Hi and welcome back.

For this post, we’ll take a look at batch converting images.  This is one of the things Photoshop excels at.  Just load in a folder of images and while you go get a cup of coffee or a sandwich or type an invoice (my favorite), Photoshop does the work for you.

Today we’ll take a look at CS3.  Even though this may not match your version of the software, you’ll be able to find and figure out how to do it using these guidelines.

Remember you can click on any image to enlarge it.

First: don’t open an image in Photoshop.  This editing system relies on folders only.  So put a bunch of images into a folder to run a test of the action.

Click on the File menu and scroll down to the Scripts Editor, click on that and choose Image Processor from the next box.

Once you’ve chosen the Image Processor, this dialog box will appear.  Here you choose a source folder and  a destination folder or make a sub-folder in your original.  Then you can scroll down and convert your images to jpeg’s, PSD’s, or Tiff’s depending on your workflow.  What’s interesting is that you can batch convert RAW images here.  I do this to get quick web previews.

Now you can scroll over and choose a size for the image.  If, like me, you want web conversions, just change the pixel count to 800 in both boxes and Photoshop will convert hi-res images to low-res or web images.  If you have actions setup in Photoshop, you can scroll down further and choose an action like Lab Sharpening, or adding a vignette, or b/w conversions.

Click Run on the upper right of the dialog box and let Photoshop work for you.  When the action is complete, assuming you used a sub-folder in the original, your folder should have a new sub-folder in bottom.  You need to re-title it for your use.  And Voila, your done.

Try this out.  It is a great time saver as you can be doing other things while Photoshop works for you, kind of like a dutiful employee.

Tomorrow, we’ll look at this action in Photoshop Elements 6, which offers even more options in the dialog box.

That’s it for now.  Till next time, happy Photoshopping!