Adobe® Photoshop®: Productivity

Lesson 3/13 - Tool Recording


Adobe® Photoshop®: Productivity


Lesson Info

Tool Recording

So far pretty much everything I have shown here is just actions in general just the way actions work but here's where bush up c s six has something that it's a small but very important little thing that wasn't there before and it's when you look at the actions panel and there's pop up here, one of the options is just one little menu item, but to me it should be like I don't know paved in gold or something with big flashing lines around to go look at this allow tool recording. Up until now there was one thing you couldn't do is part of an action that was record paint with the paintbrush clone with the clone stamp that kind of thing now you can and for the right situation this is a huge time saver, so all you do is turn that on it means I don't know why it's on by default, by the way because it should be but anyway once it's on it's on now that means is part of my action I can include tools which I couldn't do before cs six so for people who work with actions that's a fairly significant ...

reason also toe look at cs six was that one little menu item changes everything so here's an example where I might use that I have a series of photos here and I only brought a few but there were aa lot more and I know it's affected all these photographs that there was dust on my sensor and one of the worst things in the world is censored us because it's on every photograph the only saving grace is in the same place in every photograph because it's actually on the sensor doesn't matter if you move your camera the dust is going to be in the same place so that's the only good thing about it is I know what's in the same place so like in this photograph there's one there there's one here and there's one up here somewhere I thought there is another one that I realized that one moves so it's a piece of masking tape so it's not good work so I have a whole series of photographs where in every photograph I have this problem well in the past that would have meant well, I can't record it as an action because you can't record tools now you can so here is exactly what I would do I'd say I'm going to create a new action to get rid of this problem. I've got one of my sample photographs open because remember we want to make sure there's a document open first record open the document and I'm gonna record is add a blank layer and then go on get my spot healing brush, make sure it's set to content aware sample all layers and just paint over the problems and then stop recording now the reason I did it that way is because I have let's say two hundred photographs with this problem there's a good chance on one of them, especially with my ballet dancer her leg might be right where that sensor dust is on that one photo the spot healing might be a little wonky because of its not the background so because I did it this way it means for every photograph will end up with this layer so let's just open a different one but you can see exact same problem that's the beauty of sensor that's the only good thing about it. So now I just go to this action hit play and it was a zip zip it is done now imagine that times two hundred photographs where instead of you going over the next one clone clone clone open the next one that's why that little tiny thing and that pop up menu that says allow tool recording is so incredibly important because that's something that you couldn't do before when the questions asked before about inserting a stop that's what people used to do with two hundred photographs was pause manually paint and then run the rest of the action now this does this automatically now there is one other thing that I want to just mention and not to open a whole can of worms here but something has happened in the world of adobe recently called adobe creative cloud which is a different way of getting your software and one of things they're doing on creative cloud is every so often they update the tools like photoshopped so my creative cloud version of photo shop might be different than someone who it is different if someone doesn't have a cloud membership and one of things that they've added first for cloud members which means eventually it'll be available to everyone but unfortunately on lee in the cloud version is something called a conditional action where now is your recording in action and you're going to want to do it to a whole bunch of photographs you can say if the image is tall run the next step if it's not skip the next step because in the past people used to run have to record two different actions one for landscape and one for portrait now with conditional actions you can go in and say if this condition is met do the following but what's likely is a very high percentage of people watching us right now we'll look in their actions palin go I don't have that and that's because it's currently on ly a creative cloud option that updates photo shop cia six in the next version whenever that may be then it will become more available to everybody now if we have on actually recorded and especially if he recorded like my l a b sharpened wanna included a save step one of the benefits of doing that is now if I want to run it to a bunch of images I can so for example let's just go back here have a bunch of files and all of these I want to sharpen now the first thing I would actually do is go back to my leiby sharpen and make sure I didn't put that little interrupts which because I want to run this automatically and if I had that little interrupt I'd have to sit there and frankly for like five or six images that will be ok it's when you have three hundred you wouldn't want to do that so I would also then look at the numbers and say do I need to re record that step in this case we'll just assume it's a good number but that would be the other thing I would do is first go on make sure that mound of sharpening in this case is appropriate for all my photographs then as we talked about earlier I'm using bridge to run my action because I want to be able to selectively choose and not just say this entire folder but just these ones so if you want to you could say select all we could say but not this one or whatever it might be now to run your action to a whole series of photographs we go photoshopped she's made tools photoshopped batch then this dialog box comes up and says, what action would you like to play and usually it's fairly smart to say this is the last one you just clicked on, so I'm going to guess that one, but if it's not, you would see your sets and your actions. I'm choosing the source is bridge that's where they're coming from. I want to override any warning messages, so just in case I have a couple of files, which are a different color profile or something, I don't want to have the action stop because of that for destination, you have to decide what you want to do. My personal feeling is I'm always worried that something I did is going to mess up so my personal preferences too, save a find a different destination folder so I could make a folder, for example, on my desktop and just call it something clever like after. So I'll put the results of my action in there just