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In Photoshop CS5 Essential Training, author Michael Ninness demonstrates how to produce the highest quality images with fantastic detail in the shortest amount of time, using a combination of Photoshop CS5, Adobe Bridge, and Camera Raw. This course shows the most efficient ways to perform common editing tasks, including noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, retouching, and combining multiple images. Along the way, Michael shares the secrets of non-destructive editing, utilizing and mastering Adobe Bridge, Camera Raw, layers, adjustment layers, blending modes, layer masks, and much more. Exercise files are included with the course.
When you're ready to really automate the batch processing of multiple files with Camera Raw in Bridge, then your secret weapon is a feature called Image Processor. We're going to combine this feature with the power of preset, which we discussed in the previous video to really streamline the production and creation of multiple files in a variety of file formats. So let's review. We want to take advantage of the presets and if you've already created the presets, you'll see them in the Contextual menu. If you right-click on the thumbnail and go down to Develop Settings, you'll see all the presets that you've already created at the bottom of the menu.
If you haven't already done that yet then you won't see any presets here. So there's my Basic, Grayscale, Sepia and Vignette that I've created before. What I want to do now is process let's say these three images. I'm going to hold down the Command key or the Ctrl key on Windows and just select these three horizontal images here. And I want to create low-resolution JPEG versions of these that I'm going to put up on say a Web Photo Gallery, and high-resolution versions saved out as either TIFF or a PSD file that I'm going to use to print the files, say on photographic paper or whatever. Okay, so how do we go about this? I've got my images selected.
I'm going to go to the Tools menu, pull- down to Photoshop and choose Image Processor. Now, when you choose this, it pops you over to Photoshop. So if Photoshop wasn't already opened, it would've launched and it gives you this very simple but powerful dialog box presented to you. The first thing that you'll see is, which images do you want to run this on? And since you've started from Bridge, it guesses you probably want to use the three images that you had selected just to verify it gives you the number of images that you had in your selection. Here's the very important checkbox here, Open first image to apply settings.
Now, what that does if it's turned on, it actually brings up Camera Raw and shows you the first image that you had in your selection. And then you can make any setting choices you want within Camera Raw. Since we've already got this presets that we're going to leverage, I can just go to the Presets panel, choose the presets that I want. When I clicked on or open an image in a few moments here, what it's going to do is use all those setting choices I made on the first image and use those same settings on all the other images in my selection. So step two is to actually choose the location where you want these images to be saved to. I'm going to go ahead and just save that to my Desktop.
Here's where you choose how many different File Types you want. You can choose from JPEG, PSD or TIFF, or all three at the same time. So you can see I've got JPEG chosen and PSD chosen. I'm going to create both of them. If you choose Resize to Fit, you get to choose a pixel rectangle to fit your images into. So if you have a mixture of vertical and horizontal images in your selection, they'll just fit within that rectangle and be scaled or resized to fit appropriately. You can set a Quality setting since these are just going to be low-resolution.
For quick approval or whatever, I'm just going to choose Quality of 5 and embed the sRGB color space, which is pretty much the Web space into these files so they look good in a Web browser. And then I just turn on Save as PSD. I don't want any scaling to happen when I save out the Photoshop version. So I'm not turning on the Resize to Fit checkbox. Okay, let's click the Run button and take a look at what happens here. It pops open Camera Raw as described. It says great! What settings do you want me to use in all these images that you have in your selection? I could manually go and use these sliders and all the various panels available in Camera Raw, or I can leverage the existing presets by clicking on the Presets panel, and choosing from my list of presets that I want to apply.
So I'm going to do the Basic Color Correction, converted to grayscale, make it a Sepia Tone, and add this nice Vignette Effect. When I'm done choosing the settings or applying my presets, I'm going to click the Open Image button and this image processor will continue about its task here of opening up each image in the Camera Raw, applying those settings and saving out both the JPEG and a Photoshop version. And as soon as that's done, let's go and take a look at the results. There is the last file. You can see its pretty fast. We'll switch over to our Desktop and we'll hide the Windows there and if you're following along on the Mac, that's Command+Option+H to hide everything but your current view here in Finder.
You can see that it created a JPEG and Photoshop file folder for all those versions of the files that we saved out. So if I double-click on JPEG, there are the images that we saved and their low-resolution versions, and then in the Photoshop folder, there are the versions here. Now, I've already saved out version of this, so I'm getting duplicates here, but you guys get the idea. It automatically created separate folders for each File Type. You didn't have to worry about that. And I have low-resolution versions of the JPEGs and the high-resolution versions of the Photoshop files. So there you can see combining the power of Camera Raw presets with the Image Processor is a really phenomenal way to automate your workflow without having to write Photoshop actions.
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