Step 11: Flatten Image And Save File

■ The action automatically flattens the image and then opens up the File Save for Web dialog box shown in Figure 7.13. Click in the Settings box and choose JPEG Medium. Click Save to get the Save Optimized As dialog box. Select the folder where you want to save your image and click Save.

■ The action has now completed all the steps and moved the active step highlight back to the beginning so that you are ready to open another image and run the action on another image!

Now try running the 1-Hour 4" x 6" 240 dpi prints action on the butterfly2.tif image. This action is very similar to the first action, except it automatically creates images suitable for printing on an inkjet printer. If you have an inkjet printer that has a roll paper option, you can batch process an entire folder of images and then print them out by using a 4" wide roll of inkjet paper. The Epson 1270 and 1280 inkjet printers are excellent printers to use when you want to print a roll of 4" x 6" prints.

You have just run one of the two actions in the One-Hour Processing action set. Just as easily, you could run an action on any image to complete quick image processing to make a 4" x 6" 240 dpi print by simply selecting the other action (1-hour processing 4" x 6" 240 dpi prints) in the action set.

Additionally, you can customize either of the two actions by turning on or off any of the steps in the actions by clicking a box in the left side of a step in the Actions palette. If you want to add steps or modify any of the existing steps, you can click in the action where you want to make changes, click the

Begin Recording icon at the bottom of the Actions palette, and complete the step you want to add or modify. After you have completed the step, click the Stop Recording button. You may then need to delete the step you replaced. To make changes to settings like those found in the File Info dialog box, doubleclick the step to open any dialog boxes that the step might include; in this case, you double-click the Set File Info of current document step to get the File Info dialog box. Type in your changes and click OK. Next time you run the action, you use the new settings.

Finally, I should mention that if you removed or turned off those steps that include the Stop command, you can automatically run one of the actions against an entire folder of images by choosing the File ^ Automate >- Batch command. Using this feature, you don't even have to select, open, save, and close the images.

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