Sometimes when you want to post photos online or email them, it’s best to resize them to a smaller size so that the recipient can download them faster.
Or you may want to shrink the images to fit on a CD, memory card, or flash drive. You can resize an entire folder of images or multiple images at once using the Photoshop Elements Editor or the Organizer. This tutorial will walk you through both methods.
We’ll start by showing you the Photoshop Elements Editor method because many people don’t realize that Elements Editor has a powerful batch processing tool built in. This is best for processing an entire folder of images rather than multiple images from different locations.
- Multiple files command
- Select source and destination folders
- Specify image size
- Optional format conversion
- Resize from the organizer
- Export New Files Dialog Box
- Set file type
- Choose your preferred image format
- Set quality, location and custom name
Multiple files command
Open the Photoshop Elements editor and choose File > Process Multiple Files. The screen shown here appears.
The Process Multiple Files command dates back to version 3.0.
Select source and destination folders
Set “Process files from” to the folder.
Click the Browse button next to the source and navigate to the folder containing the images you want to resize.
Next to Destination, click Browse and navigate to the folder where you want to place your edited photos. It is recommended to use different source and destination folders to avoid accidentally overwriting the originals.
If you want Photoshop Elements to resize all images in a folder and its subfolders, check the box to include subfolders.
Specify image size
Navigate to the Image Size section in the Process Multiple Files dialog box and check the box to resize images.
Enter the desired size for the reduced images. You will probably also want to check the “Limited aspect ratio” box, otherwise the image dimensions will be distorted. When this option is enabled, you only need to enter one of the height or width numbers. Here are some suggestions for the new image sizes:
If your recipients only view photos and you want them to be small, try 800 by 600 pixels (resolution doesn’t matter in this case). If you want your recipients to be able to print photos, enter the desired print size in inches and set the resolution between 200-300 dpi.
Keep in mind that the larger the size and resolution, the larger your files will be, and some settings can make images appear larger instead of smaller.
A good conservative setting for this is 4 by 6 inches, 200 dpi for medium quality prints, or 300 dpi for high quality prints.
Optional format conversion
If you want to resize the resized images, check the “Convert files” box and choose a new format. JPEG High Quality is a good option, but you can experiment with other options.
If the files are too large, you can, for example, switch to a medium quality JPEG. Since resizing images makes them softer, you can check the Sharpen box on the right side of the dialog box. However, this can make the file larger than if you didn’t sharpen it.
Click OK, sit back and wait, or do something else while Photoshop Elements processes the files for you.
Continue to the next page to learn how to resize multiple images in Photoshop Elements Organizer.
Resize from the organizer
If you don’t want to resize an entire folder of images, you might want to use Photoshop Elements Organizer to resize it in batches.
Open Photoshop Elements Organizer and select all the images you want to resize.
With them selected, choose File > Export > New Files.
Export New Files Dialog Box
The Export New Files dialog box appears, where you can set the image processing options.
Set file type
In the File type section, you can choose to keep or change the original format. Since we also want to reduce the image size, we need to select something other than the original. You’ll most likely want to go with JPEG because it produces the smallest files.
Choose your preferred image format
After setting the file type to JPEG, go to Size and Quality and select the photo size. 800×600 is a good size for photos that only recipients can see, but if you want your recipients to be able to print them, you may need to enlarge them.
You can choose custom to enter your own size if any of the size options in the menu do not suit your needs. For printing, 1600×1200 pixels gives a good print quality of 4 by 6 inches.
Set quality, location and custom name
Also adjust the image quality slider. We try to keep this around 8 which is a good compromise between quality and size.
The higher you go here, the better the images will look, but they will be larger files. If you are using large image sizes, you may need to lower the quality to reduce the file size.
In the Location section, click Browse and navigate to the folder where you want to place the resized images.
In the File Names section, you can either keep the names the same or add a generic base name, and Photoshop Elements will rename the files to that name and add a string of numbers to the end of each file.
Click Export and Elements will start processing the files. The status bar shows the progress of the operation and Elements shows you a message that the export is complete. Navigate to the folder where you placed the files and you should find them there.