Getting To Know Photoshop: Image Processor

In today’s tutorial I’ll be explaining how to use the image processing script in adobe photoshop CS5. Excellent tips inside to aid your thumbnail creating for images.

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What Is The Image Processor?

The Image Processor converts and processes multiple files at once. Its also great for creating a mass of thumbnails from a bunch of high resolution images.

Where Can I Find Such A Tool?

To select the image processor tool go to "File > Scripts > Image Processor".

Getting To Know Photoshop: Image Processing

The Image Processor In Detail

Select the set of images you wish to process, you can either process currently open files or select a folder from your hard drive to process.

Getting To Know Photoshop: Image Processing

Underneath the folder selection process there is a check box which asks if you want to open the first image. In some cases you might want to apply some additional effects to the set of images, ticking this will allow you to make the changes to the first image then photoshop will do the rest applying the same settings to the rest of the images.

The next section (2) is where you want to save the files, you can either save the files in the same folder and keep the folder structure or select another location for your images.


If you process the same file multiple times to the same destination, each file is saved with its own file name and not overwritten.

Getting To Know Photoshop: Image Processing

File Types To Process

Unfortunately the image processor only lets you process JPEG, PSD or TFF files. If you want to save the images as a JPEG choose JPEG, you can adjust the quality of the JPEG by entering a number between 1 and 10 inside the quality box just as you normally would if you were saving a JPEG inside of photoshop. Underneath the quality box there is another box called "Convert Profile To sRGB" this simply converts the color profile to sRGB. Make sure that Include ICC Profile is selected if you want to save the profile with the image.

Save as PSD lets you save the files a PSD files if you select "Maximize Compatibility" it will save a composite version of a layered image for applications that can't read layered images.

The last setting is TIFF format, the LZW Compression check box just saves the file using LZW compression scheme.

Getting To Know Photoshop: Image Processing

Photoshop Actions

Within the Image Processor window you also have the ability to run photoshop actions to the images and add copyright information which will be included in the images metadata file.


The action set must be loaded in the Actions panel before they appear in these menus.

Getting To Know Photoshop: Image Processing

Use The Image Processor To Make Thumbnails

The main reason i decided to write this article was because you have the ability to make thumbnails from a set of images easily and quickly by using the resize option.

  • 1. Select the destination with all your images inside.
  • 2. Select the output directory for the images to be saved inside.
  • 3. Choose your file type the put a tick inside of the "Resize To Fit" check box. Enter your thumbnail width and height or if you know the width and want the thumbnail to be of the same aspect ratio then just enter 9999 for the height.
  • 4. Select run and watch the magic happen.


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  1. March 31, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    This tutorial is unique and different.

  2. May 2, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    This is gr8

  3. Ian Sayer
    September 5, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    Hi folks,
    I’ve been using Photoshop elements for many years, but I’ve had to go back to Photoshop because I’ve not been able to Elements Editor 10 to run.

    I’m scanning loads of colour film negatives and wish to keep my hi-def TIFFs safe and convert to high quality jpgs. I can see how to do this with Image Processor, and have just converted my first film, but I have a problem with it.

    I’ve numbered the photographs the same as the negatives. This way, I can see if I chose to delete scanned images because of their poor quality and I can see exactly which ones. I would like to keep the original TIFF image name, which also incorporates a six digit date, and have Photoshop save, just changing to the .jpg suffix. Please can you tell me how to do so?


  4. shankar
    November 1, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Awesome. It is very useful for me.

  5. Jamie Vans
    February 12, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    When I do this, I click on Select Open First Image To Apply Settings but all the images just flash past and I can’t carry out any changes to them.

  6. Pit
    February 15, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    Just a little remark, you say that:

    you can adjust the quality of the JPEG by entering a number between 1 and 10 inside the quality box

    but the range is between 1 and 12, and that means that 5 is not 50% quality

  7. November 25, 2014 at 6:29 AM

    That’s a good one.

  8. Shashank Gwari
    December 2, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    Thanks John.

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