Learn how to edit multiple images at once in camera raw in this Adobe Photoshop CS2 Advanced training video.
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Alright, I want to select a group of files this time. I want you to click on CentralPkSquirrel-6.dng and then Shift+Click on CentralPkSquirrel-1.dng or select the files in any other way that you see fit. Just select all six of those squirrel files. Then go ahead and press Command+R or Ctrl+R here on the PC in order not only to open up just one of the images inside the Camera Raw dialog box like I used to be able to do inside Photoshop CS, but to open all of them.
Notice that you now have this wonderful little sort of collection, a little mini browser here inside the Camera Raw dialog box that shows you all of the images that you had selected in the Bridge. And if you want to edit all the images at the same time, just go ahead and click on Select All or you can press Ctrl+A on the PC or Command+A on the Mac in order to select all of these thumbnails.
Now by default, Camera Raw decides to preview big on screen so that you can track what's going on, the first of the squirrels, so squirrel number one. Now this isn't really the most indicative of the squirrels. In fact, I would say squirrel number five is my favorite squirrel shot. So I want to see it big inside the Preview here so that I can make the appropriate adjustments on right-hand side of the dialog box. How do you like get that guy, that squirrel number 5 which is really the same squirrel just a fifth shot of the squirrel, inside the preview?
Well, I can arrow down to it by pressing the Down Arrow key like this. This will arrow me through each one of the selected items and still maintain the entire selection or I can press the Alt key and click on the thumbnail or Option+Click on that thumbnail like so and then I will see this one squirrel represented here.
Now this is a great example of an image that just looks terrible in my opinion. I shadow all these, the color balance is way off, we have got occasional blown highlights inside this image. If I turn on the Highlights checkbox you can see where they are. So all of these areas of the squirrel's tail, around its eye, just a little bit and in its are brown and that's a crying shame.
Now these blown highlights I can bring back. I have problems bringing back some of the blown highlights inside the Mandalay Bay photo but these here I can bring back beautifully, thanks to Camera Raw. That would be lost, however, if this was a JPEG or a TIF photo, a flat photo such as that.
Alright, now I am just going to enter some values. So I am going to change the Temperature value to 5000 and I am going to change the Tint value to 10, so I am making the image warmer. I am warming this up so this looks more like a natural real creature instead of some weird blue thing and I am going to lower the Exposure to 0.7 and that will take care of the highlight problem that I was having.
I am going to tab down to Shadows and decrease this value just slightly to 10 and then I am going to tab my way to the Brightness value and raise it to 50 to compensate for the darkened exposure value. I am going to lower the contrast to 20. I think Camera Raw has a habit of overdoing the contrast and you might say that I have a habit of under doing the contrast. But I would rather see more subtle, more natural photos out of Photoshop here and leave the Saturation set to 0.
So in other words, I have done everything I need to do. There is tons more you can do inside Camera dialog box. You can apply sharpening controls, lens modifications so that you are undistorting or distorting an image if you prefer. We cover all of these functions in our full Total Training for Adobe Photoshop CS2 Program. Right now, we are just trying to cover some of the big broad advanced stuff inside the dialog box.
Now at this point you have the option of opening all six images inside of Photoshop. Don't care to do that right now. I am just going to click Done and notice look I have just gone through manipulating all of the images, all of the thumbnails have little guys next to them. Little slider bar showing me that I have made color adjustments. I will now click Done in order to update all of the images. There they go inside the Bridge.
It happens that quickly, and now just imagine however that you are trying to modify 100 or 200 images at the same time all of which were shot under similar circumstances; it would take more time to run those updates. You could then go into Photoshop and work uninterrupted while the Bridge works in the background. It is amazing lovely thing. Those of you who shoot lots and lots of photographs under similar lighting conditions are bound to very much appreciate this.