The Adobe suite offers Photoshop and Fireworks for batch processing photographs. To Batch Process is just changing multiple photographs all in one sweep. You may want to quickly re-size photographs to be easily put on the web, or just doing a quick crop so that all your photographs have the same proportions. Chances are that the action you want to apply to a batch of photos will determine which program you’ll be using.
Batch Processing in Fireworks
Fireworks is a great choice for simple changes such as changing the format (.jpg or.gif), scaling, finding and replacing text (great for removing spaces) or renaming all the files using a rule like mynewgalleryXXXX.jpg
Other actions you can do in Fireworks are:
- Rotate the image
- Set Alternate Text for web use
- Convert Photo to Grayscale
- Convert Photo to Sepia Tone
Batch Processing in Photoshop
To run batches in Photoshop you go to File > Automate> Batch…. The great thing about running batches in PhotoShop is that you can create “actions” which are recordings of different actions or adjustments you make to a photograph. You can then use the batch tool to perform the actions on unlimited photographs! In the video tutorial below we’ll batch process some photographs to add a logo. You can save hours of time by running this simple process rather than adding your watermark to each individual photograph! Photoshop also has many other preset actions that you can apply to your photographs and there are many other actions available on the web!
You can also use bridge to select photographs and then batch process them in either Photoshop or Fireworks. The photo to your left shows how to find these processes. It’s convenient if you like to use bridge to view your files.