Questions about batch processing, a technique of automatically applying the same set of commands/actions to a collection of files. It's saves time for designers who need to do the same thing to a large number of files. Ask anything about batch processing files with graphic design software.

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Is there any way I can add watermark to .jpg files (around 15000), en masse instead of one by one?

I have around 15000 .jpg files that need to be watermarked. Is there any way to process these images en masse to add the watermark?
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How to create a batch job, numbering images (writing text on them) from 1 to 100 in Photoshop?

Looking to create a 100 images that would have their appropriate numbers written on them. Since I`ll be most likely making changes to the template in the future I figured it would be better to ...
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How to remove every second frame from an animated gif?

I have a folder full of videos that I want to convert to an animated gifs. ffmpeg/avconv does a bad job of doing it directly, so I instead convert the video to a gif by first outputting each frame as ...
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Photoshop CS6 -> Export Layers To Files Subfolders

I hope that anybody of you could be able to solve my Problem. I'm using Photoshop CS6 and would like to get only the filename prefix I specify. If I try using the Export Layers to Files command, I ...
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Batch replacing color with transparency

I have a very large number of PNG images (too many to practically do one at a time) with a bright pink background and would like to replace the background color with transparency. If this is not ...
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Is there a way to automate changing the hue of many layers with a different value per layer?

Let's say I have 100 photos in a folder. On the first one, I would like to change the Hue to -180, and save it. On the second one, I would like to change the Hue to -170. On the third one, I would ...
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How create action for all layers in Illustrator file

I have an Illustrator document with hundreds of vector images (each a color variation of a single image). Each vector image is on a separate layer. I have created an action to resize and export (save ...
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How to fill shirt patterns into a shirt silhouette with realistic form “twist”?

I currently have xxx amount of patterns that I want to apply to a shirt silhouette. My challenge is that I naturally want to apply the pattern with realistic "twist" and form on arms, collar etc. So ...
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Batch resize and OUTPUT multiple images

I need to batch resize multiple images and thats really easy in Photoshop insert a folder and get a output in anther folder. But i need this to output multiple images of all the images inside the ...
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Scriptable Image Editing Desktop Applications

PhotoShop and (IIRC) FireWorks both allow for batch processing of images following a recorded script. Are there other desktop image editing applications I could look at that also have that same ...
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Method for batch layout of images into PDF sheets

I have 100,000 identically-sized, but unique, PNG/JPG images which I want to automatically layout onto A4 sheets which can then be exported as print-ready PDFs. So assuming I can fit 8 of these ...
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How to fit svg drawings to their canvas on the command line?

Cropping .svg files on the command line is simple: $ inkscape --verb=FitCanvasToDrawing --verb=FileSave --verb=FileClose *.svg I need to do the opposite. I want to fit the drawing into a 64 x 64 ...
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How to apply a layer to multiple open images in photoshop?

I am using Photoshop CS6. I have 40 images that have a transparent background open. I would like to apply a layer (a fill with gradient) to each of the 40 images without having to manually select ...
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Illustrator variables / data-driven documents: how to batch-export one file for each data set?

With the Variables window in Illustrator you can make something a bit like a data merge document with lots of variants for different records (InDesign's data merge is usually better, but I have to use ...
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Is there any way to set fallback font-families in Illustrator SVG?

I'm trying to set up an action that creates versatile text-containing SVG files which can be used in various places including Wikimedia Commons. The only problem is, Wikimedia Commons only supports a ...
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How to batch resize a group of images by area?

I know how to run a batch resize based on fixed width, height, or percentage... but what if I have a number of photos of all different sizes and shapes and I want them to be roughly the same size ...
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How to create a batch job, creating .psd files by image name (each line has a unique name in CSV file) with photoshop ?

I am new to Photoshop. I have a Photoshop template with 3 text layers. How to create a batch job for: creating .psd files by image name (each line has a unique name in CSV file) with Photoshop ? ...
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How to split an SVG file with dozens of g elements into dozens of SVG files?

I have an SVG file that has, say, 10 g elements that do not start at (0,0). For example: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <!-- Generator: Adobe Illustrator 16.0.1, SVG Export Plug-In . ...
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How can I make consistent designs for similar items?

Salutations! I have remarkably little experience in graphic design, and I'm running into a tools problem; I am not sure what I can use to get the effect I want. To wit, I am working on mocking up some ...
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How to convert a high number of PNG images to JPG forcing the background color?

I have around 200 hundred PNG small images and I would like to convert all of them into JPG with a black background. I usually do these kind of batch work with FastStone Image Viewer but there are no ...
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Is there a way to automatically separate a folder of images based on whether they're photographic or line-art graphics?

I have a folder of pictures that are JPEGs. I am wondering if there is a automated way to sort out the ones that are photographs and ones that are pure graphics. I am open to different software ...
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Photoshop Batch Action - Relative Positioning

I am currently trying to create a batch action in Photoshop CS3 to re-size the canvas on images of varying dimensions and insert a text box in the new space at the bottom of the image created by ...
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Photoshop: Batch Fit Image x Bicublic Sharper?

1) By File -> Automate -> Fit Image..., we can fit images of any size or orientation into a particular frame size. But we cannot specify the resample method, like Bicublic Sharper. In fact we ...
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Recoloring .eps files

I've got 280 .eps files with QR-codes that I data merge into InDesign. However, I need to change the black color into the company color. I can't find a way of doing this in InDesign directly, so I'm ...
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How do I add a frame to a batch of images using photoshop?

