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| p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · I need help creating an action for multiple exports |
First, I'd recommend you get two free tools if you don't already have them. The Russell Brown Image Processor Pro and Watermark scripts.
Then the task is pretty easy.
Create one Image Processor "set" to simply create a version "as is", using the naming tool to add the "BW" to the end of the current file name. That will give you your full res BW version.
Create another set adding a simple action to delete the top layer (by name or just top layer), leaving your color layer. No renaming needed. That will give you your full res color version. Deleting the top layer in the Image Processor will not harm your original file.
Create a third set, adding your watermark action. The action can have "stops" in it to allow you to position and size your watermark. Tell the Image Processor to resize and add "BW_Web" to the file name.
And a finally a forth set to do the color version, using an action that both deletes the top layer and does the watermark, plus resizes.
You can save these for sets as a full Image Processor preset for future use. One execution of the preset will create all 4 versions of jpegs, in the same folder or different folders. You have good control of input locations, output locations, file naming.
I don't watermark, but I think if you look at Russell's watermark script it can save you having to put stops in your own action to size and position the watermark.
One part to watch out for and experiment with is whether to do the watermarking before or after the resize.