Batch Image Editing in Photoshop CC

Batch Image Editing in Photoshop CC

There are times when you have a batch of photos that you need to edit in the same manner. Instead of wasting a lot of time editing each of the photos one by one, it is possible to use Adobe Photoshop which is capable of offering batch editing processes that can help you save time while at the same time they preserve quality in your images. In this article, we will show you how you can use Photoshop to edit and resize batch photos together with important tip on how to replicate the same process in Lightroom.

It is a fact that from time to time you will be editing a group of image files whether you are a professional or not. However, editing of photos one after another is completely out of questions since we are talking about editing hundreds or dozens of photos. The best solution is to resort to Photoshop batch processing feature.

What you will need during Batch Editing in Photoshop

  • The batch images that you intend to edit
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Bridge
  • Basic knowledge in working with Photoshop


Crop and Watermark Several Photos at Once

For you to be able to edit several photos at once, you have to record an action, save before you apply it to the batch images. You will have to follow a procedure that will enable you to perform any type of edit such as adding watermark or cropping.

Step 1: Creating a New Action

When you want to edit several images at a go, the first step is to ensure that all the images you want to edit are in one folder. You can create another folder within the folder or anywhere you want and name it something like” Resize Photos”.

After opening one of the images in the batch photos, you will have to create a new Action. You can achieve this by going to Window then Action and click on the “create new action” icon which you will see at the bottom of the action panel. Give the windows a meaningful name after they pop up or crop it and hit a record button.


Step 2: Editing the Image

From here, they will be recording every step you make until you ask the program to stop. You will now be in a position to start performing all the edits you want. In this article, we will be cropping the picture or adding watermark.

Sep 3: Stop Recording

After performing all the edits in the image, you can now stop recording. You can achieve this heading to the Actions panel and clicking on the square icon with “Stop playing/ recording” which you will find at the bottom left side.

Step 4: Apply the Actions to the Entire Folder

You are now reading to start processing your batch images. Click on file then Scripts then Image processor and you will see a new window. You will then choose the folder which contains all the photos you want to apply the action to together with the output folder where you will want to save the photos.

Check the “Run Action” box in the preference menu and ensure you choose the default action set found in the first box and the action you create in the second box. Start your batch processing by clicking on the “Run” button.


Convert Images and Batch Resize

Let us imagine that you are having an entire folder of images that to you want to optimize for your web use. This will mean converting them to a popular photo format and ensuring that you reduce them to a considerable size. To achieve that, you can always follow on these steps: record a resize action, carry out all the edits in one picture and thereafter apply the edits to all images. This is one way you can use to approach the task. There is another way which is simple and does not require you to create any action. Below are steps you will need to take.

Step 1

Open all the images you either want to edit or not. This part is optional. Click on File then Scripts and Image Processor regardless of what you choose and a new window will open containing four different sections that you will need to follow.


Step 2

Choose the batch of images that you want to apply the edit to in the first section of the Image processor Dialog. Hit the Select folder button to achieve this.


Step 3

Choose where you will want to save all the new photos. You can decide to save in the same place. In this case, Photoshop will always create a folder in the initial place or you can get a new folder where you can always save your photos.


Step 4

All the resizing and converting edits that you want will be in the third section. However, you will first have to choose the exact image format you want by either saving as TIFF, PSD or JPEG. The image quality will range from 0 to 12 although it is advisable that you set it to 8 or a higher figure. Select the resize to fit box and key in new dimensions for the Height and Width in pixels.


After setting up everything and making sure that you remove the check mark of Run Action in the fourth section, click the Run button on the right corner of the window.


Never waste your time doing the same thing over and over especially when editing batch images in Photoshop cc. The steps above will help you apply the same edits to several photos at a go in Photoshop especially when using your own Actions and Batch automation. You will also learn how you can come up with a basic Photoshop Action and be conversant on how to run it within the window of batch automation to ensure you can edit thousands of images quickly. It will help cut the time you spend editing your images in half.


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