In Adobe's Bridge Reference, it says, "Here are some tips for automating the processing of camera raw image files:
When you record an action, first select Image Settings from the Camera Raw Settings menu [icon appears here]￼ in the Camera Raw dialog box. In this way, the settings particular to each image (from the Camera Raw database or sidecar XMP files) are used to play back the action."
Problem is, I cannot find the Camera Raw Settings menu anywhere in the Camera Raw dialog box, and I cannot find anywhere in the documentation where it tells you how to do what they're recommending here. I'm confused as to whether the action recording takes place in Photoshop (most likely), Bridge, Camera Raw, or the Image Processor. I was under the impression that, of these four, actions can only be created in Photoshop, but now I'm not so sure, since this paragraph says that while the action is being recorded it has to be selected from the Camera Raw dialog box. WHERE DOES ONE FIND "Image Settings" IN THE CAMERA RAW DIALOG BOX?
Edit: Actually, I found the Image Settings selection, but it is still unclear how I can incorporate it into an action. Can I invoke the Camera Raw dialog box while recording an action? if so, how?
Another option is:
To batch Camera Raw settings with multiple files, it works slightly different. You are going to want to go through Apply Camera Raw Settings.
The following file explains, as well tells you how to record an action:
If you have any questions, please post here.
Um, excuse me, I know how to record an action; I've been doing THAT for years!
What I don't know is how to incorporate using Camera Raw image settings into an action, which SEEMS to be what the paragraph in Bridge Reference is telling me to do. Once I've opened a photograph in Photoshop, how do I even invoke the Camera Raw dialog box again? If this is possible to do, why doesn't the Adobe documentation tell you how it is done?
Please re-read the first paragraph of this question again, carefully. You'll see it is a quote from an Adobe document, recommending a certain procedure. Do you know of anyplace where the documentation tells you HOW to do this procedure? That is really the heart of my question (not "how to record an action"). If I could find a step-by-step telling me how to do what is being recommended in that paragraph, that would answer my question.
This is helpful in that I've found out how to invoke Camera Raw while recording an action. Now, to go back to the rest of the procedure for automating a process, if I record the action this way, won't my automation process be using an action that opens A PARTICULAR image file? So how would this be helpful for setting up a batch that would ensure "the settings particular to each image (from the Camera Raw database or sidecar XMP files) are used to play back the action"?
I'm still unclear about what Adobe meant to recommend in the paragraph cited. Can anyone from Adobe please clarify what that paragraph refers to? Or please send me to any other document about automating processing that gives a better step-by-step.
[...] I record the action this way, won't my automation process be using an action that opens A PARTICULAR image file?
The file specified to be opened in an Action can be overriden by each file processed in a batch. In Batch dialog, choose a folder of input files and enable "Override Action Open commands".
[...] So how would this be helpful for setting up a batch that would ensure "the settings particular to each image (from the Camera Raw database or sidecar XMP files) are used to play back the action"?
I can understand your puzzlement because the instructions appear not to do what they claim to do. The instructions will create an Action which applies the specific Camera Raw settings that belonged to the file that was opened when recording the Action. These settings will be applied to all files in a batch instead of each file's own settings.
If you record an Action without an initial Open command (i.e. record the steps after already opening a file into Photoshop) then each raw file in a Batch utilising that Action will have its own settings applied. In the case of an Action with no Open command, be sure to disable "Override Action Open commands" in the Batch dialog, otherwise no files will be opened.