Recording using Units of Measurements


Automating Your Workflow


Lesson Info

Recording using Units of Measurements

So these images I want a mirror, so I'm gonna open up this image right here of the tree and let's go over the photo shop and all I want to do is I want to divide it in half and merit because I do this quite a bit, and sometimes I just want to take, like, twenty images and mirror them all and then pick one that I like is a background image for a composite. But I don't want to sit there and have to open all of them and do it all manually. So let's, go ahead and create another new action and we'll call this mirror put in the same folder right here. Okay, so I just wanted to show you there that look, if you make a misspelling, you can double click and you can change it right here. So there's my mirror action it's recording what's important here, it's important that I set my units of measurement two percentage if I want to run this on horizontal images and on vertical images because otherwise what photo shops going to record our exact values so let's show our rulers so command are shows the...

rulers, and then if you needed to change your units of measurements you guys know that you can control click in there right now, click in your ruler area and then you could change this but I actually want it set two percent right? Because the percent I'm going to pick the left side so the left fifty percent next time I pick up horizontal image I'm still going to want the left fifty percent so then it's up to you we have are our smart objects now so it's it's um we're recording so I want tio it doesn't matter I just selected the tool but it actually doesn't matter that I didn't record the selection of the tool but say look it I can choose different tools and sometimes those tools don't get recorded so let me stop and throw that away so I don't forget to do that later so I'm on mirror we hit record if I want the marquis tool I tap the m ke but you'll notice that nothing nothing was recorded all right, so now I'm going to make a selection with that and I probably should have showed you this. Yeah, so let's undo that I'm gonna undo it. Do you notice that the undue did not get recorded? All right, so pay attention of that as well. You can just leave this alone and soldier on and then come back and delete it later that's what I'm going to do because even though I have smart objects or smart guide sometimes it's hard tio just hit that fifty percent mark sometimes it doesn't snap for me and I don't know why I just I think it's a zoom percentage that you're out and I'm way down at eight point three, three percent so I just want to set a guide there then I've got my marquee tool and we'll go ahead and drag out our selection and if we look over here, you'll notice the selection is c it's set two percent it's not saying select fifty pixels at saying select fifty percent of my image starting in the top left and going down to the bottom and to the right all right, so once I've got that it's really easy we do a little command j right? So that will copy that left side and it puts it up um uh it sets it up to the tio it's only er well, sorry I got a little distracted there with that that time that timer is probably wrong. No, I'm kidding, eh? So if we look at our layers panel right here, you'll notice it's on its own layer, right? So now all I need to do is transform this I'm going to command t and then all control click in here and I'll say flip it horizontally and then I'm gonna tap returner inter because I want to show you something, but yes, if you're if you're asking I could reposition this right now, right? I could move this is part of my free transform but I'm not going to win I want to show you why I'm gonna hit returner enter and now I'm going to use my move tool and I'm going to move it over and the thing that freaks people out is that nothing's recorded again why is nothing recorded? It doesn't know if you're done moving so it's sometimes you will get to this point will be like it's not recording wait till I say up here I go view and I say let's go ahead and clear these guides it deleted all the guys and did you notice that also added the move current layer so we just didn't know if you were done all right so then we click stop then we test it right? So we go back to history we reset the the file, their strike this down we got a mirror and we can't play and there it doesn't okay? So that's good. So now we're we're we're confident that our action will work so if I come over here and I grab another image all right, so let's open this command aim we'll just edit from light room to photo shop and now we can play it on this image even though it's a different aspect ratio and everything because my rulers were set to percentage however, if I want a batch process this on all the rest of the images, then I need to add something else or it's good practice depending on what you're doing in this case is going to help me to also add a save, as in a close, the reason being is when I do my batch process, the save, as in the closed due to different things, that saves as a specific file format to a specific location and then it allows me to close the original image here without saving it so I don't save over it, so we'll go ahead and just say record again, I've got the mirror action selected, I could come down to the bottom step, it doesn't really matter. I'm going to click record and I'm going to say a save as so command shift s save as let's save it to the desktop right now, it doesn't matter where I save it to you because I mean he is the batch commands in order to save