How to create a droplet in Photoshop

A droplet is an executable file generated by Photoshop that allows you to apply a set of actions just by dragging and dropping files or folders on to it. This is a great time saver when you have to apply the same action to a lot of files! If you do this manually, you’ll spend a lot of precious time, energy, and most probably get bored! We all want not to get bored, right?

Let’s say you have to resize 100 jpeg’s, or apply the same effect to 500 more jpegs, or even better, resize, apply the same effect and save them as gif’s. No problem! You create a droplet in Photoshop and the job couldn’t be easier!

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So, let’s create ourselves some droplets, right?

Step 1. Create action

In this tutorial I used one of the images from our members area and Adobe Photoshop CS3 for PC.  In this example,  we’ll be making an action that will resize the image, apply a watermark to it and then save it as a jpeg file. You can download the droplet at the end of the tutorial.

First open an image,then bring up the actions window from the Window -> Actions, or with the keyboard shortcut ALT+F9.

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Press the create new action icon and name it suggestively, then hit RECORD.

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Resize the image by going to Image-> Image Size

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Now apply a watermark. (I used 10% opacity and a drop shadow with a distance and size of 5px and 0 spread for a white text)

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Now save it as a jpeg file by goiing to File-> Save As or CTRL +SHIFT + S for PC and COMMAND + SHIFT + S for Mac users

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When finished recording the action, hit the STOP button.

Step 2. Create droplet

This is the easiest part…go  to the File menu -> Automate -> Create droplet.

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The create droplet window is now open. Here are 3 submenus – Save Droplet In, Play and File Naming.

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The only button in the Save Droplet In menu is the CHOOSE button. Click the choose button to select your saving location, and name for the droplet. Then, go to the Play submenu, and select the action you want your droplet to make, from the Action drop-down menu. Hit Ok when you’re ready setting up you’re options…aaaaand cut! That’s it, you’ve just created a droplet! All you have to do, is use it!

Step 3. Using the droplet

Identify the location of the droplet in your computer and start dragging and dropping files (or even folders, just look over the options in the droplet menu and you’ll figure it out in no time) on to the droplet!

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The final outcome:

final droplet image

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  Droplet (51.1 KiB, 973 hits)

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25 Comments How to create a droplet in Photoshop

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  2. Nora Reed Mar 31, 2009 at 08:41

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  6. Everlins Nunes Apr 10, 2009 at 15:09

    Agora eu seeei!!! Muito Obrigado.

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  7. John Apr 15, 2009 at 16:12

    Droplet will not work when you use “Save As, or Save for Web” because the name you give it during saving, is written into the action. Therefore, every time a file is dropped onto the droplet it wants to overwrite the previous one. And yes I do have the Override “Save As” checkbox checked.

    Thoughts?

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  8. John Apr 15, 2009 at 16:51

    Not sure what went wrong the first time, but I got it working now.

    Ahh you picky photoshop you.

    Lol.

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    1. Wazza Oct 26, 2010 at 20:23

      What did you do? I had the same problem but it’s still overwriting the previous file.

      Reply
  9. John Apr 15, 2009 at 16:53

    Thanks for the good tut.

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    1. cosmin Apr 15, 2009 at 23:14

      It may be a bit tricky with the “save as” thingy, I had some issues at first too, but I’m glad you worked it out, John! And I’m also very glad you liked the tut.
      Come back for more:)

      Reply
  10. Gangster39 Oct 10, 2009 at 09:45

    We discussed it two years back at this blog. ,

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  12. Om Nov 30, 2010 at 21:51

    It really work for me.. thanks a lot.. its very useful for every designer…
    thanks…

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  15. TANKEU WILLIAM Jun 21, 2012 at 21:02

    good morning,

    just to know whether i can receive tips about photoshop software from time to time?

    thank you very much for your helps

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    1. Doink Jun 22, 2012 at 17:26

      Indeed, you will. Just drop a comment and we’ll reply with a solution :)

      Reply
  16. Shane Robbins Oct 18, 2012 at 18:05

    In my droplets (which I would like to save as a Jpeg), every time I run the droplet it asks me for save as settings for each individual picture, kinda defeats the purpose… Am I doing something wrong?

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  17. Scott Spencer-White May 2, 2018 at 08:05

    I’ve never heard of Ps Droplets before – what a game changer! Anything that saves precious time like this is worth its weight in gold! Thanks for sharing it!

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  18. Natasha Aug 10, 2018 at 03:14

    Thanks. Your guidance and tips are important and we appreciate your efforts for sharing this great information!

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  19. Emily Maddison Sep 10, 2018 at 01:12

    What a nice information photoshop cs3 . More than learning about how to create a droplet in photoshop. Many many learn this post.

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