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Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Advanced, the second part of the popular and comprehensive series, updated for CS5, follows internationally renowned Photoshop guru Deke McClelland as he dives into the workings of Photoshop. He explores such digital-age wonders as the Levels and Curves commands, edge-detection filters, advanced compositing techniques, vector-based text, the Liquify filter, and Camera Raw. Deke also teaches tried-and-true methods for sharpening details, smoothing over wrinkles and imperfections, and enhancing colors without harming the original image. Exercise files accompany the course.
Recommended prerequisite: Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals.
All right, so I have opened a total of four images here inside of Camera Raw. I've modified just the first image, this photo of my youngest son Sammy while looking at the Temperature value, which I've dialed down to a very warm light source of 2600 degrees Kelvin, which causes Camera Raw to compensate by cooling down the image. Now in this exercise I am going to apply a few different modifications to the other images, so that I can show you how to synchronize your modifications because I want you to have a clear idea of how you edit multiple images at a time inside of Camera Raw.
So I am going to go ahead and switch to Swim meet-2.dmg just by clicking on its thumbnail over here on the left-hand side of the window. By the way, you can change the size of this Filmstrip View if you want to. If you want to increase the size of your thumbnails, then you just drag this vertical bar, the one that has little scrubby mark on it. You drag it over to the right-hand side, and that will increase the size of the thumbnails. If you drag it to left, that will decrease the size of the thumbnails. If you drag far enough, you will go ahead and hide that Thumbnail View and then if you want to bring the Filmstrip back up, you double-click on this vertical bar.
Now I'll go ahead and make my thumbnails a little narrower, so that I can see all of the images at once, and we're going to dial in some very obviously different White Balance settings, none of which are particularly accurate. This is just for the sake of demonstration. I will increase the Temperature value to a very high value, which would indicate a very cool light source thereby warming up the image to compensate. Now I will click on Swim meet-3.dng, and I am going to cool down the temperature a little bit and then drag the Tint value over into the dangerously negative territory, something like -140, so that we have a greenish turquoise image.
And then I am going to click on the final thumbnail, and I will go ahead and warm it up a little with the Temperature value and then go into dangerously, precariously high territory with this Tint value so that we end up getting an extremely pink version of the image. Now let's say that we want to synchronize these various modifications. Well, I'll go up to the Select All button and I'll click on it, or I could press Ctrl+A or Command+A on the Mac to select all the various thumbnails there. Notice that the bottom thumbnail is active. It has a blue highlight around it.
Also, we're seeing that image here inside the Image window. So technically we have multiple images active at a time but one image, te image that we're seeing takes priority, especially where the synchronization is concerned. So now if I click on that Synchronize button, I'm going to synchronize all of the very selected thumbnails to the settings that we're seeing onscreen. So I'll click on Synchronize. That brings up this massively complicated dialog box right here with 13,000 checkboxes. Here is the good news. The default settings are just fine.
99% of the time all you're going to do is click OK in order to accept these settings, because what you're doing is you're accepting all of the settings, all the numerical settings that make sense to apply to a bunch of different images, and you're not applying the local settings, that is Crop and Spot Removal and other local adjustments that wouldn't make any sense when applied to different images, because the last three check boxes are taking into account things like framing and the subject matter of the image and so forth.
So I am just going to click OK in order to accept the default settings and just like that I've gone ahead and synchronized all the images together. Well, let's say for the sake of demonstration course that it dawns on me gosh! This is not the image that I wanted to synchronize to. I want to synchronize to the green image. So I will press Ctrl+Z or Command+Z on the Mac to undo that modification and then I will click on Swim meet-3.dng. Notice I've got this little warning up here in the top-right corner of the Image window. I just want you to know what that means because I get that question a lot, but all it's indicating is that Camera Raw is trying to catch up with you.
It wants to go ahead and apply your settings to this image, so that it's updating the screen redraw. That's all that's happening. Nothing is wrong with the image in other words. In fact, it's a good thing when you see that icon. It just means "wait, one second. I'm working on it," and then when the icon goes away, the screen preview is accurate. Anyway, the other thing to notice is when I clicked on this thumbnail, I de-selected all the other guys. So that means I now need to go back up and click on Select All once again or press Ctrl+A, Command+A on the Mac, and then I would click on the Synchronize button to bring up the massively complicated dialog box and click OK in order to go ahead and synchronize the other thumbnails.
But of course this isn't what I want either. I want to synchronize to the yellow version of the image let's say. So I will press Ctrl+Z, Command+Z on the Mac once again. This time, however, I don't want to deselect all the other thumbnails. So I'll press the up arrow key in order to advance from Swim meet-3 to Swim meet-2. If I press down arrow, I would move down to Swim meet-4 instead. Notice, however, even though we now see the yellow version of the image that all the thumbnails are active, I will click on The Synchronize button in order to bring up the massively complicated dialog box and click OK once again in order to synchronize the varias images to these settings. Okay.
Finally, one last option that's available to you. I will go ahead and press Ctrl+Z or Command+Z on the Mac to undo those modifications. Another way to switch to a different image without deselecting all the other ones is to Alt+Click or Option+Click on a thumbnail and notice by Alt+Clicking or Option+Clicking on Swim meet-1.dng, I switch to the blue version of the image. All my thumbnails remain selected. Is there any way to hide that dialog box so it doesn't keep coming up? Yes is the answer and you take advantage of that exact same keyboard shortcut.
You Alt+Click or Option+Click, and notice as soon as I press the Alt key or the Option key, the dot, dot, dot disappears, thereby telling me we're not going to have a dialog anymore. So I Alt+Click or Option+Click, and the synchronization happens automatically using the default settings. All right! That's how you synchronize your settings across multiple images. In the next exercise I will show you how to modify the white balance of multiple images at once using the automated White Balance tool, and I'll also show you how to apply your changes to your image files.
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