How to batch resize images in Photoshop

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So it’s 2009, and we all have a digital camera with twenty million megapixels. That’s cool, but what’s less cool is that all these images take up half the space on your hard drive. Plus, next to a digital camera, we also have numerous accounts at social network sites, and, surprise surprise, they don’t accept images the size of a small skyscraper. Of course it’s possible to manually resize these images, but if you’re anything like me, you have better ways to spend your time. Luckily, Photoshop comes to the rescue.

Photoshop has a great feature that allows you to automatically resize your images. Actually, the feature allows you to do just about anything automatically, but for now, let’s focus on the resizing. First, make sure you have collected all the images you want to resize in one folder, keep it nice and tidy. In Photoshop, open one of those images. Now what we’re going to do is literally record the action that you want to perform. Click on Window, Actions in the top menu. Click on the Create new action button and name your new action Resize (if this size is for a specific cause, you can put the cause in the name). Now click on Record.

Ok, important note: from now on, Photoshop records everything you do. So don’t get distract, your e-mails can wait, so can the coffee maker. Click on Image and Image Size in the top menu. No specify the new width of the image and make sure there’s a dash with the option Scale Styles, otherwise your images will end up looking like Mickey Rourke. Click OK, and make sure the next thing you do is click the Stop playing/recording button. There it is, your own action.

Now we need to perform that action for all your images. Click File, Automate, Batch. Select your action in the dropdown menu next to Actions, and below that, pick a source folder (you know, where the stash is located). Leave the checkboxes alone (I know you’re tempted) and choose a destination folder (where you want your images to go). Click OK, and Thunderbirds are Go! NOW you can check your e-mails and make coffee. Have fun.

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