Digital Workflow Workshop – George Rippon

On Friday 8th February 2013, we had a morning session about the “Digital Workflow“, taken by George Rippon, and that lasted an hour and a half. In this workshop, I learnt a wide variety of tips and hints on how to use Adobe Bridge CS6 and Adobe Photoshop CS6. Below are the notes that I took from this session:

  • Workflow – The process that we use to manage and organize our digital collections
  • Consider all the steps from input to output
    • Input – importing images
      • Can use a variety of applications
      • Shoot in RAW format
      • Use card reader rather than connect camera to computer – drains battery and it is slower
    • Organizing/naming
      • Choose a consistent folder
      • Consider how you will organize your folders
      • Naming – summarize what, where and when
      • Do an initial edit (to remove mistakes)
    • Key-wording and Metadata
      • Right click to create new word
      • Copyright = file – file info – description – copyright status – copyright notice (© (copyright sign) = alt + g)
      • Tools – create metadata template
      • Tools – append metadata (puts made metadata onto photos)
      • Research into “Creative Comments
    • Searching
      • Cmd + F
      • Searches across all folders
      • Type in keyword
      • Create new collection – holds all files with same keyword
    • Refining Decisions
      • Selecting the better images to be carried forward
      • Better to take less images – less work
      • A star system works well
      • Click on an image
      • Cmd + number gives them a star rating
      • Give yourself time and breathing space – give yourself a visual break when you get stuck between a couple
    • Correcting with Camera Raw
      • CR2
      • Raw is unprocessed and uncompressed image data
      • Raw is the digital negative
      • Can open more than one image in Camera RAW – Cmd + click – open with – camera RAW
      • Can edit photos in the same way – Synchronize
    • Different file sizes
      • Different options for different uses – formats
      • Good idea to have a folder of publicity images
      • Resize in Photoshop and batch editing – actions panel – create new action – press record button – go through actions to edit the image – press stop
      • Tools – Photoshop – Batch – set – action
      • Tools – Photoshop – Image processor
      • Tools – batch rename
    • Back up and storage
      • Back up both your original files and edited ones
      • Always keep at least 2 copies
      • An external hard-drive would be worthwhile
      • Archiving can be done online and offline
    • Output
      • For print or web
      • Using the print bureau, preparing the files
        • Sutherland building
        • PDF, TIFF, or JPEG format
        • 300ppi at the exact output size
        • RGB not CMYK
        • Preview monitor to check colour depending on paper
        • Worth testing different papers before final print

Print Bureau Form 1


Print Bureau Form 2


Print Bureau Image Adjustment


This photograph was edited according to the tips given above to enable it to be printed at the Print Bureau.

      • Keep organized
      • Be flexible!
  • Adobe Bridge
    • Make sure you are on “Essentials” workspace
    • Spacebar – full screen view
    • Is a quick viewing tool – not as good quality
    • Cmd + backspace – delete
    • Cmd key for multiple selection

Individual Task – Create three different actions in Adobe Photoshop CS6

1)   Watermark

2)   Resize for Blog

3)   Resize for Print Bureau