so I make sure I'm not potentially overriding my original file, then you can choose file naming system if it makes sense for that particular action. Now, the one thing that you have to be a little careful of is if you record a save step like I did in that sharpening action. Remember actions are very specific so it could quite easily say I'm going to save this file with this file name in that location you told me to and I want to override that and say just remember the fact that I'm saving is j peg and that's what this very poorly named checkbox does override action save as commands is that someone who doesn't do interface zain way of saying just remember the file format because that's in effect really what that's saying is don't remember where I told you to save it and with me what name just the fact that it's j peg now when I do that if I were to click ok, then it will go through and run gets for some reason saying some motives all available okay, so so far there must have been a mistake in there somewhere because every step it saying it can't do it, which is my mistake just stop that stop stop, stop okay now so I did that deliberately once again this show but now seriously that with batch actions that often takes that because I was fiddling with my actions so much I probably skipped a step or did something, but when you're going to do a batch it's probably going to take a couple of times because you're going to realize open there was some step missing or something like that by turning all these things off then, at least in theory, what it should do is say, I'm going to remember what setting to use and put the results into that separate layer, the thing that always comes up and I'll mention it because I know someone's going to ask you because it happens every time there's someone say, okay, I recorded a batch with j peg, and I click that little button and said, override action, save as commands when I run it, it's still pops up that little ok, do you want to say this format of j peg, dialog box and it's? Not supposed to, but that happens so doesn't mean you've done something wrong. One of the things with batch actions is I don't know why, but sometimes, even though you said, don't show me that dialog box, it still might, so if that happens, sometimes you have to cancel and rerun it to say, ok, I must have done something wrong. Now my case, I think the problem was more that I was fiddling with my action, turning things on and off before I ran, because normally would go through and, of course, run everything, and you'd end up with these items in a separate folder, so that's that's one option for doing that kind of overall option there's also the ability to to create something called a droplet which is basically an icon you can put on your desktop where you can drag files on top of it and that will run everything you drag personally I don't use that as much because I much prefer toe look in here and say which are the images I want to work on in fact I have to think think about where you create it must be in here somewhere a droplet sure it is I never use it myself but so if you I want to you khun you can do that it's another option I personally prefer to do it visually that's just the way I like to work a couple of photos we got it we have time for questions just a second I want to mention a couple of other notes they're important to know if you download actions from somewhere and that includes the ones that come built in photos because it comes with some default actions you'll notice occasion look at this first action says vignette and then in brackets it says selection that's kind of the accepted action way of saying first make a whatever's in brackets so if you try to run this action on a photograph without making a selection you get an error message so any time you see something in brackets whether it says selection or layer or text that's the action way of saying make sure that you first click on a type player or have a selection or else is action won't work every time you see something in brackets that's what it means um unfortunately, sometimes they're all actions that still don't work because you don't have the right circumstances, they don't necessarily tell you that so actions or not fail proof there will be time for your run action. And unfortunately, one of the other realities of actions is sometimes the error message is very nondescript. It doesn't really tell you it just says the steps such and such is not available. Okay, what does that mean? I don't really know. So sometimes the on ly riel option is to just try it again and say, well, I must have done something that didn't work. Let me let me try on alternative is there a way to run it where you can see all the steps to see where it's getting stuck? That's a really good question because yes, and also when I talked before about if I download action somewhere else and I want to see how it's working it zips by so fast, I can't see what it's doing so one of the options you khun turn on has called playback options, and you have the option of going slower. Now normally the whole point of an actual courses to speed up, but if you're trying either troubleshoot or reverse engineer and go, how did they do this than the step by step one is really nice because you can kind of watch it go oh there do playing a layer before they blah, blah, blah, that's a good way to be able to kind of see, I would just make sure you put it back to accelerated afterwards or else your actions will be really painfully slow when they're the whole point of the missed a beat is to be fast but that's a nice way if you're trying to kind of I learn more about actions by doing that by downloading and action someone else created and kind of going, how did they do that? And then seeing it play back and kind of going normally wouldn't do it that way and photoshopped, but for an action toe work, sometimes you have to take on extra couple of steps that are unexpected so that it records properly and that's why I think the other main point I want to make us some people get thrown off because they're like, but I wouldn't work that way normally and it's like, well, sometimes you have to think like an action, and actually it only records certain operations, so sometimes you have to maybe do two additional steps while you're recording the action but then the bottom lines when you play the action it goes by that much faster all right? So we kind of zip through the wonderful of actions in like fifty one minutes so there's some questions that khun tryto absolutely and I just had a quick general question before we get started at what point how do you vet whether to make an action action or not for your own work? Well, I would say first of all I admit right away I'm lazy so if I look at someone say that's the fourth time in the last hour I've done that same thing and I'm likely do it again I would make in action and sometimes I'll make an action that I only used for the rest of that day but least then it's there and I can always do it again so I think some people look at it the wrong way and think, well I've got to do this to hundreds of images to make it worthwhile of my response is no if it saves you a bit of time by recording in