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Exploring batch processing

From: Photoshop CS6 for Web Design

Video: Exploring batch processing

Another great way to automate your workflow inside of Photoshop is to utilize something called batch processing. In this movie I'm going to be exploring the Batch Processing command, but I first want you to load up an action that I've provided for you inside of your chapter 11 exercise files folder. Let's bring up the Actions panel first by going to Window and selecting Actions. And inside of the Actions panel, I want to go up to the panel menu in the top-right corner and choose Load Actions. And then inside of your chapter 11 exercise files folder should be a Resizing.atn file.

Exploring batch processing

Another great way to automate your workflow inside of Photoshop is to utilize something called batch processing. In this movie I'm going to be exploring the Batch Processing command, but I first want you to load up an action that I've provided for you inside of your chapter 11 exercise files folder. Let's bring up the Actions panel first by going to Window and selecting Actions. And inside of the Actions panel, I want to go up to the panel menu in the top-right corner and choose Load Actions. And then inside of your chapter 11 exercise files folder should be a Resizing.atn file.

Hit Open. Once that's open, you should see the Resizing action set, and inside there should be a Resize 400pixels Wide action. I can now collapse the Actions panel and I'm ready to go into my Batch Processing command. Let me explain exactly what batch processing means. Basically, you are wanting to change a group of images in some way. In this case I want to run an action on them and then have them save out to a different folder, and that's exactly what I can do inside of the Batch Processing command without actually having to open up each individual image and do all this myself. So I'm going to go up to File, choose Automate, and select Batch.

Inside of the Batch command, I want to make sure that I'm set to the Resizing set. My Action is Resize 400pixels Wide. I'm going to choose a folder for my Source, and I'll select to the Batch folder inside, and I'll hit Choose. For my Destination, I want to send my images to a folder. I'll choose the folder here and I'll select the resized folder, which is inside of that Batch folder. Then I get to change my file name. In this case, I'm going to change it to robot, I'll set it to a two-digit serial number, and then I'll add the extension.

So as you can here, I've got robot01, 02, 03, et cetera, and then the extension. It says .GIF right here, but that's okay. You don't have to worry about that. It's not actually going to save it as GIF; that's just for demonstration purposes. And so now I'll also select Windows and UNIX compatibility, just for safety's sake. And now I'm going to hit OK. Once I hit OK, it goes through. It runs that action--you saw how quick it--was on each one of those photos. And if I go and open those by going to File > Open, now in the Resized folder, I have robot01, 02 and 03. And if I select those and open them, they all open. And if I go to Image > Image size, they are 400 pixels wide each. Image > Image Size, 400 pixels and 400 pixels.

So it would actually open those files for me, converted them to 400 pixels wide, and then saved them back out in a separate folder with a different file name, all in one single action. Pretty neat! So the next time you have to perform an action or resize or anything on multiple images at a time, whether it'd be 3 or 300, try using the Batch Processing command and see how much time it truly saves you.

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Photoshop CS6 for Web Design

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  1. 1m 9s
    1. Welcome
      48s
    2. Using the exercise files
      21s
  2. 25m 50s
    1. Designing for screens
      1m 8s
    2. Decoding screen size and resolution
      3m 9s
    3. Exploring the PSD-to-HTML workflow
      2m 25s
    4. Setting up Photoshop for web work
      5m 29s
    5. Creating a new document for web
      2m 36s
    6. Creating a new document for mobile
      4m 24s
    7. Setting up a responsive web layout
      3m 31s
    8. Creating email newsletter documents
      3m 8s
  3. 20m 39s
    1. Adjusting color settings
      4m 13s
    2. Understanding web color
      4m 0s
    3. Creating a color palette
      4m 56s
    4. Creating custom swatches
      3m 34s
    5. Applying color to shapes and graphics
      3m 56s
  4. 20m 36s
    1. Exploring the Layers panel
      4m 9s
    2. Renaming and grouping layers
      7m 19s
    3. Searching and filtering layers
      3m 11s
    4. Using layer comps effectively
      3m 4s
    5. Using automatic layer selection
      2m 53s
  5. 29m 2s
    1. Using vector shapes vs. pixel shapes
      3m 31s
    2. Creating vector shapes
      5m 2s
    3. Working with fills and strokes
      4m 36s
    4. Working with Smart Objects
      7m 47s
    5. Importing images
      3m 57s
    6. Cropping and resizing images
      4m 9s
  6. 28m 48s
    1. Planning your project
      3m 13s
    2. Using guides and rulers
      6m 40s
    3. Using a grid system
      8m 28s
    4. Developing a layout with shape layers
      4m 4s
    5. Making pixel-perfect adjustments
      6m 23s
  7. 23m 19s
    1. Using point text vs. paragraph text
      2m 10s
    2. Using text as text vs. using text as an image
      2m 47s
    3. Understanding web-safe fonts
      2m 41s
    4. Inserting placeholder text
      4m 2s
    5. Creating and using character styles
      2m 37s
    6. Creating and using paragraph styles
      6m 11s
    7. Creating editable 3D text
      2m 51s
  8. 26m 54s
    1. Understanding layer styles
      7m 0s
    2. Creating and using drop shadows
      3m 23s
    3. Creating better bevels
      6m 9s
    4. Simulating metallic textures
      5m 8s
    5. Saving and applying layer styles
      2m 48s
    6. Turning layer styles into independent layers
      2m 26s
  9. 50m 23s
    1. Starting with a wireframe
      54s
    2. Organizing page structure
      2m 29s
    3. Adding master elements
      5m 37s
    4. Creating navigation
      4m 36s
    5. Working with photographs
      4m 0s
    6. Working with text
      8m 31s
    7. Creating media placeholders
      7m 22s
    8. Creating buttons
      7m 15s
    9. Creating form fields
      7m 54s
    10. Simulating pages with layer comps
      1m 45s
  10. 33m 38s
    1. Understanding slicing
      2m 4s
    2. Slicing up a mockup
      4m 15s
    3. Understanding web file formats
      4m 3s
    4. Exploring the Save for Web dialog
      5m 3s
    5. Optimizing photographs
      4m 17s
    6. Optimizing transparent graphics
      4m 56s
    7. Saving Retina display graphics
      5m 34s
    8. Using the Image Generator (NEW)
      3m 26s
  11. 10m 40s
    1. Understanding image sprites
      1m 25s
    2. Creating a sprite grid
      2m 54s
    3. Assembling a sprite
      4m 51s
    4. Optimizing sprites for the web
      1m 30s
  12. 18m 6s
    1. Creating a basic action
      5m 28s
    2. Exploring batch processing
      2m 55s
    3. Creating droplets
      3m 20s
    4. Using the Fit Image command
      4m 5s
    5. Using the Image Processor
      2m 18s
  13. 6m 56s
    1. Integrating PSD files with Dreamweaver
      3m 22s
    2. Integrating PSD files with Fireworks
      1m 59s
    3. Integrating PSD files with Muse
      1m 35s
  14. 50s
    1. Goodbye
      50s

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