How to Batch-Automate Image Tasks in Adobe Photoshop

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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

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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

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Select Window – Actions. Then click the Create New Action button. Actions are saved series of Photoshop operations so that common or complex steps can be accessed later or used for automated tasks.

Step 3: Name Action

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Enter a descriptive name for the action.

Step 4: Record Action

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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

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After every operation has been completed, flatten all the layers so that the image will save as a jpeg. If you started with psd file and you want to keep the layers, don’t flatted them.

Step 6: Save & Close the Image

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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

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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

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Delete the working file copy that the action was preformed on in the folder of images.

Step 9: Open the Batch Automater

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Under file, click Automate then Batch.

Step 10: Batch Automater Settings

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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.

Step 12: Run the Automator

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Press OK and the automator will begin quickly running the action on every image in the folder.

Conclusion

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Using Automate – Batch is the fastest way to make the same changes to multiple images in Photoshop. It is an enormously powerful tool, and will speed up any photographers work flow.

For other automate questions, please post on the Digital Editing Forum. Requests and suggestions are encouraged for future tutorial topics and should be submitted to the Requests topic.

How to Batch-Rename Files in Mac OS X

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Batch-Renaming Files in a Sequence in Mac OS X

Keeping your photographic library neat and searchable is a time consuming but important chore. Renaming your files in Finder is a must for an organized computer filing system. The most useful step towards total file organization is batch-renaming files. This photography tutorial will use Apple’s Automator and the Finder to create a simple service-script to rename multiple files in an ordered sequence. Photography tutorials on Photistoric.

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Step 1: Automator Service

Open Automator. A pop-up will ask you to select a type for your document. Select Service.

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Step 2: Rename Finder Items

In the search bar begin typing Rename Finder Items. Click and drag Rename Finder Items into the right window pane.

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Step 3: Action Options

a. Delete the Copy Finder Items action
b. At the top of the right pane, select files or folders from the Service Receives Selected menu
c. At the top of the right pane, select Finder.app in the In menu
d. The action box will say Add Date or Time, change this action to Make Sequential
e. Check New Name in the Make Sequential action box
f. Check the Make All Numbers box and change to 3
g. Select the options tab at the bottom of the Make Sequential action box and select Show this action when the workflow runs

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Step 4

File > save the document and name it Batch Rename

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Step 5

a. Select all files to rename and press cmd & left-click or right-click on a mouse to show the context menu
b. The Batch Rename service will now appear at the bottom of the context menu
c. Click to initiate the batch-rename

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Step 6

a. Enter a new name such as year_event and all the files that have been selected will now be sequentially renamed

Conclusion

The Rename Finder Items action in Automator is the easiest and fastest way to batch-rename files in Mac OS X. This method can be applied to any type or number of files. Be sure to pick a file naming sequence such as date_event_name, and stick with it.

For other file questions, please post on the Digital Editing Forum. Requests and suggestions are encouraged for future tutorial topics and should be submitted to the Requests topic.