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Tips & Tricks

How to Batch Resize Images in Photoshop in Seconds

By Tanya Goodall Smith on December 7th 2015

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After I created my How to Resize Images in Photoshop Five Different Ways video, I realized I forgot to include a sixth very important tip. Batch resizing! What if you want to resize a whole folder of images in Photoshop and they all need to be the same size? You can do that in a matter of seconds with batch processing. I use this when I’ve been sent a folder of images to feature on SLR Lounge, or I want to resize a folder full of images for a website or blog post without taking the time to import them into my Lightroom catalog or search for the original files in my database. Here’s a quick video showing you how to do it plus a step-by-step written guide below.

Step #1: Click on File > Scripts > Image Processor

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Open Photoshop and click on File > Scripts > Image Processor. The Image Processor dialog box will show up on your screen. This is your new ticket to time-saving freedom.

Step #2: Choose Your Folders

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Next, choose the folder that contains the images you want to resize. All the images in this folder need to be the same aspect ratio in order to avoid distorting your images when they’re resized. After you choose your image folder, you need to choose or create a destination folder. This is where your newly resized images will be saved.

Step #3: Enter Your Dimensions how-to-batch-resize-images-photoshop
Now you’ll enter the dimensions for your resized images. In order to resize and save as a jpg with this method, you must enter the height and width. If you’re bad at math (like me), you can just open one image in Photoshop and resize it in the Image Size dialog box with the chain icon clicked. When you enter one dimension, it will calculate the dimension of the other side for you. Find out more about the Image Size dialog in my article How to Resize Images in Photoshop Five Different Ways.

Step #4: Run the Process

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Finally, click “run” and watch as Photoshop automatically resizes your entire folder of images in seconds. You won’t even have time to check your Facebook status (depending on how many images are in the folder, of course, but it usually runs pretty quickly).

Step #5: Double Check

Lastly, I always double check to a) make sure the images got saved in the place I thought I saved them and b) make sure they actually processed to the correct size. To check the size, I just open up one image from the folder in Photoshop and double check the size using the Image Size dialog box. Yep, this one worked! Now, you’re all set to resize an entire folder of images in seconds without creating a custom action or anything.

BONUS! Image Processing + Actions

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You can use Image Processing to apply an existing or custom action to an entire folder of images, too. At the bottom of the Image Processing dialog box, under the Preferences heading, click on “Run Action.” Then you can select any action you’ve created or imported into Photoshop, and it will be applied to every image in your selected folder within seconds. In the above example, I’ve selected the Frequency Separation Action for Newborn Photography, which is included in our Newborn Photography Workshop. This could save you a lot of time, depending on your workflow.

Now that you’ve saved yourself all that time, you can start wasting it by sharing this article on Facebook or Twitter or something. Thanks for taking a Time Out with me. Until next time. XO -Tanya

Terms: #Aspect Ratio

Tanya Goodall Smith is the owner, brand strategist and commercial photographer at WorkStory Corporate Photography in Spokane, Washington. WorkStory creates visual communications that make your brand irresistible to your target market. Join the stock photo rebellion at workstoryphotography.com.

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  1. Towab Muhammad Yusuf

    I don’t use this before because my graphic design level is not good, but I am trying improving graphics design working knowledge. Your post is very helpful for me. Plus, you will never mind my work, I have shared some of the work which is created by me.

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  2. E MCCLure

    I used to use this tip, loved it!! And now Image Processor is nowhere to be found?! What am I missing?! I’ve tried to create and action and then use Batch, but it’s a mess. Thanks!!

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  3. Helen Round

    Clear and super easy to understand…thanks

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  4. Karl Petersson

    Ooh and btw I did forget that if you use the Fit Image command for file sizes you do not need to have the images in the same orientation.
    You just have to remember to set the default image resizing to what interpolation you would be using so if you reduce size you would use the Bicubic Sharper for size reduction and Bicubic Smoother for size increase.
    Again this is something you can customise in Image processor Pro as you please.

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  5. Karl Petersson

    Sure the Image processor is ok but it is a very old script that has not seen any updates in a long time.
    Russell Brown who did the the original script for it also did a pro version of it that you could download from his site http://www.russellbrown.com but it is no longer supported and is broken in latest versions of PS, but he left the source open and some people has rewritten it and made it available for free (it was always free) but it is way superior then the original ImageProcessor, you can find the download link for the pro version here http://blogs.adobe.com/jkost/2015/06/image-processor-pro-for-photoshop-cc-2015.html
    Also remember that you can also call these scripts from Bridge under the Tools menu and sub menu Photoshop where you will have a more efficient selection process by simply offering the option of images selected in bridge rather then picking whole folders.
    The pro version will allow several saving options in terms of formats, sizes and options and locations and is not locked to a specific given formats and will also give you more saving setups for even more end files, and can of course be further developed with running actions after or before resizing e.t.c
    This is a tool I almost use daily and it is probably the best time saver you will find in the Adobe suite and it is not a part of the normal apps.
    Why it was not included in the program (bridge/photoshop) is something I will never understand since Russell Brown still works for Adobe.

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  6. Allen Mowers

    Nice trick! I hadn’t discovered that one yet. I always create actions to do my resizing. Good tip!

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  7. Purushothaman Srikanth

    Thanks a lot…very useful

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  8. Paul Empson

    Lightroom.. job done..

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    • Tanya Goodall Smith

      If you read the first paragraph of the article you’ll have seen the reasons I would use this instead of Lightroom.

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    • Paul Empson

      I did read it, and I’d still have used LR.. for future ease of access.. each to their own..
      I just see PS as a single image editor..

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  9. Richard Olender

    Nice…Super easy

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  10. Colin Woods

    Nice. For batching jobs I always run an action through the Batch command, but for bulk resizing this is slicker.

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