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    Hey everyone! Erin Blackwell here with the Business of Beauty. I am creating a short video for you on how to batch skin soften using Portraiture. Just a quick little rundown of my workflow so you know how I get to this point.

    At this point I have had Amanda, my studio manager, edit the raw files. So I Dropbox her the raw, culled images. She does doe the initial color-correction, liquifying, anything like that. Getting rid of hairs, or fuzz on shirts or stuff like that. Then she Dropboxes back to me the jpegs . So if you try and do this with the Raw file it's not going to be as user-friendly. So you definitely want to do your initial edits, save everything as jpegs and come back to Portraiture last. At least that's how I do it for maximum speed.

    Ok, so once she's sent those back to me I download them to my computer and then this is how we do it. We're going to go to FILE< AUTOMATE< BATCH. And here's going to actually be all of your actions and you can actually batch use yours actions which is pretty cool. For today I'm just going to do Portraiture and then I'm going to do under ACTION< DEFAULT SKINTONES ONLY. This is something I missed the first couple of times and it was skin softening their eyeballs and stuff. So you definitely want to make sure you're doing skintones only. And at this point it's gonna do whatever you have it set on for the skin softening within the action. So if you want to tweak the percentage of skin softening you need to do that beforehand.

    Then you're going to go to your SOURCE FOLDER which for me is going to be this folder I previously chose. So these are jpegs in here. They've actually already been skin softened but I'm just going to do it again just to show you. You choose the folder, hit ok. It's showing you here that this is the pictures it's going to skin soften for you. And then destination is where you want the skin softened images to go. I always just do a separate folder within that. So I go to that folder, I click make a new one and I just called it PORT so I remember it's Portraiture. But you can call it whatever you want. So it's telling you here it's going to save the document name and extension. I just leave that. Then you hit ok. And here's it's doing its magic.

    At this point it's grabbing every picture in that folder and it's skin softening it for you and you can literally walk away right now, come back and those images will be in the folder for you ready to go. I always go through them again once more just to make sure Portraiture didn't freak out and skin soften something I don't want softened.

    That is how easy it is! Can you believe it? I can't because I had portraiture for a few months and still was doing them individually when I realized I could batch use it! I hope that helps you guys, let me know if you have questions in the comments below. And I hope you go out and buy Portraiture because it really is a game changer and will cut your editing time at least in half. Alright, thanks guys!

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