Use Actions to resize for the web

03rd August 2011

In the last post I ran a video showing you how to resize all your photos in a batch But wait, have you ever had this problem....

...have you ever looked at your photos in Photoshop, or as prints and thought they looked great, but been disappointed with them when you posted them online? I have. It's all down to compression, a difference in colour space (very dull and technical!) and sharpening. As the photo gets made smaller for the web it loses information and detail.

After you've resized photos for the web you should really resharpen them and address any other issues that the resizing has caused.

HOWEVER, I'm sure you're too busy to mess around with all that.

So, here's what you can do to speed things up. I've found a handy Photoshop action that will resize and sharpen your photos for you so they're ready for the web. Plus, it's FREE!

Go here: and download the Action (you'll have to register to the website).

Once you have the Action downloaded you can use it by following the instructions here:

I've also done my own video on Photoshop Actions here:

That's the good news. The bad news is that if you're anything like me, you have thousands of photos online that could do with being taken down, reprocessed and uploaded again!

By way of an example, here's a photo that's been resized normally, without any sharpening:

...and here's the photo after I used the resizing / sharpening Action I mentioned above:

Hope that helps.

Dan Waters - The World's Most Helpful Photographer


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