Client Guide : Using Xinet Portal : Creating Batch Image Orders

Creating Batch Image Orders
The Batch Image Order plug-in quickly converts and downloads a Collection of images. It can, for example, easily convert a collection of press-ready images into web-ready images or painlessly resize a large group of images for placement within another document.
If you are using the Batch Image Order plug-in for the first time, its order form will present a number of parameters you'll need to set in order to customize downloading. This is where you provide information about conversion parameters such as file format, color space, and image size.
After your first custom Batch Image Order, the form will subsequently show the currently-loaded conversion configuration. However, you can alter these settings at any time by selecting the name from the Saved Configuration drop-down menu.
In this section:
Create a Batch Image Order
Click the Collection icon on each asset (files or folders) to add to your collection.
Click Show Collection, to display the assets selected.
For more information, see View the Contents of your Collection.
Specify the option for download and click Download or Save This Configuration.
There are a number of parameters you can set for a batch conversion, each with its own sub-options. For more information, see the next section, Batch Order Options.
Note: Image conversion is a computationally-complex operation, especially conversions of large images. Consequently, it may take a few minutes before your download begins.
Optional - Click Download to download your collection immediately. For more information, see Creating Batch Image Orders.
Optional - Click Save This Configuration to use these settings again. For more information about this option, see Managing Batch Download Configurations.
Click Close.
Batch Order Options
To enable a batch conversion option, select its check box. When checked, the option’s configurable parameters appear. (To disable any conversion option, uncheck the check box next to it.)
Convert Resolution
First, use the pop-up menu to select whether you want to specify image resolution in dots-per-inch (DPI) or dots-per-centimeter (DPCM). Then, specify the value of the output resolution in the type-in box on the right side. It must be an integer greater than one.
Note: You must use the same units of measurement when you tell the Batch Order tool to Convert Resolution and Convert Dimensions. If you have previously set dimension measurements so they are at odds with those you’ve just established for resolution, the dimension units will convert to match those for resolution. The opposite will happen if you set resolution measurements first and then change those for dimension.
Convert Dimensions
You may scale images up or down in size, and you can constrain image dimensions in several ways. As with resolution, you may select units of measurement. In this case, you may choose between pixels, cm, and inches. Remember that the units of measurement you choose may change those you've selected for resolution.
You may constrain dimensions by height, width or both. If you choose to constrain just height or just width, your images will retain their original aspect ratios. You may constrain either dimension to a range of sizes. If you don't want a range, type in the same value for both Min and Max. If you don't care about preserving the aspect ratio and want to specify absolute dimensions, click on both the Height and Width options and provide Min and Max values for each.
When the aspect ratio of the image is deformed, extra space in the new image can be dealt with in two ways. If Stretch Image is selected, then the image is deformed to fit its new dimensions. If Leave Blank is selected, white space will be added to the border of the new image, with the original image centered.
Convert File Format
You can have the Batch Order tool convert all images to a single format by selecting the Convert File Format option and then selecting EPS, GIF, JPEG, or TIFF from the pop-up list. If you select either EPS or JPEG, you must also specify the compression level. A text box where you may type in an integer between 5 and 95 appears when you select EPS or JPEG. The integer represents the percentage of compression that will be performed on the images. Greater amounts of compression will speed up downloading, but may compromise image quality later on.
If you would like each converted image to bear an extension corresponding to the new image type, select Yes in the field labeled Add filename extension. Otherwise, select No and no extensions will be added.
Note: Filenames which already have an extension will bear a new extension corresponding to the selected image type regardless of whether Yes or No is selected.
Note: If an output format is not chosen, Batch Order will attempt to maintain each asset’s original format. If the original format is not a supported output format, however, it will be converted to a JPEG. Supported output formats include GIF, JPEG, TIFF, EPS, and BMP.
Convert Color Space
If you want to order all images in a given color space, click on the Convert Color Space option, and select the appropriate mode from the pop-up list. You may choose between CMYK, Grey, LAB, and RGB.
Note: The Convert Color Space setting interacts with the Convert File Format setting, since some file formats don’t support all color space options. For example, GIF is limited to RGB, and JPEG is limited to RGB and Grey. Therefore, your color space options will be constrained by the file format you select.
Enable ICC Color Correction
This option enables ICC color correction through ICC profiles (“color profiles”). An ICC profile defines the correct color reproduction when you input images from one device (such as a camera) and display them on another device (such as a monitor) or print them.
Input ICC Profile—The ICC profile for the device that captured the image. The default choice is to use the embedded profile (if the image has one). If you choose something else from the drop-down menu, it overrides the profile in the source image.
Output ICC Profile—The ICC profile used to describe the colorspace of the ordered images. Ideally this should reflect the device that will typically print/use the images.
Rendering Intent—Defines how the gamut of colors which can be created in one media can be modified when reproduced on a media with a different color gamut.
Enable BPC—Enables Black Point Compensation (BPC), a technique used in color-managed workflows based on ICC profiles.
Enable Unsharp Masking
This option allows you to automatically apply “unsharp masking” algorithms to images. It is particularly useful in situations where images are being scaled. You may choose between these options:
Custom (where you set Radius, Threshold, Percentage Strength and Limit)
Remove Clipping Paths/Masks
This option allows you to remove clipping paths and masks which may have been used during image editing but are no longer needed. It will also remove those masks that Photoshop sometimes automatically inserts.
Managing Batch Download Configurations
Once you’ve set up a Batch Conversion configuration, you can save it for easy re-use. There are two types of saved configurations: global and user-defined. Global configurations are prepared by the Xinet Administrator and are identified by the symbol “**” in the select box in the top right corner of the plug-in window. These configurations can be loaded and modified, but they cannot be deleted by anyone other than the Xinet Administrator. User-defined configurations can be saved, loaded, and deleted.
Saving Batch Download Configurations:
If you want to save a configuration so that you can apply it to another collection of images:
Click Save This Configuration type a name in the text box, click on the button labeled Save This Configuration. Your saved configuration will now appear in the pop-up Saved Configurations list for you to use for future Batch Image Orders.
Deleting Batch Download Configurations:
If a saved configuration is currently loaded and is not a global configuration, a button labeled Delete This Configuration will be visible. Clicking this button will permanently remove this configuration from the select box in the plug-in window.
Applying Batch Keywords to Multiple Assets
Batch Keyword Apply enables you to associate the same group of keywords with the group of assets in your current Collection. Clicking on the Batch Keyword Apply icon opens a dialog box.