Ready? Set? Action!

8 Jul

Ha. Totally corny title, I apologize. 😛

But am totally thrilled… just did my first action, which is really really simple, but which arose out of the necessity of uploading loads of photos from our Chicago Spraguefest onto the gallery which Jessica so kindly created for us on our Spraground! I just finished sorting through almost a hundred plus photos from the *first* day of our Spraguefest, and I was scratching my head, thinking, oh wow… if I have to resize all of these to websized files so I can upload them to the gallery, how long is that going to take me? There must be an easier way to do this!

Yep that’s me. Ever since I can remember, I would always think in terms of “What’s the most efficient way of doing this or that?” I guess it’s the latent problem solver in me (just wish this skill extended to a lot of real-life problems, haha!)

So, I did a bit of googling here and there, a bit of fiddling around here and there, and came up with 2 actions!

The first is called Batch Resize for Web, and what it does is reduce the width of your image to 600 pixels (the height automatically adjusts proportionally based on your original image’s height). It brings down resolution from 300ppi or higher to 72ppi, and it interpolates using bicubic sharper.

The second is called Batch Resize Original2Web, and what it does is just bring down the resolution to 72ppi and interpolates using bicubic sharper, but does not change the pixel size of your photo to a given measure. This would necessarily result in a larger physical photo than the first action, but still give you something that can be uploaded to galleries or emails where you are not constrained by small size limits.

I’ve created the action using CS3, so I’m sorry but I have no idea if it will work in Elements. :/

I created the action for doing batch resizing, but it can also be used to resize individual images (photos, layouts, etc) one at a time.

To use it to resize individual images, just load the action in your action palette, open your original image, and click on the Play button.

To use it to resize batch photos, just load the action in your action palette, and then:

1. Start by creating two folders anywhere on your compy. Name one folder “Originals” and the other folder “Resized” (or whatever you want to call it, as long as you know which folder the originals are in and which folder you want the resized photos to go into). Dump all the images you want to resize in the Originals Folder. You can also resize them directly from the existing folder that your photos are in, but in case you have chosen only a specific set of files to resize from a folder that contains more images, the Originals folder would be a better option.

2. Go to File > Automate > Batch.

3. In the Batch dialog box, under Play – locate the name of the action in the actions dropdown list.

4. In the Source area, select Folder in the dropdown list and select Choose. Navigate to the place on your hard drive where you placed the Originals folder. Don’t forget to check the two last boxes that allow you to suppress warnings and options.

5. In the Destination area, select Folder in the dropdown list and select Choose (exactly like the previous step). Navigate to the Resized folder that you just created.

6. In the File Naming area, you can input the names of your files, if you wish to change their filenames. What I did was to choose “2-Digit Serial Number” and keep the extension specified (in my case, jpeg).

7. Don’t forget to check all the boxes in the Compatibility area so that everyone, regardless of what platform they’re using, can view the photos.

8. Click OK.

Once you click OK, Photoshop will open each photo you’ve placed in the Originals folder, resize it, and save it to the Resized folder. Sometimes you might get prompts that ask you to select save settings (mine did for some); when this happens, just click OK and the process of saving the image will continue with the next photos in the batch.

I learned how to do this from Wired How To Wiki, a pretty cool place I just discovered. 🙂

So… for my Chicago Spragsistahs and for all of you, my friends, who’ve come to visit and sit with me on my blog porch, here’s my action set. Hope you find some use for it! 🙂 (And thanks so much in advance for the love you leave on my blog! 🙂 )

ETA: If the 4shared link doesn’t work above (as I think some gremlins have been playing with the link), here’s another place where you can get my action set too.

Oh, and here’s a photo of that lovely time we had… more coming soon!


Flatties and Realies by the River

Flatties and Realies by the River

Alrighty! Back to the barracks to do more work! See you soon, my sweeties! 😀

8 Responses to “Ready? Set? Action!”

  1. Renae Thursday, 7 August 2008 at 4:07 am #

    Wow! This is late but I think your son’s depiction of the characters is great!! That’s talent, he must get that from his mom? 🙂


  2. Dorota Thursday, 10 July 2008 at 12:48 am #

    Dearest Liv,

    Welcome back! You are one amazing woman – even though you have just travelled, even though you have a big family waiting for you at home, you still manage to leave something interesting to read at your blog PLUS you are active on other websites. You are officially a SUPER-WOMAN!!!

    I have seen lots of fantastic posts on your blog and I can’t wait to read them all as there’s so much to learn from you!

    I have had problems with internet connection (welcome to Africa!) and finally after countless conversations with the provider and technician the connection seems to be more stable…..for now…..(speed still sllloooowwww). Anyway, somehow I have managed to follow Jessica’s course (Now we’re Rockin’) and from next week I am planning to learn something more about photo editing so I will be poping by more often 🙂

    See you soon …. somewhere in the “virtual world”.

    Big Hugs!



  3. Deb P. Wednesday, 9 July 2008 at 12:07 am #


    Thanks for the action! I’m sure it will come in handy over and over again!!!


  4. Lindsan Tuesday, 8 July 2008 at 11:20 pm #

    You know I was just thinking today about making an action like this. You just saved me the trouble. 😀 Thank you so much, you are the best.

    BTW, I am laughing my butt off at the photos. 😀


  5. chrystal Tuesday, 8 July 2008 at 9:57 pm #

    Thanks for the action set, but I couldn’t get the link to work. 😦


  6. shell Tuesday, 8 July 2008 at 8:46 pm #

    never mind! i got them! 😉 sometimes i’m a little, shall we say,”under caffeinated” in the morning! haha shell


  7. shell Tuesday, 8 July 2008 at 8:31 pm #

    love the flat people! “what a great pic of all you ladies!” the shameless photographer said. love how you resized those flat ones so well. nice job!!!

    couldn’t get the action but it’s probably me so i’ll just try later! thanks for making them!!! 🙂 love you and have a great nite! 🙂


  8. latz Tuesday, 8 July 2008 at 7:46 pm #

    Leave it to you Liv to figure all this out! Love the “group” picture with all our flat friends added! We had such fun in Chicago.


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