action then why not do it makes sense thank you you're great uh david a couple of people asking vera hundreds and onii or any on various from moscow can you excuse it? Can you use the renamed function and actions without overriding the same file all the time on and he had said when running inaction pretend photographs it saves all of the ten photographs of the same name resulting in just one put a bath what am I doing? Well, that's that's that overwrite option that we saw briefly there let me go back here batch so if you recorded save as step you khun choose a destination folder override and then down here you can decide I want to create a series of names. Is this file name plus a number or something? And it shows you down at the bottom if you went in and said I'm going to also put, like, say, in here, let's, change this one to, uh one digit serial number and then the extension or whatever that way you can see in normally others up here shows you there's example now, it's going to be you know, um, whatever. So you say now I'm going to create a siri's of files that will be with my name with a serial number and extension that kind of gives you a preview of it, and it always defaults to dot jeff that's not to suggest that's just showing you that how it's gonna look great, but that way you can override the founding that was there when you recorded and end up with a series of images, and the other thing is on often sometimes I do that, and then the end result, I'm not that happy with the names, so that m bridge I just there's a function called batch rename the let me just change the names of all of them after the fact. So there's always that option as well, thank you, but there's an audience questions about a place I think it's more of a comment to what you were saying earlier about how people might know it's there, but they don't use it and they really ought to, especially after seeing, you know, the advantages to really speeding up their work flows and and I'm sitting here thinking as artists, a lot of us usually don't I think in an engineering kind of way, which is programmer, you're thinking and step by step, so it really is sort of re engineering your mindset and how you you feel that that's a good point, I think building on that and I kind of said this before, but I think it's really important is that people who have had that describe people say, well, I'm kind of more artistic, so I don't know court, everything I do is different, I'm like, well, the end result might be different in how you get there involves things like, I'm almost duplicating layers, I'm always adding mask so those are still things you could automate it doesn't have to be a whole a dizzy thing where everything remains the same that's one use of an action but the other is during my creative process many things I do are the same the end result is different, so think of it that way I think I can automate the process that I used to get to my end result that's still going to save you time cool, thank you, dave. And another question from j d tomac photography can actions include camera adjustments? Unfortunately, not that would be nice, but actions are photoshopped centric, so you can't record anything outside of photo shop is an action now beyond the scope of what we're talking about in this automation classes something called a script and the script is much more programming and in a script you can make it do just about anything but you have to be a programmer or no one because the script is like not plain english and it's like if then and or you know, you know all this kind of stuff, but there are people that know how to do that and could say liken white, a script that would include do my camera raw, bring into photo shop, then do this but that's it way more complicated than an action which is recording steps that exist scripting is like programming so I would say there is and that there are resources out there including adobes website and a scripting forum but average human beings find a friend that knows how to do that part david question from two thumbs up two thumbs fresh sorry in scotland when actions or tweet doesn't update any droplets created um that's a good question I never tried it so I I'm guessing probably not because it's more well actually might because the when you do a batch it's still saying to this action so if you tweak the action it should it's certainly do with a bad so I would think that that a droplet would work the same way I've never tried it but I'm guessing probably would excellent and elaine and oregon asks does each step of an action show up in the layers panel so you can adjust them well you could probably guess I'm going to start that answer yes you know it depends on record an action that says make a layer maykel airmen then yes but otherwise no because it's going to record specifically what you say so if you wanted that your action would have to be duplicate this layer and then do this as opposed to just run it right on the background so the action is very specific to what you do so that's certainly a great idea to do that but you'd have to record your action saying make this layer duplicate this layer to end up with that as separate layers so that's part of what you your responsibility is the action greater would be to recorded that way great great we have time for a couple more questions I think one from some other guy in colorado when recording a tool and inaction does the recorder automatically remember the state of the tiv tool for example content aware or should you configure the tool as part of recording the action right and that's one of those theoretically it should but I would just to be sure go in and pick the settings part of it just to make sure because it will it will try to remember it but you know it's one of those things where technically it probably does but I just to be safe I rather as part of my action change it and change it back to make sure I was always putting into whatever settings I wanted for the tool thank you and photographic elements ass what is the best way to record actions for brighton eyes brush lighten dark and edges of an eye when the subject keeps changing well that's the kind of thing where you know I mean there's a that's and that's a good question because with actions like the on ly time at work that reason I showed that example with the dancers is that was censored us wars in the same place but if I was trying to do it for everyone's eyes, probably the best choice to me would be to add as part of your action, and it just layer to lighten and then fill the layer mass with black justin larry to darken and feel their mask with black and then stopped recording. And then, when your reaction go zip, and then you just take your brush and go. Now, paint here, too dark and now pain here to lighten, so it still is going to require some manual effort. But the set up of getting to that point is still cutting the chase and doing it more quickly. So any time you have subjects that change that's, probably the simplest way is to do it generically enough. It'll work, and then you. The manual part is you painting. But at least most of the work has still been done for you.

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