Mike in Florida says:
My question concerns post-processing automation. The process I use is flash plus ambient based, and the results are very good. As I have refined my process, I have done quite a bit of automation within Photoshop. But there are repetitive actions that I do for every job that I would really like to automate but have been unable to. I wind up stacking photos either in Lightroom or Bridge and then sending to Photoshop to blend layers, color correct, etc.
I would like to automate the task of sending the stacked photos to Photoshop to open in layers but Lightroom cannot automate. But the Lightroom flow is great. When I send the group to Photoshop from Lightroom, it opens in Photoshop with the name of the first photo in the stack, then however many other photos are stacked open as new layers. When I am done editing, I close and save in Photoshop and a single composite photo is re-imported into Lightroom with "-edit" tagged onto the name. The new photo even has the same color labels as the original.
If I use Bridge, I can automate the process of sending all stacks to Photoshop using a script I found online, but the script I use opens a new untitled file and opens each photo as layers in that unnamed file. When I am done editing, I have to "save as," give it a file name, give it a file type, and then save. Then I have to then import the new photos.
The time I save by automating the Open is more than displaced by the extra steps I have to take saving. I am sure that I am not the only one who has been down this path. Has anyone else come up with a good solution?
I would offer two suggestions:
Any other suggestions for Mike?