I recently wrote an article on how to batch resize images in Adobe Photoshop CS4. If you have been reading any of my recent articles on the site you will know by know that I had a laptop hard drive crash and I lost some settings. One of the settings was the Photoshop Action I had created to batch resize images. Anyhow while configuring the Action I decided to play around more with Photoshop to see if there was another way to resize images and sure enough I found a better way if you don’t mind saving the images as JPEG’s instead of GIF’s.

The first article is located here and described how to create a Photoshop CS4 Action that will resize images to 640 pixels wide or high and then save the images as GIF’s in a specified directory. Well there is another Photoshop item called the Image Processor that makes resizing images even easier. The only thing it won’t do by default (technically you could create a Action to do so at the end of the image processing) is save the images as GIF’s. Follow the steps below to batch resize a set of images with a specified height and width.

  1. Open Adobe Photoshop CS4:First launch the Photoshop application.
  2. Image Processor: Now launch the image processor by clicking on File, selecting Scripts from the drop down, and then clicking on Image Processor which is shown in the below image.

    Adobe Photoshop CS4: Image Processor

  3. Configure Settings:Now configure the settings for the Image Processor. The settings you will need to configure include the folder with the images you want to resize, the destination folder for the images, the format of the images (jpg, psd, or tiff), and the size constraints of the image.
  4. Run Image Processor: Now click the Run button to start the Image Processor. Once complete the images will be located in the destination folder you chose in step three.
  5. Verify Images: Now go to the destination folder and verify that the images are as expected.

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17 Responses to “Improved Method to Batch Resize Images in Adobe Photoshop CS4”
  1. Laura says:

    Thanks for knowing the software! Easiest and quickest method without using plug-ins.

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Laura,

    Thanks for the compliment and for taking the time to leave feedback. Photoshop is an awesome application.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  2. pissed off employee says:

    What you fail to mention is that this creates files that can be 10 times bigger than when you do this manually. Having to create over 300 images for the web every week and saving them for the web, it’ s quite criminal that photoshop STILL can’ t do this properly while an open source program like the gimp has this functionality working PROPERLY with gimp-batch-plugin.

    In photoshop CS4, instead of a few minutes setting up the batch, I have to go through at least 4 different steps PER IMAGE!!! to get a decent filesize/quality ratio.

    In the Gimp this would NOT be a problem… not at all… Photoshop fails miserably with this broken functionality.

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    alex Reply:

    Hello pissed off employee,

    I didn’t really fail to mention anything. This article was about a specific subject. You can also use Photoshop to auto batch and resize images at the same time using the record feature which would make your job easier. I agree Gimp is a better tool but for people that prefer to use Photoshop this method works. I would recommend using Gimp since it saves you so much time any way.

    Thanks.
    alex

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    Expert User Reply:

    Just another person who does not understand photoshop, I use this programs all day every day and its the simple way to go that is if you know how to use the program. What you explain using several steps per image is beyond the scope of my way of doing things, I use one step and process thousands of images, or if they from different customers and settings then 1 step per photo at most which is not really a batch process, I would suggest don’t use photoshop unless you want to be serious about workflow and production.

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Expert User,

    Thanks for taking the time to leave feedback regarding the original posters message.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  3. Ashlee says:

    Hello,

    What about when you have vertical and horizontal images that need to bee 1200×800?

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Ashlee,

    The recorder will record any actions you take so record yourself manually modifying one of the images just like explained in the article above. Your images may get distorted though if they are not the proper size before trying to resize them to a new specific size so it will depend on the original size of the image on how exactly you would want to resize manually.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  4. michael o'connor says:

    I am using an Imac with a WD external hard drive. When I apply the image processing steps I get an error message–can not open files because I do not have access rights to these folders………….it was working but no longer. I hooked up a new hard drive and it worked ok. How do I fix the original WD hard drive to have access rights for image processing?

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    alex Reply:

    Hello michael o’connor,

    It sounds like the permissions were changed on the old folders somehow. I am not sure how to do this via the GUI on a mac since I don’t have one in front of me however you can do it via a terminal window. Simply open a terminal window and change into the proper directory and then you can use chmod and chown to set the ownership and permissions of the files properly. If you use a -R switch on either command it will do it recursively for all folders/files underneath of the one you issue the command on.

    Hope that helps.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  5. Miguel says:

    Hi Alex! Thank you so much for putting this up. You just saved me a good amount of time resizing a lot of pics.
    Good karma for you!

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Miguel,

    No problem at all! Thanks for taking the time to post a comment with your feedback. I will take all the good karma I can get!

    Thanks.
    alex

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  6. Ken says:

    I love the batch resize feature. However I would like to change the resolution from 72 to 100. I tried setting the first picture to Resolution 100 and checking the “Open first image to apply settings” but it did not work. Any suggestion?

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Ken,

    You might try using this article to also change the resolution. Simply record that action as well.

    Hope that helps.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  7. Steve O says:

    Thanks for posting this! Just saved me many, many hours of tedious work ;)

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Steve O,

    No problem. Glad we were able to save you some time with the resizing images with Photoshop tip. Thanks for taking the time to leave feedback.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  8. esol esek says:

    adobe should be driven out of business. THey have no interest in making a valuable and useful piece of software after god knows how many version changes and chances. THey suck so totally. I cant wait for the day their competition destroys them.

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