PI7 Quick Command Manager

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a tutorial on automating your work by creating Quick Command Panel (QCP) tasks, then applying a task to a group of images with the QCP's Batch Task command. PI7 has several great ways to apply tasks to a group of images at one time. This tutorial shows you how to apply tasks to multiple images via the Document Manager's "Quick Command Manager." The task I'm going to use as an example is my Textured Sepia Duotone task, which you can download here. Below is an example of what the task does to a photo.

Stephanie's Textured Sepia task

Import this Textured Sepia Duotone task into your Quick Command Panel, then play the task from the QCP once on this image to see how it works first. You'll notice that it stops playing at a certain point. This "break" is accompanied by a little popup box that tells you what happens in the next step of the task.

break in task alert box

Follow the directions in the little alert box, e.g., click OK then click the QCP's Play button again to continue playing the task. The Object Properties box will open, and you should select the Overlay Merge method from the options available in the General tab. Click OK to close the Object Properties box and the task will finish playing.

The reason I wanted you to play the task first is so you can see what happens when a task "breaks" to give you special instructions about the next step. Remember that you'll need to select the Overlay Merge method when the task "breaks," because you will not get the informative little popup box when you run a task from the Document Manager. You have to know ahead of time what to do when the task breaks by doing a "test run" in the Quick Command Panel. Close out the test task image without saving it.

Open up any three different images in the work space. You can use some from the PI7 Samples folder, or three of your own photos. Click the Document Manager button in the Panel Manager to open it up. You'll see a thumbnail for each image open in the work space. Select all of them by clicking on the first one, then holding down on the Shift key and clicking on the last thumbnail. The little right facing arrow is the "Quick Command Manager." Don't click it yet!

select all thumbnails

Click the down arrow next to the Quick Command Manager and select the Steph's Textured Sepia Duotone task. As you can see below, I have a lot of tasks to select from, ones I've made myself, which you can get from my PI7 Task Force page, or that I've downloaded from SkinTight Graphics' fabulous task download page.

select a task

Now you're ready to apply the task to all three images open in the work space. Just click the Quick Command Manager in the Document Manager and PI7 will begin playing the task. It will stop playing at the Object Properties box. That's your cue  (remember?) to select the Overlay Merge method. You'll have to do that for all three images. But the image processing will go very, very quickly. Voila! Now the task has been applied to all three images. Here are the other two photos with the Textured Sepia Duotone task applied. Don't like sepia duotones? Just deselect the Two-Color preset in the Quick Command Panel, then you can use any two colors you choose.

textured sepia task applied

textured sepia task applied

Remember, if you play the preset "canned" Quick Command Panel tasks that ship with PI, you won't have to worry about previewing the task to see what you should do when it stops playing and takes a "break." But many of the more clever and artistic tasks being shared by advanced PI users these days do have breaks in them. Many of them have more than one break. Find out what you're supposed to do when the task breaks, then go to town applying tasks to all kinds of images via the Document Manager's handy Quick Command Manager.

This tutorial uploaded 1/25/02

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