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Chapter 11. Saving and Printing Images > Formatting and Saving Multiple Images ...

Formatting and Saving Multiple Images Automatically

You’ve just finished a prolific day of shooting pictures with your digital camera, and as a first step to sorting through and cleaning up all those images, you’d like to convert them to Photoshop Elements’ native Photoshop format and then change their resolution to 150 dpi. You could, of course, download them from your camera, open each one individually, and apply the desired formatting and resizing changes. But Photoshop Elements’ Batch Processing command saves you all that tedious, repetitive work by doing it for you. Just enter a few parameters in the Batch dialog box and sit back. Within seconds, your images are converted and saved to a location of your choice.

To batch process multiple files:

From the File menu, choose Batch Processing to open the Batch dialog box (Figure 11.15).

Figure 11.15. The Batch dialog box.

From the Files to Convert pop-up menu, (Figure 11.16), do one of the following:

Figure 11.16. You can save groups of files from a number of different sources.

  • To select images within a folder on your hard drive, choose Folder, click the Source button, and then browse for and select the folder containing the images you want to convert (Figure 11.17). If there are folders within the folder you select that also contain files you want to convert, click the Include All Subfolders check box in the Batch dialog box.

    Figure 11.17. Select a folder containing all of the images you want to save at one time.

  • To select images stored in a digital camera, scanner, or PDF, choose Import; then select the appropriate source from the From pop-up menu (Figure 11.18). The choices in the From pop-up menu will vary depending on the hardware connected to your computer.

    Figure 11.18. Batch processing can save you the effort of renaming and formatting images one by one. Import them from your digital camera or scanner, and then apply the changes.

  • To select files that are currently open within Photoshop Elements, choose Opened Files.

From the Convert File Type pop-up menu, choose the desired format type (Figure 11.19).

Figure 11.19. Choose a formatting option to apply to all the files in your selected group.

If you want to change either the physical dimensions of your image or its resolution, click the Convert Image Size check box, then do one or both of the following:

  • To convert all of your images to a specific size, enter the width or height (in pixels) in the appropriate text box; then select the Constrain Proportions check box (Figure 11.20).

    Figure 11.20. You can resize entire groups of images to the same width or height dimensions.

  • From the Resolution pop-up menu, choose a resolution in dots per inch (dpi) to change the resolution of all your images (Figure 11.21).

    Figure 11.21. Choose a resolution to apply to all of the files in your selected group.

Since the resolution setting in this dialog box is in dots per inch (print resolution) rather than pixels per inch (screen resolution) changing just the resolution here will do nothing to alter your image, or change its file size. It changes only the dimensions of the final printed image, but has no effect on the size it displays on screen. (For more information on image resizing, see “Changing Image Size and Resolution” in Chapter 2.)

If you want to add a file naming structure to your collection of converted images, select the Rename Files check box; then select naming options from the two pop-up menus (Figure 11.22).

Figure 11.22. You can pick from a number of file naming options to arrange your images in consecutive order.

Refer to the Example text (located below the Rename Files check box) to see how the renaming changes will affect your file names.

Select the Compatibility check boxes for whatever platforms you want your file names to be compatible with.

A good approach is to select all three of these, just to be on the safe side. Notice that the platform you’re working on (whether Macintosh or Windows) is pre-selected for you and dimmed.

Click the Destination button; then browse for and select a location to save your converted files to.

In the Browse for Folder (Windows) or Choose a Destination Folder (Mac OS) dialog box that appears, you’re also offered the option of creating a new folder for your converted files.

Click OK to close the dialog box and start the batch process.

The selected files are opened, converted in turn, and then saved to the folder you’ve chosen.

If you’ve chosen one of the import options, an additional series of dialog boxes will appear, guiding you through the selection of images you want to import. For example, if you’ve chosen PDF, you’ll first be asked to select a PDF file from which to import the images, then you’ll be presented with a dialog box to choose the images you want to import (Figure 11.23). Once you’ve made your image selections, the files are opened, converted, and saved to the destination folder you assigned in step 7.

Figure 11.23. When you import a batch of images from a PDF file, you first select the PDF and then select the files you want to import.



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