I am usually pretty handy with the photoshop action and batching those actions, but I can't set this one up right. I want to take my 16x9 images .JPG and import/place them into my 4x3 image, letterbox and then send back to a new folder labeled 4x3. Pretty simple task, but for some reason, every different way I try to set it up, manages to screw up the process. So, not sure what to do?? I have about 100 images I want to run through this batch action and would love to figure out what sequence I need to create to get this done right. Thanks!
I'm assuming both your 16X9 and 4X3 are maintaining a square pixel aspect ratio? Instead of moving the 16x9 to a new image, just set up an action that opens the 16x9 and makes a layer out of it. Then create a new layer, fill with black, and move it below the image layer. Select the 16x9 layer, scale uniformly 57%, then set canvas size to 720x534. Add in a Save As... to your new folder in the batch process and you should be good to go.
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