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Automator: Create Workflow to Resize Photos in Batches

  • Catherine
  • Oct 18,2016
  • 812

In daily life we may need to resize a bulk of images often. For instance, you may need to scale down a high-resolution photo to 600 pixels wide so that you can upload it quicker. You may get used to resize images using Preview or other 3rd-party apps like Pixelmator. But here I would like to introduce a time-saving way to complete the task.


Adjusting the size of images one by one can be quite tedious especially when you are dealing with thousands of pictures. Have you thought about resizing images in batches by creating a handy image resizing service on your Mac? Automator is a pre-installed application in Mac OS that allows users to create workflow for automating repetitive tasks into batches. If you have not used this tool before, you can get to know this handy app and learn how to use it to resize images in this tutorial.

Here are the detailed steps you can take to resize bulks of images in seconds.

  • Open Automator from the Applications folder, Launchpad, or Spotlight.
  • When you are asked to choose a type for your documents, choose “Folder Action”.
  • Click on the “Choose” button to create a workflow.
  • Drag and drop the images you want to resize into the right panel.
  • Select “Photos” in the left panel, drag “Scale Images” and drop it to the workflow.
  • Choose “Add” or “Don’t Add” when asked if you want to add the copies of images.
  • Choose “To Size (pixels)” or “By Percentage” under the “Scale Images”, and enter your desired size for the images. Then click on the Run button on the top-right corner.


You can also create an application workflow to handle the task of resizing images.

  • Open Automator, select “Application” for the type of document and click “Choose”.
  • In the left panel, select “Files and Folders”, and locate the “New folder” action in the center panel. Then drag and drop “New folder”into the workflow on the right panel.
  • Now you can change the “Name” of this folder and “Where” it will be created.
  • Under the “Library” menu in the left panel, choose “File & Folders” > “Get Folder Contents”, and drag it to the workflow below the “New folder”.
  • Again, select Photos > Scale Images and drag it to the workflow.
  • When prompted to add a Copy Finder Items action, choose “Don’t Add” if you don’t want to make a copy, or “Add” if you want to preserve original images in the folder.
  • Enter the desired width for the images in the text box under “Scale Images (pixels)”.


Now you have created a workflow for image resizing. Press Command + S keys to save this workflow, give it a descriptive name, and save it to your desired location. To resize the images to your designated pixels, you only need to drag those images onto the Automator’s Dock icon, and later you will get a new folder filled with copies of selected images with each one scaled to a dimension of your desired pixels.


Using the built-in Automator to resize batches of image is quick, easy and free. You can also create workflows to crop, rotate, rename images as you like.

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