Adobe Photoshop CS5 : Working with Automate Commands - Working with Batch File Processing

7/24/2012 4:08:54 PM
There is nothing more exciting than working on a new creative project, and watching your designs come to life. Conversely, there is nothing more tiresome than having to apply a new creative concept or correction individually to 50 separate images. For example, you just spent three hours coming up with a procedure to color-correct an heirloom photograph, and the process took two filters and three adjustments. The photo looks great; however, you now have 50 other images with the exact problem. You could create an action, but you would still have to open each image and apply the action 50 times. The solution is to batch process the images after you have created the action. Batch file processing lets you apply an action to an entire folder of images, and all you have to do is click a button. Now, what could be simpler than that?

Work with Batch File Processing

Create a new folder, and then move all the images into the folder.


These files must be image files. There should not be any other files, such as text files, inside this folder.

Create a second folder to hold the modified images (optional).

Open Photoshop (you do not need to open a document).

Click the File menu, point to Automate, and then click Batch.

Select from the following Play options:

  • Click the Set list arrow, and then select the Set containing the Action you want to apply to the images.

  • Click the Action list arrow, and then select the correct Action.

Click the Source list arrow, and then select an image source from the following: Folder, Import, Opened Files, or Bridge.

Click Choose (available if Folder is selected as the source), and then select the location of the image folder.

Select the check boxes for any options you want:

  • Override Action “Open” Commands. Select to use an open command embedded into the Action.

  • Include All Subfolders. Select to batch process any images located in folders embedded in the main image folder.

  • Suppress File Open Options Dialogs. Select to disable the File Open dialog box.

  • Suppress Color Profile Warnings. Select to disable the Color Profile Mismatch dialog box.

Click the Destination list arrow, and then click None, Save and Close, or Folder.

Click Choose (available if Folder is selected as the source), and then select the destination of the modified images.

Select the Override Action “Save As” Commands check box to use a save command embedded into the Action.

If Folder is selected as destination, the File Naming options allow you to rename the modified files, and then select the Compatibility options you want: Windows, Mac OS or Unix, or any combination of the three.

Click the Errors list arrow, select an errors option, and then click Save As to save your error information, if necessary.

  Click OK.

For Your Information: Things to Remember About Batch File Processing

There are many settings and requirements in order to make your batch file processing a success. Remember that before you begin, you need to have a created action. For more information on actions. After your action is created, and all the kinks are worked out, you can then set up your batch file processing. Knowing ahead of time where the source images are, where you’ll be storing them (destination), having a naming convention, and other similar details will help reduce your setup of the batch file processing to a few easy steps.

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