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Thank you, Jason Ahlquist

Five years ago...well, 5.5 years ago to be a bit more precise, Jason Ahlquist, Lenny Bailes, and I co-edited a one-hour one-shot at ConFusion 31.

Jason knew a good deal more about Photoshop than I did, including how to batch process images. He showed me how it worked, and I benefit from that knowledge every time I resize a hundred or more images to a 250 pixel width for the Improbable Research blog.

Today, though...today I must shout praises and thanks to Jason, and also to Photoshop for having such a lovely capability. Last night, I used batch processing to resize 393 images to a standard 5 pica height for use in a photo index, adding "5pTall" to each filename in the process. Then, today, I turned to it again when I realized that the color profile on over 1,000 images needed to be reset from SWOP to Japan 2001.*

Even though the images needed to stay in their original folders, the batch process function has an option for including all subfolders, so I only had to go up one level and run the job from there. It took a bit of supervision -- 10 black and white illustrations need some handholding. Okay. I can live with that.

Crank, crank, zippityzip, then click the InDesign files and select "update all links." Piece of cake.

Yes, I did make a SAFETY BACKUP of not just images but the entire 13 gigs involved in the project. I even did that before turning Photoshop loose on a great, big book's worth of images.

* SWOP = standard web offset profile, and, no, "web" doesn't stand for the world wide web in this instance, but rather web printing.

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chiefwirehead
Aug. 12th, 2010 07:18 am (UTC)

I actually think that's cool. I don't know if Graphics Converter could do that or not.
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(Anonymous)
Sep. 6th, 2010 12:53 am (UTC)
you are welcome!
This is Jason. I was looking for a lost photo of me that I remembered I posted online and stumbled on this post. Ironically, batch processing in one form or another plays a daily part in work life these days. Praise the scripting gods.
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