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Working with multiple files


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Photoshop CS4 Essential Training

with Jan Kabili

Video: Working with multiple files

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.
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  1. 2m 31s
    1. Welcome
      1m 27s
    2. Using the example files
      1m 4s
  2. 25m 14s
    1. Touring the interface
      4m 25s
    2. Working with tabbed documents
      5m 15s
    3. Using tools efficiently
      3m 51s
    4. Arranging panels
      3m 53s
    5. Customizing keyboard shortcuts
      2m 50s
    6. Saving a custom workspace
      3m 0s
    7. Changing screen modes
      2m 0s
  3. 19m 3s
    1. Touring the Bridge interface
      6m 31s
    2. Opening images from Bridge
      1m 20s
    3. Reviewing images
      4m 42s
    4. Finding images
      6m 30s
  4. 44m 53s
    1. Setting preferences
      4m 23s
    2. Choosing color settings
      8m 11s
    3. Zooming and panning
      5m 27s
    4. Resizing and image resolution
      3m 17s
    5. Adding to the canvas
      2m 2s
    6. Rotating the canvas
      1m 44s
    7. Choosing color
      4m 49s
    8. Sizing a brush tip
      3m 4s
    9. Undoing and the History panel
      5m 0s
    10. Saving and file formats
      3m 29s
    11. Creating a file from scratch
      3m 27s
  5. 37m 58s
    1. Making geometric selections
      6m 14s
    2. Modifying selections
      4m 43s
    3. Combining selections
      3m 16s
    4. Using the Quick Selection tool
      5m 34s
    5. Refining selection edges
      4m 12s
    6. Using Quick Mask mode
      2m 18s
    7. Selecting with the improved Color Range command
      4m 32s
    8. Selecting with the Magnetic Lasso tool
      2m 28s
    9. Using the Background Eraser tool
      3m 7s
    10. Saving selections
      1m 34s
  6. 39m 56s
    1. Understanding layers
      5m 43s
    2. Creating layers
      5m 12s
    3. Working in the Layers panel
      2m 19s
    4. Locking layers
      4m 17s
    5. Working with multiple layers
      4m 6s
    6. Merging and flattening layers
      3m 55s
    7. Adding a shape layer
      4m 43s
    8. Basic layer masking
      4m 23s
    9. Using layer blend modes and opacity
      5m 18s
  7. 23m 19s
    1. Cropping
      3m 26s
    2. Straightening
      3m 17s
    3. Transforming
      4m 42s
    4. Working with Smart Objects
      6m 48s
    5. Using Content-Aware Scaling
      5m 6s
  8. 1h 10m
    1. Reading histograms
      4m 21s
    2. Using adjustment layers and the Adjustment panel
      6m 4s
    3. Adjusting tones with Levels
      7m 49s
    4. Limiting adjustments with layer masks
      5m 40s
    5. Using masks in the new Masks panel
      6m 9s
    6. Limiting adjustments by clipping
      3m 6s
    7. Adjusting with Shadow/Highlight
      5m 7s
    8. Adjusting with Curves
      7m 37s
    9. Adjusting with Hue/Saturation
      3m 42s
    10. Adjusting with Vibrance
      2m 16s
    11. Removing a color cast
      4m 26s
    12. Using the Black & White adjustment layer
      2m 39s
    13. Using the Dodge Burn and Sponge tools
      4m 11s
    14. Reducing noise
      2m 39s
    15. Sharpening
      4m 42s
  9. 38m 0s
    1. Using the Spot Healing Brush tool
      5m 17s
    2. Using the Healing Brush tool
      5m 51s
    3. Using the Patch tool
      4m 52s
    4. Using the Clone Stamp tool
      4m 8s
    5. Enhancing eyes
      9m 29s
    6. Changing facial structure
      5m 0s
    7. Softening skin
      3m 23s
  10. 44m 38s
    1. What's a raw image?
      4m 25s
    2. Touring the Camera Raw interface
      7m 35s
    3. Working in the Basic panel
      7m 54s
    4. Working in the Tone Curve panel
      2m 21s
    5. Working in the HSL/Grayscale and Split Toning panels
      3m 46s
    6. Looking at the other Camera Raw panels
      3m 45s
    7. Using the Adjustment Brush tool
      4m 2s
    8. Using the Graduated Filter tool
      3m 56s
    9. Working with multiple files
      6m 54s
  11. 21m 6s
    1. Using the Brushes panel
      8m 30s
    2. Filling with color
      3m 49s
    3. Replacing color
      4m 14s
    4. Using gradients
      4m 33s
  12. 16m 55s
    1. Working with point type
      9m 59s
    2. Working with paragraph type
      3m 17s
    3. Warping text
      3m 39s
  13. 25m 23s
    1. Adding a layer style
      4m 6s
    2. Customizing a layer style
      3m 35s
    3. Copying a layer style
      3m 5s
    4. Creating a new style
      3m 32s
    5. Using Smart Filters
      5m 22s
    6. Working in the Filter Gallery
      5m 43s
  14. 13m 14s
    1. Auto-blending focus
      4m 47s
    2. Creating Photomerge panoramas
      4m 2s
    3. Combining group photos
      4m 25s
  15. 23m 27s
    1. Creating an action
      7m 16s
    2. Batch processing with an action
      6m 36s
    3. Using the Image Processor
      9m 35s
  16. 29m 20s
    1. Printing
      11m 32s
    2. Making a contact sheet from Bridge
      6m 12s
    3. Creating a web gallery from Bridge
      7m 17s
    4. Preparing photos for the web
      4m 19s
  17. 30s
    1. Goodbye
      30s

