When you’re working on a website, or any other project which might require thumbnail sized versions of your full-sized images, then let Photoshop take care of the tedious task of resizing and reformatting that folder full of photos.
The first step in simplifying this task is to create a Photoshop action which will automate the process. If you’re unfamiliar with creating actions, then refer to an earlier tutorial where I explain just how easy creating a Photoshop action really is.
Once your action has been created, you could open all of your full sized images and run that action individually on each one. While this method would work effectively, there is a much simpler way to create the same result without the repetitiveness of running the action over and over again – run a batch command.
Here’s how to do it:
First, start by making sure that all of the photos you want to create thumbnails of are located in the same folder on your computer.
Next, under the File menu go to Automate and then to Batch. This will cause the Batch dialog box to appear on your screen.
With the Batch dialog box visible, select the name of the action you want to run from the Action pull-down menu. Next, in the source drop down, select folder and then choose the folder that contains the images you want to run the action on.
Below the Source drop-down selection you will find Destination. This is where you will choose a destination folder for your thumbnails to be saved. By default, the destination option is set to none. Leaving this setting will place your new images in the same folder with the old ones. It’s usually a good idea to create a new folder to hold the images you are running the batch process on, so be sure to change this option to Folder and then select Choose to select the new folder you want to save your images in.
There are additional options located in the Batch dialog box which will allow you to override specific options which might be included in your action or even allow you to alter the name of the file. Feel free to explore these options to find settings which meet your specific needs.
Once you’re satisfied with the settings you have chosen, select OK from the top right corner of the Batch dialog box. Once you have clicked OK, Photoshop will automatically take over and run the specified action on every file in the folder you have chosen and save the results in the new folder you have created.
It’s simple. It’s painless. And it’s so easy you’ll want to make thumbnail images of every image in your library!