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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.
In the previous movie we talked about how we can batch process our images. Now, batch processing is really helpful because it helps us to become more productive. Now in this movie we are going to focus in on the Image Processor. An Image Processor again is a productivity tool. All right, here you can see that I have these four stock images. I'll go ahead and select those, clicking on one, hold down the Shift key and click on the last one of the set. Now what I want to do is I want to email these four stock photographs to someone. So I want to resize them. Now I do not want to open them up in Photoshop and resize them. I don't want to do that one at a time, because that would just take forever. So what I'm going to do instead is use what's called the Image Processor.
Now you can access the Image Processor by navigating to Tools and then choose Photoshop and Image Processor. Now once this is open, you will notice we have four steps. 1, 2, 3, and 4. Now I want to select the images. I want the process those from the Bridge. Save in the Same Location? Sure. Now I'm not worried about them being saved in the same location, because it's not going to overwrite my files; it's going to create a new folder. Next I'm going to save them as JPEG, so I'll resize to fit them in the small 400/400 setting, Quality of 7, Convert to Profile sRGB. That is important, because they will be viewed on a monitor, so I want to go to that particular profile. Down at the very bottom, I can also run an action. Now in my case, I don't want to run that particular action, Convert to Black and White. I want to keep them in color, although I do want to add my Copyright Info.
All right. Well, now that I have done this, all I need to do is simply click Run, and then kickback while Photoshop does all of it's resizing magic. Now let's take a look at what it created. In this we have this BW folder. Those were the images we created in the previous movie and now we have a new JPEG folder, and here I have these particular photographs. And if we look at our metadata, this one is now 400 tall, and remember I said fit inside a 400/400? This one is 400 wide, perfect. And I'll just go ahead and go through these. They are all nice and small files; they are about 100, 160K or so. These are now good to go and ready to be emailed to someone.
Now keep in mind, you are not going to use the Image Processor only when you want to resize your images for emailing them to someone. Yet I needed to illustrate how the tool works in some way, shape or form. I find that the Image Processor is incredibly helpful when I have a large number of files that I need to process and resize in order to deliver to a client, or in order to convert them to a different file type, so that I can continue my own workflow.
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