Batch Processing in Adobe Photoshop

For our example today, I’m simply going to create an action to rotate, resize and rename an image. In the screen shots below, you’ll notice I’m using Photoshop 7 for Mac OS X. It’s exactly the same process in Photoshop 6. I just happen to prefer using version 7 (and, of course, boasting that I have it).

1. We begin by opening an image (doesn’t matter which one) and activating the Actions palette. To start things off, you simply click on the “Create New Action” button at the bottom of the palette. Name your Action, and then move to the next step.
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2. Next you click the Record button, which is also located at the bottom of the palette. Once you click Record, any command or function you perform on your currently open document will be recorded.

this particular case, I will now rotate my image and resize it using simple menu commands. Note that with image resizing, Photoshop understands the difference between percentages and actual pixels and between horizontal and vertical scale. So let’s say I have a bunch of images of differing sizes, and I want them all to be scaled proportionally down to a 400 pixel width. I simply enter my width value in the Image Size dialog, and Photoshop records the action as a proportional resizing. Couldn’t be easier.

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3. When I’m done with all of the actions I want to record, I click the Stop button at the bottom of the Actions palette. Note that if you realize you’ve forgotten a step, you can press Record again to add more steps to your action.
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4. Now we’re done creating our Action, so we’ll apply it to a bunch of images that need to be resized and rotated. So go to the File menu, and select Automate > Batch from the list.

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5. This will call up the Batch dialog box. By default, the most recent Action that you have created will be active. So all you need to do now is choose a source folder (the folder containing the original images), a destination folder (the folder where the processed images will wind up) and a new file name for the processed files, assuming you want to rename them. Photoshop provides you with a wide range of options for renaming files. You can, for example, use a serial number + the original document name + the file extension (such as .psd) + the date + etc. Or you can just leave the original file names alone. (But understand that this will overwrite the original files if you save the new files into the same folder.)

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Cheers, Design Team, OC

3 Comments

  1. Biswajeet October 19, 2009
  2. Rohit Sasank October 21, 2009
  3. Rohit Sasank October 21, 2009