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How to play Photoshop Actions on Multiple Images with Batch Editing

Have you ever wished that Photoshop could be as quick and easy as Lightroom at simply applying the same edit to many photos? Have you ever loved Photoshop but hated going from photo to photo applying the same action one at a time? Well wish no further because the answer is right under your nose – batch editing!

With the batch edit command in Photoshop, you can play the same action on a whole batch of opened images or even an entire folder without even needing to open the images. Now, personally I wouldn’t recommend blindly applying and saving actions to an entire folder of unopened files unless it’s something minor like a little sharpening.

So first, I open a few images I’d like to edit. I don’t usually do more than 10 at a time because I know that’s all my computer can handle without slowing down.

1. File > Automate > Batch:

How to play Photoshop Actions on Multiple Images with Batch Editing

2. This is the panel that opens up:

How to play Photoshop Actions on Multiple Images with Batch Editing

3. First, choose what set of actions you want to use for the images and then which action from that set you want to use:

How to play Photoshop Actions on Multiple Images with Batch Editing

4. Now, choose whether to apply the actions to a folder of images on your computer or the images you’ve already opened in Photoshop. Personally, I open the images and apply the changed to ‘opened files’ as seen here:

How to play Photoshop Actions on Multiple Images with Batch Editing

5. Now, tell it what you want to do after the actions have been played. Since I play my actions on opened images, I choose here ‘none’ which will keep the images open in Photoshop after playing the action so I can further tweak before saving.

How to play Photoshop Actions on Multiple Images with Batch Editing

 

And that’s it! Now sit back and be amazed as Photoshop does all the work!

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Elizabeth Halford
Elizabeth Halford

is a photographer and advertising creative producer in Orlando, FL. She wrote her first article for dPS in 2010. Her most popular one racked up over 100k shares!

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