Photoshop Tips: How to Resize All Your Images Easily

In this quick little photoshop tutorial I will show you how to create an action to resize an image, and then use the batch feature in photoshop to resize all of the images you need resized. I use this often as you can imagine and it saves me a lot of time.

Note: Open up one image you’d like to resize and begin.


Step 1: Create a New Action

Note: If your Actions box isn’t appearing on the right, click on Window > Action Actions to make it appear.

Within the Actions box, click on the icon next to the trash icon to create a New Action.

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Within the Actions box, click on the icon next to the trash icon to create a New Action.


Step 2: Name your Action, Create a Shortcut and Click Record:

Type in a new name for your action. For example: “Resize for Web” or “2000 pixels wide”, etc. Then create a shortcut key (F6, F7, etc) that you want to use and then click on the “Record” button.

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Type the name and click Record


Step 3: Resize your Image:

Click on Image > Image Size, and then resize the image to how you want. Note: If you choose to resize a percentage, for example 50, then keep in mind it will apply that to all of your images you perform this action on, if you set a specific pixel width or height, that’s what it will do as well. The other thing you may want to keep note here is the orientation of the image.

When done, click “OK”.


Step 4: Save your Resized Image to New Location and Close.

Click on File > Save As and then create a new Folder called “Resized” (This is generally a great practice as it won’t destroy your original file). Once in the new folder, without changing the name of the file, just hit save and then close your image.


Step 5: Stop the Recording.

Click on the Stop button in the Actions window to stop the recording. Now you are done with creating the action.

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Click on the Stop button in the Actions window to stop the recording.


Step 6: Test your Action

Open up another file that you may need resized, and then hit your shortcut key or click on the play button in the Actions window with your new Action selected. As soon as you hit your shortcut key the action will resize the image, then save the image in the “Resized” folder, and then close it. Voila! Note that the Action window will show all sub-processes so you know what it recorded and will do when run.

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Select your action and hit play button


Step 7: Batch Resize.

  • Click on File > Automate > Batch

  • Then select the “Set” that your Action is a part of

    • Usually “Default Actions”

  • Select the source folder where your files that need resizing are located

  • Note: You don’t have to choose Destination Folder, since that’s already part of your Action.

  • Click OK.

You should find all of your images, resized in your “Resized” folder if all worked well. Wasn’t that easy? Now use the time you saved to do a little dance!