Why yet another Photoshop Batch
The batch processor (Automation tool) built into Photoshop
is very powerful (same can be said about the ImageProcesor script).
one important feature:
- You cannot run the batch processors on a source image tree and
create a target image tree with the same folder hierarchy.
Xbytor has written for our readers a free batch processor script that
solves this problem (read xbytor's
introduction to scripting).
The use of XBatch is very simple (especially if you understand the
Photoshop Automation tool). To launch XBatch the use File->Scripts
menu in Photoshop.
XBatch User Interface
Most elements of the Xbatch user interface are easy to
- Source Directory (folder): here are the images you want to process
- Target Directory (folder): Here the processed images are stored
- Action Set: The set where the action resides you want to use
- Action: Name of the action you want to use
The optional use of a script is not that obvious and many users may
not even need this option. There are some things that can only be done
using scripts and not actions. Let's assume you you flatten your image
(can be done in actions) and then there are still some alpha channels
left. Clearing off these alpha channels cannot be performed easily
in any action. But there are scripts that can do this. We included
in the download file for XBatch (see below) one sample script that
exactly does this.
You may now think why not use the script inside the action you perform
using XBatch? The good news is that scripts work inside a actions.
The bad news is that XBatch is a script and scripts inside actions
used from scripts don't work. That is why we added the option to run
a script before the actions are called. I our case, we flatten the
file in the script and also remove the alpha channels.
You can download XBatch
for CS2 from here.
You can download XBatch
for CS3 from here.
We want to thank xbytor a lot for creating this very
We hope you agree that this is a very useful script that xbytor makes
available for the Photoshop user community. We initiated the basic
idea and xbytor did all the hard scripting work. XBatch also demonstrates
how powerful Photoshop scripting can be. Happy XBatch processing. For
questions and comment please use our news groups.
About the xbytor
I have a long history in software engineering and photography. Scripting
Photoshop has turned out to be excellent way to engage both of these
passions. In addition to providing support to other scriptwriters on
the Adobe Scripting Forum and ps-scripts.com, I also offer online consulting
services for those in need of additional help.
You can contact