Saving Multiple Photos in the Background

One thing I never liked about the previous version of Camera Raw was that working with multiple files at the same time just wasn't possible. If editing each individual photo wasn't enough of a pain, imagine saving 15 or 20 8-megapixel RAW files one at a time. It was time consuming and tedious. Now, in the latest version of Camera Raw, not only can I open multiple photos at once in the Camera Raw dialog and apply my settings to them, but I can also save them all at once. Even better, I can save them as a background process so I can still work while they're saving.

Step One

This trick really works best when you're using Camera Raw in Bridge instead of Photoshop. Mainly because its benefits come from the fact that you can still work in Photoshop while your photos are saving in the background. So, in Bridge select a bunch of RAW photos to open. Then press Command-R (PC: Control-R) to open the photos in Bridge's Camera Raw.


Step Two

Once Camera Raw opens, you'll see the first photo in the preview window, but you'll also see the others along the left side of the dialog. Go ahead and make your adjustments to the photos as you normally would. When you're done and you're ready to save the photos (yep, all of them at the same time) just press the Select All button at the top left of the dialog.

Turbo Boost

Don't forget to turn on the Shadows and Highlights checkboxes at the top of the Camera Raw dialog to visually see if you're clipping any highlights or shadows when you make adjustments.

Step Three

After the photos are selected, click the Save Images button at the bottom right of the dialog. Now you'll see the Save Options dialog open.

Step Four

Starting from the top, choose the Destination where you want to save your images. You can save them in the same location, or choose a new location by choosing Save in New Location from the pop-up menu or pressing the Select Folder button.

Step Five

Next, you can choose how you want to name the files. Usually, I name them something descriptive from when or where I took the photos. You can also add serial numbers, serial letters, or a date to your images using the pop-up menus.

Turbo Boost

While in the Camera Raw dialog, press Command-K (PC: Control-K) to view Camera Raw Preferences.

Step Six

The File Extension setting is probably the most important here. You'll need to decide what format you want to save these photos in. For this example, we're going to use JPEG. When you change this in Windows, you'll notice the Format section below automatically updates with options relating to whatever format you chose. I'm leaving the Quality setting at 8 here. On a Mac, you'll first need to choose the file format from the Format pop-up menu. Then you can choose the File Extension setting.

Step Seven

Okay, here's the cool part. Finally, you're ready to save the photos, so just press the Save button. The dialog will close and you'll be returned to the Camera Raw dialog. If you look directly above the four buttons at the bottom right of the dialog, you'll see a message indicating the progress of the photos being saved. What's really great is that you can now continue to edit other photos while Camera Raw is processing your photos in the background. Cool, huh?

Turbo Boost

When saving files in the background you can even close the Camera Raw dialog. Go into Bridge and open other files. When you do this, you'll see that the progress still displays in the Camera Raw Save Status dialog.

Photoshop CS2 Speed Clinic
The Photoshop CS2 Speed Clinic: Automating Photoshop to Get Twice the Work Done in Half the Time
ISBN: 0321441656
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2006
Pages: 113

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