Best tools in Photoshop: The Image Processor

Photoshop's Image Processor

Batch Image Processing

Let me introduce you to a tool I use often. It's Photoshop's image batch processing tool. This is tool hidden away in Photoshop that I feel not many people take advantage of. In fact, there really aren't very many tutorials or information pages highlighting this very efficient tool. If you are trying to edit multiple images at once; say you want to resize all of them without opening each image one-by-one, the image processor tool in Photoshop will resize all your images automatically while you sit back and enjoy a cup of coffee. 

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There are two main things you can accomplish with this image processor tool:

1. Resize images or convert to different file types. 
2. Run an action on your images
or both

I found this batch image processing tool to be extremely helpful in my image editing tasks; especially when I need downsize my images to upload on the internet. I will run through this quick tutorial for you on how you can do that as an example of what this tool can do. 

Open Photoshop and go to File>Scripts>Image Processor

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You need to select which folder the tool is pulling images from (include subfolders if you like). Then also select another folder or the same folder to save the images to. You may choose to keep the folder structure as is if you have divided images into specific folders

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Add your desired values in. In this case, we are resizing images only. It is important to know the constraints of your image to keep the ratio of the image. So I advise you to first see what pixel width and height you would need before you set the constraints. If you just want to change the resolution from 300dpi to 72dpi, skip this step and move on to the last picture. 

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*Extra Last Step
If you want to downsize your images for web use from 300dpi to 72dpi, you can select an action to run for all your images. (300dpi is far to large for most web cases and takes up a lot of space. Most websites use 72dpi images, of course you don't have to do this if you wish to keep your image quality up but it sure saves space and time uploading) I have included an action here for downsizing dpi. 

*NOTE: If you are testing this, make sure you set a separate folder as an output. 

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Why would you use this tool over the batch or simply outputting from lightroom? Well to be honest with you, it doesn't matter which tool you use. The image processor tool is useful for several tasks and what I showed you above are just some of them. I tend to use it when converting RAW images to JPEGS quickly. I found this tool to be extremely fast in processing as compared to lightroom's export function. 

I hope this tutorial & tool has been useful for you in your image editing tasks as it continues to serve me today. Happy editing! If you like this tutorial or would like to see some of my other techniques, leave me a comment below and subscribe for more tips, tools, and locations. 

Here's a video about the Image processor tool. 

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