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12/05/2010 06:45:59 PM · #1
I recently went to Mac from Windows....PS v12

I can't seem to figure out how to batch "change size" of photos in a folder.

I go to FILE -- AUTOMATE -- BATCH.... but then...

it gives me choices to work with....DEFAULT ACTIONS but it won't let me "make" my own which I could do in windows.

Can you guide me? I struck out on Google.
12/05/2010 06:59:35 PM · #2
Im no expert but I would do it with an "Action"

I dont have your version of Photoshop so I cant talk you through it but...

Open all your photos into Photoshop and in the Actions thingy (its probably showing as History by default - change to the Action Tab) on the side of the screen, create a new action (icon at the bottom of the Tab) and choose record, do the change you want to one photo, then click the stop icon (at the bottom of the Action Tab). This will create a new Action at the bottom of the list.

Now just select each photo and press play on the Actions Tab (with your new action selected) and save.

Probably not the techni-est way to do it, but it gets the job done.
12/05/2010 07:27:33 PM · #3
AFAIK, you have to create the actions first in the Action Window. Once the Action is created, THEN you can go to the File->Automate Batch menu to run the action.
12/05/2010 07:40:46 PM · #4
Your right! Thats gold! Thanks for that, that helps me save some time :)

Need to build the saving process into the action as well to get the process smooth BTW.

You learn something new every day :)
12/05/2010 07:58:14 PM · #5
Originally posted by kenskid:

I recently went to Mac from Windows....PS v12

I can't seem to figure out how to batch "change size" of photos in a folder.

I go to FILE -- AUTOMATE -- BATCH.... but then...

it gives me choices to work with....DEFAULT ACTIONS but it won't let me "make" my own which I could do in windows.

Can you guide me? I struck out on Google.

If all you want to do is resize and save under a new name consider using IrfanView instead of Photoshop -- it has an intuitive Batch-processing function to perform tasks like this, and is fast and doesn't use up a lot of memory (and is free).
12/05/2010 08:00:41 PM · #6
I'm losing my mind....it is exactly like it is in Windows.....thanks for refreshing my memory!

Originally posted by jeger:

AFAIK, you have to create the actions first in the Action Window. Once the Action is created, THEN you can go to the File->Automate Batch menu to run the action.
12/09/2010 04:51:49 PM · #7
Im not sure if this is the right forum to post this in, but i just wanted to know everyones opinion of which is best for photographers Photoshop C5, Photoshop lightroom, Photoshop Elements, or Photoshop Aperture?
12/09/2010 05:02:32 PM · #8
There is no Photoshop Aperture. You must mean Apple's software. It and Lightroom are photo cataloguing software that do some processing. I use Lightroom, and have heard that it's more advanced than Aperture, but that its cataloguing system isn't as efficient.

Depending on how much processing you do, Lightroom and Aperture can work in tandem with Photoshop CS5 or Elements. They are obviously better at image manipulation and some processing. Your choice between Elements and CS5 depends on your budget and your need for pro-level software. Elements is "Photoshop Light".
12/09/2010 05:28:22 PM · #9
Does CS5 and Element have features that photographers need but are not in Aperture and Lightroom? Which is easier for beginners Lightroom or Aperture?
12/09/2010 05:58:58 PM · #10
May I ask a followup Batch and CS4 question?
I ran my hard drive to empty while importing images (or possibly opening them in photoshop)
Once I deleted stuff and did my processing, I get an error now when I try to run a photoshop batch - "could not complete the batch command because the disk is not available"
I've changed scratch disks in the config, told it to use a new external hard drive but it refuses to perform a batch for me now.
Any help is extremely appreciated! Mac OSX 10.6.4
12/09/2010 06:02:11 PM · #11
Originally posted by Aleema:

Does CS5 and Element have features that photographers need but are not in Aperture and Lightroom? Which is easier for beginners Lightroom or Aperture?


Aperture only works on Macs. The learning curve on both is about equal.

While Lightroom and Aperture have a lot of editing features, particularly for RAW images, they really don't take the place of a full blown image editing program like Photoshop. Most people use Lightroom/Aperture in tandem with Photoshop. Lightroom/Aperture is mainly for image organization and archiving, workflow, and RAW processing. Photoshop (or Elements) is for image editing.

If you are new to image editing, I would start with Elements. If you find you get to a point where you need more advanced editing capabilities, you can upgrade to Photoshop. There is a huge price difference. Elements is $99 or less. Photoshop CS5 can run over $500.00

Since you do have a Mac, the iLife package comes with iPhoto. Again, you can start with iPhoto. If it doesn't do enough for you, move to Aperture.

