Droplets live on your desktop and you can drag and drop files or folders onto them to batch process the files based on the action you’ve set up for the specific droplet. This video shows you how to build your own.
I saw these weird-looking icons on a monitor at a retouching and post-production agency and asked what they were. It basically came down to little actions I have now made one for saving files for web-use, that are 72 dpi compressed to reduce file size. I use it to send over selects to clients, where they don’t need to see it in full-size, and will mainly view it on their monitors at their office. I’ve made one that applies one of my grades and saves to a PSD so I can go in and still change it’s strength should I need to.
Other uses for droplets could be to render raw files to JPG, or to save it in various sizes or crops, like you would need for an Instagram story versus a square post.
It’s not a commonly used tool, but I think if you can automate certain tasks without having to open up Photoshop to do it, it’s a win. Do you use droplets, and if you do, what type of actions have you used in your droplets? Please share it in the comments.