New to Photoshop Elements 6 is the ability to apply changes to multiple Raw files at once. This feature will radically speed up the enhancement of your Raw files and you’ll no longer be able to use the excuse: ’I shoot JPEGs because it’s faster!’

Software: Adobe Camera Raw supplied with Photoshop Elements 6
Skills learnt: Quickly enhance multiple Raw files using synchronised Processing Time: 20mins

The process revolves around the thumbnail section of the Photoshop Elements ACR dialogue which appears when you select multiple Raw files inside the Organizer workspace and then choose the Full Edit option from the right-click menu. The selected files are opened into the ACR dialogue and listed on the left-hand side of the main workspace. This function is new for the ACR edition that ships with Elements 6 and not only brings with it the ability to multi-select, but also to multi-process.

Most users will use this new queue feature by selecting and enhancing one image at a time from the group of thumbnails displayed on the left of the dialogue. When working this way, all changes made to the image settings of the previewed file are applied to the selected photo only. Users then move from image to image, making enhancements to individual files before clicking the Done key to apply the changes without transferring the files to Elements. Alternatively, selecting the Open key will display the converted pictures in the Full Edit workspace.

A More Efficient Way
However, this is not the only way to work with multiple Raw files. The Select All button at the top of the queued files section can be used for a more efficient workflow. If you choose this option any changes made to the previewed image will be synchronised across all the selected photos. Groups of queued images can also be multi-selected by Shift-clicking (for sequential images) or Ctrl-clicking (for non-sequential images) on the thumbnails. With this feature, enhancements made to a single photo can be applied across the whole range of selected images queued.

It’s still a good idea to select each image in turn and fine-tune the settings applied, but if your exposure is consistent and the lighting doesn’t change too much during the shoot, these will be kept to a minimum.

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Multiple Raw Files

How to Apply Changes to a Batch of Raw Files

1 For the fastest way to synchronise your enhancement changes,
start by multi-selecting files from the Organizer space that have
similar characteristics or were shot under the same lighting
conditions. Next, open the pictures in Adobe Camera Raw by selecting
the Full Edit option from the right-click menu.

2 Now select one photo from the queue that is indicative in tone and colour of the whole group. With this photo displayed in the preview area, choose Select All from the top of the dialogue. Proceed to make enhancements to the previewed files as normal. Notice that these changes are also applied to other photos in the queue.


3 The changes made to all the photos can be fine-tuned for individual images: just select each picture in turn and adjust the controls. If no such changes are needed, save the selected photos using the Save Images button, transfer them to the Edit workspace with the Open Images option, or click Done to apply the enhancement settings.



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Rated Raw Files

Apply Changes Across Only Your Rated Raw Files

1 As well as being able to apply image changes across all the queued files by choosing the Select All button, you can also adjust a subset of the files listed. Start by reviewing each of the queued files in turn by clicking onto the thumbnail on the left of the dialogue. During the review process, rate those files that you want to adjust as a group.

2 Select the rated files. Do this by clicking the star rating section located under each thumbnail. Once the review process is completed and all files to be enhanced as a group are rated, hold down Alt and choose the Select Rated button at the top of the queued list. Notice that this action selects only files with a star rating attached.


3 Now you can set about applying the changes to those selected as before. Notice that now the changes that you make to the previewed image are copied across to the rated thumbnails only. If you want to remove an image from the Rated group simply click on the No Rating option under the thumbnail.




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