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Lesson 44 from: Practical Adobe Photoshop Basics

Khara Plicanic

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44. Batching Files


Class Trailer

Class Introduction


Tips for Success


How To Undo Mistakes


Adobe Workspace


Using The Brush Tool


Using The Zoom Tool


Adobe Preferences


Correcting Exposure


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Batching Files

Well, a lot of the tasks that we do and finish up are repetitive and tedious and would just be better if we didn't have to manually do them. So thankfully, we don't have Teoh. We can make use of matching and, um, actions to do a lot of that. So the most common one that I run ah, lot is renaming and or re sizing, so that could be one or both. So if you if you're working with clients or even your own stuff Ah, lot of times I might have a whole folder of images and I need to resize them and then put him on Ah, Web Gallery or something like that. Put him on a website and I don't wanna have to open each one individually. So here's what you can dio you navigate. I use bridge for this. You can actually do this and Photoshopped, too, but it's so much easier if you start from bridge. Okay, So again, if you've never used bridge, try it out. You can get there by choosing file browsing bridge, or it's actually you know, a separate program, My Dakhil pop up. It's actually just a separate program yo...

u can just run. So it's It's a super file browser and it's part of the Adobe collection. So it has adobe superpowers built into it so I can take a folder of images, and I'll just click and drag to select them all. And if I come up to tools, there is an option here. Batch rename. So we could do that. If we click on this, we get the renaming window. So this is useful a lot, for example, like when I shoot weddings and I would shoot 2000 images, let's say in the day. But when I'm done in, the whole thing's ready for clients. I have Flake 300. I don't want them to see that it goes from file number seven to file number 20 because they're going to be like, Why're they're missing files? And they won't understand that it's because I took a bunch of pictures of like, their shoes, and they don't need all that so you can save yourself the drama by renaming things. So under batch rename, you can come in here and choose any number of conventions to be able to rename your stuff. Um, what I usually end up doing is just choosing sequence number, and you can tell it how many digits you want. I usually do three or four, depending how many images you have on. Then you give it a number to start with and you hit rename man. It just renamed everything. It's super handy, another cool way that you can do that under tools. If we come up back to battery name, something that can also be handy is you can come in and create another layer to your convention ing. So if I click plus now, I can tell it that I want. For example, I wanted to start with some text. Maybe I want the images to start with the client name. Smith. Maybe Then I wanted to say Smith 01 Smith zero to etcetera. So all types Smith and I'll put an under underscore. And then I wanted to have a sequence number so we'll say two digits. So Smith 01 will be where it will start. It shows you down here. What you're naming convention is looking like you can add a number of different things to build whatever kind of file name you want and you click rename on it renames them, and it's like Instant So the great That's a really handy thing. Okay, now let's talk about re sizing all this stuff. If we go back to the tool menu re sizing this, um, works great when we go to photo shop and we choose image processor. Uh, here we can tell a photo shop where, where to save the finish files. I don't have to select the files in the first place because they're selected Enbridge. Okay, so we went to bridge. I selected the files I want to resize, so Step one is already done. So in step two, I tell it where I want to save those files. You can choose to save it in the same location, or you can specify a different folder wherever you put it. It always puts itself in a sub folder called J Peg or tiff, or depending on your settings. So I often just tell it to save in the same location, because then I'm I'm already there and I can find it, and it's convenient for me. But that's what I'll choose here, down here for filed type. I'm going to keep it as a J peg. But let's say we need to resize this. So maybe we have a whole folder of images that we need to give you a client for some reason, and we just want them to have proofs. We don't want them to have all the high file, high resolution files. So I'm going to resize this and let's say we want the with to be, I don't know, just 800 pixels. The height would then be proportionate. But basically what you're saying here is if I put in another number for the hype, we're just saying whether it's vertical or horizontal, the longest side should be 800 in. This does not make sense. It's not going to squish the photo into a square just in case it looks like that. That's what this looks like, but it's not all right, so we'll choose that. I'm not going to save it as a PSD. I'm not going to convert it to a tiff down here. If I want to run an action on a whole bunch of images at the same time that I'm re sizing them, I can do that and we'll talk more about actions in a little bit. But for right now, I'm gonna turn that off and then I'll just hit run And now photo shops gonna do all that. There's not too many. So won't take too long. I'll bop back over to bridge and here's what happened. Here is all the originals untouched, same as they were. And here's the folder that Photoshopped just made called J. Peck. And if I double click and open that here we see the files that were resized. And if I open this and photo shop and I open up the image size we can see, it is indeed 800 pixels wide, and the height is appropriately proportional. It didn't squish it into a square. It just made the longest side for horizontal or vertical images. The number that we put him

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Kim Williams

I tuned into this class hoping to glean what I cold since it was free. I ended up purchasing the class because it is FILLED with so much great information in a fun and easy to understand format. Khara is an amazing instructor - I thoroughly enjoyed every minute. Worth EVERY penny. Thank you Creative Live for offering such great material, at even more amazing prices.


What an unbelievable teacher Khara is. I have wanted to learn photoshop forever but was intimidated, overwhelmed, then I watched this course. OMG I learnt so much, more then I imagined. I am so excited now to start using Photoshop, I can't wait to try out everything she taught us. With the skills we learnt over these two days I think this course provides everything I need to know to feel and more. She was outstanding, the absolute perfect teacher for someone who has never ever used Photoshop. Also great moderation by Kenna. Thank you for this awesome, amazing, wonderful course. I am sure anyone who watches this course will agree it is incredible. I couldn't recommend it more. This course was just Smurfy!

Roz Fruchtman

I would highly recommend Khara Plicanic's Practical Adobe Photoshop Basics. The name of the class, implies that the class is for beginners, but that's not exactly true. Most of us learn Photoshop by the features we need to know at any given time. As many will agree, there are a number of ways to get to the same end. I can only speak for myself, but... I would bet that many of us don't know all the strategies that are taught in this class! Check it out, I doubt you'd be disappointed! Khara brings a fun and relatable approach to everything she does. She is very entertaining, while being a superb instructor. Last, but not least... This class brings with it a ton of useful bonuses. Warm Regards, Roz Fruchtman aka @RozSpirations

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