The first thing you need to understand is that the sizes you listed beside being diffent in size also have different aspect ratios, Changing an image to print a different size is easy if all the sizes have the same aspect ratio. When you also want to print a image with different aspect ratio you need to choose between cropping and distorting your image into the other aspect ratios. Distort the image using some method to distort your images into an aspect ratio like content aware resize. If you choose to do an automated crop you need to choose the area for the crop like the centers of the image. It is posible to do however you must first deside how you want to handle changing aspect ratios.
16x20 is a 4:5 portrait aspect ratio as is 8x10
4x6 is a 2:3 portrait aspect ratio the same aspect ratio many camera capture same as 6x9, 8x12 etc
13x19 is a 13:19 portrait aspect ratio.
Many image come from cameras in a landscape aspect ratio you can rotate portrat to landscape and handle all image as landacape or program the script to respect the images orintation and change the aspect ratio to match the images orintation.
Make your choices and program the process. Some Photoshop features can be very useful for process like this. Menu File>Automete>Batch or File>Automate>Image Processor Pro. Image Processor pro is a download from Russel Browns web site.
My crafting action package has two Plugin Scripts that can help you automate the center aspect ration crop and set tle print DPI sot the long side ptint the size you want.
Crafting Actions Package UPDATED Aug 14, 2012 Changed AspectRatioSelection Plug-in script added Path support.
- Action Actions Palette Tips.txt
- Action Creation Guidelines.txt
- Action Dealing with Image Size.txt
- Action Enhanced via Scripted Photoshop Functions.txt
- CraftedActions.atn Sample Action set includes an example Watermarking action
- Sample Actions.txt Photoshop CraftedActions set saved as a text file.
- 12 Scripts for actions
Thx for your help JJMack, im having a little trouble understanding what to do due to the fact that I'm very new to CS6.
I thought if I added some details you might be able to help me out a little bit better.
The pictures I have are large images that I got off of google, I am trying to resize these images so that they will fit into specific sizes for print. I want to have seperate folders of my images in sizes 4x6 , 5x7 , 8x10 , 8 1/2x11 , 13x19 , 16x20 , and 17x22.
How would I go about doing this on CS6? I'm looking for a simple step by step breakdown. Thanks
It sounds more like you new to Photoshop not just CS6 everyone is new to CS6. You need a good understanding of the basic before you can do what you want to do. Without it you will not be able to do what you want to do. Even if I give you the step bey step you will not understand. To show you I'll give you a quick step by step. You want 7 print image sizes. The easiest way I know to do this to create one action for each print size you want. My crafting action package has two plug in scripts that will do most of the work for you in the actions so download my package and copy my scripts into Photoshop's \presets\script\ folder. Also download the Image Processor Pro script from Russell Browns web site and install it. The Script will be used to batch all you action for all your images.
First step is to create the seven action all seven actions will have the same three steps only the setting will be different for each action.
The three Action steps
Step one menu File>Automate>Aspect Ratio Selection...
Step two menu Image>Crop
Step three menu File>Automate>Long Side Print Length...
When recording the first and last steps in the actions there will be a Dialog and the setting used will be recorded into the action step the dialog will not be displayed when the recorded is played.
Aspect Ratio Selection Dialog set the aspect ratios numbers like 4 6 order maks no difference
option center selection type rectangle replace any existing selection not path 0 feather
Long Side Print Length enter length like 6
create 7 actions for your seven sizes in a crop action set
Use menu File>Automate>Image Processor Pro
Choose input folder output folder create 7 jpeg tabs run one crop action per jpeg set file name sufix to the crop size like _4x6