14 Sep 2011 ♥ 10:58 am ♥ 1 Comment
Need to resize and edit your 300+ photos in just a few minutes? Here’s a very helpful trick that I have been using for years whenever I would batch edit / process a set of photographs. Blame this trick for my photospam entries in my blog.
Recording Photoshop Actions
For this tutorial, I will be using an unedited Blythe photo.
First of all, open your image in photoshop.
Make sure that your actions window is open. If not, go to Window >> Actions.
This is an example of an Actions window.
For organization purposes, create a set with a name of your choice. Just pick a random name.
Create a new action by clicking the button emphasized above.
Something like this should show up. The red “record” button must be activated.
You are free to do whatever with your image. Change the color curves / balance / image size. Add sharpness, etc.
I always do the resizing at the last (you could opt to do it first, so that when the action is being played, it would be quicker).
However, I want my photos to retain the quality, so I will resize during the last action. After the last action, click the STOP button.
Happy with the results? Save and close the image.
After you have successfully created an action, open all your images in your photoshop. I advise that you create a duplicate folder containing all the ORIGINAL photos so there would be no regrets later if the photos didn’t turn out as you expected.
Usually, I can open / load around 60-100 photos at once. It depends on you. If you’re gonna try this the first time, just try around 5-10.
Go to File >> Automate >> Batch
Choose the right set and action.
Source: Opened files; Destination: Save and Close; OK!
If an error comes up, quickly press the ESCAPE button or just discontinue the batch processing. Recheck if your recorded action had some error.
Here are the results of my recorded action:
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