Using Droplets for Instant Batch Processing

If you've got an action that you throw images at all day long, and you're getting tired of mousing your way through the Batch dialog box every time you use that action, consider saving the action as a droplet. A droplet is like a shortcut to an action: Instead of directing Photoshop to files, you drop files on the droplet, and the droplet handles the rest. You can store the droplet anywhere you'd store a file or folder; if you make a droplet from an action you use all the time, you can leave the droplet on the desktop for very convenient dragging and dropping.

There is one thing to watch out for with droplets. Once you save them, they're done. If you want to modify the settings of a batch action, you'll have to do it from the Actions palette or the Batch dialog box. Also, a droplet doesn't update if you edit the action that it's based onif you want to update the droplet, you'll need to create it again. Therefore, the best time to create a droplet is after you've thoroughly tested the action you're using to create the droplet.

To create a droplet from an action:


In Photoshop, choose File > Automate > Create Droplet (Figure 18.5).

Figure 18.5.


Under Save Droplet In, click Choose and specify where you want to save the droplet. You can always move it later.


Specify all settings as described in the section "Using the Batch Dialog Box."

The only difference between the Create Droplet dialog box and the Batch dialog box is that instead of specifying a source for the files, you specify where you want to save the droplet, which is where you'll drag files later.


Click OK.

To use a droplet, simply drag any number of documents onto the droplet.

Working Smart in Adobe Photoshop CS2
Working Smart in Adobe Photoshop CS2
ISBN: 0321335392
EAN: 2147483647
Year: N/A
Pages: 161
Authors: Conrad Chavez © 2008-2017.
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