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In Photoshop CS6 Essential Training, Julieanne Kost demonstrates how to produce high-quality images in a short amount of time, using a combination of Adobe Photoshop CS6, Bridge, and Camera Raw.
The course details the Photoshop features and creative options, and shows efficient ways to perform common editing tasks, including noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, retouching, and combining multiple images. Along the way, the course explores techniques for nondestructive editing and compositing using layers, blending modes, layer masks, and much more.
Another way to process several images and save them out in different file formats without having to go through Camera Raw is by using Image Processor. Now this is typically used after you create and make all of your adjustments to your raw files. Then in Bridge, simply select all of those images and choose Tools > Photoshop > Image Processor. This will automatically launch Image Processor, which is a script that is run through Photoshop. So if Photoshop isn't running, this will automatically launch it.
At the top you can select the images to process. Because you selected those images in Bridge, Bridge is going to hand off those eight images to Image Processor. You do have the option to open the first image to apply settings, but since we have already made the necessary raw adjustments, we can skip that. Then we can choose to save the files in the same location or select another folder. Even if you choose Save in the Same Location, Image Processor is going to create a subfolder based on the file type that you choose below.
So you don't have to worry about saving over your original files. We can choose to save as JPEG, save as PSD, or save as TIFF files. And the nice thing is we can actually select more than one file type at a time and Image Processor will run the script and create all these different file types at once. Let's go ahead and just choose Save as PSD and Save as JPEG. If we wanted to, we could resize the file. I'm just going to leave them at their original size, but if I was going to, say, email these to someone and I wanted them smaller, this is a very nice feature.
I can also change the Quality settings here. I'll go ahead and set it to 12. That's the highest quality. That's going to give me the best-looking file but also the largest file. If I wanted to send a smaller file, I would probably want to reduce the quality down to 10, or maybe 8, but then the image might suffer a little bit as far as the quality goes. If I knew that I was going to post these to the web, I might convert the profile to sRGB. As far as my PSD files, again, I have the option to Resize to Fit, but for now let's just leave them at their original size.
Now when I click the Run button, Image Processor will go ahead and run the script. And if we return back to Bridge, we can see that there are now two new folders: a JPEG folder and a PSD folder. If we open up the JPEG, there are my images saved out as JPEGs. And if we navigate to the PSD folder, there are all of my PSD files. As you can imagine, it can be very convenient to have the ability to save to these multiple file formats all at one time, especially when you're working with really high volumes of images, like hundreds of thousands at a time, and you need to quickly process them.
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