ACR Batch Crop, overwrite original files?

Hello All,

I am currently trying to find the best way to achieve a big task; I have a large number of photos for a client (2500) that need to be be cropped into a square image, but currently all these images all vary in their aspect ratio. In order to avoid upsampling and cropping each image individually in photoshop, I've found a script that will create a 1:1 aspect ratio by adding white margin to the short side of the image.. that's the easy part.

SO, I am left with images that have a 1:1 aspect ratio, but now that white space needs to be cropped out. This is where I need help.

I was trying to achieve this in ACR because it will allow me to custom crop multiple images while preserving the 1:1 ratio. I need to be able to control/adjust the crop if needed, so auto crop or a same-crop script will not do. The problem is, that because ACR is parametric editor, it does not allow me to overwrite my existing jpegs. The program creates a copy and adds a "_1" to the end of EVERY file and, regardless of any numbering already created from my Photoshop image processor. This is an issue because I already have the correct file names + numbering from the previous processing in photoshop.

I have looked all over the web, and have found some very helpful info, yet, I am just on the cusp of trying to achieve it. I am inexperienced with Photoshop scripting, so I do not know if there may be a better way to achieve all of this at once. Really the main issue is just that my files need to have a specific nomenclature, and ACR is ruining it and making extra work for me! Is there any other program that can achieve a batch cropping of this caliber while allowing overwrite? I know there are a lot of programs out there that can batch crop for me - however the specific functionality I require from Camera Raw is the ability to control each crop manually when necessary, while maintaining the 1:1 ratio (the images are all so different that I literally need to see the crop to ensure it's okay)

Is there possibly a better way to do this? or even to somehow bundle all of these processes together?

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ACR Batch Crop, overwrite original files?

Hello All,

I am currently trying to find the best way to achieve a big task; I have a large number of photos for a client (2500) that need to be be cropped into a square image, but currently all these images all vary in their aspect ratio. In order to avoid upsampling and cropping each image individually in photoshop, I've found a script that will create a 1:1 aspect ratio by adding white margin to the short side of the image.. that's the easy part.

SO, I am left with images that have a 1:1 aspect ratio, but now that white space needs to be cropped out. This is where I need help.

I was trying to achieve this in ACR because it will allow me to custom crop multiple images while preserving the 1:1 ratio. I need to be able to control/adjust the crop if needed, so auto crop or a same-crop script will not do. The problem is, that because ACR is parametric editor, it does not allow me to overwrite my existing jpegs. The program creates a copy and adds a "_1" to the end of EVERY file and, regardless of any numbering already created from my Photoshop image processor. This is an issue because I already have the correct file names + numbering from the previous processing in photoshop.

I have looked all over the web, and have found some very helpful info, yet, I am just on the cusp of trying to achieve it. I am inexperienced with Photoshop scripting, so I do not know if there may be a better way to achieve all of this at once. Really the main issue is just that my files need to have a specific nomenclature, and ACR is ruining it and making extra work for me! Is there any other program that can achieve a batch cropping of this caliber while allowing overwrite? I know there are a lot of programs out there that can batch crop for me - however the specific functionality I require from Camera Raw is the ability to control each crop manually when necessary, while maintaining the 1:1 ratio (the images are all so different that I literally need to see the crop to ensure it's okay)

Is there possibly a better way to do this? or even to somehow bundle all of these processes together?

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Re: ACR Batch Crop, overwrite original files?

Adobe Community Professional, Nov 11, 2017

A few random thoughts…

• Photoshop offers a 1:1 crop option, so no need to use a script to add white to pad out the image.

• I don’t understand how removing the white areas of a 1:1 (square) cropped image will result in a 1:1 image, as it would no longer be square?

• For “best form” I would suggest using the cropping script to output to a lossless compression format, rather than a JPEG file, as you are making a JPEG from a JPEG, which is not ideal (however there may be very little visible difference if you are lucky).

• If you save from ACR to a different folder, the unwanted “_1” characters will not be added (then move the files back, overwriting the originals).

• Even if you accept that you must create copies, it is very easy to remove the unwanted “_1” characters using the Batch Rename tool in Adobe Bridge (obviously moving or deleting the previous files so that there are no conflicts).

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