"Photoshop Layers vs Adobe Camera Raw" - Podcast 135


Layers adjustments have been a cornerstone of nondestructive image editing in the modern Photoshop era. But are they always the best way to work on your pictures? In this podcast I explain how to work more efficiently in Adobe Camera Raw, saving the layers workflow for only the specific images that need it.

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Derrick, though I am a regular user of Aperture and find I am, as you indicated one could, doing a lot more adjusting of my photos in it rather than taking them into Photoshop, I do like the alternative of using the Bridge/ACR "team" for some shoots or as something to recommend to friends who don't use or want to use either Aperture or Lightroom. However, this podcast reminded me that I never got a workable answer about using Bridge - after making some adjustments with ACR - to save out different sized versions of a changed image from your podcast (#130, "Handy Bridge") on this approach to using Bridge.

I did appreciate your response to my question RE saving of images in the comments to that podcast, but I'm still not quite there yet! I went back and listened again to the segment of your podcast where you talk about batch changing some images in ACR, clicking the "Done" button, returning to Bridge, and "saving those off as, say, JPEGs at 640x480..." [your words]

That's where I don't see any "Save" option...not in a contextual menu or any of the other Bridge menus. Only thing I see one can do that comes close to saving is to "Copy to..." or "Open With..." What am I missing here?!

I really like the idea of using Bridge this way, but if I still have to open another program to save them, I'm not sure it is worth it. Thanks for any additional clarification on this point, Derrick!

Took me time to read all the comments, but I really enjoyed the article. It proved to be Very helpful to me and I am sure to all the commenters here! It's always nice when you can not only be informed, but also entertained! I'm sure you had fun writing this article.