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Photoshop CS4 Essential Training
7h 55m Beginner Oct 13, 2008

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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.

Topics include:
  • Learning and customizing the interface and workspace
  • Utilizing various manual and guided selection techniques
  • Working with Adobe Camera Raw
  • Adding special effects with layer styles and Smart Filters
  • Creating Photomerge panoramas
  • Optimizing photos for the web and creating web galleries
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Jan Kabili

Working with multiple files

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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Q: How can artwork be transferred from Photoshop CS4 to Illustrator CS4 without the background?
A: Save the image in Photoshop’s native PSD format. The background in Photoshop must be transparent, meaning there should be no background layer. (To remove a background layer, move your artwork to a separate layer by selecting and copying the content, minus the background, to a new layer, and then delete the background layer. A checkboard pattern behind your image indicates transparent pixels.) 
 


In Illustrator, select File > Open, and select the PSD file. In Photoshop Import dialog box, select Convert Layers to Objects.

Q: How do I retouch an image I have of an old photograph I scanned?
A: There are a few courses that address image restoration. Check out the Photoshop CS4 Portrait Retouching Essential Training course, and for problems dealing specifically with old photographs, watch the Restoration movies in chapter 15 of the Enhancing Digital Photography with Photoshop CS2. Additionally, learn how to research and date photos with our Growing and Sharing Your Family Tree course.
Q: A client has asked for artwork to be delivered as JPEGs or BMP files in 16-bit format. In Photoshop CS4, there does not appear to be an option to save an image as a 16-bit JPEG. Is there a way to save JPEG files as 16-bit in Photoshop?
A: Unfortunately, JPEGs cannot be saved in 16 bit. JPEGs, by nature, are 8-bit. So if you open a high-bit image into Photoshop CS4, you will see no option in any of the save dialog boxes to save the file as a JPEG. You would first have to convert the image to 8 bit (by choosing Image > Mode > 8 bits/channel) and then save it as an 8-bit JPEG. If you open a high-bit image into Photoshop CS5, you will see the option to save it as a JPEG in the Save, Save As, and Save for Web dialog boxes.  But the JPEG will not be saved as 16-bit. Instead, Photoshop will downsample it to 8-bit for you  before saving it as JPEG.
 
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