I need help on how to create an action to use for batching. I have an image that I would like to use as a background. I have 40 images, that need to have this image as a background. How would I go about setting this up?
Any help would be very much appreciated. I'm tired of going down the google wormhole and not finding what I feel should be a simple process.
Presuming that the existing image is a transparent layer and not flattened Background, record an action that places the static background image, then moves this layer below the transparent image. Then run the Action in Batch or Image Processor or Image Processor Pro. These scripts will open each variable foreground image in turn, apply the static background as per the action and save.
A similar topic thread here with a visual of the action steps expanded:
Thanks for the links, They were able to provide the information I needed!
Another option could be to use the Load Files Into Stack (layer) script. Then add all of the variable foreground images to a layer group/set folder. Then add the static background to a layer set/group folder below. Then use the following script:
Perhaps this instruction can help. It is still question whether images are larger than background image, smaller or same dimensions, that is not known to me while giving advice.
You can record simple action to place background image and move below layer wit image during batch process. Maybe you need to convert Background layer to normal in order to be able to move bgr image at the bottom.
Please provide more info or samples for better advice. What are dimensions of image for background: same as, greater or smaller than images which needs background?
Another important information is aspect ratio. Do your background have same or different aspect ratio from images which needs background.
Background and images are the same size. Background is a PSD file. Image's have the transparency that is needed.
I'm very new to photoshop.
I basically just need to take these 40 some images, add the background to each one, then batch it out as a PNG file.
I'm sure my steps are wrong in creating the action.
I open up the background.
Then I create the action.
~I use the selection in File: Place embedded (the images are already in the location they need to be)
Maybe using place embedded is wrong?
I will assume thst you have single layer images to process:
Open one image
Start recording action
Use Place Embedded to place background image
Drag background image at the bottom of layer stack
Stop recording action
This action should be executed during batch process using Image Processor Pro, for example.
You wrote "Image's have the transparency that is needed." You may have a problem with that Processing those image into a composite. Photoshop has a tendency of trimming completely transparent borders with features like Place and Copy/Past in effect change the layer's bound and the subject mater position in the new layer. The bounds is not the same as the image document canvas. This can cause problems. To get around this issue you may want to process your images with transparency so they will not have any transparent border. The way I do that is I put 1% opacity gray pixel in the image document top left and bottom right corners. You will never see these two pixels with your eyes.