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Portrait and Landscape actions in Photoshop

Tom Purnell , Apr 27, 2005; 11:04 a.m.

Greetings all. I have a pretty good work flow to get images from my 10D up to my website. I'm trying to improve my photoshop actions. I'd just like to know how others handle portrait vs landscape actions in photoshop (I have photoshop CS).

I have basic actions to change color space, resample to 72ppi, and some minor changing actions to overlay layers and add copyright info. But to change the image size, I have a different actions for portrait and landscape views. Then I have to setup 2 different "Master" actions for each view (portrait and landscape). To process my pictures, in photoshop browser, I choose all the portrait views and use the "Master" protrait action to batch those pictures. I do the same with the landscape views, but with the "Master" landscape action.

Is this the way others handle portrait vs landscape views? Is there a way in Photoshop CS to just resize without knowing if it's portrait or landscape? It would be easier to choose all the images in Photoshop's Browser and use a "Master" action to process all the files weather they are portrait or landscape.

Thanks in advance.


John Houghton , Apr 27, 2005; 12:48 p.m.

You can use File->Automate->Fit Image... to resize to, say, 600x600. This will result in the longer side of the image becoming 600, regardless of orientation. The shorter side will be scaled to maintain the correct proportion.

Tom Purnell , Apr 27, 2005; 12:52 p.m.

I new it was something that simple. Thanks. My actions will be so much simpler.

Claude R. - Luxembourg / EU , Apr 28, 2005; 07:58 a.m.

you learn something new everyday... thanks, I was looking for that a long time (also doing the 2 actions thing)

Jeff Spirer , Apr 28, 2005; 10:13 a.m.

resample to 72ppi

Why are you doing this? Assuming you are posting these to the web, the ppi is meaningless.

Tom Purnell , Apr 28, 2005; 10:19 a.m.


I'm changing the image resolution to 72 pixels/inch for web images. I do this through Image/Image Size and changing the Document Size resolution. Maybe I'm incorrectly using the term "Resample."

Kirk Keyes , Apr 28, 2005; 11:16 a.m.

Tom - read the following page - http://www.scantips.com/no72dpi.html and then continue on to the home page - http://www.scantips.com/

This web site will tell all that Jeff was asking about. It's a really good resource.

Tom Purnell , Apr 28, 2005; 04:52 p.m.

Well, that makes sense.

I guess I've always stuck with 72ppi when in reality (or webality), it doesn't really matter.

An image tag only has width and height settings. It doesn't care about the resolution.

Thanks again. I didn't know I'd get 2 good answers to one question 8)

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