Batch Processing is a powerful way to open, edit and save many images at once, saving time and effort. The tool is ideal for working on single images as well as many sets of bracketed exposures. Aurora HDR 2019 will automatically group brackets based on EXIF data stored in each image including exposure settings, aperture settings, ISO levels, lens data and time shot.
Getting Started with Batch Processing
To begin a Batch Processing session, either access it from the initial Open Aurora HDR 2019 dialog box, or… once the application has started, from File > Batch Processing… You can also access it by clicking the Open button in the top toolbar and choosing Batch Process.
- Load the Brackets. You can drag files or folders containing files into the new window to load them. You can also click the Browse button in the upper right corner to bring up the Open file dialog box. If the Include Subfolders option is on, and you’ve added folders, then Aurora HDR 2019 will search for all the images in every subfolder of the added folders. Give the application a little time to analyze the images.
- Choose a develop method. Images can be processed as single images, or as HDR Brackets. To switch the image processing type, you have to press the appropriate button at the bottom in the middle of the window.
- HDR Brackets mode is set by default, which will automatically sort and group exposure brackets and process them accordingly.
- If Single Images mode is selected, all the images will be treated as independent files and processed separately.
- Drag any photos that are not properly grouped to the images you’d like to merge them with.
- If an image should not be processed, you can click the X in the upper left corner to remove it from the Batch window.
- If you want to remove a group of images from the Batch window, just click the Delete Group button.
- After the images you wish to process have been loaded and grouped, press the Continue button to reveal options and settings for Batch Processing.
Batch Processing Settings
The Batch Processing feature is very versatile and contains many options that you can conveniently apply to a large set of images. Moving top to bottom, here are the options you have available:
- Aurora HDR Looks – The dropdown menu at the top lets you pick both the group and individual Aurora HDR Look to apply to your image.
- Save to – This option lets you choose where processed files will be saved. You can save them in their current location or browse to select another folder. When you’ve made a choice, the file “path” will be displayed.
Note: Because it is possible to overwrite your original files, it is good practice to save your batch-processed files in a new folder separate from the original files.
- Naming – Aurora HDR 2019 has very flexible file naming options. You can add a prefix and suffix, choose from a variety of base names and even select the case of the letters. This gives you tremendous flexibility to organize your files as part of the batch processing operation.
- Format – Choose the way types of files are created. You can create JPEG, PNG, TIFF, PDF, JPEG-2000 or PSD files during batch processing.
- Color Profile – This controls how the colors are interpreted. Options include: sRGB, Adobe RGB, and ProPhoto RGB
- Resize – Easily choose a dimension for the new files
If you need even more precise, be sure to try out the Advanced Settings. Just click the Advanced button at the bottom of the Batch Settings window.
- Sharpen – Enhances edge detail in the photos when merging
- Color Denoise – Helps remove unwanted color noise in the image
- HDR Settings – The options presented here mimic the HDR Merge dialog of the main Aurora HDR 2019 software. These include advanced options for alignment, ghost reduction, and chromatic aberration cleanup. Select the settings desired by clicking the appropriate checkboxes.
Click Done to store the Advanced Settings.
Running the Batch
After selecting your desired Batch Processing options, click the Process button in the lower right of the window to begin the operation. This will display a processing window showing progress.
- To return to the Image Selection window to select different images prior to beginning a Batch Processing operation, click the Back button in the lower left of the window.
- To save your configuration for a future job, click the Save Settings button.
- To cancel Batch Processing altogether, click the X in the upper-left corner of the window or click the Cancel button in the lower-right.