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Up and Running with Photoshop Automation

with Richard Harrington

Video: Welcome

Learn how to utilize actions and automation in Adobe Photoshop and Bridge to speed up your workflow.
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  1. 3m 1s
    1. Welcome
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      1m 14s
    3. How to use the exercise files
  2. 53m 37s
    1. Using the Actions panel
      4m 0s
    2. Loading new actions
      7m 22s
    3. Creating custom actions
      10m 9s
    4. Creating conditional actions
      6m 10s
    5. Tips for creating better actions
      5m 58s
    6. Test and correct
      2m 47s
    7. Assigning actions to function keys
      2m 42s
    8. Saving a set of actions
      3m 34s
    9. Using video actions
      7m 36s
    10. Creating textures with actions
      3m 19s
  3. 52m 40s
    1. Batch processing multiple photos
      6m 20s
    2. Create a PDF presentation
      5m 35s
    3. Create a droplet
      3m 59s
    4. Crop and straighten photos
      2m 49s
    5. Create a contact sheet
      4m 57s
    6. Get a consistent color mode with Conditional Mode Change
      2m 59s
    7. Reduce several images with Fit Image
      4m 32s
    8. Remove distortion with Lens Correction
      4m 25s
    9. Create high-dynamic-range images with Merge to HDR Pro
      9m 45s
    10. Photo merging
      7m 19s
  4. 21m 24s
    1. Process multiple images with the Image Processor
      2m 52s
    2. Process multiple layers and effects
      2m 4s
    3. Working with layer comps
      4m 36s
    4. Exporting multiple layers
      1m 29s
    5. Setting event-based scripts
      4m 16s
    6. Focus stacking
      2m 2s
    7. Load multiple files into a stack
      4m 5s
  5. 25m 46s
    1. Importing photos with Adobe Photo Downloader
      3m 11s
    2. Batch renaming files
      3m 5s
    3. Creating a PDF contact sheet in Bridge CS6
      6m 8s
    4. Creating a PDF contact sheet in Bridge CC
    5. Creating a presentation in Bridge CS6
      4m 56s
    6. Creating a presentation in Bridge CC
      3m 0s
    7. Generating a web gallery
      4m 33s
  6. 35s
    1. Wrapping up

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Up and Running with Photoshop Automation
Video Duration: 0s 2h 37m Intermediate


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Have you ever wished there was a faster way to perform routine tasks in Adobe Photoshop and Bridge? Recover time for more creative work and speed up your Photoshop workflow by automating Photoshop using actions and batch processing. Author Rich Harrington covers everyday batch-processing tasks, such as cropping and straightening a catalog of images to predefined dimensions, batch renaming files, and exporting creative assets like contact sheets and web galleries.

This course was created and produced by Rich Harrington. We are honored to host these tutorials in the library.

Topics include:
  • Loading actions
  • Creating a custom action
  • Assigning keyboard shortcuts to actions
  • Creating a droplet for an action
  • Performing quick lens corrections
  • Automating merging to HDR Pro
  • Creating event-based scripts
  • Working with layers more efficiently with actions


(MUSIC). Hi, my name is Rich Harrington. And welcome to this course on using actions and automation with Adobe Photoshop. We're going to explore lots of different techniques that are all about saving time and getting the job done faster. Photoshop ships with a ton of technology; scripts, automation commands, actions, and if you know how to use these, you can get common tasks done a whole lot faster. Now, the cool thing here is it doesn't matter if you're a production artist or a high-end designer, a video pro, or a medical imaging technician.

Lots of times, you're going to have images that have similar problems that need to be fixed. The cool thing is, is by saving your work and storing it as an action or taking advantage some of the a built in automation commands, you can get a lot more done more quickly. And this is just going to free you up to have more time to do the things you enjoy, besides digital imaging. With that in mind, let's jump in and explore what you need to know.

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