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Earlier in this chapter, I showed you how to change the size and/or the resolution of a photo in order to share it in print, or online. There may be times when you need to change the size and/or the resolution of more than one photo at a time. I'd like a show you a way to save time when you're doing that by using a special command in the Expert edit workspace in Elements Editor. Here in that workspace, I'll go to the File menu, and I'll come down to the Process Multiple Files command. That opens the large Process Multiple Files dialog box.
Here, I can not only resize images, and change the resolution, but I could also change the file name of multiple images, the file type of multiple images; I could even apply auto corrections to multiple images at once, and as I'll show you in the next movie, I can apply a watermark or a caption to multiple images at once. So, let's say that what I'm trying to do is resize a number of photos that I've put into one folder, so that I have them all the proper size to upload to a particular photo sharing site.
I'll start here in the Source field by identifying the source of those photos. Because I put all the photos into one folder, from this first field, I'll choose Folder, and then I'll click the Browse button to the right of the Source field, and I'll browse directly to that folder, and select it, and click OK, and that enters a path to that folder full of photos here in the Source field. If there were subfolders inside that folder, I would check Include All Subfolders too. Now I have to set a Destination for the finished, or processed files. I could check Same as Source, and that would put the processed files in the same folder as my original files, but I'm going to set a different destination, so I'll click the Browse button to the right of the Destination field, I'm going to browse to my Desktop, I'll click Make a New Folder, and I'll make a new folder for the finished files, which I'll call processed, and I'll click OK.
In the next section, I could rename the files. I'm not going to bother with that right now, but I am going to come down here to the Image Size section. I'll check Resize Images, and that makes all these other settings available. If I were preparing files for print, then I would change the unit of measurement next to the Width and Height fields to inches, and I would go to the Resolution field, and choose the appropriate resolution for inkjet printing, which, as I explained earlier, is somewhere around 300 pixels per inch.
But because I'm preparing these files for online upload, I really don't care what's here in the Resolution field, and I want the width and height to be measured in pixels, so I'll change those fields back to pixels. I'll make sure Constrain Proportions remains checked, and I know that the width of these files can be no more than 300 pixels, so I'll type 300 into the Width field. I don't have to bother typing anything into the Height field, because I do have Constrain Proportions checked. At the same time that I change the size of all of the images in this folder, I can also set their file type, and in the case of JPEGs, the JPEG compression quality. So, I'll check Convert Files to, and from this menu, I'm going to choose the quality of JPEGs that I want. Because I'm uploading to a Web site online, I know that the files have to be JPEGs, but I don't wanted them to be very large, so I'm going to go down to a Medium Quality.
The higher the JPEG compression quality, the larger the file size will be, but also the better the files will look. Now, I don't like to apply auto corrections to multiple files at once. I'd rather control that process myself beforehand in the Editor, so I'll leave these fields unchecked. But one thing I do like to do to all the photos before I upload them is usually to sharpen them, so I will check this Sharpen box here. As I said, in the next movie, I'll show you how to use this Watermark feature to add a copyright to all of the files you're processing at once, but I'm going to leave that blank for now, and I'll just come down and click OK to start processing these files with these settings.
I can see Elements quickly processing all of the files in the source folder, and when it's done, I'll go up to my Desktop to see the results. Here on my Desktop, I can see that processed folder that I created. I'll open it and here I have a copy of each of the five files. If I select one of these files, you can see down here at the bottom of the Explorer window the new dimensions of this file: 300 pixels wide, and this particular file was set to 225 pixels tall, because I constrained the proportions.
And the same is true of all these files; none of them is more than 300 pixels in width. So, I've managed resize them all at once, saving myself a lot of time as I process these files for sharing.
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