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Batch Processing Images in Fireworks

If all you have to work with are raw images provided by a client or accessed directly from a camera, you will want to process those images. Processing will allow you to optimize, size, and generate thumbnails. This tutorial will show you how to use the powerful batch processing features in Adobe Fireworks to process your images. Other image editors have batch processing capabilities, but we've found Fireworks to be the easiest to use.

1. Processing Full-Size Images

Open Fireworks. When Fireworks opens, choose File > Batch Process. A browse dialog will open.

Browse to the folder containing your images. Click the Add button to add one image at a time or the Add All button to add all images in the folder to the batch process.

Click Next. The Batch Process window will open.

In the Batch options column, select Scale and click the Add button to add it to the Include in batch column.

In the Scale section, choose Scale to Fit Area. Enter a Max width and Max height value. We used 1200 pixels. You can set it to whatever you need to. This means the image will scale within its natural aspect ratio with 1200 pixels the upper boundary for both width and height.

Check the Only scale documents currently larger than target size to prevent Fireworks from up-sizing any images that are already at least 1200 pixels wide or tall.

Click Next to choose where to save your processed images.

For Batch output, you can choose the Same location as original file, which will overwrite your originals. You can also choose a Custom location, in which case you will be presented with a folder dialog allowing you to browse to a folder within your defined site or create a new folder within your defined site. When you create a Custom location, your original files are neither overwritten nor moved.

Click the Batch button to start the process.

2. Processing Thumbnail Images

Open Fireworks. When Fireworks opens, choose File > Batch Process. A browse dialog will open.

Browse to the folder containing your final full-size images. Click the Add button to add one image at a time or the Add All button to add all images in the folder to the batch process.

Click Next. The Batch Process window will open.

In the Batch options column, select Scale and click the Add button to add it to the Include in batch column.

In the Scale section, choose Scale to Fit Area. Enter a Max width and Max height value. We used 120 pixels. You can set it to whatever you need to. This means the image will scale within its natural aspect ratio with 120 pixels the upper boundary for both width and height.

In the Batch options column, select Rename and click the Add button to add it to the Include in batch column.

In the Rename section, choose Add Suffix. Enter _tmb.

Click Next to choose where to save your processed images.

Choose Custom location and when the folder dialog opens, create a new folder called thumbs inside the folder where you saved your full-size images.

Click the Batch button to start the process.

The full-size images folder (pvii-testing) now has a sub-folder called thumbs, which contain the newly processed thumbnail images.

After batch processing images you are ready to use the MBX Import facility.