Batch Processing with Photoshop

Photoshop is a powerful program that can be intimidating to the new user.

One question that comes up a lot is “how to batch process files.”

While Photoshop includes a variety of pre-made “actions” — macro
scripts that perform repetitive tasks, “resize” is not one of them.
This is because there is no “standard” resize action. One day you
might want to convert a lot of photos to web-resolution images, another day you
might be making thumbnail-size buttons.

So, Photoshop leaves it to the user to create each image-size action when needed.

The process is rather simple, once you get past the quirkyness of “recording” and “playing back” your resizing process.

Open an image you want to resize

Open the “Actions” window, Select “new action” and
start recording (the software will automatically be recording your
actions, selections, mouse movements, etc) the resizing and saving of
your first image.

Stop recording (select the stop button, grey square) and Save that action.

Run your action by selecting Automate > Batch

Choose your newly created action.

Set your saving particulars and run the action script.


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