Quick Image Correction

© 2002 Gregory Georges

© 2002 Gregory Georges

© 2002 Gregory Georges

© 2002 Gregory Georges

ABOUT THE IMAGE

Monarch Butterflies Canon EOS D30 digital camera, 300mm f/2.8 IS, ISO 100, Fine image setting, f/7.1 @ 1/160, 2160 x 1440 pixels, 1.1MB .jpg. Butterfly 2: Canon EOS D30, 28-70mm at 28mm, f/18 @ 1/15, ISO 100, RAW CRW format, converted to 9.3MB 8-bit .tif

Many serious photographers have been known to complain about the quality of prints made at one-hour processing labs. While they are quick and inexpensive, they often are not printed as well as they could be. The reason for the poor prints has to do with the limited amount of time that is spent correcting the images and the lack of skill of the processing lab technician. If you are now shooting with a digital camera, you will experience the same conflict between making the best possible images that can take lots of time to process, or take the "quick and dirty" approach to image editing.

This technique offers two customizable Photoshop 7 actions that can help you to quickly edit folders of images so that you can get 4" x 6" prints made, or so that you can make images that are ready to be placed on a Web page. Before I created these actions, I often did not share prints or Web images with those who wanted to enjoy them because it took too much time to process them all. Now I can shoot images of a lacrosse or soccer game, run an action on a folder, and have the images uploaded to a Web site in just minutes. This action also makes it easy to make images that may be e-mailed. Using the second action and an Epson 1280 printer with a roll feeder, it is incredibly easy to make prints of any photos that I want.

If you need quick and not always perfect edits, this technique is for you. You might say this is the one-hour film processing technique versus the professional color lab processing technique, which we get to in the next technique.

Unfortunately,Actions which utilize the Stop command cannot be run by choosing the File >- Automate >-Batch command because the Stop command forces the Batch feature to be halted. Due to this idiosyncrasy, the action you use to automate the processing of digital photos requires that you manually open each photo that you want to edit. Because the new File Browser in Photoshop 7 allows you to view thumbnails of each image, it is a good feature to use to help you keep track of the photos that you plan to edit.

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