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Chapter 7. Exploiting Automation > Complex Action—Save for Edit

Complex Action—Save for Edit

The following example is a more complex action that produces 16-bit/channel TIFFs with sharpening applied and adjustment layers set up ready for final editing in Photoshop. It's designed for use on “hero” images that merit individual manual edits in Photoshop. It doesn't actually do any of the editing, because the required edits will almost certainly be different for each image in a batch. Instead, it simply does a lot of the repetitive grunt work involved in setting up an image for editing, so that when you open the image, all the necessary adjustment layers are already there, waiting for you to tweak them.

Creating a new action

Record this action in the same set as the previous one, since it's also designed for raw processing. As before, select a raw image that has had custom Camera Raw settings applied before you start recording the new action. Then click the “Create new action” icon in the Actions palette, enter the name “Save for Edit” in the New Action dialog box, and then click Record to start recording.


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