How to Resize and Batch Process Images in Adobe Photoshop Workspace

Adobe Photoshop is the industry standard software for image editing and graphic design. With its powerful tools and capabilities, Photoshop makes it easy to resize and batch process images to prepare them for print, web, or other uses.

Resizing Images in Photoshop

Resizing images is a common task in Photoshop. You may need to resize images for use online, in print materials, or for other purposes. Photoshop provides an easy way to resize images through the Image Size dialog box.

Here are the steps to resize an image in Photoshop:

  1. Open the image you want to resize in Photoshop.
  2. Go to Image > Image Size. This opens the Image Size dialog box.
  3. Make sure the Resample checkbox is checked. This allows you to change the pixel dimensions of the image.
  4. Specify the new size for the image in pixels, inches, centimeters or as a percentage. To maintain proportion, select “Constrain Proportions”.
  5. Select the resampling method. Automatic works well for most images.
  6. Click OK to resize the image.

When resizing images, keep in mind the intended use. For print, aim for 300 ppi resolution. For web/screen use 72 ppi. Using the correct resolution ensures the image quality is sufficient for its intended use.

Batch Processing Images in Photoshop

When you need to process multiple images in the same way, batch processing automates the workflow saving you time and effort. Here’s how to set up batch image processing in Photoshop:

1. Record an Action

Start by recording an action, which is like a macro, capturing the steps to process an image. To record an action:

  1. Open an image you want to apply the processing steps to
  2. Click the Actions panel and create a new action
  3. Apply image adjustments and processing steps
  4. Stop recording the action

The action now contains those image processing steps.

2. Set Up Batch

With the action recorded, you can now automate the processing across multiple images:

  1. Go to File > Automate > Batch
  2. Select the action you recorded
  3. Set source to the folder of images to process
  4. Set destination for the processed images
  5. Click OK to run

Photoshop opens each image in the source folder, runs the action to process it, then exports it to the destination. This automates image processing for multiple files, saving time and effort.

Customizing Your Photoshop Workspace

The Photoshop workspace contains the panels, menus, options and other interface elements. You can customize the workspace to optimize your image editing workflow.

Use Preset Workspaces

Photoshop comes with preset workspaces for different types of creative work. To use a preset workspace:

  1. Go to Window > Workspace
  2. Select the workspace (Essentials, 3D, Motion, etc.)

This changes the panels and layout to suit that type of work.

Create Custom Workspaces

You can also save custom workspaces tailored to your workflow:

  1. Arrange the panels and tools as desired
  2. Go to Window > Workspace > New Workspace
  3. Name and save the custom workspace

You can then easily access this workspace later.

Customizing your Photoshop workspace to match your process allows you to work more efficiently and productively.


Learning to properly resize and batch process images are essential Photoshop skills for photographers and designers. Resizing prepares images for their intended use. Batch processing automates the workflow for editing multiple images identically. Customizing your Photoshop workspace optimizes the editing environment to suit your style and images. Master these core functions to get the most out of Photoshop and enhance your images.