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Photoshop Action / Image Processing In Adobe Bridge – Ep2/13 [Adobe InDesign For Beginners]

January 26, 2020

(upbeat music) – Hello, and welcome
to this video tutorial brought to you by In this tutorial, I’m going to take a folder full of images and quickly change all their color profiles from RGB to CMYK. To do this, I’m going to
demonstrate two techniques. First, I’m going to
demonstrate how to create an action in Adobe
Photoshop, and secondly, I will demonstrate how to
process a batch of images using Adobe Bridge. So here, I have the
folder full of RGB images, and I want to convert them all to CMYK. Now, for the sake of
organization and back up, I am going to create a
folder here called RGB, and I’m going to move my
images into this folder. So, now I know all these images are RGB. Later, I will be creating a CYMK folder and we will have new
images in here all as CMYK. So, I’m going to start in Adobe Photoshop, and I’m going to create an action. An action is basically a
recording of various steps taken in Photoshop. Once recorded, the action can be triggered with one click and save you a lot of time if you have to do the
same thing many times to lots of images. So, let’s see how this is done. So, I’m going to open
up my assets folder and choose an image from the JPEG folder in the RGB folder, right click, and open in Photoshop. So, now the image is open, I can go ahead and create my action. To create my action, I need
the actions panel visible. If you cannot see the actions panel, then you can come up
to window, scroll down, and activate the actions panel here. So, now I can see the actions panel and in it, I can see some folders. This is where I’m going
to create my new action. Notice I have some icons
on the bottom of the panel but at the moment they are all grayed out. So, let’s begin. First, I will come to the
top right of my actions panel and click the drop down menu. Then, I will select new action. Here, I can name my action,
which will be recorded, stored, and allow me to
use this again later, even if I close Photoshop
and open it again in the future. So, I’m going to call
this action RGB to CMYK. When you are ready, press record. Once you’ve pressed
record, you will now notice the icons on the bottom of the panel are now visible, and I can
currently see a red dot. This means I am now recording. So, whatever action I take now is going to be recorded. Okay, so now come up to image,
mode, and change the profile from RGB to CMYK. Now, I need to come
back to my actions panel and click on the stop
icon located on the bottom of the actions panel, and that’s it. You have created your action. So, this action basically
recorded me changing the color profile from
RGB to CMYK, quite simple. Now, if I look in the actions panel, I should now see the
action I just created. So, now it’s a simple
case of saving this image. Now, I can either save
and overwrite the image, but I want to keep a
backup of the RGB images, so I will save as, create
a new folder called CMYK, and save it in here. Okay, so let’s go back
to my RGB image folder and open up another image. With the image open, if I
come over to my actions panel, make sure I have the action
I want to use selected, press the play button,
and Photoshop will then carry out that action and
successfully change the image from RGB to CMYK, and again, I can save as, and
save it to the CMYK folder. So, all I have to do now
is open up all the images and apply this action to
each one until all images are converted from RGB to CMYK. Now, imagine you had 100
plus images to process. As quick as that technique
is, it could still take some time. There is another way to do this
quicker using Adobe Bridge. It is important to note that the technique about to be shown uses
Adobe Bridge and Photoshop. To use the following technique,
you must first create an action in Photoshop. Now, since I have already
created the action in Photoshop, I can go ahead and use Bridge. So, first I’m going to
remove the CMYK folder I created earlier, as I’m
about to create another one using Bridge. So, I’m going to go ahead
and open Adobe Bridge, and with Bridge open, I’m
going to come to window, workspace, and click on essentials. If you do this, you should
see the workspace layout just like mine. Okay, so now I want to
navigate to my image folder using the menu system on the far left. Once I have located the
folder and click on it, I will now see in the content panel, this one on the left,
a series of thumbnails representing my images. If I click on one, I
will see a larger example here in the preview panel. So, over in the content panel, I can press command A or
control A on PC to select all. Now, in your preview
panel, you will see a grid. By selecting all, I can
come up to the top menu and I am going to select
tools, then scroll down to Photoshop, and select image processor. For this, you will need Photoshop open, but if Photoshop is not
open when you do this, it will automatically open it for you. So, upon selecting image processor, up will appear a properties box, and here we have four
actions we need to address. So, I’m going to start from the top. Number one, select the image to process. We are going to leave this unchecked. I do not want to open an
image first to apply settings. Number two, select a location
to save processed images. Here, I can choose a
destination where my new processed images will be placed. So, I’m going to click select folder, and I’m going to navigate
to my JPEG assets folder. So, we can see the RGB
folder, and I’m going to click the create new folder button. I will call this CMYK and click create, then click open. So, with that setup, I can move on. Number three, file type. I’m going to make sure I have
the save JPEG box checked to match the current file format. I’m going to make sure the
quality is 12 for best quality. I do not want to save as a PSD so I will leave this unchecked, and I do not want to
save as a TIFF, so again, I will leave this unchecked, and lastly, number four, preferences. Now, it’s here where
we are going to select the action we created
previously in the video. So, I need to check this box,
then to the right of this, the selection options will become active. So, the first option
is to choose the folder where your action resides. We saved our action in the
default actions folder, so I will leave this and
move on to the next option. If I click this, I will
then see a list of actions in the default actions folder. Depending on how many you
have created in the past, this could be few or many. We now need to choose one. So, I’m going to scroll
down and select the action RGB to CMYK. Next, we don’t need any
copyright info for now, so I will leave this blank, and I’ll leave the ICC profile checked. So, with this setup, I will
come up to the top right and click run. Then, what you will notice
is Photoshop opening every image and carrying out
the action automatically. So now, if I look in the assets folder in the new CMYK folder, we will have a folder called JPEG, and in there, we will
have a new set of images and these will all be
CMYK and ready to place in my InDesign document. So, that is how you can
quickly modify lots of images using an action in Photoshop
and using image processing in Adobe Bridge. In this example, we simply
changed the image profile from RGB to CMYK. Using this process, you could
easily change image sizes, resolutions, formats, and so on. So, once I’m happy with my images and feel they are all prepared correctly
for my InDesign document, I can now start to build
my composition in InDesign. Now, I could go straight into InDesign and start to build my
composition, but before that, I want to think about the design. I want to think about how
I’m going to set about creating and laying out my leaflet. So now, I’m going to plan this on paper before I jump into Adobe InDesign. In the next video, I’m
going to create a scamp to plan and design my leaflet layout. Remember, if you wish to
skip this video, you can. Links are in the description and PDF. So, I’ll see you in the next video.


