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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  • Lectures 25
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 11/2012 English

Course Description

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".

What are the requirements?

  • Good working knowledge of Photoshop

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

Who is the target audience?

  • Photoshop users who want to work more quickly

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction
What does "Automation" really mean
Section 2: Built-in Automation
The pros and cons of using the File>Automate menu
Access the built-in Scripts using File>Scripts
See how to run automated commands and scripts from within Bridge and Mini Bridge
Comparing two effective ways of exporting files: IMage Processor and Bridge Export
Contact Sheet vs Bridge Output
Create a gallery for your web site directly from Bridge
Section 3: Not-so-obvious automation
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
Other speed enhancers
Section 4: Actions
A brief introduction to the wonderful world of actions 
Learn the steps to recording an action
How to edit your actions (and some more actions tips)
How to apply an action to a large number of images
Create one-steps actions and more
Use the Script Events Manager to automate key operations in Photoshop.
Section 5: Smart Objects
An overview of how Smart Objects work, and how they can save us time.
See the power of using Smart Objects to speed up your work and increase your creativity
Smart Filters are a great way to save time and reuse effects
See how to take the power and control of Camera Raw and access it from within Photoshop
Section 6: Variables
Variables are a great way to create a series of customized graphics
Setting up the document
Making it work
Section 7: Closing Thoughts
Wrap up and your homework

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Instructor Biography

Dave Cross, 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.


From Dave: Take advantage of my experience of teaching thousands of Photoshop users like you how to be more efficient and creative.

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