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This course provides in-depth training on Camera Raw 7, the Photoshop CS6 component that enables photographers to open and manipulate raw format images. Raw images are minimally processed in the camera; they're effectively the exact data recorded by the camera's sensor. Author Chris Orwig shows you how to control a raw image's appearance—exposure, shadow and highlight detail, color balance, and sharpness—with far more precision than is possible with JPEG images. The course also introduces the new workflow procedures and technical concepts and issues associated with raw content, so that photographers can best leverage this powerful format.
The next few tips that I'm going to share with you here aren't directly related to Adobe Camera Raw, yet they are essential to know how to do when working with RAW files and when working with Camera Raw. What we're going to look at is how we can write an Action and then how we can batch process our files which we've worked on in Camera Raw. Now let's say that we've processed this big group of photographs and here we have two of the images from the group. Well what I want to do next is open up one of these files inside of Photoshop, but I want to skip Camera Raw.
To do that hold down the Shift key, then double-click on the RAW file. This will then skip Camera Raw and it will send the image directly to Photoshop. Now that the image is open inside of Photoshop, I want to write or record an action which does a few things to this photograph. You can access your Actions panel by clicking on this icon here or by going to the Window pulldown menu and choosing Actions. Next, in the Actions panel if this Default Actions folder is open, go ahead and close it, and then click on this icon to create your own set.
Here I'll just name this Chris Orwig - actions. Next, we want to write or record our own Action. An Action allows you to remember these different steps that you've taken in Photoshop, because sometimes you can't finish off your images with Camera Raw. Sometimes you have to go to Photoshop to do a few things. Here we're going to create an Action which will resize and also sharpen this image. We want to click on the icon to create a New Action. I'll just name this resize - sharpen.
Next, we'll click Record. Now that it's recording, it will remember whatever steps we take. Here I'm going to go to my Image and then Image Size dialog, and I'm going to change my Image Size so that the Height of this image, well it's about 4, so this is now 4 x 6 approximately and then I'll click OK. In doing that I have now resized this photograph. Next what I want to do is I want to sharpen this picture. So to sharpen it, I'll copy the Background layer. We can do that by clicking and dragging this to the New Layer icon, and then I'll name this New Layer sharpen.
The next step is to go to my Filter pulldown menu, then I'm going to choose Sharpen, and then select Smart Sharpen. Here with Smart Sharpen open what I can do is dial in an appropriate amount of sharpening. My point here isn't to really talk about all of these things inside of Photoshop or to teach you how to do this, but rather to highlight that we can take these different steps or record these steps in an Action. Here we'll click OK in order to apply that sharpening. Next, I want to save this file out as a Photoshop document.
So we'll choose File and then select Save As. In the Save As dialog I'm interested in saving these in the same exact folder, except I'm going to save them as Photoshop document. Next, we'll click Save and then finally after saving the document I'm going to go ahead and close it, which will then exit out of everything that I've done there. So I can now press Stop. In the Actions panel you can see it has recorded all of these different steps. It opened the image up, resized it, sharpened a new layer, saved, and then closed the file.
So what I can then do is navigate back to Adobe Bridge. Here I'll go to Browse in Bridge. I can then select 1 or 50 or 100 files that I now want to batch process with that Action that we just recorded. Well because in a sense this is a two- part process, let's go ahead and take a look at the next step in this process in the next movie.
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