This Photoshop tutorial shows you how to work with multiple photographs, the easy way. Use Photoshop scripts to automate putting images into a layer stack. Then non-destructively crop and then make individual images from each layer.
Have you been doing it the the hard way?
Don’t load them in 1 at a time please. Choose File>Scripts>Load Files into stack.
Click on Browse. (If they are already open in Photoshop, choose Add Open Files).
Browse to the folder of images and select the images you want to import. I click dragged around them all. Ctrl/Cmd+A will also select all.
You will see the files about to be added
You will now see all the images loaded into layers. The document size will be the size of the largest images. They aren’t resized from their original sizes. (If you want them the same size, you can use File>Scripts>image processor)
Choose the crop tool.
In this case we will resize for Instagram at 1080 x 1080 square.
Type in 1080px (px will make them pixels) and 72 for px/in
IMPORTANT! Turn off Delete Cropped Pixels, so it just makes a window around the layers and doesn’t actually crop them permanently.
Drag the corner of the crop window until it fits one of the smaller images.
Click the checkmark / press Enter to apply the crop
Choose the top layer
Press Cmd/Ctrl+T for free transform.
Scale and position the layer to fit within the crop window. Press Enter to apply. Notice that you can position the layer and it isn’t cut off because you are using non-destructive cropping. (Because you turned off Delete Cropped Pixels)
Hide the top layer.
Choose the next layer and repeat step 8 to scale and position.
Go through each layer, positioning and scaling the layers until each one looks good.
Don’t export each layer separately.
Choose File Export>Layers to Files
Click Browse next to destination to choose the folder to save the images in.
You can also add a name if you like, this will be appended before the original file name.
Choose jpg and 7 quality for web/social media.
All the layers will be saved as individual images.
If you want to rename multiple photos at once, bridge is the fastest way.
Click the arrow next to the document looking icon at the top of bridge and choose Batch Rename.
You can add or remove fields by clicking the – or + signs at the right of the fields.
Under New Filename Use Text and enter your desired name.
If you want to add incremental numbers, choose Sequence Number. Type the number you want to begin with. 1 in this case and choose the number of digits. (This will effect leading zeros).
I hope this little tutorial saves you lots of time.
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