Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Get a consistent color mode with Conditional Mode Change, part of Up and Running with Photoshop Automation.
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We took a brief look at the conditional image mode change earlier, and I just want to revisit it because it's a very useful command. You'll want to make an action for this, and even potentially a droplet, to avoid any problems in your workflow. Let's start by opening up an image that's not RGB. This particular image is using the CMYK color space. Opening up the actions commands, I'm going to make a new set called Production with my initials. I'll now make the action, and call this 'convert to RGB', okay and click record, will insert a menu item.
File > Automate > Conditional Mode Change and choose OK. That recorded it, and it worked well. I'll press stop for a second, and double-click and tell it to go ahead and convert the image. To the RGB color space. You'll see now that that's been updated. That all images should become RGB if they're not RGB. All right, that worked quite well.
Let's select that action and we'll make a droplet. File automate, create droplet, we'll save that to the desktop as convert to RGB. Choose the set that we want, and I'm going to tell the images to, put them into a new folder, called R G B conversion. And select that, and hit okay. Everything looks good there, and I'll click okay to generate Now it's quite simple.
Let's just reveal these in the explorer, and we can hide bridge temporarily. There's my convert to RGB. I can grab all my images and drag them on the convert to RGB. And you see the conversion happens. Let's go ahead and close the rest of those documents that we're not using. A useful short cut is to choose close all. And I'll not save my changes. There we go.
Let's take a look in our results folder, and you'll see there are R G B conversions If we open those images up they are RGB. RGB and RGB. Of course, they still have the original characteristics of the original image such as a greyscale or a dual tone effect but they are in the RGB image mode. Making them compatible with applications that need that color space. This conditional change is a very useful one, and there's another very similar to it, for automating the change in file size and we'll look at that next.
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- Creating a custom action
- Assigning keyboard shortcuts to actions
- Creating a droplet for an action
- Performing quick lens corrections
- Automating merging to HDR Pro
- Creating event-based scripts
- Working with layers more efficiently with actions