Photoshop tip needed - automated cropping multiple images

9 Jan 2009 - 3:43pm
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ldebett
2004

Hi folks -

I have about 30 screen shots that I need to crop at exactly the same x,y
location and with exactly the same dimensions. Actions in CS4 is failing
(not passing x,y origin but passing dimensions - UGH). Any tips on how to do
this another way?

Thanks,
Lisa

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9 Jan 2009 - 3:49pm
Angel Marquez
2008

Try File/Automate/Fit Image..
AND
I think you can use the Adobe Bridge to nav to the files and select the ones you want to apply the automation to.

9 Jan 2009 - 3:54pm
AlokJain
2006

Lisa,

I have not used CS4, but one way I can think is use two step cropping
using Canvas size. You can first trim the canvas from left and top
(same as x,y coordinates) and then again change canvas size trimming
right and bottom part of the image.

Cheers
AJ

9 Jan 2009 - 3:54pm
ldebett
2004

Thanks, Angel. But Fit Image is an image resizer. I need to crop them.

9 Jan 2009 - 3:56pm
Angel Marquez
2008

I think their is a crop straighten in File/Automate/Crop and Straighten...
oops

9 Jan 2009 - 4:01pm
ldebett
2004

Oooh crafty! I like it.

9 Jan 2009 - 4:14pm
Angel Marquez
2008

Before CS4 and I think even CS3 I would open all the source files in one
window and then drag them as a folder into the target canvas size window,
position the with the rule of
thirds<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rule_of_thirds> ,
and export the layers as animations (from imageReady ick..), and then rename
them to fit the 'framework' dynamics.
Those were the good old days though.

CS4 is kind of interesting. The default tabbed window canvas had me for
awhile. The Arrange Documents icon didn't yell out to me this is what you
really want to do. I think PS CS4 should have a preset dual monitor screen
mode though. Who doesn't use PS with two monitors? jk

9 Jan 2009 - 6:10pm
Mark Schraad
2006

Try GraphicConverter... the interface is rough but it will do a lot
of automated graphics processing and I believe it is shareware

9 Jan 2009 - 3:59pm
Wibke
2008

Hi Lisa,
Fast Stone Photo Resizer 2.7 is a free tool you can download. It
offers batch cropping under advanced options. I have never used it
for cropping but it is an excellent tool for batch adjustments.
Best of luck,
Wibke

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12 Jan 2009 - 12:18pm
ldebett
2004

Thanks, everyone, for all the suggestions!

I managed to quickly pull it off with Alok's suggestion of Canvas Resize and
Actions in CS4. I figured out through brute force the values of the
height/width needed to move the x,y position to 0,0 so I could crop
appropriately the image area I needed. Then I ran my crop Action and all was
well. I got my 30+ screen shots cropped to how I needed them.

Maybe someone at Adobe knows why Actions is recording all the correct info
(x,y, height, width), but then only passing height and width when you run
the action on another image?

Cheers,
Lisa

13 Jan 2009 - 2:14am
Andrei Herasimchuk
2004

On Jan 12, 2009, at 9:18 AM, Lisa deBettencourt wrote:

> Maybe someone at Adobe knows why Actions is recording all the
> correct info
> (x,y, height, width), but then only passing height and width when
> you run
> the action on another image?

Depends on which tool you are using IIRC. If you are using Canvas
Resize, there's no concept of an arbitrary X/Y reference coordinate to
use when clipping the image and all images are different. Canvas
Resize just uses top left, top right, bottom left, etc.

If you want to crop to a specific rectangle with a consistent X/Y top
left registration point, you have to record using the Crop Tool
itself, not the Canvas Resize dialog.

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9 Jan 2009 - 9:01pm
Todd Barlow
2008

Scripting is a much easier and faster way to process a large number of
files - once you write the script.

You can drive Photoshop using Javascript. The Adobe ExtendScript
Toolkit comes with CS3 and CS4. It supports writing scripts as well
as anything I've used.

Take a look at this page
http://www.photoshopsupport.com/tutorials/jennifer/photoshop-scripts.html
for examples of scripts. There is a crop script about a 1/3 of the
way down the page.

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7 Jul 2010 - 4:51am
filmsinematik
2010

I have not used CS4, but one way I can think is use two step cropping
using Canvas size. You can first trim the canvas from left and top
(same as x,y coordinates) and then again change canvas size trimming
right and bottom part of the image.

www.filmsinematik.tk

7 Jul 2010 - 4:05pm
Moisés Rangel
2009

Maybe this link is useful:
http://facultysupport.ucdavis.edu/techtips/photoshop/batch_cropping/index.html

2010/7/7 filmsinematik <filmsinematik@gmail.com>

I have not used CS4, but one way I can think is use two step cropping
using Canvas size. You can first trim the canvas from left and top
(same as x,y coordinates) and then again change canvas size trimming
right and bottom part of the image.

www.filmsinematik.tk [1]

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