A common question that's asked here is "how do I convert a batch of RAW images to JPG?" This is one of the most common tasks that photographers need to do, so there's a bunch of different ways to achieve it.
EVERY Raw processing program can do this AFAIK. DPP, Lightroom, Photoshop, etc. I only know Photoshop, so i'll describe a few different ways to do it in there. If people want to PM me steps for other programs i'll add it into this post, with credit to the author.
This whole FAQ is from memory, if I got it wrong PM me and i'll update it.
Photoshop Image Processor: The Image processor script (File -> Scripts -> Image Processor) is the best general purpose batch conversion tool. It can convert any file format that photoshop recognises (JPG, TIFF, PSD, RAW, etc) to TIFF or JPG. It can also optionally resize the images to fit within dimensions you specify, and optionally convert the color space to sRgb, which is essential if you're putting the files on the web or sharing them with people who don't understand color management.
The script is in CS3 and I think CS2, for CS1 you can google "Dr Browns Image Processor" and add the script to Photoshop (see the install instructions).
- In CS3 choose File -> Script -> Image Processor
- Choose your source and destination directories
- If you want the dimensions to be limited check the box and enter the longest dimension you want. Note that it will resize down, but won't resize up.
- Check the "convert to sRgb box" if the files are for the web, consumer printing labs, or the general public.
- Hit go.
Bridge/Adobe Camera Raw (ACR)
These instructions are for CS3, but CS2 is similar. Note ACR can save as JPG, TIFF, or PSD.
- Open your files in ACR via bridge, or drag and drop a set of RAW files into photoshop.
- Make any changes you like.
- Below the center of the image click the blue text and set your output options - color space, file size, etc.
- Hit select all in the top left of ACR
- Down the bottom left hit save files. Choose your directory and filenames, and hit go.
If ACR opens inside Bridge then Photoshop is usable during conversion. If ACR opens inside Photoshop then you can't use it. You should be able to open ACR in Bridge, but with CS3 it's is a known bug that sometimes it won't.
There's a limit to the number of images that will open in ACR. Personally I use this method for up to about 50 images, over that I use the Image Processor.
Image Processor via Bridge
This lets you choose individual files to process, but gives you the control of the image processor.
- In bridge select the images to convert.
- Choose tools -> photoshop services -> image processor (this is from memory, it's something like that).
- Use image processor as usual
Note: If you're converting RAW files to JPEG Adobe Camera RAW is 2-4 times faster than using image processor. The only advantage image processor has is that it lets you precisely control the number of pixels in the image. Within ACR you can select from a number of sizes, but you can't specify it exactly.
Photoshop Elements 7 (care of batmite)
Click FILE> click PROCESS MULTIPLE FILE> a window will open then select the SOURCE and the DESTINATION> at the bottom there is a box you can click to check and select the type of conversion, that it says CONVERT FILES TO then click to select from a drop down window which kind if JPEG...PDF..TIFF...ETC.
And also you will notice, there is another box on the right hand side of the current window there is an option if want to use QUICK FIX and LABELS. This two options can help you automatically fix contrast, sharpen, etc. Hope this will help.