5 Replies Latest reply: Apr 18, 2013 10:41 AM by JJMack RSS

    How to create an action to batch save multiple photos?

    dougdraws Community Member

      I have Photoshop CS6 and I'd like to know how to create an action to save multiple photos in a batch command. I've been searching the Web, but I haven't been able to locate anything useful on this (except one article for CS5). Seems a bit odd. Anyway, I already know how to create an action, but what I'm stuck on is having the action pause and open a dialogue box so I can do things like name a photo, choose the size I want in the Save for Web dialogue, etc.

       

      Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

        • 1. Re: How to create an action to batch save multiple photos?
          ja3754 Community Member

          Toggle dialogues by clicking in the second column of the Actions palette.

           

           

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          • 2. Re: How to create an action to batch save multiple photos?
            dougdraws Community Member

            So this causes a dialogue box to pop up. How would I get it to pop up so I could name the file? I didn't see that option in Save for Web.

            • 3. Re: How to create an action to batch save multiple photos?
              ja3754 Community Member

              After you click "Save" in the Save for Web dialogue box, a second dialogue box appears where you can name the file.

              • 4. Re: How to create an action to batch save multiple photos?
                dougdraws Community Member

                Ok, got it. Thanks. So I just toggle the dialogue on next to Export and then I can name each file before saving. A bit tedious, but it seems to be the only way to do this. Unless you guys know of a way to individually batch rename a bunch of files? I found a ton of tutorials on batch renaming files, but they were all about naming the files the same thing with just some different number or something. None of the tutorials addressed how to name each one individually.

                • 5. Re: How to create an action to batch save multiple photos?
                  JJMack MVP

                  dougdraws wrote:

                   

                  I have Photoshop CS6 and I'd like to know how to create an action to save multiple photos in a batch command. I've been searching the Web, but I haven't been able to locate anything useful on this (except one article for CS5). Seems a bit odd. Anyway, I already know how to create an action, but what I'm stuck on is having the action pause and open a dialogue box so I can do things like name a photo, choose the size I want in the Save for Web dialogue, etc.

                  That's an odd request.  Make Batch interactive not automatic. You should have no problem using batch to save multiple image for use. That is what batch is all about its function in life. When an action is created with batch in mind often the final step recorded is a "Save As".  When recording that step often what you will do is not change the current documents name. You just point to your desktop as the save location and use the Save As dialog file type pull down menu to select the type of image file you want saved.  Then when you batch this action you check the option to override actions save as step. Batch will over ride the actions save as steps desktop location. Over ride save as steps also has additional file naming options.

                   

                  I see you also want to be able to set the size you don't want a fixed size recorder into the action.  In that case you should should not be using Batch.  Photoshop ships with a script that is also a batch facility the has resizing options. You get to it from menu File>Scripts>Image Processor... this script is limited to a few file types and you can only save one version a of the file types per run.  There is a better image processor you can download from Russell Brown's web site. When you install it you can access it  using menu File>Automate>Image Processor Pro...