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I have series of thumbnail images, many of them are 52 x 70 and I want to create an action or a script that would do the following:

  1. paste each one onto a canvas of 72x72 black
  2. save each one for web
  3. save to another width the same name it had before.

Is this possible to do?


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What application are you using? What have you tried so far? If you are talking about photoshop, photoshop scripting (based on javascript) is very powerful, and you will definitely be able to solve this with a script that you can call with an action. If you know javascript well you can be productive within minutes, if not you might have to spend a couple of hours learning the basics of javascript. The official manual is very useful.

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For Photoshop:

The "save for web: portion stores a fixed location (as far as I know) so you will need to save to a temporary folder and then move them manually afterwards.

The action might look like this:

  • expand canvas to 72 x 72
  • save
  • save for web
  • revert
  • close no save

Note that there is no "open" command.

Run the action on a folder: uncheck "Override open commands" and set the Destination to "None".

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Thanks, that worked perfectly. –  user3486160 Apr 1 '14 at 21:19

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