how to batch process in photoshop

It’s about time I add another tutorial here, this time on how to batch process in Photoshop. This tutorial was inspired by a recent project for a freelance client, where I needed to resize hundreds of photos. The ability to batch process files in Photoshop is tremendously helpful, especially when you’re working with large sets of files. Batch process basically means to do the same exact steps to a batch of files through an automated process, rather than manually one by one. 

Why would you want to batch process files in Photoshop?

Any time you have more than a few images that need the same edits made to them, batch process comes in handy. Batch processing can save you tons of time. There is no reason, for example, to resize 100 photos (or even 10) one by one, when you can just resize one of them and automate the rest of the process.

How to Batch Process in Photoshop

1) First, make sure that all of the files you’ll want to batch process are within the same folder. For this example, I have named my folder “Batch Process”. However, the name of the folder doesn’t matter, as long as you can find it and know what it is.

how to batch process in photoshop

2) Next, add a sub-folder inside of that folder for your edited images. It can be named whatever you want as well. For this example, I have named my sub-folder “resized” because my action is going to be to resize all of the photos.

how to batch process in photoshop

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3) Now you are going to create an Action that you want to happen to all of the photos. Basically you will be doing all of the steps to one of the files and recording the process. To do this, open the Actions panel by going to Windows, then Actions.

how to batch process in photoshop

4) On the Actions tab, hit the New icon.

how to batch process in photoshop

5) Now you will give your new Action a name. For this example, I am naming mine “Resize1000W”, because I am going to resize all of my images to 1000 pixels wide. You could also just use your project or client name, or whatever makes sense to you. If you would like to, you can choose a Function Key that will set this Action into motion in the future, and an identifying color for this Action in the list of other Actions. Those are optional.

how to batch process in photoshop

6) Now it’s time to record your “actions”. Once you click Record, you are going to be following the exact process that you would like the batch process to follow. So for example, I opened an image from the folder, resized it to 1000 pixels wide, and Saved for Web into the resized folder. When you are finished, click the Stop Recording button.

how to batch process in photoshop

7) Now you can run your batch process. Go to File, then Automate, then Batch.

how to batch process in photoshop

8) Under Action, choose the name of the Action you just created. Then under Source, choose the source folder (the folder that has all of your files in it ready to edit).

how to batch process in photoshop

9) For the destination folder, choose the subfolder you created. Mine is named “resized”.

how to batch process in photoshop

10) You will want to check “Override Action “Open” Commands” (only if part of the actions you recorded was to open your file). Also check “Suppress File Open Options” and “Suppress Color Profile Warnings”, as well as “Override Action “Save As” Commands. If you don’t check those, you will have to do a lot of clicking as boxes pop up throughout the process. 

how to batch process in photoshop

Optional: Under File Naming you can set up a file naming sequence using the fields available. If you skip this, it will just save the files with the same names they have in the parent folder.

That’s it! You’re finished and now you know how to batch process in Photoshop so you can easily edit large batches of files with ease.

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how to batch process in photoshop

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