Sometimes you have a ton of photos you need to resize. Maybe you want to put them on Facebook or Flickr but don’t want your high-resolution photos going out there. Maybe you captured them at very high resolution but are making a collage and don’t want them that big. Either way, Photoshop and Elements gives you a quick way to do that, without even opening up the files!

I made you a little video using PSE10 – the Photoshop instructions are at the end, too.

What do you think, do you ever have a reason to resize a whole folder of photos?

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  1. Susan says:

    Thanks Jenn! I had never thought about resizing a batch of photos until now. I was just adjusting them as I went and needed them. This is awesome to know how to do. Plus when you showed the PS version you showed the option for tiff files. I had wondered where that was so I could easily make my templates in PSD and then quickly convert the set without the hassle of opening each one. SWEET!

  2. SWJenn says:

    You’re welcome! I use this a lot when I need to put a bunch of stuff on the Museum’s Flickr site to resize them to a web resolution. But I like the idea of resizing to a folder, scrapping out of the folder, then I can delete and know which photos I’ve used and which I haven’t. Especially because I keep the high res images on an EHD, I could just put a ‘to scrap’ folder on my desktop and have those handy! Smart girl spotting the TIFF thing. I’ll have to do some other tuts on what other things you can batch process, it’s really pretty neat 🙂

  3. Zanne says:

    Thanks Jenn.

    I shoot in RAW & my Nikon came with software that will do this. I don’t usually re-size a whole folder. I tend to use 1 or 2 photos at a time & if I adjust them in PS I then will save them in the size & format I need.

    I’ll keep this in mind though… neat!

  4. Charley says:

    In Photoshop, there is no way to constrain proportions. This option appears only in Elements. I resize folders full of photos that have been cropped slightly or are a mix of vertical and horizontal. How do you constrain the proportions in Photoshop?! I had to buy Elements just to have this option. Seems that there’s got to be a way.

  5. Jenn says:

    Charley, you’re right, there is no automatic constraint in PS. I guess they figure PS people are better at math than PSE people!

    My suggestion to you would be if you HAD to use PS to do this to a folder of mixed images as you described, that you do it before doing any cropping or rotating. They all come out of the camera the same size which would let you plug in the exact numbers you need to resize smaller.

    If you DO crop the photos, why not crop to the pixel dimensions you need while you’re at it? I do this a lot, I’ll go in and fix up a pic (crop, brighten, sharpen, whatever), then resize to the size I want to print and save, resize for web and save and resize again to thumbnail and save. I even wrote an action to do this for me to save time. Then I don’t have to resize the whole folder since I was going to open each image anyway I might as well do it while I’m there.

    The only time I use the batch resize is if I’m NOT going to do any editing at all to the photos, in which case they are SOOC (straight out of camera) and all the same size, so I can just plug in the numbers with the right proportions in PS.

    That said, I keep PSE around just for some of the color correction tools (and for writing tuts of course). Check out my little blue men…

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