Photoshop tip #8: Converting a batch of pictures to .jpeg format

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If you find yourself oftentimes repeating the same task of converting raw pictures or any other format to the jpeg format then you should consider this simple trick to make things easier for you. Suppose you have 100 pictures in raw format (or any other format for that matter) and you would like to convert all of them to the jpeg format. Doing this manually seems like a daunting task and it could take hours before one could finish converting the entire batch. There is no need to worry, though, because Adobe Photoshop has a built-in feature that enables the user to convert an entire batch of photographs in a matter of seconds.

Here is what you should do in order to convert a batch of pictures to the jpeg format:
1. Open Photoshop
2. Go to File -> Scripts -> Image Processor. You should see something similar to the window in Figure 1:

Photoshop 8-image processor.png3. Under the Select Images to process group, click Select Folder in order to select the batch of pictures that you want to convert. If you don't already have all the pictures in one folder, you should do so.
4. Under the Select location to save processed images group click the radio button next to the Select Folder button and then click on Select Folder to specify where you would like the jpeg pictures to be saved. Alternatively, you could skip this step, but keep in mind that the pictures will be saved in the same location as the source folder of your pictures and this might create confusion.
5. Under the File Type group there are three options. Saving as JPEG, as PSD (Photoshop Document) or TIFF. Checkmark the file type that you want to save to.
6. Optional step: You can also resize the pictures while they are converted. To do so, checkmark the option Resize to Fit and then enter a width and height in pixels in the W: and H: boxes. You can also constrain the resizing of your pictures by entering only one value for the height and leaving the width blank or vice versa.
7. Click Run. You should see Photoshop opening the pictures one by one, saving them and then closing them. Depending on the number of pictures you are converting, this process could vary between a few seconds and a couple of minutes.

That's it. If everything went well, you should see a new copy of your pictures converted to the desired format. To learn more about batch operations and more advanced tricks you can also take a look at Photoshop trick #6: Using Actions in Photoshop. It is very important to understand these features because they could potentially save the user a lot of time and effort by automating repetitive tasks.

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