Batch Processing

 

Batch Processing in Photoshop

Photoshop offers a Batch feature on its File > Automate menu. This feature lets you batch process a series of images with the help of a Photoshop action. So if you want to batch process images in Photoshop you only need to record an action that contains ColorStyler.




Recording an action with ColorStyler:

1. Open an image in Photoshop.

2. Switch to the Actions panel at the right and create a new action by using the New Action button or the pop-up panel menu.

3. Choose ColorStyler from the Filter menu.

4. Now adjust the effect settings in ColorStyler as you want them recorded in the action.

5. Press OK on the ColorStyler dialog.

6. Press the Stop button on the Action panel. Now you have your ColorStyler action that you can use with File > Automate > Batch.



Batch processing a series of images with ColorStyler:

1. Open one of the images from the image series.

2. Select File > Automate > Batch.

3. In the Batch dialog make sure that your ColorStyler action is selected.

4. Set the other batch options and click OK to run it.


You can record a new action for each task that requires a different ColorStyler effect. On the other hand if you do not want to create a collection of different actions, you can also change the ColorStyler settings of the action. To do that click on the ColorStyler item in the Actions panel, change the settings in the ColorStyler dialog and press OK. If you want to apply individual ColorStyler settings to each image during batch processing, please activate the small icon left of the ColorStyler entry in the Action panel. This makes the ColorStyler dialog appear for each image, so that you can adjust the settings for each image.

 

Batch Processing in Paint Shop Pro

Paint Shop Pro (Version 8 and higher) offers a Process feature on the File > Batch menu for batch processing a series of images with the help of a PSP script. Recording such a script is quite easy.


Recording a PSP script with ColorStyler:

1. Open an image in PSP.

2. Select File > Script > Start Recording.

3. Choose ColorStyler from the Effects > Plugins menu.

4. Now adjust the effect settings in ColorStyler as you want them recorded in the script.

5. Press OK on the ColorStyler dialog.

6. Select File > Script > Stop Recording and save the script. Now you have a ColorStyler script that you can use with File > Batch > Process.


Batch processing a series of images with ColorStyler:

1. Open one of the images from the image series.

2. Select File > Batch > Process or File > Batch Process.

3. In the Batch Process dialog choose your ColorStyler script from the Script frame.

4. Set the other batch options and click on the Start button to run it.

You need to record a new script for every ColorStyler effect that you want to apply during batch processing. You can create a collection of scripts with various ColorStyler effects and use these scripts as you need. If you want to apply individual ColorStyler settings to each image during batch processing, please deactivate the "Silent mode" check box on the Batch Process dialog. This makes the ColorStyler dialog appear for each image.

 

Batch Processing in Other Applications

There are some other applications that support batch processing with the help of plugins, e.g. Fireworks, Debabelizer and Photo-Paint. Basically batch processing in other applications works the same as in Photoshop and Paint Shop Pro.