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Project Photoshop: Automation

Learn how to speed up your work & enhance creativity by taking advantage of built-in automations, actions & much more
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Created by Dave Cross
Published 11/2012
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This course will help you to be more efficient in Photoshop CS6, thanks to the automation methods that are available. This includes step-by-step instruction on not only built-in automated command and actions, but also less-obvious speed enhances such as Smart Objects and Variables.

We'll cover the most important built-in automation commands, how to access automation from within Bridge, how to create, edit and use Actions, and much more. By the end of this course you'll be able to work more quickly and "unleash your creativity".

Who is the target audience?
  • Photoshop users who want to work more quickly
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What Will I Learn?
Take advantage of the built-in automation commands
Learn some not-so-obvious ways of working faster
Learn how to create, edit and successfully use actions
See how Variables can save you a ton of time
Learn the power of Camera Raw Smart Objects
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  • Good working knowledge of Photoshop
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 25 Lectures Collapse All 25 Lectures 02:30:56
1 Lecture 02:20
What does "Automation" really mean
Built-in Automation
6 Lectures 30:26
The pros and cons of using the File>Automate menu
Preview 03:21

Access the built-in Scripts using File>Scripts

See how to run automated commands and scripts from within Bridge and Mini Bridge
Using Bridge and Mini Bridge

Comparing two effective ways of exporting files: IMage Processor and Bridge Export
Image Processor and Bridge Export

Create a gallery for your web site directly from Bridge
Web Photo Gallery
Not-so-obvious automation
4 Lectures 30:40
Creating and using Presets is a great way to save time: see how to make adjustment layer presets, tool presets and more

See how to take advantage of existing keyboard shortcuts, and create your own

Take advantage of this "hidden" time saver: the Blend If sliders
Blend if

Other speed enhancers
6 Lectures 39:24
A brief introduction to the wonderful world of actions 
Preview 02:10

Learn the steps to recording an action
Creating an action

How to edit your actions (and some more actions tips)
Editing actions

How to apply an action to a large number of images
Batch actions

Create one-steps actions and more
Examples of actions

Use the Script Events Manager to automate key operations in Photoshop.
Script Events Manager
Smart Objects
4 Lectures 37:03
An overview of how Smart Objects work, and how they can save us time.
Preview 01:21

See the power of using Smart Objects to speed up your work and increase your creativity
Smart Objects

Smart Filters are a great way to save time and reuse effects
Smart Filters

See how to take the power and control of Camera Raw and access it from within Photoshop
Camera Raw Smart Objects
3 Lectures 10:05
Variables are a great way to create a series of customized graphics
Preview 01:10

Setting up the document

Making it work
Closing Thoughts
1 Lecture 00:58
Wrap up and your homework
About the Instructor
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Photoshop Educator Since 1990

Official Bio:

For 25 years Dave Cross has been helping photographers and creatives get the most out of their Adobe software. Dave has a Bachelor of Education, is an Adobe Certified Instructor and a Certified Technical Trainer. Dave has taught at Photoshop World (25 times), the Texas School of Photography, the Santa Fe Workshops, and has traveled across the country teaching for Kelby Training. He runs the Dave Cross Workshops in his own studio/workshop space in Tampa, FL. Dave is well-known for his engaging style, his humor and his ability to make complex topics easy to understand. In 2009 Dave was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame.


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