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184 Points

Mon, Apr 1, 2019 5:43 PM

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Please included a script in Photoshop CC for batch conversion of PSD files to PNG.

Please included a script in Photoshop CC for batch conversion of PSD files to PNG.

This function really is needed.  I need a huge number of photographs that came out of Photoshop all to be PNG format with transparent backgrounds for building a catalogue in InDesign.  Ideally I'd like to be able to batch convert all my files to PNGs to keep my total file size down as small as possible, but that's going to require opening every PSD and saving each one manually as a PNG.  I have hundreds of files, and a script for this would save me so much work.

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40 Messages

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658 Points

2 years ago

https://www.xnview.com xnconvert might do the trick. not sure, but its freeware.

6 Messages

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184 Points

2 years ago

A script to batch convert from and to any file format that Photoshop can use, should already be included in the program TBH.  I shouldn't have to go to a third party for this.

6 Messages

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184 Points

2 years ago

Thank you, though.  XNConvert actually did work perfectly, and very quickly.  It seems this is going to do exactly what I need.  
I still think a script for this should already be included in Photoshop, though.

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658 Points

My pleasure.  :)

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35K Points

I agree. If/when we can use Image Processor Pro, it exists. But not in the regular Image Processor Pro, and they seem unwilling/unable to license IP Pro from the developer OR to give us our own script. I'll vote. I don't really want something that won't work with Bridge, which IP Pro will, or just be a basic, simple script in PS, since I already have too many auxiliary apps floating about.

40 Messages

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658 Points

2 years ago

You are right. Should have been in there for years. But it isn't – so i thought this might help. I used in in the past. I don't think Adobe will implement this anytime soon.

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286 Points

2 years ago

Why not use an action?

6 Messages

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184 Points

I really don't even know what that is, TBH.

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286 Points

It's a super easy way to create your own "scripts" in Photoshop. In Photoshop, open "Window --> Actions" and create a new action. It will record what you do, such as saving a PSD as a PNG and closing the window. Then stop your recording and you can tell Photoshop to run that action as a batch on an entire folder. It will automatically process your files and have them done in a fraction of the time it would take you to do it.

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184 Points

Oh, no kidding!?
I had no idea about that.  I'm a junior graphic designer essentially fresh out of school, and this is my first professional job so I'll take all the hints, tips, and advice I can get from the folks who know more than I do.
I'm on Raj's account, but I'm one of his new employees.

11 Messages

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286 Points

No prob! It's a great tool. One of the more under-appreciated functions of Photoshop, and honestly, one of the most powerful ones. :)

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184 Points

Indeed.  That's probably going to get used a lot in my future.  Thank you.

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35K Points

And then you can have fun figuring out the Batch dialog and making sure the action you wrote gets the right settings. But all good things to learn for sure. Go a step further and learn about Droplets. You can drag an entire folder onto an action droplet to process every file in it.

Or for now, since Actions do have a bit of a learning curve, and the Batch. . . dialog even more so, then Droplets on top of that, you can google Image Processor Pro by, I believe, Xbytor. It may still be free, and it may work with your version of PS if you follow the installation instructions.

So many ways to get the same thing done. So many choices in all things PS <BG> And I sincerely agree that as you're new to PS, learning about actions and all things related is a must for SO many reasons other than this single one. It will save your sanity if you're going to be a graphic designer who has to do a lot of repetitious tasks. I have some on keyboard shortcuts, they're just that valuable, no matter how short they are.

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382 Points

2 years ago

FYI, this functionality is built into PS Elements. I use it all the time.

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It wouldn't surprise me if the PS team figured anyone doing this would be fine with Export As, since it would be for web assets and the PSD document set up appropriately for that. That many of us use PNG for other reasons still seems to somewhat elude them.  '-}

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16.8K Points

2 years ago

The Bridge SDK has a sample script for converting to PNG, if someone wants to go that route.