it to a specific location, so I'm a savings in the desktop and let's save it as a jpeg files at this point all click save because I wanted this other dialog box to come up because people always struggle there like I save, and then I have to keep hitting okay with the j peg options every time yeah, if you don't include the save as part of your action it's going to come up with this dialog box and be like, hey, hey, and then people put their little coin purse like on the okay key like, the return key, you don't have to do that anymore, okay? So we're going to say that we're going to close it and I'm gonna say, don't save the original, ok? So that was recorded here, and if we hit the stop, we can look at our save here, so save as a j peg at equality to a specific location and then close without saving. All right, so let's, close this and let's go to our batch command now it's up to you you can batch command from photo shop that's fine, if you have a whole folder of images, you can come right here automating batch, but honestly, I would prefer tio tow actually batch I'm going to start this from white room because because of the way that this is set up, I'm going to start here. Where's my mirror timing bridge. What did I just say? Oh, sorry, thank you. Um, did you see that? Just go away that's kind of funny, so I'm going to say export is what I'm going to say, I'm going to say I just I don't believe that's gone I don't believe it's gone and I believe you're gone I think I think that I change the name of it mirror I didn't taste for my six a few all right? So here the images and I want to hear all of these came if you can start in light room you can start in photos and bridge I'm going to start in bridge because I want to show you how to run it through bridge then we'll go over the light room and I'll show you how light room you can not only do your batch commands on export, you could also then set it up so that afterwards after you export from light room, you can use what's called the droplet hand often your files from light room too the droplet which will run the action and photo shop so I want to show both ways so here I am in bridge I go here tio tools I go to photo shop and I got a batch so the reason also that I want to select from from bridge is because maybe I only want to select like eight images out of twenty or I want us like five images whatever bridge lets you select a certain number of images and then you can choose the source as bridge and it on lee will run the action on what you have selected so we've got the creative mind folder we've got the action we've got the source I don't have an open command of my action so it doesn't matter I don't need some folders I might want to suppress the file open options dialogue that would be like the camera raw dialog box if I was running this on raw files it would suppress that and suppress the color profile warnings in case I have a color profile mismatch now for destination yeah you can choose none like a monkey with a loaded gun I prefer to be like none really so maybe I'm going to say but I know when you're learning actions there's saving saving close no what if what if you did like hi rest scans and a new saved is j pegging closed in and saved over now just choose folder and then select the folder right? So you're thinking wait the folder was saved in part of the action it was but you don't have to save that folder so you can always change this so as you run this on different folders of images you can change where their destination is so I'm just going to go to the desktop we'll do a new folder processed okay and hit safe so I've got a new folder spelled wrong with us all right? So there it is process I can change the name if I want to but in this case one last important safety tip. See this little button right here? Override actions save as commands when I turn that on, don't ask me when I did this thing, this option is on files will be saved in the destination folder only by the safe house steps in the actual thirteen of savers say that steps no steps will be saved, huh? Really? And peter piper. So what that's telling me is that you have to you have to commit to they save in the action. But what confuses people is, I think, well, that saved it to a certain location. It did, but you overrode the save as to that location because we're going to save it to this folder. It will still save it as a j peg with those settings, but you're going to save it to a different folder. So now when I click ok, if all those correctly it will mirror all of those images and when I go back to bridge and we go back up to the desktop and I just want to look at the process files, it went ahead and we can see that they've all been process and married so it's a lot faster to do it this way once you get the hang of writing the actions.

Class Description

Are you ready to work better, faster, and more efficiently in Photoshop? Join Julieanne Kost for Automating Your Workflow and learn everything you need to know to use Photoshop to its fullest potential.

During this course, you’ll become equipped with the tools you need to maximize your productivity, streamline your workflow, and avoid repetitive tasks. Julieanne will unveil every aspect of Photoshop’s Actions palette and reveal the secrets every user needs to know. You’ll explore automatic features like batch processing, droplets, and variables. This course will help you break free from the midnight grind while you keep Photoshop working for you all night!

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2014.2.2



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