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Batch automation -- skipping save dialog

Hey Yoyogi — I’m hitting you up for Photoshop support. I’m running v8.0 on 10.3.6.

I have an action designed to make image thumbnails; no big deal. It resizes and saves as a JPG. I’m trying to use it with batch automation, and I can’t figure out how to get Photoshop to skip the save dialog and save the new file automatically, using the settings in the action. I’ve tried toggling “Override action ‘save as’ commands”, with and without the save step in the action. It keeps popping up the save dialog for each photo!

Can you help? Does this have something to do with embedded color profiles or something?

by Shinji Kuwayama at 2004-11-28 05:57:15 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Oh, I have a follow-up question. Is there a way to get Photoshop to strip out meta-info from a JPG, while I’m at it?

by Shinji Kuwayama | 28 Nov 2004 05:11 | | Report spam→
Shinji: I’ll tell you how I’d do this, and you can see if it works for you (earlier version of photoshop, but no reason why it shouldn’t work for you).

First, the action script. Rather than saving the file in straight-up Photoshop JPG format, I would go the “Save for Web. . .” route. (If you need the JPG to be print quality — as opposed to screen — then don’t do this.) I think this will answer your second issue of the meta-info (I assume you mean color-profile in this case). I believe this info is stripped out in Save for Web because the color profiles are for color calibration which generally applies to print.

Second, the automated batch. In the dialog box for the batch (File//Automate//Batch…), you should be able to have the files “saved to a folder” (pulldown menu in my version of Photoshop). Then, use the “choose…” button to designate a new folder for the image files to be saved into. When you do this, it won’t ask for your input each time it saves a file. It’ll just run through the entire batch of files and dump the new versions into the new folder.

by [unverified member] | 28 Nov 2004 09:11 | | Report spam→
Hi Retsy — thanks for the reply. I think I’m doing it exactly as you’ve described. Here are a couple of caps to confirm:

My action (there are only two steps):

My batch dialog:

When I run this set-up, it prompts me with the “Export to Web” dialog for every photo. I’ve tried toggling the “Override Action ‘Save As’ Commands” setting, but it does the same thing.

Any ideas what I’m doing wrong?

Oh, thanks for the tip re: JPG meta-info. In addition to color profiles, I’m thinking of all the stuff in “File Info”… do you know if that gets stripped out by “Export to Web”?

by Shinji Kuwayama | 28 Nov 2004 14:11 (ed. Nov 28 2004) | | Report spam→
Ok, I guess I got it to work, but I don’t really know how. I deleted the action and re-recorded it, and now the batch automator works without showing those dialogs.

However, I’m having a different problem now. I’m using Photoshop’s incredibly great file naming options to specify the names. It works, but for some reason, Photoshop is also saving a second copy of the file with its original name. Deleting the doubles is easy, but can you think of a way to prevent this?


by Shinji Kuwayama | 29 Nov 2004 02:11 | | Report spam→
the one thing i’ve never been able to do is to batch and have photoshop save with a different name. any thoughts? is this set up working for you as far as that’s concerned?

by Eugene Kuo | 29 Nov 2004 09:11 | | Report spam→
Yeah, totally works. In fact, Photoshop does something that totally saves my bacon — you can set an arbitrary starting serial number.

Check out the screen cap above; I’ve got the batch set up to save each file as:

(starting with number 75)

I continue to have weird problems with the “override” setting; I usually have to experiment and turn it on and off until it works the way I expect it to.

by Shinji Kuwayama | 29 Nov 2004 11:11 | | Report spam→

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