  • Reply Eric Sareyka March 17, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Great! ++ I think it's the best combination to use PS, Bridge and Lightroom vor Organisation.

  • Reply Michael Fischer September 9, 2013 at 12:30 am

    You don't need Bridge for that. You can go in Photoshop to File – Scripts – Image Processor to open the same dialogue.

  • Reply Trang Nguyễn October 4, 2013 at 3:27 am

    My computer already have AI, Br, Id, Ps, but when I opened Bridge, and then selected all images I want to process, and then clicked Tools, then there was no Photoshop button in there, there was only Illustrator. May I ask why was it and how to make the photoshop button appear in there? Thank you!

  • Reply Mowbray Strings October 8, 2013 at 6:34 am

    HI there – love the videos! I am experimenting with software for a new business but only have Photoshop elements, not Photoshop CS6. Can I use this instead?

  • Reply Alex Langenstein October 23, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Adobe Bridge CS6 does not have that Photoshop option, so I'm going to use the Photoshop method.

  • Reply Alex Langenstein October 23, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Thanks for posting this! Bridge CS6 has changed enough that the method in the video isn't applicable.

  • Reply Ms Lola B November 6, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Great vid! Thank you!

  • Reply ventende November 20, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Again, thanks for sharing these tuts. I think you have a very clear and concise style that makes it easy to follow. The step-by-step approach is exactly the way to go, so keep up the good work. Thumbs up for the best tuts online. 

  • Reply Sean Lynam November 20, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    Do you need to concert the AI files to CMYK?

  • Reply Sean Lynam November 20, 2013 at 7:23 pm


  • Reply Thaís Inácio February 6, 2014 at 8:30 pm

  • Reply aary lobo February 27, 2014 at 5:47 am

    after i clicked Tools, then there was no Photoshop button in there, May I ask why was it and how to make the photoshop option appear in there? Thank you!

  • Reply Studio Laflamme March 8, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    Your tutorials are some of the best I've ever seen. Thank you so much for your great help. I am in your debt. 

  • Reply Mathewnor March 15, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Hello Tastytus, love your videos, Im wondering how would you tackle it if you wanted to make a leaflet / small book as an Ebook with images?

  • Reply Lee March April 3, 2014 at 3:55 am

    Mr. TastyTuts, you are an incredible teacher!  I want to thank you for your generosity in posting such useful videos for free.  Hats off to you, sir.

  • Reply Reading with Janae Marie April 5, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    Can you teach your self this program without an instructor or going to design school

  • Reply MrHousecup April 27, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    I did it!  Hooray!  Thank you so much!  Looking forward to the next lesson!  🙂

  • Reply Michael Palumbo May 6, 2014 at 10:43 am


  • Reply Rafael Altamirano May 8, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Understanding everything so far!  Very excited to go to the next lesson.

