Ever had one of those situations when you need to send someone one or more images in an email or upload images to a website only to find that they were too large? Sounds like you need to batch optimize your images.
Large or uncompressed images result in slow or undeliverable messages, extended load times and/or upload errors. The easiest thing to do is to batch compress those images using and image editor such as Adobe Fireworks, found bundled with CS4 CS4 Web Premium or as a standalone application. Adobe Fireworks allows you to work with a folder of images or a single image and to optimize it for a variety of uses. The easiest method to do the following:
- 1. In the Adobe Fireworks Menu Bar select File.
- 2. Select Batch Process…
A dialog will open and you will have to navigate to the folder or image you would like to batch compress. Or, if you already have the images open, click on Include Current Open Files. Click Next in the middle of the dialog.
In the Batch Process dialog window you can select options to Export (optimize), Scale, Find and Replace, Rename, or perform Commands on your images. Let’s say you wanted to batch a series of images to an area of 500 x 500 pixels and wanted the image at 80% reduced quality.
Since you already have your image selected try the following:
- 1. Double-click on Export.
- Under settings select JPEG – Better Quality from the drop-down menu.
- Resize the image, double-click on Scale, and select Scale to Fit Area.
- Here set the Max Width to 500 px and the Max Height to 500.
- Click Next
The last Batch Process dialog requires you to set the Save settings. You can Save the images to the same location as the original files and select Backups. It is always good to work with Backups as you never know when something could go wrong.
- 1. Under Batch Output select Same location as Original File.
- 2. Check box Backups
- 3. Select Overwrite existing backups.
You can also Save Script if this might become a part of a routine. To access the Batch Process Script for Adobe Fireworks simply click here.
If you want to accomplish the same thing and just have one image open in Adobe Fireworks do the following:
- 1. Scale the Modify > Canvas > Image Size…
- 2. Set the longest edge to 500 px (The other might be shorter depending on the image)
- 3. In the Optimize Menu (F9) select JPEG – Better Quality.
- 4. Click on File > Export…
This will not save a Backup Image so you might want to name the file something different so you don’t overwrite the original.