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G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M 2 0 2 1 O C T O B E R G R A P H I C S P R O 1 0 3 I submit an article such as this one each month to GRAPHICS PRO magazine. Of- ten, there can be as many as 20 illustrations for each article. The publisher, National Business Media, requires images to be 300 pixels per inch and 5-8" wide and saved in JPEG format for publication to print. The first step is to configure one image while recording an action. I begin by making a set (a folder contain- ing the action). I create a new action and begin recording. I first apply the Adobe RGB 1998 profile to the picture. Then size it to the specifications. If the image is a screen shot, I usually sharpen it to tighten it up a bit. Next, I save it to a specific location in JPEG format. Finally, I close the image. Then, I stop recording. Fig. 5 shows the actions panel with the recorded sequence. I place all my screen shots, and any addi- tional images into a single folder that will be the source folder. I create a destination folder where the altered images will ulti- mately be saved once they are processed. I choose file > automate > batch (See Fig. 6). I choose the action, the source file, and the destination file. I click OK. Then I go into the kitchen and make myself a grilled cheese sandwich and pour myself a beer. When I return after lunch, all the images are neatly placed in the des- tination folder ready to be sent to the publisher. All I did was assign a few specs, press the mouse but- ton, and the automation did all the work for me. DROPLET A droplet is an icon that sits on your desktop (or anywhere else) that triggers an action simply by clicking on it. Another great time saver, a droplet is a push-button image editor. The dialog box (Fig. 7) is similar to the batch dialog with a few exceptions. Designate where you would like the droplet to reside, specify the destination folder where the edited images will be saved, make any necessary changes to the naming conventions, and click OK. The droplet will appear. Click on the drop- let icon and voila! The new revised images are saved to the destination folder. Fig. 6: The batch dialog box where the action and the source and destination files can be designated. Fig. 6: The batch dialog box where the action and the source and destination files can be designated. Fig. 7: The droplet dialog box designates the destination folder and where the droplet resides.

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