  • Reply Inabikari04 May 23, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Thank you very much for your tutorials! It was very helpful

  • Reply MojoTojo June 8, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Can i just do the layout w/o consideration for images being RGB or CMYK? I hate having to spend time on each image w/c i might end up changing anyway..

    Why not i just design using images as is,  and save the whole page as highres JPG, then convert that file from RGB to CMYK? I feel this is easier for me… you think this is alright?

  • Reply smple amity June 15, 2014 at 9:13 am

    I HAVE A QUESTION, PLS ANSWER ME:Though you converted the photo into CMYK, sometimes during the preflight in PDF, there is still a rich black or RGB color. Did you experience this kind of problem before? Because I experienced it before. Do you have any suggestion about this? Thanks in advance.

  • Reply daniel keane June 26, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    good tutorial but its complicated i have indesign cs6 do the same rules apply

  • Reply sparkmn August 2, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Thank you so much 🙂

  • Reply Holly Alto-Langerak August 13, 2014 at 5:34 am

     thank for creating an amateur-friendly tutorial this has been really really helpful thank you very much!!!

  • Reply kel tate August 26, 2014 at 12:25 am

    I dont know why but when Im in bridge and go to tools>photoshop>image processor NOTHING happens
    – anyone knpw why this would be happening

  • Reply Nathan Sterken September 8, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    @Alex Langenstein  Quote:  "Adobe Bridge CS6 does not have that Photoshop option, so I'm going to use the Photoshop method."

    This works perfectly fine in Bridge Cs6 with no troubles.  I am using Bridge Cs6 installed from buying a copy of Photoshop Cs6 Extended.  Not sure if the extended bit makes a different but I was able to do the same thing on my machine that Gareth did in the tutorial with no trouble.

  • Reply limegl0wstix October 5, 2014 at 1:06 am

    Your tutorials are amazing. I took university classes on Adobe products and learned next to nothing, much to my chagrin. It's really beneficial that you break down everything in the window step by step. I have learned more in 20 minutes of your tutorials than I had in a full semester. Thank you so much for these videos!

  • Reply Evelyn Cayaban October 11, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    I tried to sign up in your website. But is says my email [email protected] is not available. It is the same email I used to subscribe to this You tube tutorial. Am I doing something incorrect? Thank you!

  • Reply Maxsdiscos October 15, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    Do you have to convert each one individually, or can you just export the final project as CMYK?

  • Reply Jack Brooks December 8, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    Really informative and well structured tutorial! I look forward to watching the rest of the course and have no doubt in my mind that the rest of the course will be as easy to follow and as informative as this video has been!

  • Reply Roy van Vliet February 11, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    Why didn't you use the Batch-function? If you have made an action, you can go to File > Automate > Batch. From here you can select the action you want to be used, select the folder from where the images are and at last select the folder where u want the images to go. It's way easier this way and  u only need photoshop for it! U should try it! Great video still <3

  • Reply Ray Tejada March 1, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    this is great! if you got tons of images u can also use the automate in photoshop

  • Reply Sadaf Siddiqui March 18, 2015 at 9:41 am

    how do i change the color of an image in my indesign document

  • Reply Redcoat March 24, 2015 at 6:44 am

    File > Automate > Batch in Photoshop allows you to select an entire folder to apply actions to and takes about 5 seconds depending on image numbers. But knowing Adobe they probably changed this option in later releases which is why you've omitted it. Great tutorial series though, thanks very much!

  • Reply Moi's Channel March 25, 2015 at 2:32 am

    Thank You Very Much!

  • Reply thi tang March 25, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    Thanks for your tutorial, it is very helpful 😀

  • Reply keskidi April 6, 2015 at 11:09 am

    Useful, simple and clear!! Thank you very much for taking the time to share all this information with the neophytes like me. I hope everyone is taking the time to read some of the good advices too => In Photoshop click File > Automate > Batch in order to apply actions to an entire folder! Perhaps you can include it in a new video to enhance your presentation. 

  • Reply Brindez May 29, 2015 at 11:26 am

    My image is a circle I've cut out from another image. When exporting the newly made circle I have to save it as a PNG file to make sure it doesn't save with a white background. Unfortunately, you can't save PNG files as CMYK because they aren't compatible. Any ideas how I can get round this guys?

  • Reply David Lindgren89 June 2, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    Great videos, great explained, great voice! Looks professional! 🙂
    Thanks man for the help!

