When using the Image Processor Script to batch process raw files in Bridge or Photoshop, it’s important to know that the workflow settings in Adobe Camera Raw might have an effect on the resulting files. In this example, I selected the raw files in Bridge and choose Tools > Photoshop > Image Processor. I want the resulting images to be a maximum of 2000 pixels in the long side so I enter that value in the width and height options.
If, in Camera Raw, the Image Sizing options are disabled (or if they are set larger than 2000 pixels), then I’ll have nothing to worry about. If however, the Resize to Fit option is enabled in the Workflow Options in Camera Raw, and the Long Side dimension set lower than 2000 pixels (as is illustrated in the example below), Camera Raw will resample the image down to 1000 pixels (throwing away information) and then the Image Processor Script will up-sample it (making up information) based on the Image Processor settings.
Having the Resize to Fit option enabled might produce unexpected results.
Because resampling down and then up will lower the quality of the final image, I would be better off unchecking the Resize to Fit option in Camera Raw (or setting it to the same dimensions that I have set in the Image Processor Script).
Double clicking on a single command in the Actions panel will play the command if there are no options associated with the command (Select> All or Edit > Copy for example). If, however there are options associated with the command (such as Image Size), Photoshop will display the necessary dialog box. This is an excellent feature if you want to make changes to that command – but beware, whatever you enter in the dialog box will now become the recorded value in the action). To bypass this option, and simply play a command using it’s recorded options, (without a dialog box appearing), add the Command (Mac) / Control (Win) key when double clicking the name of the command.
Another oldie but goodie! In this Episode of The Complete Picture, Julieanne Kost demonstrates the incredible power of Variables in Photoshop. You will learn how to cut hours out of your production time when you need to combine text and photographs. Although this feature has been in Photoshop for many releases, only a small number of customers know of its immense power for tasks such as automating event photography and creating web banners.
Yesterday I was asked if I had any comprehensive courses on Automating Photoshop. I recorded a video a number of years ago, and I’m surprised at how well it’s held up. Click here to watch a short (relative!) course on Automating Photoshop using Actions. You’ll see some additional features in your current version of Photoshop (such as conditional actions), but the concepts remain the same for creating and editing actions in Photoshop.
You can assign a function key to run an action when creating an action, or assign one after the fact by double clicking to the right of the action’s name or using the Actions panel’s fly-out and selecting Action Options.
Choose a function key from the list (the number of F-keys will vary depending on platform and keyboard layout) or add a keyboard modifier such as Shift. If you assign a F-key that is already in use by Photoshop (F5 for example, is assigned by default to show and hide the Brush panel), Photoshop will reassign it to your action. Note: different operating systems assign F-keys for certain tasks. To use those F-keys in Photoshop, they must be changed or removed in the operating system).
In addition, use the Action Options to color code actions, making them easily identifiable when viewed in Button Mode.
In the Actions Panel, use the fly-out menu to select Button Mode to view your actions as buttons (clicking the button runs the action). If you’re working with several actions in a production environment, you might want to rearrange the panel so that it fits horizontally along the bottom of your screen, making more actions accessible without scrolling.
Note: Use the fly-out menu on the Actions Panel to toggle Button mode off in order to create new actions and/or make changes to existing actions.
Learn how to use Photoshop Actions to create Droplets that can be used in Lightroom to batch process images after exporting files.
Note: Although this video was recorded in previous versions of Lightroom and Photoshop, the technique will still work today and, in fact, you could create conditional actions and process both vertical and horizontal files at one time! Click here to find out more about conditional actions in Photoshop.
Learn how to take advantage of the incredible power of Variables in Photoshop to cut hours out of your production time when you need to combine text and photographs. Although this feature has been in Photoshop for many releases, only a small number of customers know if its immense power for tasks such as automating event photography, creating web banners and producing graphics.
In this episode of The Complete Picture, Julieanne will demonstrate how to streamline Lightroom by taking advantage of presets, templates, collections, virtual copies (and more) in order to eliminate much of the repetitive post-capture tasks such as importing, tagging, developing, exporting and sharing photographs. Although this video was recorded in a previous version, don’t worry, the techniques will work just as well today and answer some of the most frequently asked questions that I receive! So be sure to increase your Lightroom efficiency by watching!
Are you ready to work better, faster, and more efficiently in Photoshop? Then join me for a free course on Automating Your Workflow in Photoshop to learn everything you need to know to use Photoshop to its fullest potential. More details here.
Conditional Actions in Photoshop enable ‘if then’ statements for additional flexibility when using Actions. This video will show you how.
Here is a list of the available conditional attributes:
Document is Landscape
Document is Square
Document Mode is RGB
Document Mode is CMYK
Document Mode is Grayscale
Document Profile is sRGB
Document Depth is 8 Bits per Pixel
Document Depth is 16 Bits per Pixel
Document Depth is 32 Bits per Pixel
Document has unsaved Changes
Document has a Selection
Document has Layers
Document has Alpha Channels
Document is Open
Layer is Background
Layer is Pixel layer
Layer in Adjustment Layer
Layer is Shape Layer
Layer is Layer Group
Layer is Locked
Layer is Visible
Layer has pixel mask
Layer has Vector Mask
Layer has Effects
In order to save out one or more Actions in Photoshop, you must have a Set selected. For example, if you select a single action, the Save command will be grayed out, but selecting the set (even if it only contains one action) will allow you to choose Save Actions from the flyout menu on the Actions panel.
Join me today, Friday February 28th, from 2:45 pm – 4:15 pm on creativeLIVE for 90 minutes of “Automating Photoshop Using Actions, Droplets, and Variables” during Photoshop Week. The best news is that the courses are free during the live broadcast! And, if you’re in a different time zone, the sessions will be rebroadcast. See the complete schedule and RSVP here.
In this episode of The Complete Picture (Adobe Camera Raw 8.2 in Photoshop CC (v14.1)), Julieanne takes a close look at the feature enhancements and refinements made to the Crop tool, workflow settings, and batch saving capabilities in Adobe Camera Raw. In addition she also covers improvements made to the Spot Removal Tool, Noise Reduction, Local Adjustment Brush, and Histogram.