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The Production Phase

When it comes to efficiency in converting raw images, actions are the key. I almost always convert raw images in batches using actions rather than simply opening them in Photoshop. Final deliverable images almost always require some handwork in Photoshop, but for the intermediate phases I’ll often save images either directly out of Camera Raw, or using Photoshop’s Image Processor if I need both a JPEG and a TIFF version of the images.

Even when I anticipate significant handwork in Photoshop, I try to work as efficiently as possible. Even in worst-case scenarios, such as when you need to stack multiple renderings of the same image, there are more and less efficient ways to do the job. I’ll discuss the various built-in automation features in detail in the next chapter, Exploiting Automation, but here’s the strategic overview.


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