Exporting Images To JPEG
Unlike a lot of photo editing softwares out there, exporting images from Photoshop isn’t all that obvious. Let’s break down the best ways to save or convert any image into JPEG with Photoshop.
1. Save As JPEG – Easiest Way
This is the ‘quick and dirty’ way of exporting your image into a .JPEG file. This option works great if you are just wanting to quickly export and don’t have very specific requirements. This option still exports files to JPEG in the best quality possible.
To export via Save As go to FILE > SAVE AS and a save as window will appear. Type in your desired file name, set the destination folder and change the format from Photoshop to Jpeg.
A final Jpeg Options window will appear to set the export and quality control of your photo. I typically will export all of my images at the maximum quality of 12. If you are wanting to send a low res image to someone then choose a lower level quality. This is easily adjusted with the Image Options quality slider. Although this slider will change the file size, .jpeg images are compressed enough that they rarely exceed just a few megabytes.
When you have completed the above steps, click okay and find your newly saved .Jpeg file in your destination folder! Quick and easy, no fancy settings required. My go to .jpeg export option in Photoshop due to it’s simplicity!
2. Image Processor – Best For Multiple JPEG Exports
This option works best when you are wanting to export multiple files, in multiple file types, all at once. This feature is absolutely key when you are wanting to save your image as both a .jpeg and a .psd file. The image processor allows you to do just that.
To access the image processor go to FILE > SCRIPTS > IMAGE PROCESSOR.
Once you open the image processor you have a few main options, all of which are very straight forward. The first option you have is to select what you want to export. Since you are wanting to export your multiple opened photoshop documents, select “use open images”.
The second option is where we set our exports destination folder. Either select “save in same location” to save in the original file folders, or select a new destination by clicking “select folder”.
The third option allows you to decide what basic formats you want to export the image in. You have the three options, JPEG, PSD and TIFF. Simply check the box beside desired file format(s) to have your image save as that format. I typically will save my JPEG images at a quality of 12 and check the “convert profile to sRGB”. By converting your colour profile, you will not have to worry about your colours looking strange when you upload your image online.
The fourth option allows you to add your own export preferences. I don’t often use this feature but I do leave the “include ICC profile“ checked. Once you have gone through each option, select “Run” to begin exporting your opened photoshop documents.
The great part about the image processor is that it will separate each file type into their own folders. It does all the organization for us! how great is that? That’s why the Image Processor export feature is one of my favourite options when exporting multiple images to JPEG in Photoshop.
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