Thursday, March 20, 2008

More Photoshop Automation: Batch Actions

Okay, so you learned last time how to automate repetitive tasks with Photoshop Actions. Now take it one step further. Batch actions let you set an action operation for entire groups of files at once, including files that are already open in Photoshop, or even files inside a directory you specify.

This article from Wicketbang should give you all you need to know.

Do note though that when you try this out you should do it on some backup files first; batch processing can happen very quickly and you may not be able to stop it if you notice a problem. I've had many trial and error moments making sure settings in the action are right and that I've specified the correct files to batch process. But in the end, if you're working with a LOT of files, the time spent tweaking is nothing compared to the time saved.

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