The Photoshop CS2 Speed Clinic chapter 7
I can’t even begin to count the number of times people have
asked me how to convert an entire folder of RAW fi les into
PSD, TIFF, or JPEG fi les. I used to cringe when I got the ques-
tion, though, because it involved creating an action and batch
processing. It wasn’t dif cult to do but it just wasn’t the quick
one-minute answer they wanted. However, in Photoshop CS2,
I now have my quick one-minute answer. Heck, it’s really a
10-second answer—it’s called Image Processor and it rocks!
Step One:
Let’s say you’re a photographer and just
got back from a photo shoot. It could be a
professional shoot or just a day out with the
kids. Either way, it’s likely you’ve got a lot
of images that need processing. If you shot
in RAW, you’ll have to convert those photos
to an easier format for sharing and printing.
Also, it’s likely you’ll need to resize your
photos, as well, so you can email them to
family or friends or put them on a website.
The fi rst thing to do is go fi nd the photos
in Bridge that you need to process. In this
example, Im going to use RAW images but it
could just as easily be JPEG or TIFF. Choose
Tools>Photoshop>Image Processor and the
Image Processor dialog will appear.
Step Two:
The nice folks at Adobe numbered the
Image Processor dialog with four sections
so it makes it easy to work with. In the
rst section, choose a folder of the images
you want to process. Since we launched
this through Bridge, your images should
already be selected and it’ll tell you how
many will be processed. You can also
choose to work with open images if you
have some open in Photoshop already.
Before you process your images, click
Save to save the current settings in the
dialog. The next time you need to process
les using this group of settings, click
Load and navigate to your saved Image
Processor settings.
photoshop can do the work for you
Step Three:
In the second section, choose a destina-
tion. You can choose to save your images
in the same location as the originals or
you can pick a different location. I usually
leave this set to Save in Same Location.
Step Four:
In the third section, you’ll need to pick
what fi le type you want to save the images
as. Your choices are JPEG, PSD, and TIFF.
You can pick any one, a combination, or
all three of the fi le types if you choose.
Photoshop will create an individual folder
for each fi le type and a copy of your photo
for each option you select. You’ll also
notice there are options for resizing the
images, as well. Let’s go ahead and select
JPEG with a quality setting of 10. Turn
on the Resize to Fit checkbox and enter
640 for width and 480 for height. Now,
this doesn’t resize each image to fi t into
640x480, though. What it does is set a
maximum size constraint so photos will
be a maximum of 640 pixels wide and
480 pixels high. But, it doesn’t change the
aspect ratio, which is important to know.
Finally, if you’re sending fi les to a printer
that may require them to be in the sRGB
color profi le, then turn on the Convert Pro-
le to sRGB checkbox. While we’re here,
I’m also going to select Save as TIFF and
leave these photos at their original size.
The Copyright Info setting in the Image
Processor dialog includes any text you
enter in the IPTC copyright metadata for
the fi le. Text you include here overwrites
the copyright metadata in the original
le, so make sure that is really what you
want to do.

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