  • Reply Hanh Hedehus June 28, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    Thank you so much. It is really helpful :)!

  • Reply Rakuonsha1 July 26, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    I am going to complete all of your series!

  • Reply King David RUSINGIZA July 29, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    Great videos

  • Reply Lana. T August 15, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    Thanks! keep it up

  • Reply Craig Riches September 23, 2015 at 9:26 am

    It may be worth reading this article on the David Blatner InDesignSecrets webpage for some more up to date commentary in regard to the use of RGB or CMYK within InDesign.

  • Reply Craig Riches September 23, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    To quote David Blatner "And, for goodness sake, if you are going to use Photoshop to convert from RGB to CMYK, choose Edit > Convert to Profile (instead of just choosing Image > Mode > CMYK). If you just change the image mode, Photoshop uses the values dictated by your current color setup (Edit > Color Settings). That’s fine if your current color settings match your ultimate printing process. But choosing Edit > Convert to Profile helps ensure that you’re choosing the correct target (“which CMYK”) each time."

  • Reply Michael Rhodes November 28, 2015 at 1:26 am

    Just had to tell you how much time you saved me. I am a visuals editor in college for my newspaper and I have to convert images for print and this saved me big time. Thanks so much!

  • Reply Techno Geek December 11, 2015 at 1:35 am

    What if i don't have photoshop , will bridge still use photoshop to convert to CMYK? Please help

  • Reply Jim Bridger January 13, 2016 at 1:33 am

    Useful tips, but not sure it needs to be the second video in a series about indesign. If you know how to convert to cmyk already just skip this video.

  • Reply Nicolas Fourie January 13, 2016 at 10:18 am

    Nice to know that about Adobe Bridge, I didn't know it could automate like that / do those actions. Very cool! Thanks Gareth for the great tutorials, these are honestly some of the best and informative Adobe tutorials available.

  • Reply Ngalah Gwet January 24, 2016 at 7:21 am

    you are just marvelous, realy

  • Reply Ubaid Ullah January 27, 2016 at 11:39 am

    thanks u gareth just love when ever you say that {the download link is in the description}

  • Reply KOLOR ENT January 27, 2016 at 4:01 pm


  • Reply J Ancheta February 15, 2016 at 9:21 am

    Could I transform RGB to CMYK on InDesign?

  • Reply Phoebe Voon February 23, 2016 at 9:59 am

    You are such a genius! I am new to InDesign and I feel so glad to have stumbled upon these cool tutorials. Thank you so much!

  • Reply Erika Alexandra Parra Bernal March 8, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    This is great info. I have an urgent question: If I have a big folder of images all mine between RGB and CMYK and I run this action on Bridge is it going to create a problem or it would just skip the ones that are already CMYK? I have 1000 of images my supplier gives me but they are always mixed up and I'm exhausted of having to check one by one

  • Reply Jenny Power March 29, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    I have 2 versions of Photoshop, 1 version is CS4 which doesn't have the option to change CMYK. I have Photoshop CC where I created the action. But: my BRIDGE is CS4 and automatically opts for the older version of PS.
    Any way I could make it go for the newer version?

  • Reply Josh and Logan From the Terra Gamers April 5, 2016 at 2:48 am


  • Reply Cloudcandies May 27, 2016 at 10:04 am

    Seriously great tutorial. Brilliant!

  • Reply Jashan Singh May 31, 2016 at 11:50 am

    this is best in design tutorial on web

  • Reply Ryan Hortelano June 23, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    or without using adobe bridge, you can automate the action and save the cmyk files at a designated folder..

  • Reply Vegan4U Irene June 27, 2016 at 9:50 am

    I found that Adobe Bridge I have is not the same version and it is not the same as my PS. So it would not do mass-conversion as noted in the tutorial, howeverI have found an alternative solution which is the following: record action in your PS further including "save as". As a result, I open the bunch of images and click one by one action and close image. Still easier than doing manually all images. Thanks for the great video, very pleasant voice, and accurate presentation!

  • Reply DeleynGunter July 4, 2016 at 4:51 am

    Hi, I agree this is a very good Indesign tutorial and very well made. But according to this link it is not necessary to convert images by means of Fotoshop it can be done by exporting the file out of Id setting some parameters right. And modern printers don't mind RGB anymore.

  • Reply Byron July 29, 2016 at 3:11 am

    So I dont have bridge or photoshop. Do I really need to convert them?
    What I am reading it dosn't seem like I need to.

  • Reply Maria Curcio O'Brien August 31, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    Hi, i have a question, If i only want to make a digital magazine, should i convert RGB to CYMK anyway?

