PHOTOSHOP O&A

I have several hundred RAW files that I need to make into JPEGs. Is there an easy way for me to do this without having to go through Photoshop?

I’m trying to done a railing from one side of a picture to another. The problem is that the right side isn’t exactly even with the left — it tilts up. How can I get the clone to match up correctly?

The Clone Source panel is often overlooked, yet holds a lot of power for making your cloning tasks easier. Click the Create a New Layer icon in the Layers panel, switch to the Clone Stamp tool (S), and select All Layers in the Sample drop-down menu in the Options Bar. After you’ve selected the clone source by Option-clicking (PC: Alt-clicking) on the area you want to copy in the image, go to the Clone Source panel (Window>Clone Source) and adjust the rotation. You can type a number in the field, but if you click-and-drag on top of the angle symbol to the left of the field, not only does it scrub through the different degrees, but it also temporarily rotates an overlay of the image so you can match the angle you need.

What’s the difference between a batch and a droplet?

A batch (File>Automate>Batch) applies an action to a series of files. You select both the action and images in the Batch dialog. This means that you need to select images from a specific folder in a specific directory, as well as a specific action.

A droplet (File>Automate>Create Droplet), on the other hand, has the action that you want to use, the folder that you want to save the results in, and how it’s going to name the files all saved in the droplet. This droplet is a file that can sit on your desktop or other section of your computer. When you need to process images with these exact settings, simply drag the images on top of he droplet. The droplet will start Photoshop, perform the functions, and save the file to the predetermined location.

While droplets are great to use for automating work, I usually tell people to be careful when passing droplets on to other people. Because they tend to require specific locations for saving files (unless you set the droplet to Save and Close), you have to be absolutely sure that the host computer has the same file structure.

I have a bunch of images in a folder that I’ve cropped differently. I would like to take all of the images that are similar and use them in a slide show. How do I do this in Photoshop?

Thankfully, Bridge can handle this very quickly. Either drag the folder of images onto the Preview panel in Bridge or onto the Path Bar above the panels on the left. This will open all of the images in the Content panel. Once open, click on the sort options near the upper-right corner and select By Dimensions in the drop-down. This will group all like-sized documents. From there, simply Command-click (PC: Ctrl-click) all of the images that you want to use in your slide show to select them and choose Tools>Photoshop>Load Files into Photoshop Layers.

The files are now in Photoshop, but Photoshop doesn’t know that you want to play them in a sequence. Go to the Timeline panel (Window>Timeline), and click the Create Video Timeline button. It will load all the files into the video timeline directly on top of one another. All you have to do is drag the files next to one another and a Video Group will be created for them. Now you can edit the time for each slide, add transitions, etc.

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