How to Use Batch Processing in Photoshop

Process automation is the key to managing your workflow when you have a lengthy list of design projects with a lot of assets. Not only do scripts and Actions give you a way to simplify processes you tend to use a lot, they are also the first step to creating processes that will let you apply operations to a group of files at once. Batch processing in Photoshop keeps you from repetitively editing a series of folders, allowing you to set up the parameters of the process and walk away until it has completed.
 
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Create the Actions for Your Batch Process
Understanding how to use batch processing in Photoshop involves fully mastering the use of the Actions Panel to record custom Actions, load preset Actions, and set up series of Actions for easy processing. That’s because individually automated Actions make up the core components of successful batch processes. Creating them from scratch is easy. All you need to do is click on the Record Action button in the Actions Panel and then go through the process commands in the order you need to automate them. Click the Stop Playback/Recording button when you are done, and then save the results.
 
Setting up New Batch Processes
Once you have recorded any Actions you will need, go to File > Automate > Batch to open the Batch window. This is where you will set up your processes. Choose the Action Set and Action you will need to work from. Then, click on Choose underneath the Source: Folder item. Choose the folder with your photo pack and click on the boxes to suppress action dialogs throughout the process. That way, the batch will run smoothly, without any human interference.
 
Uses for Batch Photo Processing
There are a variety of reasons for batch processing in Photoshop, including easy web optimization, automatic filter processing, and many others.

  • Running back-to-back batches of pre-set Actions to automate the entire editing process for large stock photo downloads.

  • Applying automatic fixes to shots taken under certain lighting conditions before refined editing on individual photographs.

  • Web optimization prior to gallery uploads.

  • Creating thumbnail images or applying watermarks to images.

  • Automated resizing prior to more complex editing.

Understanding batch processing means being able to take control of your editing process, and that makes it easier to work with large projects that require a variety of images from Shutterstock to complete.

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