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Photoshop has become an indispensible tool for photographers, designers, and all other creative professionals, as well as students. Photoshop CS4 Essential Training teaches a broad spectrum of core skills that are common to many creative fields: working with layers and selections; adjusting, manipulating, and retouching photos; painting; adding text; automating; preparing files for output; and more. Instructor Jan Kabili demonstrates established techniques as well as those made possible by some of the new features unique to Photoshop CS4. This course is indispensable to those who are new to the application, just learning this version, or expanding their skills. Example files accompany the course.
If you shoot a number of raw photos in the same location and under the same lighting, odds are that they'll need the same kinds of adjustments. You can adjust just one of the images in the Camera Raw window and quickly apply the same adjustments to all the rest. The first step in this multiple image workflow is to select the items that you want to open into Camera Raw. So I am here in Bridge in the Chapter 9 Exercise Files folder, and I am looking at some of the thumbnails in that folder. If you are wondering where the panels are on this side of Bridge, I've pressed the Tab key in my keyboard to make the panel disappear temporarily, so I can see these thumbnails better.
So now I am going to select these thumbnails by clicking on the first one and holding the Shift key and clicking on the last. There are two show ways to process multiple files in Camera Raw. I can have Photoshop host Camera Raw or I can have Bridge host Camera Raw. If I knew I was going to be processing a lot of images, I would definitely have Bridge host Camera Raw, because then I could have the processing of multiple images occurring in the background and still be able to go into Photoshop and do other work there. To have Bridge host the images, I would press Command+R on a Mac, Ctrl+R on a PC.
To have Photoshop host the images, I would press Command+O on a Mac, Ctrl+O on a PC. I'll go ahead and do Command+O or Ctrl+O because I don't have many images to process here. When I press that keyboard shortcut, Adobe Camera Raw opens with all of the selected images showing up over here in this column on the left. Because I have the first one of those selected that's the image showing here for editing. But I could click on any one of those and that would be the image to which I apply the adjustments.
I'll go back to the first image in the column and I am going to make some quick adjustments in the basic panel. Maybe I'll move the Temperature slider over to the right, I'll increase the Blacks, I'll increase the Clarity slider and maybe add a little Vibrance. So let's say I am satisfied with those adjustments and I would like to apply the same adjustments to the other open images. I'll come back to the column on the left and click Select All and then I'll just click Synchronize. Now notice that right now only one of the images has this little symbol.
That means it's been adjusted in Camera Raw. When I click Synchronize, in this dialog box I can choose which of my settings I want to apply to all the images. I'll leave them at their defaults and I'll click OK and in just a second all of the other thumbnails get that little symbol that indicates they have been adjusted in Raw. At this point, I would go through them one by one and make sure that I liked the each one had been adjusted. If there is some thing I want to change in one of these images, I'll make sure that's it's highlighted here in the left column and then I'll come into the controls and I'll make an adjustment.
So here for example I might turn down the Vibrancy to make those red peppers a little less saturated. So now that all the images are adjusted, I have a couple of choices of how to finish up. I could Select All the images and just click the Done button here. If I do that, the Camera Raw window will close. By clicking Done, it's not going to write over my original Raw images; those never get directly changed. Instead what will happen is the Camera Raw will write a little text file, a metadata file, to go along with each image.
Those files will contain all of the instructions for the adjustments that I've chosen here and that I've applied to each image. And back in Bridge, I would be able to see the thumbnail of each image update, so that it appeared with the changes I've made here. So that's one choice. The other choice is to go to the Save Images button here and click to open this dialog box. From here I can save a copy of each file as a JPEG, a TIFF, a Photoshop document, or a Digital Negative.
So this is where I would come if I didn't intend to do any more editing on these files and I just wanted a non-Raw copy of each file without going into Photoshop and doing anything else to them. You know what JPEG, TIFF and Photoshop formats are, but what is this Digital Negative format? This is a special Raw format developed by Adobe to hedge against the possibility that manufacture's proprietary Raw formats might be impossible to open in the future, if a particular camera company went belly up. Because .DNG is not a proprietary format and because it's publicly documented, then saving a copy of a Raw file in DNG format means that theoretically you'll be able to open your Raw files in the future.
So if I choose Digital Negative, I am making a copy of the file as a raw file but in a special Raw format. In this dialog box, I not only can choose a format in which to save a copy of the adjusted files, I can also choose a location and I can name the individual files. I am actually going to cancel out of this dialog box because I am not going to save them right now. I want to show you one last thing that I can do to finish at these files. Let's say that I want to make further edits to one or more of these images in Photoshop. Because if you think about it there are quite a few things you can do to an image in Photoshop that you can't do here in Camera Raw.
You can't add text. You can't add filters. There are no layers to work with here. You can't make composites and so on. So I could select any number of these images. I am just going to click on the first one to select one. Then I'll click the Open Image button here at the bottom of the Camera Raw window. That goes back to Photoshop and opens this image here in Photoshop where I can do further editing on the file. Notice here in the document tab that this is a 16-bit image. So there are a few features in Photoshop that won't be available when you edit this file.
For example if I go to the Filter menu, you'll see that a number of these filter categories are grayed out because they don't work on 16-bit images. Also if I edit this file in Photoshop and then I decide to save it as a JPEG, I am going to run into this problem. I'll go to the File menu and I will choose Save As and from the Format menu there, I just don't have the choice of saving as JPEG at all. So if that's my situation, I'll cancel out of here and I'll change my 16-bit image back to an 8-bit image, by going to the Image menu at the top of the screen, choosing Mode and choosing 8 Bits/Channel.
Then I can come to the File menu, down to Save As and I do have the option to save as JPEG and any of these other formats. So I'll just click Save and OK. And now I've made a JPEG out of my Camera Raw image with all of the adjustments that I added in the Camera Raw window along with any additional adjustments that I've made here in Photoshop. So that's a look at how to work with multiple files in the Camera Raw window and how to finish up your work by either saving them as DNGs, JPEGs, TIFF or PSDs from the Camera Raw window or opening them into Photoshop to take advantage of all the additional features that Photoshop offers.
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