I know how to add a frame to a single photo in Photoshop, but I don't know an easy way to choose multiple photos and apply the same type of frame to all of them. Can anyone suggest a method please?
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How to batch update multiple image links in InDesign CS5 or CS6?

I am using Adobe InDesign CS5.5 and / or CS6 (depending on if this feature can be found in one or the other program). Does anyone know if there is a way to batch update multiple image links in ...
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How can I use “Save For Web” in a Batch Action and save new files in their original files folder using Photoshop CS?

Let me explain the title a little further. What I have is a series of PDF files in a series of folders -- Parent Folder   -Child Folder      --PDF file ...
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How to automatically document the image dimensions of a huge list of different sized images?

I have over 1000 images to process and it would make life easier if I could obtain the dimensions of the each image in a spreadsheet or document. I was hoping for a program or something where I ...
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Preserving aspect ratio in a batch with Photoshop

I have a large list of images (all different sizes and aspect ratios) that need to be edited. I need to perform the following operations: Crop image to a specific aspect ratio Resize that image to ...
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Generate thumbnails from a folder of images

I have a folder on my computer with some images inside it. For each image I would like to create a smaller thumbnail of the image with a specific width and height. I recently downloaded Microsoft ...
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Illustrator - Print copies with sequential numbers

I have an Illustrator document, which has a text field with a number. How do I print X copies of it, so each copy has a different sequential number on it, say from 0000 to X ?
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Low res vertical photos using Photoshop CS5

I´m using .raw files in CS5 and saving them to .jpg and they are all unedited... The portrait photos are all being compressed and have low res while the landscape ones are fine, why is that? I have ...
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How to apply the same Distort effect to a batch of Adobe Illustrator files?

I'm trying to batch apply one specific Distort Effect to several different AI files at the same time. These are the settings for the Distort Effect I'm trying to apply: Distort / Tweak with the ...
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How do you bypass having to manually save during Photoshop batch processing? [duplicate]

I have over 600 JPG images, and I need to apply the same action to all of them and then have them saved to a new folder. I tried batch, but after each image it brings up the JPG options dialog asking ...
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Export Photoshop layers in subfolder to individual files?

My question is an extension from this question ( Export photoshop layers to individual PNG files - batch process? ), but for some reason, I can't seem to contact any of the posters from that thread. ...
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How to batch-export SVG's to EPS on Windows or import them into InDesign CS6

I noticed that in Adobe CS6 there is still no way to import *.svg files into Adobe InDesign and Photoshop. Now I want to use a lot of svg's from "TheNounProject", due to their high quality and ...
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Automated way to extract irregularly sized sprites from a sprite sheet

I have a sprite sheet from a classic video game (if you're curious, Final Fight) that I'd like to be broken up into indivual images to be used in GameSalad. However, the images aren't on an even grid, ...
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How to create multiple buttons in bulk with Gimp?

I'm trying to create a "set" of buttons. Actually I can make the buttons somewhat easily. In GIMP I have a template (It's a rectangle… soooo complicated). Take template, add text to text box for ...
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Batch canvas resize (add 1 inch of blank canvas to the top of all images)

What is the most efficient way to add X amount of blank canvas to the top of a bunch of images? I'm sure there's a program capable of doing a batch process somewhere. But so far all I've found is ...
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Combinations and Permutations of Photoshop Layers?

This one is a big one I have a Photoshop document that has 8 Layers in it. I need to create a way to use those 8 layers and create certain combinations depending on the rules below... Example: ...
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How can I remove compression artifacts around text?

Example: This seems to be a problem with using JPEG. My questions are: How to remove the grey areas around the text? What filter/process in GIMP/ImageMagick or other free image ...
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How to Batch-export layers of Inkscape-generated SVG-file to Bitmap for sprites?

Batch -export means that I may need to add certain transformations such as anti-alias, contrast-fixes and resizing. SVG here means I am using Inkscape. One layer here is a sprite. I currently export ...
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Batch Resize Multiple Images in InDesign Document from Placed MS Word Content

Problem: When I place an entire Word document that includes text and image, the images do not respect the margins and resize automatically, so I have to manually resize them. Desired Solution(s): ...
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How to batch resize canvas of multiple files placing the original pictures in the centers?

I have got some hundreds of pictures of different shapes. For example one is 600x600, another is 307x600, the third is 600x400, the fourth is 500x300. What I need to turn them all into 600x600 (or ...
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Photoshop Batch save under unique names when cutting images apart

I am trying to batch process images that need to be cut into multiple smaller images. I have an action that opens an image, then selects a portion of it, copies, creates a new image, pastes, then ...
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Command-line bitmap tracing with inkscape

Suppose you want to trace multiple bitmaps with some fixed inkscape tracing settings, is there a way to do it automatically with a batch file?
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Batch process images to 640px width but don't resize if less than 640px

I have a huge amount of images that I would like to batch process with Photoshop (any version). They're all different shapes and sizes in terms of resolution and quality. I want to batch process ...
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Picking only black-white and grayscale images for batch-processing

Is it possible to pick only black-white and grayscale images for photoshop (or another graphical program) batch-processing, even if they are have colored mode (24 or 32 bit). Thus, all pixels bypass ...
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Black-white and grayscale to alpha conversion for images

Is there an utility for converting all black-white and grayscale images from certain folder to the same images with adjusted alpha channel? For example, for pixel (r:50, g:50, b:50, a:0) I would like ...
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Photoshop batch job: export to folder (filenames)

I'm trying to run a batch file on a custom action. The action does one thing: File -> Export -> Paths to Illustrator. However, whenever I run that action as a batch on multiple files, it saves each ...