Sharpen and save action pack

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When we work with product images, especially when there’s a lot of them, like hundreds, we save them all the time. Have you ever ruined a batch of images because your saving action kept overwriting files instead of saving them correctly? Or because you accidentally saved them with low quality? Or are you just tired of windows popping up when you save jpegs? Use the Sharpen and save action pack and forget about all that.

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Photoshop CC 2017, 2018 or 2019 (English version) is required for this product to be used.

Sharpen your images a bit without making them ugly and save them in a blink of an eye. You can resave, save to a subfolder, save while preserving folder structure, or batch to a folder in the desktop. Has your employer ever asked you not to exceed some filesize, like 600 kb? Now you can do that automatically, too. All free, open-source and fully customizable.

Saving is described in the free section of the course HERE (LINK). Please, read the article, as it clarifies all the actions' intended use.

Sharpening of the resized images is explained HERE (LINK).

A detailed description of the contents:

SET 1: SAVE

Action 1: Resave (replace the original file)
Type: Script, automatic
When to run: when you need to save an image
Requires to run: the "resaver_1.0.jsx" script present in the Scripts folder of the Photoshop directory, RGB image.
What it does: Flattens the image, removes paths and alpha channels. If you're working with a jpeg, it will save it with maximum possible quality while overwriting the original file without any windows popping up in the process
Output: the same jpeg file if run on a jpeg, or a new jpeg in the same directory if run on a .psd or any other kind of file
User intervention: none
Possible alteration: the script is open source and you can edit it as much as you like

Action 2: Save_to_subfolder_DONE
Type: Script, automatic
When to run: when you need to save an image
Requires to run: the "save_subfolder_1.0.jsx" script present in the Scripts folder of the Photoshop directory, RGB image opened from an existing file.
What it does: Flattens the image, removes paths and alpha channels. Saves a jpeg with maximum quality in the “DONE” subdirectory of the current file, e.g. when you save a file located in C:\IMAGES\PRODUCT1_1.JPG, you get C:\IMAGES\DONE\PRODUCT1_1.JPG. If already located in a folder named “DONE”, will resave the file instead without making any copies or any windows popping up in the process
Output: a jpeg file
User intervention: none
Possible alteration: the script is open source and you can edit it as much as you like

Action 3: Save_to_DONE_folder_containing_original_folder
Type: Script, automatic
When to run: when you need to save an image
Requires to run: the "save_folder_struct_1.0.jsx" script present in the Scripts folder of the Photoshop directory, RGB image opened from an existing file.
What it does: Flattens the image, removes paths and alpha channels. Saves a jpeg with maximum quality in the parent directory named “DONE”, e.g. when you save a file located in C:\IMAGES\PRODUCT1\PRODUCT1_1.JPG, you get C:\IMAGES\DONE\PRODUCT1\PRODUCT1_1.JPG. If already located in a folder named “DONE”, will resave the file instead without making any copies or any windows popping up in the process
Output: a jpeg file
User intervention: none
Possible alteration: the script is open source and you can edit it as much as you like

Action 4: Batch to Desktop BATCH folder, quality 70, close
Type: Script, automatic
When to run: when you need to save an image for web
Requires to run: the "batch_to_desktop_70.jsx" script present in the Scripts folder of the Photoshop directory, RGB image opened from an existing file.
What it does: Flattens the image, removes paths and alpha channels. Removes metadata. Creates a folder named BATCH on the desktop, and saves a copy of the image via the Save for Web interface with 70% quality without any windows popping up. Closes the original image after saving without saving any changes.
Output: a jpeg file
User intervention: none
Possible alteration: the script is open source and you can edit it as much as you like

Action 4: Batch to BATCH subfolder, minimum quality 50, max size 600kb, close
Type: Script, automatic
When to run: when you need to save an image
Requires to run: the "batch_to_subfolder_qual_dec.jsx" script present in the Scripts folder of the Photoshop directory, RGB image opened from an existing file.
What it does: Flattens the image, removes paths and alpha channels. Removes metadata. Creates a subfolder named BATCH in the same directory where the image is located, and saves a copy of the image via the Save for Web interface with 70% quality without any windows popping up. If the file size turns out to be bigger than 600 kb, saves with 75% quality, then 70% etc. Minimum acceptable quality is 50% (the image will be saved even if it's still bigger than 600 kb). Closes the original image after saving without saving any changes.
Output: a jpeg file
User intervention: none
Possible alteration: the script is open source and you can edit it as much as you like

SET2: SHARPEN

All the actions in this set are really simple and all they do is sharpen the image one way or another. However, be very careful as an oversharpened image looks much worse than if it hasn't been sharpened at all. Don't overuse them.

Action 1: Smart_Sharpen_fade_50
Type: Action, automatic
When to run: when you want to sharpen a resized image. It makes perfect sense to make the resizing (or aligning) action run this action instead of running it manually each time
Requires to run: none
What it does: it scales the image to 100% (otherwise you can't see sharpening properly) and applies the Smart Sharpen filter to it, then fades the effect in the Luminosity blending mode to 50%
Output: same as input
User intervention: none
Possible alteration: you can change the Smart Sharpen filter settings. You can also adjust the Fade either manually, by pressing Ctrl-Shift-F right after the action has finished running, or check the Fade checkbox within the action and adjust it each time. But I doubt you'd need to alter sharpening on every image

Action 2: Smart_Sharpen_fade_30 works just like the action Smart_Sharpen_fade_50 described above, but fades to 30%. It sharpens images less significantly.

Action 3: Big_sharp
Type: Action, automatic
When to run: when you want to sharpen a resized image. It makes perfect sense to make the resizing (or aligning) action run this action instead of running it manually each time
Requires to run: none
What it does: it applies the Unsharp Mask filter with a high radius and low amount. Makes objects, especially those made of leather, look somewhat better. Doesn't replace the smart sharpening actions though and shouldn't be used to sharpen model images
Output: same as input
User intervention: none
Possible alteration: you can change the Unsharp Mask filter settings

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