June 16, 2003 8:55 AM
Creating Actions In PhotoShop
can be made in Adobe Photoshop versions 4.0-7.0 Actions
allow you to perform a series of filters/adjustments/transformations
at the click of a button. If you do something over and over
like resizing photos or adding copyright information to photos,
then making an action for it will save you lots of time. I
will also show you how the batch processing works. Batch processing
allows you to run an action on a whole directory.
at any time your not sure what I'm talking about click on
the "Show Me" link to see a screen cap of what I
To find your actions palette go to Window on your toolbar
and go down to “Show Actions” click on that to open your actions
2. In the
action palette you’ll find some pre loaded Default actions.
At the bottom of the palette, you’ll see some buttons. From
left to right: stop playing/recording button, begin record,
play selection, create new set, create new action and delete.
a picture that you want to resize (file-open-select the directory
that has your photos, select 1 pic, click open). Please note
that while you are in record mode, it will record everything
you do in Photoshop, so make sure that all you have open is
the 1 photo that you want to resize, and nothing else.
Now at the bottom of the actions palette select the “Create
New Set” button, this will bring up a window for you to name
your new folder that you will put your new action in, you
can rename the it if you want or leave it as Set 1, I’m naming
mine “PhotoTools” Show
Next select the “create new action” button, this will bring
up a window for you to name your new action and give you a
choice of which folder you want to file it in your action
pallet, I named my action “Resize Horizontal” and right below
you’ll see “set” from that menu I choose the “Photo Tools”
folder I created so this new action will be inside that folder.
Now hit record, this will close the window and from this point
on it's recording your action.Show
Now go to the tool bar and select image, scroll down until
you see “Image Size” Show
Me click on that and a new window will open
Check to make sure that there is a check mark in the box next
to “constrain properties” Show
Me (Doing this will prevent your photo from becoming
distorted) next enter the new size of your photo the original
size of my photo was width 1024 x height 768, I want it to
be width 600 x height 450. I can add in the width I want and
because I have selected “constrain properties” the Height
will automatically show up, now if for some reason your photo
is an odd size (which can happen if you’ve bought content
from a provider that crops their pics) the height will automatically
adjust to perfectly maintain the ratio of the width.
Click “ok” and then go to your action palette and click
“Stop Playing/Recording” Show
Me and now your done.
to test your action open a new photo and go to the action
palette if the Photo Tools folder is closed click the arrow
next to it and then you’ll see your new action Resize Horizontal
highlight that action by clicking on it once and hit play
to see your work in motion. You can now do the same process
to create an action to resize your photos that are Vertical/Portrait
say you have a directory full of photos that need to be resized,
they are all horizontal and you want to resize all of them
instead of resizing them one at a time. You use this to run
the same action on a group of photos in the same directory. For starters create a new directory on your
hard drive name it “test” inside that folder copy some photos
you want to resize horizontally, make sure you still have
your originals in a different directory.
are the steps to do batch processing:
1. Group all the images that you want to resize
into the same folder.
- Go to File on the toolbar menu and go down to
automate then over to batch, Show
- A window will pop up Show
- Step 1. select the folder that contains your
action in this case it’s “photo tools”
- Step 2. Select the action “resize horizontal”
- Step 3. Choose folder from the source drop down
- Step 4. Choose your directory with the pics
- Step 5. Choose folder from the destination drop
- Step 6. Choose the directory with your pics again
so they will be saved in the “test” (later when you do this you can have the photos saved to any
directory you want)
- Step 7. Click “ok” and sit back and watch as
Photoshop opens each photo, resizes it, saves it, closes
it, and goes to the next until all the photos in that
folder have been resized.
- Now when the batch process is finished open the
photos in your test folder just to see the result.
Well Thats all for now, if you have any questions or had
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