Batch Process With Adobe Camera RAW

This post was originally published at my other photography blog, Photography Haven, which I no longer keep up.

Today’s tutorial is on batch processing in Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) which both PSE 7 and 8, as well as Photoshop CS2 through CS5 have included in their programs.

The main requirement for this tutorial is that your pictures be shot in RAW. If you don’t know what RAW is, read your camera’s manual.

Select images and press Control and I at the same time.

Step 1: Once you’ve uploaded your pictures into the PS or PSE, click and hold shift to highlight all the images that were shot in the same light and you want to process with the same adjustments and press Control and “I” at the same time. This will open all the images up in ACR. The red arrow is pointing to the blue box around the images, which tells me I had my pictures properly selected.

To process selected images the same way, click on Select All

Step 2: After doing Step 1, the program opens up ACR and you should see your selected images along the left-hand side of your screen. To have all the images receive the same adjustments you make to the first one (the one that in full screen), click the “Select All” button right above them.

Make adjustments

Step 3: Make adjustments to the image using the sliders below each category. The same adjustment are being made to the images selected but not shown on the full screen.

Click Open Images to open all images in PSE or PS. To open one at a time, press Done.

Step 4: When you are happy with your adjustments, you have two choices: 1- you can click “Done” and you’ll be taken back to the Organizer (or Bridge in PS I think) or 2 – you can click “Open Images” and those images you just made changes to will open in PSE full edit mode or in PS’s workspace for further editing. I only had three here, so it would not have been a big deal to do option #2. However, if you have shot a basketball game and you just made adjustments to 25 images, you’d be wise to just click “Done” and open them for editing one at a time.

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