Using the Image Processor in Photoshop

Using the Image Processor in Photoshop

If you haven’t noticed I take a ton of photos. Mostly nature but occasionally I take photos at events and family stuff (birthdays, grill outs, etc). In light of the numerous photos I take I end up having to process these photos. For instance:

Let me also make mention of my slow upload speed. I rent a room out on an acreage. The internet here is 2.5 mbps down and 480 kbps up. If you don’t know what that means it means that it is really slow! Well not incredibly. When I lived at my parents they had a 1.5 mbps down… That was brutal. It should be worth mentioning that they decided to upgrade to 7 mbps after I left home… Anyways it can be quite tiresome to upload a bunch of 5 Megabyte photos. Especially if someone is watching Netflix or just surfing the internet.

Out of spite (view references below) I choose to compress my images v.s resizing it. I like having full image right there that way I don’t have to find the real image. It is also worth mentioning that photos on my photography website are already scaled down because I am using a gallery plugin with it linking over to my Flickr (uncompressed). Since it is smaller due to compression I don’t have to worry as much about load times.

Another thing to mention is that Google will hinder your search ranking if your photos aren’t properly compressed.

How To Use the Image Processor in Photoshop

  1. Open up Photoshop.
  2. Go to File-> Scripts-> Image Processor.
  3. Select a Folder
  4. Select an Output
  5. Set Your File Type. This is also where you can set your quality (compression). 10 is the highest, 0 is the lowest.
  6. Click Run

As soon as you click run the images will start processing and saving into the output folder you designated. Depending on how many photos you have and their sizes this part can take a bit.

Quality: This is the same if you do File-> Save As and you save as a JPEG. The lower the quality the lower the file size. I personally shoot for 500kb-700kb. Less is better but if you are at a higher resolution (larger physical size) you can only do so much. My justification is that most people have a moderate internet speed and can view these files without a problem.

Resize to Fit: If you do choose to resize your photos to a different size than I encourage you to use this function as it makes it much easier.

Save As: You can also bulk save as PSD, TIFF and of course JPEG.

Other Features: If you own a copyright license than you can import it here and it will be tagged in the photos metadata.

 

References:

Resizing v.s Compression

Speed Test

 

I hope this helps in your future endeavors. This is a feature that I will be using quite frequently as I continue to take photos.

-Cody

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