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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers is an essential course for any digital photographer who wants to master the software's vast array of image enhancement techniques. Professional photographer and instructor Chris Orwig uses his own compelling images to demonstrate how the power of Photoshop can make photographers more passionate about their work. He covers many aspects of the application, such as working with RAW images, using curves and levels, making images snap, and enhancing bland photographs by converting them to black and white. Exercise files accompany this course.
Here we are going to briefly talk about how we can work with multiple files. I'm going to work on these three files here, you can find in the chapter 11_camera_raw folder, corwig_neon_01, 02 and 03. Now, there are a couple of different techniques that you can use when you are working with multiple images. Well for start, let's go ahead and select the first image, hold down the Shift key, click on the last image in the set here and now that I have all three, press Command+R on a Mac/Ctrl+R on a PC. Well, interesting. Now, you are going to notice I have the first image and then the second image, and the third. Now these were obviously all captured in the same lighting situation, the same exposure, same everything.
Now, the first image I have already processed and one of the things you will notice here, you can see that's been cropped and you can see there has been some processing applied. If I click on the Crop tool, you are going to see that what I did is I cropped this one in to get that letter a little bit more center. All right, well, I'll click off with the Crop tool by simply selecting another tool. Now, let's say that what I want to do is, I want to apply all of the settings that I've applied to this image to my other images. So I'll go ahead and click on the first one in the filmstrip, hold down the Shift key, click on the last one. Now at this point, I have a couple of different options, I can click on Synchronize. Now, when I do that, you will notice that I have a Synchronize dialog which says, well, hey, what do you want to synchronize? Well, I want to synchronize everything except for the crop, great, click OK. That would then render all of those settings or apply all those settings to your images.
Now on the other hand, let's say you want to speed this up even further. You go to the first image and you say you know what, I really want this to be nice and warm. Okay, I like that color, I like that tone, I then hold down the Shift key, click on the last image, and they are all selected. Now, you will notice you have Synchronize.... When I hold down the Option key on a Mac or Alt key on a PC, it changes that menu. The dots are now gone. What that means is now when I click it, it will synchronize them without opening up that dialog, right, because I already know that I'm going to be able to synchronize the settings that I wanted because I saw the dialog previously.
So keep that in mind. If you want to synchronize without the menu, hold down the Option key on a Mac/Alt key on a PC and click synchronize. On the other hand, if you want that dialog, no big deal, click it with the dots and then choose which options you want to apply and then synchronize your images. All right, well let's talk about a different scenario. I'm going to go ahead and click on the first image, and then I'm going to modify this, so this image is nice and cool again, and I'm going to increase the black. So I'm going to make this much different here, just so that we can visually see that. Yes, these images are different. I'm going to then apply all these settings and click Done. So now what we are going to see is my thumbnails are updated. And the first image in the set, we can see is cool, these two are nice and warm.
Now, I decide once I get back to the Bridge, you know what, I don't really like the warm treatment, actually I do. But, let's just say, I don't really like the warm treatment, I really like this nice, cool color temperature. But I don't want to open up camera RAW. Well, what can I do? Well, I'll click off all the images for a second, then I'll say, you know, well the image that has the good settings I'll click on first. Next, I'm going to navigate to my Edit pulldown menu and I'm going to choose Develop settings, Copy Camera Raw settings. There is a shortcut of course, Option+Command+C on a Mac/Alt+Ctrl+C on a PC. I'll then copy those settings and then I'll click on the first image, hold down the Command key on a Mac, Ctrl key on a PC, click on the next image. I'm going to do this by way of shortcut this time, Option+Command+V to paste those, on a PC that's Alt+Ctrl+V.
That will then open up the Paste Camera Settings. Now, what do I want to apply, I want to apply all the settings except for the Crop, right. So I'm going to leave those checked off, click OK, and now you will see that those thumbnails have been updated. Now, let's say that you want to Undo what you did. Now that you see this cool color temperature, you don't like it as much. Well, in that case, what you actually need to do is go back to Camera Raw. So I'll go ahead and pulldown the Command key on a Mac/Ctrl key on a PC, select the final image there, Command+R on a Mac/Ctrl+R on a PC, select all the images, this time I'll click Select All, and here what I'm going to do is simply modify the color temperature on the first image there. I want that to go nice and warm, and because I selected all of those, you will notice that they all were updated to make that more visual.
If I de-saturate the first one, you are going to see that it's then going to apply to all of them. So as you can see, there are a number of different ways that you can work with multiple images. You can simply process one and then synchronize with the other, you can select all and modify your sliders, or as we saw once you have completed your modification, you can exit out of Camera Raw, and then from right inside Bridge, you can copy and paste your Camera Raw settings to other images. So you maybe thinking, okay Chris, why we always talk about working with multiple images? Well, one of the things that you are going to discover is, when you have multiple files, you are going to start to notice that they will need similar adjustments or corrections or enhancements and you can use these techniques to speed up your workflow by leaps and bounds.
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