July Focus Tip: Batch Processing with Nik Software
Batch processing with Nik Software is a great way to save time while editing your images in Photoshop. For example, you could apply noise reduction to an entire folder of images using Dfine 2.0 in just a few clicks. The process is listed below using Dfine 2.0 as the example, but the same process can be used with any of the Nik filters, even adding multiple filters if desired.
The process begins by creating an Action, which you can do by following the steps below:
(Please note that this process is going to apply the filtered effect directly to your background layer. For a non-destructive workflow, you will want to duplicate the Background layer as the first step in recording your action.)
1. Open any image in Photoshop.
2. Make a duplicate copy of your original layer
3. Open the Actions palette by clicking on Window > Actions.
4. Click the ‘Create new action’ icon just to the left of the trash can icon at the bottom on the Actions palette in Photoshop, and assign a name for your action in the Name field.
5. Click on the Record button in the Actions palette to begin recording your action.
6. Select the Nik filter to be applied to the batch of images from the Filter menu. In this case, select Filter > Nik Software > Dfine 2.0.
7. Select the appropriate noise reduction settings in Dfine 2.0 and click OK.
8. Wait for Dfine 2.0 to complete the filter application process.
9. Click the stop icon (square) at the bottom of the Actions palette. Your Action is now complete and is listed in the Actions palette.
Before beginning the batch process, it is recommended that you create a new folder on your desktop to store the processed images. For example, ‘Dfine Processed.’ Then, start the Batch Process by following these steps:
1. In Photoshop, navigate to the File > Automate menu and select Batch.
2. Select the desired action from the Set and Action pull-down menus.
3. Under source, indicate Folder, and then click Choose. Navigate to the folder that contains all of the images that you want to apply the Batch Process to.
4. Under Destination, select Folder. Click Choose and navigate to the folder that was created on your desktop earlier. In this case, navigate to the “Dfine Processed” folder. While there are many other options available, I would run this batch with the rest of the settings at the default setting.
5. Click OK to run the Batch Process.