Have you ever taken a bunch of photos or worked on a project that requires a lot of different imagery? If so, you know how time consuming it is to individually edit dozens of photos in a single sitting. It’s painfully inefficient when you could be spending your valuable time on the creative aspects of the project, not mundane tasks like resizing images.
Today we will show you a basic and easy-to-follow technique for resizing multiple images in Photoshop using the ‘actions’ feature. ‘Actions’ allow you to record a series of tasks that can then be reused by the program at later time in a single click. These tasks can range anywhere from simply changing the size of images to applying filters, effects, masks, and anything else you can accomplish in Photoshop.
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Programs Used: Adobe Photoshop
Topics Covered: Actions
Estimated Completion Time: 5-10 minutes
What You Will Be Doing
For this example we will be showing you how to resize a group of large images and make them all a lot smaller. This is very useful for when you have a large collection of high resolution photos that you need to get down to a more manageable size. Although we will be making images smaller in this example, the principals learned here can be applied to any bulk change you would like to make. Let’s get started!
The first step is to create a folder to stay organized. For the purpose of this tutorial, go ahead and make a new folder on your desktop titled “Resize Images”. Within that folder, make two new folders titled “Original – LARGE” and “Resized – SMALL”. Then place all of the photos you would like to resize into the “Original – LARGE” folder.
Note: If you do not have any large photos to use, feel free to download the photo pack we are using in this example provided by Death to Stock.
Your folders should now look like the example below.
Now lets go ahead and open all of the photos in Adobe Photoshop. There are a few ways you can do this step. The quickest way we recommend is to simply select all of the photos in your folder and drag them to your Adobe Photoshop icon. This will automatically open all of the images. Alternatively, you can right click the selected images and choose ‘Open With -> Adobe Photoshop’ as seen in the screenshot below.
Photoshop should now have all of the images loaded as seen below.
In order to create an ‘Action’ in Photoshop, we need to make sure that the ‘Actions’ dialog box is open and ready to go. To do this, simply go to the top toolbar and select ‘Windows -> Actions’ as seen in the screenshot below.
Let’s now ahead and create our very first ‘Action’ in Photoshop. To do so, click on the ‘Create a new action’ icon in the ‘Actions’ dialog box and name it ‘Resize to 1000px Wide’. Then hit ‘Record’. See the screenshot below for an example of where to find this icon.
Now that Photoshop is recording all of our steps, it is now time to resize the image. To do this visit the top toolbar and select ‘Image -> Image Size’. This will bring open a new dialog box as seen in the screenshot below. Go ahead and set the image width to 1000px and select ‘OK’.
Now that the image has been resized, we need to save it into the folder we created called ‘Resized – SMALL’. To do this, visit the top toolbar and select ‘File -> Save As’ and select JPEG as your format. Once you have selected JPEG as your format click ‘Save’. This will open up another box asking about photo quality so just click ‘OK’ on that as well.
Now that you have saved a version of the photo into your folder, close out of it in Photoshop. Once you have closed out of the photo, you need to click on the ‘Stop playing/recording’ icon in the ‘Actions’ dialog box. This will tell photoshop to stop recording your actions.
If you have followed the steps correctly so far, your actions window should look like the screenshot below.
Now that your ‘Action’ is now saved and complete, you can now use it on any image you would like. All you have to do now is select the ‘Action’ you just created and then click the ‘Play selection’ button to let Photoshop do the rest. Now you can quickly click this button over and over to finish resizing the remaining images you have open. As you can see from the screenshot below, we now have a batch of photos that are 1000px wide in addition to still keeping our original versions.
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