I've been scanning in a lot of old photographs of late. Many (probably all) of them would benefit from application of the "dust & scratches" filter, but it doesn't appear as an option in the "process multiple files" pull-down. I've heard about "autohotkey" being used as an alternative mechanism for doing batch processing, but can't find an example online that works with Photoshop Elements 11. Would anyone care to share any tips on how I could automatically process my scanned photographs in ways that "process multiple files" doesn't offer?
Thanks in advance for any assistance anyone can offer.
One way which i've been doing this is to use the Image Processor script from photoshop in pse 11.
(only works in pse 11 or possibly future versions of photoshop elements)
You can download the PSE 11 Image Processor.zip, extract the file (right click on the zip and press Extract All)
and then copy the Image Processor.jsx to:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Photoshop Elements 11\Presets\Scripts (64 bit version of windows 8)
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop Elements 11\Presets\Scripts (32 bit version of windows 8)
Start or restart pse11 and in the Expert mode it should be listed under File>Automation Tools>Image Processor
(an image doesn't have to be open to run the script)
Then we just need to know if you want the Dust and Scratches to use the same settings all the time or you want to be able to adjust the filter between photos.
(so we could send you the action to use with the image processor)
The image processor is similar to process mutiple fles except you can choose to run action that you have loaded in Window>Actions on the processed photos.
Excellent. To first order that seems to work - I'm able to access "Image Processor" under the "Automation" pull-down. However, I can't for the life of me seem to get "Dust & Scratches" into the list of available actions. The screenshot below shows what I've got ...
What I guess I'm after is "Dust & Scratches" appearing in the lower right box and again in the central "Image Processor" box. I find that if I double click on "Dust & Scratches" in the upper right box, it briefly appears in the bottom right box's list but then immediately disappears again. That suggests that I'm close, but no cigar.
I suspect a large part of the problem here is that I'm quite new to PSE, and have never used PS. As such, I presume that I'm missing something basic about how one interacts with these boxes and menus.
Thanks in advance for any tips to get me over the finish line. And thanks again for your help so far.
You need to have an action for Dust and Scratches, that i could make for you.
I just need to know if you want to run the same settings in the dust and scratches filter on all the processed photos or change the settings between photos.
Meanwhile you can experiment with this action which opens the dust and scratches dialog for each photo with your last used settings.
If you don't want to change the settings you can just press the enter key to apply the filter or adjust the settings and press OK.
Download and unzip the Dust and Scratches.zip, then in the pse 11 actions panel, go the flyout menu and click Load Actions and navigate to the place where you extracted the Dust and Scratches.atn
One thing i did forget to mention before is not to check the Convert Profile to sRGB box under Save as Jpeg or the script will probably mess up.
That seems to work fine now (bar waiting for me to press "OK" after each image; but I guess that's intentional at this point). To answer your question, I'm happy to use the same settings for all of my images - while one can tweak things to achieve a better result, I've got more photographs than I'd care to make individual adjustments for!
Thanks again for all of your help.
Therein lies the major roadblock in using actions in photoshop elements; one can play actions recorded in the full version photoshop such as photoshop cs6, but can't
record one's own actions in pse for all practical purposes. (it's not impossible, but it's kinda of a covoluted process)
If you know what settings you want to use, i can record an action that uses those settings and doesn't open up the dialog each time.
If you interested in actually recording your own actions you could download the trial version of photoshop cs6 and that would give you thirty days
and there are tons of tutorials on the web about recording actions in photoshop.
I don't think I'm sophisticated enough a user to require this just yet. But it's still good to know what's available one "step" up the Adobe ladder. I suspect that I've got enough to learn with PSE!
Thanks again for all of your help. I think I'm set now.