Note: for this tutorial I am using Photoshop CS3, but the process will be the same in most versions of Photoshop.
In this tutorial I will show you how to create a basic Action in Photoshop that will hopefully speed up your work flow for when it comes to making the same edits to multiple images. The Action that I will be showing you is how to apply Auto Levels to multiple images.
Firstly, open Photoshop and a sample image. It really doesn’t matter what image it is.
Now open up your Actions (Alt+F9 or Window>Actions) and at the bottom of the Actions pane, select the icon for Create New Action
Give your Action a name that you will remember. In my example I simply called it Richard Auto Levels. You can also assign a Function Key as well if you like. Once you have given your Action a name, hit Record.
Every thing that you now do in Photoshop will be recorded until you ask it to stop.
Now go Image>Adjustments>Auto Levels. It will quickly make the adjustment to the sample image you have open.
You can now hit Stop in your Actions window. That’s your Action created.
Running your Action against multiple images
Open up Photoshop and select File>Scripts>Image Processor
Your Image Processor window will now open up.
- Choose the folder where your images are that you wish to apply the Action to
- Select the Output folder where you want to save the Batch Edited image to. If you select Save in Same Location, it will create a sub-folder for you.
- I personally have elected to save my images to JPG with the maximum quality of 12. You can change these to your needs
- Check the Run Action and Include ICC Profile boxes. Have the Default Actions set selected in the first box, and in the second drop-down box locate your newly created Action.
Now hit Run at the top of the Image Processor window.
Photoshop will now run your Action against the images that you have selected. You can use this same process to create more complex actions for batch editing multiple images by simply recording more steps. (increase vibrancy, crop to specific dimensions etc)
Hope that helped.