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By Jim Heid | Thursday, August 01, 2013

Batch Processing with Photoshop’s Image Processor: The Practicing Photographer

There’s a lot of drudgery in digital imaging. Sure, shooting is fun and so is editing and enhancing photos in programs like Lightroom, Aperture, and Photoshop. But then the time comes when you need to send a batch of photos to someone who needs them at a specific size and quality setting. Suddenly, you’re looking at reopening, resizing, and exporting dozens or even hundreds of images.

Doing all that on an image-by-image basis is only slightly less tedious than swinging a pick-axe at a rock pile.

It turns out that computers are pretty good at performing repetitive tasks, and that’s the subject of the latest installment of The Practicing Photographer. This week, Ben Long crawls into one of Photoshop’s nooks and crannies to explore its Image Processor feature.

Photoshop's Image Processor

With Image Processor, you can use Photoshop to resize and save a collection of photos in various formats—all while you do something else. Along the way, you can have Photoshop add copyright information to the photos, include a specific color profile, and even run a Photoshop action to process each photo as you go with specific corrections and edits.

Image Processor isn’t the most glamorous Photoshop feature. But when a photography project puts you face to face with a rock pile, it’s exactly the pick-axe you want in your hand. So follow Ben’s advice: watch this week’s installment, and then spend a few minutes experimenting with Image Processor. To see Image Processor in action elsewhere, watch Chapter 6 of Photoshop CC Essential Training.

Learn more: • The Practicing Photographerseries at lynda.com • Ben Long’s courses at lynda.com • All Photography courses at lynda.com

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