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Using conditional actions to add watermarks

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Video: Using conditional actions to add watermarks

Here we're going to take a look at a new feature, which is a real time saver and the new feature allows us to write and to play conditional actions. Now at first glance this is going to seem a bit vague or abstract so let's make this a bit more clear and let's look at a real-world scenario where we can use conditional actions in order to speed up our workflow. And here the scenario that I want to look at is how we can add watermarks to our photographs, whether they're in this horizontal or landscape orientation, or in this vertical or portrait orientation.

Using conditional actions to add watermarks

Here we're going to take a look at a new feature, which is a real time saver and the new feature allows us to write and to play conditional actions. Now at first glance this is going to seem a bit vague or abstract so let's make this a bit more clear and let's look at a real-world scenario where we can use conditional actions in order to speed up our workflow. And here the scenario that I want to look at is how we can add watermarks to our photographs, whether they're in this horizontal or landscape orientation, or in this vertical or portrait orientation.

So just for demo purposes I'll click on one image pull down the Shift key and click on another and then open these up in Photoshop by pressing Cmd+O on the Mac or Ctrl+O on Windows. All right. Now that we have these images open in Photoshop, let's open up the Actions panel. Here in the Actions panel, you'll notice that I have two actions, which I have written. One, which is for adding watermarks on my vertical images, another one on my horizontal. Now if I click and play one of these by selecting it and then by clicking on the Play icon, you can see it adds a watermark, a graphic and some copy.

Well what would happen if I were to delete that and then play it the wrong action, in this case the horizontal action? Well, you can see that it's now cut off. We can't see all of the graphics and the copy. It just doesn't work. This is why we need one action for the horizontals, another for the verticals. Well, wouldn't it be nice if Photoshop could detect what orientation our image was and then play the appropriate action. Well, it now can detect that with something, which is called a Conditional Action.

Well, here again let me delete the graphic and the text and let's then write a Conditional Action and see how we could use it in a scenario like this. To write a Conditional Action it's really simple, just click on the New Action button. We'll go ahead and call this one Watermark and then click Record. The next step is to click on this little icon, which opens up our Fly Out menu. Here we want to choose the option for Insert Conditional. This will open up the Conditional Action dialog.

If you look at this, you'll notice that it will play an If, Then, Else scenario. In other words, if the current image has this particular orientation, the document is landscape or if we selected one of these other criteria, we could then have it play a specific action. In this case if it's landscape, well, I wanted to play the landscape or the horizontal watermark action. If it isn't horizontal, if it's vertical or portrait, well then of course, I wanted to play the other action in this case, which is vertical.

In other words, Photoshop is going to detect orientation and then play the action, which will work best with that orientation. This Conditional Action really helps me out in that case because it will select for me what I need to do. After we've clicked OK to write the action, press Stop. The next step of course is to simply play this. So if I play this now what it will do is it will then determine the orientation and then choose the right action and add the graphics and the copy there.

This will work with horizontal or vertical images. Here we have a horizontal. Again, if I play this, you can see how it will then add that action. Now so far we've seen how we can take advantage of this inside of Photoshop. Well what if we're in Adobe Bridge. Let's go back there. In order to go back to Adobe Bridge, I'm going to press the shortcut, which is Cmd+Opt+O on the Mac or Ctrl+Alt+O on Windows. Another way to take advantage of these actions is to select the images and then go to Tools and here we're going to choose Photoshop and then Batch.

In this Batch command, what we can do is determine which set of actions we want to select from, Watermark, and then out of these the one that I want to play is the one which will detect the orientation of the image. Now that I have selected that, all that I need to do is simply click OK. Now in doing that, Photoshop will then go through all of those photographs and it will add those watermarks to those images. And here we can see how it's done that. It's added those watermarks to these photographs by detecting which orientation the image had and then by playing the appropriate action.

So as you can see Conditional Actions allow us to make selections based on certain criteria, which ultimately can help us save time as we seek to batch process our images using different actions.

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Photoshop CS6 for Photographers New Features

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  1. 2m 8s
    1. Welcome
      1m 25s
    2. Using the exercise files
      43s
  2. 12m 23s
    1. Getting familiar with and customizing the interface
      3m 26s
    2. Arranging photos and choosing Screen Mode options
      2m 6s
    3. Selecting a workspace
      2m 47s
    4. Introducing Auto-Save and Background Save
      4m 4s
  3. 8m 23s
    1. Creating a contact sheet in Bridge or Photoshop
      4m 2s
    2. Working with Mini Bridge
      4m 21s
  4. 31m 23s
    1. Introducing the new basic tone controls
      3m 18s
    2. Learning about the basic controls
      3m 42s
    3. Enhancing and correcting your images with more power
      3m 35s
    4. Updating the processed version of legacy files
      3m 11s
    5. Adding midtone contrast with a better Clarity control
      4m 20s
    6. Utilizing the new Adjustment Brush features
      4m 59s
    7. Painting away moiré patterns
      2m 40s
    8. Making precise adjustments with the Point Tone Curve panel
      3m 39s
    9. Using lens corrections to remove color fringing
      1m 59s
  5. 28m 49s
    1. Applying layer style effects to a group
      2m 24s
    2. Working with groups and filtering
      7m 50s
    3. Blending and renaming layers
      5m 46s
    4. Free transforming a layer with the Bicubic Automatic interpolation option
      5m 28s
    5. Filtering and finding layers
      4m 15s
    6. Using a shortcut to change the fill and opacity of a layer
      3m 6s
  6. 12m 37s
    1. Adding Field Blur
      3m 24s
    2. Working with Iris Blur
      3m 55s
    3. Enhancing photographs with the Tilt-Shift Blur tool
      5m 18s
  7. 21m 24s
    1. Making content-aware corrections with the Patch tool
      4m 33s
    2. Using the Content-Aware Move tool
      7m 3s
    3. Making effective selections for Content-Aware Move
      6m 54s
    4. Finishing the project and extending the canvas
      2m 54s
  8. 43m 29s
    1. Using the Properties panel
      3m 4s
    2. Making automatic adjustments
      6m 4s
    3. Cropping redefined
      6m 9s
    4. Using perspective cropping
      2m 48s
    5. Adding a light source with Lighting Effects
      6m 26s
    6. Working with Liquify in real time
      2m 52s
    7. Making adjustments with the Adaptive Wide Angle filter
      7m 22s
    8. Using Face-Aware Mask Generation
      3m 1s
    9. Sizing images with the Bicubic Automatic interpolation option
      1m 53s
    10. Changing brush characteristics and making paths
      3m 50s
  9. 27m 6s
    1. Getting started with video in Photoshop
      5m 45s
    2. Adding typography and audio to a video project
      5m 13s
    3. Working with multiple clips
      4m 41s
    4. Adding audio and transitions and exporting the final project
      6m 21s
    5. Thinking creatively about working with video
      5m 6s
  10. 4m 23s
    1. Working with the new Print dialogue
      4m 23s
  11. 20m 46s
    1. Introducing Creative Cloud
      1m 5s
    2. Modifying still images with the Blur Gallery and Smart Filters
      6m 28s
    3. Adding a creative blur effect to video clips
      4m 56s
    4. Changing image size and resolution with the Crop tool
      3m 30s
    5. Using conditional actions to add watermarks
      4m 47s
  12. 33s
    1. Goodbye
      33s

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