  • Reply leroy puthran October 22, 2016 at 11:46 am

    in my adobe bridge gui i cannot see the the image processor option,
    i am using a windows operating system.
    how do i go to the image processor

  • Reply Bruce C November 12, 2016 at 9:28 am

    Change the video speed to 1.25. Thank me later.

  • Reply jagoman85 December 2, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    No need for Adobe Bridge.

    After you've made the action. While still in Photoshop, go to File > Automate > Batch > Select the action, and set the folder you want, and 'save as' etc. 1000+ images Done.
    Oh and you dont need to convert it in the first place 😛 Just do it on export. Still nice tutorial

  • Reply Cynthia Marquez February 23, 2017 at 1:48 am

    Since you opened a file with photoshop, do I NEED to have this software as well? I don't have full services to CC just InDesign 🙁

  • Reply Jay March 25, 2017 at 12:03 am

    Thank you so much for another great tutorial!!! on my version of Bridge I don't have the option Tool/PS/image processor but the comments below helped me to find the Batch option

  • Reply Mehmet Kasım ÖZDOĞAN March 26, 2017 at 3:33 am

    I really amazed after watching your shared videos as tasty-tuts. Have good luck rest of your life! Thank you!

  • Reply Yanhua Yin May 7, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    I cannot even find the Photoshop button in the tool. Not sure whether it is because the edition of ps is 2014 but the one of br is 2017. Dose somebody know how to deal with the issue? Many thanks!

  • Reply علی علیزاده August 21, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    louder for gods sake

  • Reply Tyler Simonds September 2, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    UPDATE/Alternative: I found an article on InDesignSecrets that recommends leaving your images in RGB. (In other words, keep your images in RGB as long as you can.) Let your specific printer convert them to their version of CMYK. If they insist on having you submit CMYK, have InDesign convert your images to CMYK when exporting the PDF. Hope that is helpful. Here's the link to the article I mentioned:

  • Reply Mario h September 3, 2017 at 11:00 am

    I use this free tool becuase I dont have PS

  • Reply Lost Sleep TV September 26, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    I wish I wouldn't found this video a year ago for another project. Took me over 8 hours running duplicate steps over and over again when it could've took an hour at most 😐 Oh well… at least I know now 😀

  • Reply visal neang November 10, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    Thanks for sharing I always follow your all sections which assist me a lots to improve my homework and skill but I still don't understand why we need to change all image to CMYK in Indesign while other said it doesn't matter to keep image in RGB for printing. Is that truth? and what will happen if all image doesn't covert to CMYK? Hopefully to hear from you soon. Thanks

  • Reply Emily Wong November 14, 2017 at 7:45 am

    Macro creation

  • Reply Juliana Toledo Designs December 7, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    Awesome tutorial! Helped me a lot

  • Reply Juan Esteban Mercado February 3, 2018 at 5:23 am

    I have a question, what about RGB images with no background? if you convert them into CMYK, would't they lose the transparency background automaticly?
    Thank you very much.

  • Reply Marcienne Jean gilles April 3, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    Adobe Bridge CS6 does not have that Photoshop option, so I'm going to use the Photoshop method, WHAT CAN I DO

  • Reply Sky Smolen April 10, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    I hate you

  • Reply ashwin gowda April 24, 2018 at 11:17 am

    what if an image has DPI less than 300, how can i change the DPI ?

  • Reply Liguang Huang November 28, 2018 at 5:32 pm

    Thank you for taking the time and effort to make this tutorial. I am a beginner for ID, and I have followed the tutorial to learn ID. Very easy to understand. Great work!

  • Reply Rex Galilae January 25, 2019 at 3:10 pm use this link if you don't want to use photoshop

  • Reply John Huggins January 27, 2019 at 8:30 am

    Tasty Tuts describes these processes in a way that I find really effective for learning. Thanks guys!

  • Reply Rochelle E. Pigman February 16, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    Does this work to make the colors print exactly as they were created in rbg? Because it seems some colors when converted would end up greyed out when they are actually printed. Although I see your images look fine when printed. I am asking about illustrations created in rbg and then converted to CYMK.

  • Reply Eva Fiskeman April 7, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    very imformative and clen, new sub

  • Reply John Bautista September 27, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    Thank you so much this is actually my 3rd course in your channel first is graphic design for beginners and the 2nd one is Illustrator course

  • Reply Márcio Mattos October 9, 2019 at 4:18 am

    Why didn't you use the Automate > Batch to aplly the action into the images?

  • Reply Alla Puh December 30, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    Thanking you , finally I find how using Actions with Bridge!))

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