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Learn how to quickly do Batch Processing in Photoshop to save you tons of time.
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Hello everybody, Yanik here for Yanik’s Photo School.
Today we’re going to be looking at another optimizing work flow tutorial called Batch Processing in Photoshop. I’ll also show you at the same time, in another video underneath this one, how to do this simply in Lightroom. Actually you know what, I’ll include it in this video as well, why not?
All right, so the first thing we need to do before we create the batches to create an action, now if you haven’t seen my tutorial on creating an action, you can go ahead and have a look at that, but I’ll do one very quickly here. So let me just create a new action, let me just call it color. And then we’ll go into image adjustment, hue/saturation, let’s change the hue, make it some nice purple, that’s good for me. Then we want to, let’s add a border to this, going to pixels, about 50% pixel on each side so that’ll be a 100. Increase here on width and height, Ok, there we go and next image size because we want to send that on the web, let’s say 600, and there we go.
Now what’s important for batches is if you don’t want to be clicking on Ok for saving, for saving on every single image, you want to add the save as in your action. So go into save as doesn’t matter where you save it on your computer, it really doesn’t. Let me just here put it on my desktop for now and click save. And this is the dialogue box that would appear on every single image if you didn’t add the save it was in your action, and you’ll be clicking Ok, Ok, Ok all the time. So we’re doing it, we’re just incorporating it into the action for now. All right click stop, we can close this image. And now time for batching.
What you need to do is go into file, automate, batch, and up here we have the action, that the last action you actually did will show up by default here, on the play dialogue box. After that choose the source folder which I’ve already done which is action. And then choose your destination folder which I’ve created under the actions folder already called color shift, if you want to create a folder, you can just click on action, make new folder and rename it the way you want. So let me just select color shift here, and the next thing we want to click is this button here, override actions, save as command, because we’ve already put a save as within our actions. We don’t need to redo another one.
So here you can see we have the document name and I’ve added a one digit serial number. There’s a whole dialogue of things, you can add dates within your files and etc. Actually let me just remove this, I’ll remove this as well. And just put the exact same file name in and it has to end with an extension. Gives you an example here .gif, this will be .jpeg, you have to have as your last data here the extension. And then all you need to do is click Ok and you’ll see it goes through the steps right here. Now I only have four or five images in there, so this shouldn’t take too long, I think one more is to go, and as you can see its pretty quick and it saves you tons of time. Now let’s go see if they’re there. I can see it in there, if I double click on them, there they are with a nice purple hue, the same file name with the extension, everything’s perfect and that’s how you would create a simple batch process in Photoshop.
Now let’s go see what happens if we do this in Lightroom, is it faster or not. Let’s go have a look. Let’s open up Lightroom, I have practically the same images here. Now let me modify the colors here, I’m down here in my hue and I’ll take the blues and put them purple like in the other ones, that’s good. And then what I can do down here, holding the shift key, I’m selecting all my images and this button name changes from preset, actually not, sorry, it changes from previous to sync. If you click on that, it tells you what you want to sync. Now if we can, since we’ve only done one modification to this image, basically it’ll apply only that modification but if we added noise reduction, sharpening, if we’ve added some contrast, some brightness, even some spot removal. It’ll do all that, you can either uncheck them all, check none, check all or go manually and do them all, then all you need to do is click synchronize. And you can see these thumbnails below here start changing color. Maybe not in the same order but they’ll all change.
And then all you need to do after that is to go into your library, export, choose your folder, destination folder here, it can be any folder you want to create, let’s say I choose desktop, Ok, put in sub-folder, let’s call it color, file name that’s what we want, we want this to be .jpeg, we want to resize this and I think it was 600 pixels that I chose, we want the resolution to be at72 for web, and we’ll keep the quality at a 100%, and click on export. And you’ll see on the tool bar up here, the dialogue box, you’ll see the progress bar starting, that’ll go up until it’s completely done. All right, so that’s done. Now if we look at our color folder, for some reason now having Photoshop, Lightroom, and Camtasia open, and my computer being open all day, it’s a little bit slow now. I need to reboot I guess. Here are all the images that we just exported from Lightroom and on the desktop, so they’re all there. So, up to you to decide which one’s faster and more efficient. Either Lightroom or Photoshop, either way you can do both in these wonderful softwares.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on Batch Processing, and we’ll see you next time. Bye-bye.