Batch or Image Process Multiple Images at Once in Photoshop
Let's now look at adding our watermark to a big bunch of images rather than just one at a time. So we're going to look at two features. One's called batch and one's called image processor. They're both great and bad. They both have their quirks. I'll show you both they pretty much do the same job but they've got a few extra settings that are worth both exploring. So we've created our action in the last video. If you haven't, we'll create an action in in a second. But let's say we have created it and let's go to file. And the one that I use the most is under scripts and it's called Image processor. Okay. And all we say is what images do you want to select? And in your 03 preferences there's a folder called batch examples. Let's just click open. So those are the images that kind of apply to. We're just doing it to four. But you could do you could do to hundreds, right? You can include all the sub folders within a folder. That's where the images I'm getting from. Where would I like them t...
o go? You could say them in the same folder, that's fine. Or you can say I would like to put them in a slick folder on my desktop And I'm going to call this one. Image processor. Great, click open. So that's where I want to get them from. This is where I want to put them to. And the cool thing about image processor over batch. Okay. We're gonna look at comparing the two and one of them is you don't actually have to apply in action. You can just say actually I don't want to run an action at all. I just, all I want you to do is save a Jpeg. That is a quality of five that has a width and height of this into that particular folder. So all you're using it for is basically re sizing and saving is a jpeg. Good for raw images. Okay. You might crank this up super high. You might not even worry about. The image size is just so you've got some pigs and bulk process them like this but that's not what I want to do. I want a jpeg but I also want to run that action and we're going to use the watermark text one that we made All right and kick back, relax and run it opens and flicks and flashes and on my desktop I should have image processor jpeg and they're my watermarked images. Let's go a little bit further and look at why we'd use batch over image processor. So the weird thing is that batch and image processing, we're kind of developed by different people at different times and then just kind of hung around both in Photoshop because they both kind of have little quirks that support each other. So the nice thing about image processor is it does it just kind of like you can just save as a jpeg. You don't have to run an action that is different. It's all about running actions, I like image processor because it's really simple batch though, has a bunch more details which can freak you out and you're like ah it's not that much but let's run through it. So the same thing in my default actions is the watermark one I've made. Where's the source coming from? I'm going to choose that same sources before. So it's an 03 preferences and workflows and it's called bash examples. Sometimes you run into images that say that they open up and they might have things like color profile warnings and that might be causing the image processor, which we did before to go bad. So you can click on this and say actually if it does have that, hey, you have used the wrong color space. Just say suppress that for me. The other nice thing this has is in here, you can say actually at the moment it's just going to save them just like it did for image processing. But what I can say is actually, I would like it to give it a name. So I'm gonna call these ones like Daniel's dan's wedding Okay, fib 2000 and 19. Okay, so you could add these aren't wedding photographs but you get what I mean, I can kind of add, you know, they might be called I M G 77421. Okay. And you just give them an actual name and then here instead of an extension which is like dot jpeg. I'm going to say I'd like to give it a serial number actually just give it a serial letter. So it's going to have a B C D. And then I'm going to put in the extension which is Jpeg and you can kind of see a building up here dan's wedding february, which is his first lot. Then I'm going to add a serial letter at the end and a B C D. Actually you might have 100. So you might go for a two digit number at the end there oh one. And actually what I'll do is up here, I'll put in a little hyphen afterwards so that it looks nicer. It's not actually going out as a gift as well. It's just going to use is just an example that they put in there. So it's got some extra pieces but it's going to run to our little problem let's click Oh, destination. Where is going to go? I'm going to put it on my desktop. This one is going to be called batch. The batch is cool. It has extra features but there's a few little extra things you need to do if you want to use these extra features. Let's click OK. It's going to roll through and it's going to say, hey I'm not a JpeG because I've got more than one layer, it says I need to be a PSD So I'm going to click save. Okay, save. Okay, I could go now and pick Jpeg and click save. Okay, so it's kind of, it's faster than doing it yourself, but still you're like, oh man, what happened? This was meant to be super fast and okay, so I'm going to show you how to get around that so it works okay. The only problem is it freaked out because image processor has the ability to force it to be a jpeg just says you be a Jpeg. Whereas this says I'll save it as whatever it needs to be and in this case it needs to be a PSD. Unless you say B J peg, you're still with me, batch has extra features, but this quick to get around this, I'm going to delete these, I'll show you get around it. So I'm going to open up any image because all I really want to do is open up my watermark, go in here and I need to add a last little kind of thing. So I'm gonna hit play, it's going to run through and edit watermark. I'm going to go down here, I'm going to hit record and I need to go to this fly out menu here on the layers panel and just say flatten flatten image. So now it doesn't want to be a PSD had stopped, I'm going to go file revert, close this down, I didn't want to mess with that back to the same thing but because I've adjusted my action we have to add that little extra in there. Hopefully now I can go to automate, I can go to batch all the same things should work and click OK And now it fixed. Susan does them. Let's have a little look. So there we go. Okay. A few little extra features but we had to do a little extra step there. I want to get even nerdier. Is that okay if you've already just said image processing is fine. Let's go on. You're allowed to move on but if you want you're gonna hang around you might not. What am I going to show you? Is the image resizing. So the problem with using the image processing image sizing is that you need to specify the size which sucks. What I want to say is I want to say 500 pixels but not the height. I just want to say I want you to be the biggest size is pixels because it's going on to our website and you know I'm a wedding photographer, I've shot loads of images. I want them to be of a nominal size otherwise they're just gonna be too big to upload. But because we've got portrait and landscape. I don't want them to be all 500 pixels wide. I want the longest edge to be 500 pixels wide. So let's get nerdy. So I'm gonna open up my image again and this watermark text here before I do flatten image. What I'd like to do actually can do it afterwards. I totally can. I'm gonna have record and what we're gonna do is instead of going to say something like image size and changing that. The problem with it is that yeah, we've got landscape and portrait. So we're going to use this special little feature and here is called Automate fit image. Let's say we want 800 pixels. Okay, so I wanted to constraint inside of these two. It's not going to force it. It's just these are the biggest dimensions. That's going to do what we want. Let's click. Ok, let's let's stop. Let's close this down and not save it. Let's try another go. Let's go file let's go to automate let's go to badge. So I have to add a watermark text. I might have renamed that one to say resize as well. Might end up having two of them. One that just does the text. Someone that does the resize as well. Keep all of this stuff and I think that's it. Okay kick back, relax. I hope. Alright let's go. I think it is re saved over the top of the ones that I made. So batch there they are. Let's check the sizes. Get info, you can see here. The it's 800 pixels high. This one here is 800 pixels wide. I hope you followed me there. I think he even got myself lost a little bit basically. Image processor is quick and easy if you need any more details like renaming as you go through. K batch is awesome. And that last little thing where we added the automate was called fit image. That will work for both batch and image processor. Doesn't matter. The big difference is one more time to hopefully sink it in for myself. Maybe is that you've got these options? Okay to say maybe there's some problems when they're opening and it's causing issues in the image processor version. You can say actually just suppress these things. We can also add the naming here. But both of them don't do a good job of re sizing. So we just did that within the action itself using that fit image. I think I've convinced myself now. Yeah, hopefully you understand to let's move on to the next video before my head explodes