Message edited by author 2010-12-09 18:03:17.
12/09/2010 06:10:12 PM · #12
File > Script > Image Processor
12/09/2010 10:57:33 PM · #13
Originally posted by Dr.Confuser:

File > Script > Image Processor


Yuppers. And if you're doing both horizontal and vertical, put a script in and you can run that so you don't have to separate them. Easy Peasy
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12/09/2010 11:39:49 PM · #14
I saw "scratch" and it reminded me of an error message I keep getting, usually when I'm trying to save for web:

"there is not enough scratch memory to perform this" or something to that effect. What does that mean?
12/09/2010 11:48:57 PM · #15
Originally posted by tanguera:

I saw "scratch" and it reminded me of an error message I keep getting, usually when I'm trying to save for web:

"there is not enough scratch memory to perform this" or something to that effect. What does that mean?


"Scratch Memory" is hard drive space used as extra memory when the RAM is full. Empty the recycle bin, dump temporary files, defrag the drive, move stuff to an archive (external) hard drive; these are some ways of freeing up space. Working with many layers on large images takes a HUGE amount of memory.

R.

Message edited by author 2010-12-09 23:50:39.
12/10/2010 11:29:55 AM · #16
Originally posted by scarbrd:

Originally posted by Aleema:

Does CS5 and Element have features that photographers need but are not in Aperture and Lightroom? Which is easier for beginners Lightroom or Aperture?


Aperture only works on Macs. The learning curve on both is about equal.

While Lightroom and Aperture have a lot of editing features, particularly for RAW images, they really don't take the place of a full blown image editing program like Photoshop. Most people use Lightroom/Aperture in tandem with Photoshop. Lightroom/Aperture is mainly for image organization and archiving, workflow, and RAW processing. Photoshop (or Elements) is for image editing.

If you are new to image editing, I would start with Elements. If you find you get to a point where you need more advanced editing capabilities, you can upgrade to Photoshop. There is a huge price difference. Elements is $99 or less. Photoshop CS5 can run over $500.00

Since you do have a Mac, the iLife package comes with iPhoto. Again, you can start with iPhoto. If it doesn't do enough for you, move to Aperture.


I do have iphoto, and no it does not do enough for me just your very basic editing, so your saying i should get Elements and Aperture. Cause lord knows i cant afford photoshop CS5.
12/10/2010 12:24:05 PM · #17
Originally posted by Aleema:

Originally posted by scarbrd:

Originally posted by Aleema:

Does CS5 and Element have features that photographers need but are not in Aperture and Lightroom? Which is easier for beginners Lightroom or Aperture?


Aperture only works on Macs. The learning curve on both is about equal.

While Lightroom and Aperture have a lot of editing features, particularly for RAW images, they really don't take the place of a full blown image editing program like Photoshop. Most people use Lightroom/Aperture in tandem with Photoshop. Lightroom/Aperture is mainly for image organization and archiving, workflow, and RAW processing. Photoshop (or Elements) is for image editing.

If you are new to image editing, I would start with Elements. If you find you get to a point where you need more advanced editing capabilities, you can upgrade to Photoshop. There is a huge price difference. Elements is $99 or less. Photoshop CS5 can run over $500.00

Since you do have a Mac, the iLife package comes with iPhoto. Again, you can start with iPhoto. If it doesn't do enough for you, move to Aperture.


I do have iphoto, and no it does not do enough for me just your very basic editing, so your saying i should get Elements and Aperture. Cause lord knows i cant afford photoshop CS5.


I would start with Elements. Use iPhoto for storage and sorting and Elements for editing. If you shoot RAW, make the basic adjustments in iPhoto, set Elements as your default external editor in iPhoto, and edit from there.


Message edited by author 2010-12-10 12:24:33.
12/15/2010 03:16:42 PM · #18
Thanks Bear. I usually do that. I'm currently in the torment of converting to 64-bit, but am wondering if it's possible to move the location of the scratch memory to a different location, like a larger, external drive?
12/15/2010 04:18:37 PM · #19
Originally posted by tanguera:

Thanks Bear. I usually do that. I'm currently in the torment of converting to 64-bit, but am wondering if it's possible to move the location of the scratch memory to a different location, like a larger, external drive?


Setting scratch disks

The Photoshop scratch disk is similar to virtual memory. For the best performance, you should set the scratch disk to a defragmented hard disk that has plenty of unused space and fast read/write speeds (rather than a network drive or removable media such as a Zip drive). Photoshop requires at least 1 GB of free hard-disk space, but more is recommended. If you have more than one hard disk volume, you should specify additional scratch disks. Photoshop CS2 supports up to 64 exabytes (EB) of scratch disk space on a total of four volumes. (An EB is equal to 1 billion gigabytes.) RAID 0 partitions provide the best possible performance as Photoshop scratch disks.

Note: Adobe recommends that you set the primary scratch disk to a different hard disk than the one Windows uses for its virtual memory or paging file.

To set the scratch disk:

Choose Edit > Preferences > Performance.
Select the Active? box for each hard disk you want to contain a scratch disk.

Note: Unless you have a drive that has considerable space open, and is defragmented regularly, choose more than one drive, if one or more is available.

Click OK.
Restart Photoshop.

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