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.Â In this example,Â 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.
Press the create new action icon and name it suggestively, then hit RECORD.
Resize the image by going to Image-> Image Size
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)
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
When finished recording the action, hit the STOP button.
Step 2. Create droplet
This is the easiest part…goÂ to the File menu -> Automate -> Create droplet.
The create droplet window is now open. Here are 3 submenus – Save Droplet In, Play and File Naming.
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!
The final outcome:
Droplet (51.1 KiB, 951 hits)
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