Batch Process in Photoshop Batch Process in Photoshop 5

This exercise converts a number of "square pixel"
640:480 graphics into the oddball non-square
720:480 that video requires. It assumes you have a lot
of them in, say, animation form, so you won't be
doing them by hand.

I did this in Photoshop 5.00 on the PC.
I understand this works in
anything north of 4.0 but the tools names and
locations may be different.

The Mac names and icons may be slightly different.

This is just to give you the idea.
You will no doubt find shortcuts
as you get better at it.

=========Folder Preparation============

Start with Photoshop closed.

Create a folder called "batch" and a folder within it called "after."
Pull copies of your graphics into "batch."

===========Record a Batch Script===============

Open Photoshop.

Open the first graphic from "batch" and just let it sit there.

WINDOW, SHOW ACTIONS

---Action Panel Opens---

CREATE NEW SET [ICON], OK
CREATE NEW ACTION [ICON], RECORD
(The little red record icon is lit)

---Back in Photoshop now---

IMAGE, IMAGE SIZE, Width 720 pixels, Height 480 pixels,
(Do not constrain proportions) OK

---Action Panel---

STOP

=============Review the Work=============

In my case, I now have Set 3, Action 4 (write your numbers down)
and if you click on those little direction arrows
Photoshop likes, you will see text versions of all
the steps you took. If you mess up,
double click on the action and it will let you correct or
edit it.

---Back in Photoshop---

Close the Action Panel.
Close the graphic (don't save it).

==============Execute the Script================

FILE, AUTOMATE, BATCH
Select the set you just made.
Select the action you just made.

SOURCE, FOLDER, CHOOSE
This would be "batch"

DESTINATION, FOLDER, CHOOSE
This would be the "after" folder within "batch."

When you press the OK button, Photoshop should
blast through the graphics in "batch" one after the other and
dump the results into "batch\after."

Inspect the finished files in "after".

Koz


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