Knowing how to automate changes to multiple images in Photoshop is essential. Cropping, or white-balance correcting a folder full of images one-by-one is tedious and unnecessary. This photography tutorial will go through Photoshop Actions, and the Automate-Batch feature to automate the same operations for an infinite number of images. Tutorials on Photstoric.
Step 1: Make a Working Copy
Open the folder that contains the files to edit. Create a copy of one of the files in the folder. This file will be your dummy or maquette for making changes.
Step 2: Create an Action
Step 3: Name Action
Step 4: Record Action
After creating a new action, the red record button will now be active. Every operation made will be recorded in the action. In this tutorial, the image has been resized to 700 pixels wide and the image has been toned. Any combination of operations and effects can be applied.
Step 5: Flatten Layers
Step 6: Save & Close the Image
Saving the image while still recording the action will allow Photoshop to quickly run through each image in the Batch without a save dialog box popping up for each image. Also, close the image while still recording for the same reason.
Step 7: Stop Recording Action
Stop recording the action by clicking the square stop button. No further operations will be saved and the action will be complete. If an operation was missed, delete any steps and begin recording where the mistake was made.
Step 8: Delete the Working Copy
Step 9: Open the Batch Automater
Step 10: Batch Automater Settings
Match the settings in the above images. Choose the action set and the specific action. The source is folder, and choose the folder with the images. Be careful that only the images you want changed are in the folder. If you’re worried, create a copy of the entire folder to run automater on.