Photoshop: Resizing has been downgraded from Photoshop Elements.

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Everything looks the same in the image processor for Photoshop CS5 and CS6. You can select the Length and Width in pixels when resizing multiple images, BUT... The image processor works only in fixed aspect ratios, and does not alert you to this by updating one box when you input a number in the other. I've been adjusting my 48 x 24in. images for years to customers wanting 47x22, 46x23, and hundreds of other minute variations.
Here's the bottom line: The CS5 and CS6 do not do this basic job. I have to keep an old version of Photoshop Elements installed on all of my computers just for this feature. I know there are work-arounds using actions and such but that is added recurring effort.
Is this a bug that only I know or care about? Has the capability to adjust aspect ratio for multiple files been intentionally left out? Is it possible that I just haven't figured out the easy way to do this in Photoshop?

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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Hi Jim T,

That's not a bug. Those fields specify the Max value, not the absolute dimensions. Image Processor is designed for batching images of varying dimension. If they were the absolute value, then Image Processor wouldn't work as intended for the majority of customers.

If you're doing this on a one-by-one basis, use the command Image>Image Size...

Or, you could modify the Image Processor script directly by modifying the underlying javascript.

Or you could simply assign an action that does an absolute image size in the "Preferences" section (Run Action), to do what you want.
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Jeff, that behavior does make sense as sometimes I need that functionality. In fact my export actions from Bridge behave nicely that way. I suppose that is why the changed the behavior from Elements way back when.

I don't want to create an action every time I do one of these. It's every day. I suppose I'll just have to stick with this version of elements as long is it operates. I would bet the later versions of that program no longer do what I need either.

What about a way to prompt me for the Length and Width in the middle of an action? Otherwise I will look into the script, but at the moment I'm not sure where those types of modules reside.
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Hi Jim T, yes, you can have the action prompt you. Just make sure you toggle the show dialog button:



Let me know if that works for you.
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Jeff,

I'll give it a try. I suspect it will probably make me enter the size every time the action is executed though.