How to Batch Process in Photoshop Elements 2 ...a simple guide to how I do it in 4 steps
Step 1 - Create Batch Processing Folders
I create an input and an output folder somewhere in My Documents or My Pictures and COPY all the images I want to batch process into the input folder. The output folder is where I shall later tell Elements to save the converted files. This approach has three major benefits - (1) there is no risk that I will accidentally overwrite or delete the original files, (2) I always know where to put the input files and where to find the output files and (3) once set to use these folders, it is one less parameter to set each time you come to batch process, thus minimising worry, confusion and subsequent fruitless searching for files because you don't know where "it" put them!
You can create the input and output folders wherever you like and might prefer the output folder to be on your desktop, where it will be most easily found.
Here's how to create a folder:
Start | My Documents (this opens Windows Explorer also known as an "Explorer Window"):
and not to be confused with Internet Explorer:
...Navigate to where you want to create the new folder(s)...
File | New | Folder
...Give it a name..."Input" is good!
Repeat - File | New | Folder
...Give it a name... "output" seems reasonable
Step 2 - Copy your image files into Input folder Go back to your Explorer window
Navigate to where your image files are
COPY (do not move) your original image files into your new Input folder:
...Select (highlight) all the files to copy... ...Click and drag, while holding down CTRL to copy to the input folder...
(You will notice a + sign on your cursor while carrying out a copy operation) Step 3 - Batch Processing Parameters Start Photoshop Elements 2
File | Batch Processing...
brings up this dialogue box, which I have pre-filled with parameters to create files of a suitable size to e-mail. Obviously, the Input ("Source...") and Output ("Desination...") folders are the ones I use, you've already chosen your own.
The "OK" box just tells you that you do not need to enter the other value. However, it means that images will be either 800 x 500 (approx) w x h for landscape images or 800 x about 1100 for portrait images. This is because it can only cope with reducing the width, the height is always proportionate to the fixed width. Moral - process landscape and portrait images separately, constraining the height or the width appropriately. Alternatively don't worry too much because 800x1100 is still ok to email and most of your images will probably be landscape anyway.
Step 4 - Locate your converted files
Go back to your Explorer window (see step 1) and locate your Output ("Destination") folder and that's the one from which you can attach your files to your messages. To do that in your e-mail program it's the same, the window that opens up when you click on "Attach | Browse..." is nothing more than a cut down Explorer window, like this: