Want to speed up your digital workflow? Learning the simple art of batch processing and how to edit multiple photos in Adobe Camera Raw will save you time when fine tuning your raw files. In our latest Raw Tuesday tutorial on editing raw format files we show you exactly how it’s done.
Adobe Camera Raw is the best place to begin editing your raw format files. The tidy interface and intuitive tools help to make editing raw files a simple task. With options to tweak colour, apply sharpening and correct distortion, you can perform the kind of tasks photographers need to make to improve their images.
As well as a powerful raw editor, Adobe Camera Raw can also be a great time-saver. By opening several files at once you can make universal edits to the whole group.
This can be handy if, for example, you need to change the white balance on a batch of images or save them as JPEGs. It’s ideal for making speedy changes to a set of images that has been shot under similar conditions, like at a wedding.
Here we’ll show you how to use Adobe Camera Raw for a typical batch-process task. We’ll apply a couple of crucial edits before converting to low-resolution JPEGs for printing. These techniques are guaranteed to save you time, leaving you more time to take photos!
Batch processing step-by-step
01 Open raw files
Open Adobe Bridge, then navigate to the five batch.NEF files. Select the first file, then hold shift and click on the last one to select them all. Right-click and choose ‘Open in Camera Raw’. JPEG and TIFF files can be opened into Adobe Camera Raw in the same way.
02 Click Select All
Click through the images and choose one that’s most typical, then click the ‘Select All’ button at the top right of the interface. Now any changes you make using the panels to the right of the screen will be applied universally Adobe Camera Rawoss the whole set.
03 Set Camera Calibration
Go to the Camera Calibration tab and click on the Mode: drop-down. Choose ‘Camera D2X Mode 3’ from the list. It’s always worth experimenting with the different presets in this drop-down list, as the default ‘Adobe Standard’ doesn’t always give the best results.
04 Apply Basic Tweaks
Click on the Basic Panel, then adjust the sliders to set Exposure +0.15, Contrast +5, Shadows +6, Clarity +5 and Vibrance +10. Hold down Alt and drag the Whites slider to about +16, until you just begin to see pixels being clipped to white.
05 Choose Output options
Click the blue link at the bottom centre of the interface to access Workflow Options. We want to prepare the images for printing at around 6×4 inches, so click the size drop-down and choose the smallest option: 1024×1539. Set resolution to 300 pixels/inch and click OK.
06 Save as JPEGs
Double-click the Zoom tool to zoom to 100%, then click the Detail Panel. Set Sharpening Amount 45, Radius 1.4, Masking 30. Click the Save Images button. Choose a destination, select naming options, then set Format: JPEG, Quality 12 and hit OK. Finally, click Done.
Apply settings with Bridge
If you decide, after editing a raw file, that you want to apply the same effect to similar images, right-click the thumbnail of the edited raw file in Adobe Bridge and choose Develop Settings> Copy Settings. Select the images, right-click and pick Develop Settings> Paste settings, then choose which settings you want to paste.
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