Marc Kean

December 18, 2011

Use Photoshop batch to process all photos in a folder

Filed under: Computers and Internet,Uncategorized — marckean @ 2:45 pm

If you take many photos and normally use Photoshop to Auto Tone, Auto Contrast and Auto Color as a manual task, this can be fairly time consuming. This guide will show you how to automate this on a folder basis. All photos in a folder can be automatically processed by Photoshop for Auto Tone, Auto Contrast and Auto Color, saving you lots of time by using pre-recorded Actions in a batch job!

  1. Create an output directory on your computer where all Edited photos will output and saved to, e.g. C:\Users\<user>\Pictures\Edited
  2. Open Photoshop and open any image as preparation. You will be making changes to this image, so make sure it’s an image that you don’t mind making changes to. This is to record the automatic Actions.
  3. Create and record an Action. If you can’t see the Actions window on the right, click on the Window menu, and select Actions. Click the down arrow, and select New Action.


  4. Give it a name, something meaningful then click Record


  5. When recording you will need to go through all these actions in the following screen shot.


  6. The steps you need to choose as you record are:
    • Auto Tone
    • Auto Contrast
    • Auto Color
    • File, Save As, navigate to the directory you created before e.g. C:\Users\<user>\Pictures\Edited and save the image
    • File, Close
  7. Go back to the Actions window and click the Stop button at the bottom


  8. That’s in for recording an Action, you are now ready to process many images in a single folder. To process all photos in a folder, click File, Automate, Batch, then select the Action you recorded before and choose your source folder. Ensure all other tick boxes are the same as in the screen shot below (ignoring the destination folder path) and click OK.



  1. Nice
    Thanks : )

    Comment by Walmar — February 7, 2013 @ 4:16 am | Reply

  2. Thanks a million.

    Comment by Dk — April 7, 2013 @ 7:34 am | Reply

  3. I am getting a pop messegw that ‘The command levels is not available’ again and again
    how to fix it

    Comment by sarbjeet singh — May 2, 2013 @ 9:09 pm | Reply

  4. I had the same problem, to fix this try one of the following:

    1. Begin recording the action BEFORE opening your image file and do everything else the same as shown above.


    2. Uncheck the tickbox “Override Action “Open” Commands” in the Batch Processing dialog box shown in the screenshot above.

    Comment by Neechtech (@Neechtech) — May 8, 2013 @ 12:44 am | Reply

  5. Thanks,
    Just need to uncheck the “Override Action “open” commands”.

    Comment by Eric — September 29, 2013 @ 4:11 am | Reply

  6. Thanks!

    Comment by phill711 — August 21, 2015 @ 7:16 pm | Reply

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