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Batch Processing FTW

March 28, 2012
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Kyle Steed

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After spending 2-3 hours of labor exporting icons one at a time in illustrator, my neck and back were killing me. So after a good nights rest and some coffee, I set out to find a better way of doing things.

I tried the “save for web” feature in Illustrator, but still too labor intensive. I knew Photoshop actions were an option, but when I’m working with vector images I prefer to stay in Illustrator and Fireworks. So I turned my attention to Fireworks. I felt like a cave explorer with just my torch and some rope. Lucky for me, the options in Fireworks are pretty slim, so it didn’t take long to find what I had been searching for… Batch Processing.

Now, with just a few clicks of the mouse I could take what took me hours previously, and be done in just a few minutes. Can you hear the angels singing? So that’s what I try and demonstrate in this short screencast. How easy it is to take a group of images (in this case, my new steedicons) and scale them down and export them in one fell swoop. I hope you learn something new and even see the potential to do bigger and better things with this.