color, so I'll click on the Hue saturation icon, remove all the saturation, great. The next thing that I want to do is save this to that folder, so I'll navigate to File > Save As, and I'm going to save it to the BW folder, black and white. And I save this out a corwig_stock_01 with that PSD extension, and then I'll click Save. That will then save the file. Now, finally I just need to close it. On a Mac that's Command+W. On a PC it's Control+W, and voila! We have successfully recorded our action. So here we press the Stop button. So you ma be thinking, okay, well, why are we creating this action? I thought this was about tools. In order to get the most out of learning how to use the tools, it's helpful to first create an action and you will see how this will come into play and help us get more out of our Bridge tools in the next movie.
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