Editing Batches in Photoshop Using Image Processor
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Image processor can be a huge time saver when you have a large batch of images that all need to be equally modified. I’ve always been a fan of Image Processor and you’re about to learn how to use it in just a few steps.

Benefits of Editing Batches in Photoshop

Image Processor converts and processes all of the images within a folder that you tell it to look in. You can benefit from this in several ways. You might want to create thumbnails of a photo shoot for Facebook that are all equal in size. Maybe you’re trying to upload to an online service with filesize restrictions. You might be converting to sRGB or saving as another file type. You can even use this technique to apply Photoshop Actions or copyright information. Rather than performing these tasks one image at a time.

Editing Batches in Photoshop Using Image Processor

Ok, the first thing you need to do is open Image Processor. Once you’re in Photoshop click on File > Scripts > Image Processor. Below you can see exactly what the image processor looks like. It’s extremely basic but it makes editing batches in Photoshop a breeze.

Editing Batches in Photoshop Using Image Processor


STEP 1) Tell Photoshop where the files are located that you want to modify. You have a couple of options here. You can tell it to use only the images that you currently have open in Photoshop or you can run it on an entire folder. You probably have the images edited and saved into a folder so you will simply need to browse for that folder.

STEP 2) You need to tell Photoshop where to save the images we’re about to process. You don’t need to worry about accidentally overwriting the original images when choosing to Save in Same Location. Photoshop will create a new subfolder and place the processed images inside it.

STEP 3) State why you are editing batches in Photoshop. As you can see above, there are several options. You can save photos as JPEG, PSD or TIF files. You can also resize all the image to fit within specific dimensions and specify the quality level you want them saved at.

STEP 4) Finally, you can run any specific Photoshop Actions you might want to apply to the entire batch of images. You can also enter your copyright info.

That’s it. Click the Run Button in the top right corner of Image Processor. If you watch it do its thing, you will see Photoshop quickly goes through each image one by one. The photo is opened, processed and closed. Then Photoshop moves on to the next image until it reaches the last file in the folder.

Editing Batches in Photoshop Tips

Think about how you can use Image Processor in your own workflow to help save time editing images. Create some generic Photoshop Actions that will work on large batches of images. Photoshop Actions for creating Watermarks, border frames, that include your studio logo or text are pretty common things that Image Processor can help you with.

Think about any situations you’ve been in where you spent way too much time getting a large batch of images ready. You might be able to save time in the future with this tutorial on editing batches in Photoshop.