So you’ve finally decided to learn Photoshop – congratulations! The software is so powerful that it can transform every photo into a masterpiece, so I’m sure you’re more than eager to get started. However, while there are a lot of resources out there that will help you master Photoshop in no time, such as this online course that reveals some Photoshop secrets used by professionals, they usually try to cram in so much information about the complex feature of the program that some basic operations are left out most of the times. One of those basic operations is the batch resize option, which will come in handy when you want to prepare multiple files for editing. This article will teach you how to resize multiple files and prepare them for editing – all in one go.
The main reason why the resize operation is commonly left out is because a lot of people don’t consider it necessary, or useful for that matter. However, there are several reasons why you should consider resizing your images prior to editing them. There are two things to take into account in order to decide whether you need to resize your images or not:
- The destination of the edited image;
- The original size of the images.
To understand what I’m talking about here, let’s take this practical example: you’re a photographer that just held a photo shoot; the images will feature in a desk calendar. Since a desk calendar is usually pretty small, there’s simply no point of using images with very high resolutions, as the quality differences between an ultra-high resolution photo and a normal resolution one will be unnoticeable. Also, editing high-resolution photos is more time-consuming. This is where image resizing comes into play.
Sure, resizing one photo at a time might be an option if you’re only planning to use a single image for a month, but what if you need a different image for each day? Resizing 365 images one by one might not sound so appealing. Luckily for you, Photoshop comes with a batch resize option.
Photoshop Batch Resize
Using batch resizing in Photoshop is way simpler than you think, the whole operation requiring just a few clicks. In order to make the whole process even smoother, it is highly recommended that you move all the images that need resizing in one folder, and create another folder for the resized images. Learning to be organized right from the start is one of the best habits you can develop, as it will be of great use later on, when you will be working with hundreds of thousands of files. Check out this online course to learn everything you need to know about organizing your files.
Once you have everything set, resizing your files is an easy and straightforward process: open the File menu, navigate to Scripts and click on Image Processor.
There are four sections in the Image Processor window; in the first section, navigate to the folder that contains the images that need to be resized. In the second section, select the folder where you want to store the resized images. The third section allows you to set some resizing options, such as new size or file type. You can save the resized files in one of the following formats: JPEG, PSD or TIFF. If you opt for JPEG, you will also need to specify a quality level on a scale from 1 to 12, 1 being the lowest quality and 12 the highest quality, and indicate whether you want to use the sRGB color profile or not. Check out this online course on color basics to learn more about color theory and the difference between different color profiles.
The third section of the Image Processor window also contains the fields you will use to set the new size for the images. There’s also a “Resize to Fit” option that will allow you to preserve the original proportions of the images. It is worth noting that, if the “Resize to Fit” option is selected, your images will not necessarily have the exact same resolution as indicated in the resolution fields, but rather the closest resolution that’s obtainable while keeping the original proportions of the image.
When saving files in the PSD file format, you can also check the “Maximize Compatibility” checkbox to have Photoshop create composite copies of the files, which you can then use in other editing programs that don’t support layers.
In the fourth section you can set additional Actions to run along with the resizing process, but you will need to define these actions prior to selecting the option. From this section you can also set whether to include the color profile or not, and define the copyright information to be included in the images.
Once you made all the necessary settings, hit Run and let Photoshop do its magic. Depending on the number of files, their size and the performance of the computer you’re using, the resizing process can take anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. The resized images will be ready in the destination folder, awaiting further processing.
So there you have it: batch resizing in Photoshop, now at your fingertips. This feature will be useful for you whichever path you choose next; you can take a course on Photoshop for photographers, or maybe learn to master Photoshop for web design – there are numerous possibilities to choose from.
Getting the Most Out of Photoshop
Computer performance plays an important role in the overall performance of Photoshop and, as you might expect, not all computers behave the same. It is important to opt for high-performance hardware to obtain a smooth and fast experience; more important than the hardware is the monitor, which needs to be properly calibrated in order to ensure maximum color accuracy. If you prefer to keep things simple and opt for mobility, this blog post will teach you how to choose the best laptop for Photoshop. Which one will you choose?