In macOS, you may quickly change an image’s format using a Quick Action in the Finder or the Preview app. However, if your daily workflow calls for you to convert photographs repeatedly—for example, to submit them to a blog—using a Folder Action can be a far faster method of accomplishing the task.
In this post, we’ll demonstrate how to use the macOS Automator tool to make a very basic Folder Action that can convert photographs dropped into a particular folder automatically, saving you the time and hassle of having to manually run a Quick Action or use an image editing programme.
How to Create an Image Converting Folder in Automator
- Launch Automator from the Applications folder.
- Click New Document.
- Choose Folder Action as the type of your document.
- At the top of the workflow area, click the dropdown next to Folder Action receives files and folders added to: then select Other….
- Select the folder that you’d like to attribute the image conversion action to. In our example, we’re choosing the Downloads folder.
- From the Library sidebar on the far left, select Photos.
- From the Actions column, drag Change Type of Images (the one with the Preview icon) to the workflow area.
- A dialog prompt will appear. If you want your action to convert copies of images placed in the folder and preserve the originals, select Add. If you want it to convert the original images, select Don’t Add.
- In the Change Type of Images action panel, choose the type of format that you want images to be converted to. We’re selecting JPG.
- In the Automator menu bar, select File -> Save… or press Command-S, call your new file action “Convert Image,” then click Save.
All there is to it is that. Drag an image into the folder you designated for the opeChange Type of Imagesration the next time you wish to convert it to your preferred format.
Now that you know how to create the image conversion workflow in Automator, you may want to turn it into a standalone “Application,” the option for which you can find in Automator’s document menu. An “Application” is a self-running workflow that acts as a droplet – any files or folders dropped onto it are used as input to the workflow. In other words, you could add an “Application” to your Dock and drop images onto it for conversion.
You can also import Automator workflows into the Shortcuts app. Shortcuts can convert most Automator workflows into shortcuts that carry out the same functions, events and automations — you simply drag a workflow file into Shortcuts and the conversion happens automatically.