Performing Photoshop adjustments can sometimes take a lot longer than they should if you’re inexperienced and unaware of how to speed up your digital workflow.
Take for instance how to resize images which is a fairly straight forward task, however it starts to become complicated when you consider how to resize multiple images at once.
Luckily, Photoshop is more than capable of applying complex corrections to more than one image and when implemented correctly will save you a lot of time.
So, How Do You Resize Multiple Images In Photoshop?
You could go to the extravagance of creating a custom resizing action that could then be applied as part of an automated batch process, however there is a slightly quicker method that involves less configuration whilst still providing all advantages associated with using custom actions.
Image Processor is a default Photoshop script that was designed to simplify the process of resizing multiple images with little to no effort… It’s located in Photoshop navigational menu under File / Scripts / Image Processor…
Open Photoshop Script
Upon opening the script you’ll be presented with a dialog box that will walk you through how to configure each step before running the image processor. It’s relatively straightforward, only involves four steps and therefore it shouldn’t take you very long to complete.
STEP 1 ) Select The Images To Process
In most cases you’ll check “Select Folder…” and identify the source folder that contains all of the images you would like resized.
However, there will be occasions when you already have images open in Photoshop and instead of choosing a folder you can simply check “Use Open Images”.
“Include All Sub-folders” is self explanatory, when the script is run it will process all folders within the selected source folder.
Under “Select Folder…” there is a checkbox option that when enabled with will “Open first image to apply settings”. So, what does this setting mean?
If you are processing a group of camera raw files taken under the same lighting conditions, you can adjust the setting in the first image to your satisfaction and then apply the same settings to the remaining images.
STEP 2 ) Select Location To Save Processed Images
As a rule of thumb, I alway create a new destination folder (named accordingly) for saving the processed images. It keeps things nice and organized, plus is easily identifiable.
If you “Included All Sub-folders” from step one you’ll probably want to check the “Keep Folder Structure” option to avoid any potential for confusion in the future.
STEP 3 ) Select File Type & Image Dimensions
You have the option of choosing from three different file types (JPEG, PSD & TIFF) to have your images saved. You’re not limited to only one type and can select all three if required.
Each file type has it’s own custom settings that you would usually expect to find when saving photos in these formats for instance compression quality.
Once you’ve selected the appropriate file type, it’s time to check the “Resize To Fit” option. Go ahead and enter the maximum width and height (pixels) you would like your images to fit.
Please, keeping in mind that each image will retain it’s original proportions and will not be distorted.
STEP 4 ) Preferences
The inclusion of actions within the image processor preferences has almost made automatic batch processing redundant from the perspective of resizing multiple images at once.
Because not only can resize your images, but you can also apply existing or custom created actions to your selection of images with ease such as adding a custom watermark.
Now of course, if you’re only interested in applying custom created actions then batch processing offers the additional benefit of file naming which can come in very handy when working on a client’s photo shoot.
As well as actions you can include “Copyright Information” and “ICC Profiles” with your newly resized images.
Plus, don’t forget that there is an option for saving your settings as a preset which can then be loaded for future photography projects, very handy indeed.
Now that you’ve successfully configured the Image Processor, click “Run” and watch Photoshop batch resize multiple images… Once complete, navigate to your destination folder and open your images to ensure all were processed correctly.