How to Batch Process Photos with the Image Processor

When working in time-lapse or panoramic photography, chances are that you have a lot of photos to deal with. Maybe its a bunch of Raw files that you want to develop to the same settings, or high resolution images that you want to down sample. The great news is that Photoshop includes a useful script to get more done in less time.

The Image Processor differs from the Batch command in that you don’t have to first create an action. The Image Processor script can be more flexible than the Batch command. The Image Processor can be used for any of the following tasks:

• To convert a set of files to JPEG, PSD, or TIFF format. You can also convert files simultaneously to all three formats.

• To process a set of Camera Raw files using the same Camera Raw options.

• To resize images to fit within a specified pixel dimension.

• To embed a color profile into images or convert files to sRGB and save them as JPEG images for the Web.

• To include copyright metadata within the processed images.

The Image Processor works with PSD, TIFF, JPEG, or Camera Raw files.

  1. Choose > File > Scripts > Image Processor.
  2. Choose the images you want to process. You can use open images or navigate to a folder to choose images..
  3. Select a location in which to save the processed files. You should make and then choose a Exports folder on your drive.
  4. Select the file types and options you want to convert to:
    • Save as JPEG. Sets the JPEG quality between 0 and 12. You can also resize the image and convert it to the sRGB color profile.
    • Save as PSD. Sets the PSD options. You can also resize the image and select Maximize Compatibility.
    • Save as TIFF. Saves images in TIFF format with LZW compression. You can also resize the image.
  1. You can also choose to resize an image to a specific pixel dimension. Set the dimensions in width and height.  The image will be fit within. Don’t worry the image won’t distort, it just won’t exceed either dimension specified.
  2. If you want to reuse your settings, just  click Save to save the current settings in the Image Processor dialog box. These settings can be reloaded for a later job if needed.
  3. You can choose other processing options as well:
    • Run Action. If an action is loaded into Photoshop, you can run it on the image during the process.
    • Copyright Info. This includes any text you enter in the IPTC copyright metadata for the file. Text overwrites the copyright metadata in the original file.
    • Include ICC Profile. This embeds the color profile with the saved files.
  1. Click Run. Photoshop processes the images to the specified folder.

Apply One Setting to All

If you need to process a group of Camera Raw files taken under the same lighting conditions, you can open and adjust only the first image to your satisfaction. In the Image Processor dialog box be sure to select the Open first image to apply settings check box. You can then reuse the same settings for the other images.

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About Richard Harrington

Richard Harrington is the founder of RHED Pixel, a visual communications company based in Washington, D.C. He is the Publisher of Photofocus as well as an author on Lynda.com. Rich has authored several books including From Still to Motion, Understanding Photoshop, Professional Web Video, and Creating DSLR Video.

Posted on July 6, 2011, in Panoramic, Time-lapse, Tutorial and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Perfect, I was only yesterday looking at how Image Processor could/if batch process RAW files! Regards Sarah