When it comes to resizing or converting images, it can often be a tedious task of doing one after the other. Luckily there are a lot of great tools out there that make it easy to get through the process at just about the click of a button. Not only can you find great batch editing software to resize or convert image files, you can also find a few that will give you a few pretty impressive batch editing features as well.
With lots of Mac-only or Windows-only options out there, we’ve narrowed our choices down to three apps or services that will work for you – whether you’re a Mac or Windows (and in some cases Linux) user.
The three options also cater to three different types of needs. If you’re looking for a heavy duty app that will allow you to do both basic and advanced editing on your photos – XnConvert is the choice for you. If you prefer a simple app that does the basic job of resizing, check out SimplePhoto. And for those of you who don’t want to download any image editing software at all – PicResize is one of the simplest options out there.
Find out more about each of them below, and also be sure to check out MakeUseOf’s guide on using IrfanView to batch resize images.
Robust Editing & Converting With XnConvert
We’ve already taken an in-depth look at XnConvert, a cross-platform free app which takes the hard work out of batch editing photos, and it’s obvious that it would have to be included on any list of this kind. With Mac, Windows and Linux versions available, XnConvert makes it easy to convert and resize images in batches.
XnConvert supports standard image formats, including the most common, JPG, PNG, TIFF, and a key feature for any serious photographer, RAW. It doesn’t end there though – the app supports 500+ more formats, listed here. Not only can you batch convert and resize images with XnConvert, you can also rotate and crop images, add a watermark, and finetune basic settings in each image, like brightness and contrast, and you can even add a few interesting effects to boot.
After adding photos, either individually or from one folder.
You can then select any number of actions to use to on your images, and will be able to preview the changes as you apply each action.
You can then choose where to save your edited photos, and also have the option of batch renaming your files. As far as features are concerned, XnConvert is one of the most impressive apps out there, just for the sheer amount of options it offers.
Lightweight Resizing & Converting With SimplePhoto
Available for both Mac and Windows, SimplePhoto is a great option for those of you who are looking for a way to simply resize or convert your images. The lightweight app won’t bog your computer down, and supports PNG, TIFF, GIF, JPG and BMP. Unfortunately it doesn’t support RAW.
In addition to resizing and converting, you can also use SimplePhoto to crop photos, group photos by directory, date or flatten the hierarchy.
Add photos individually or by the folder, choose the file type you want to convert your images to, choose the size, and select your output folder.
As a sidenote, Mac users might want to also consider simply using Automator if all you’re looking for is basic resizing and renaming. Rather than download an extra program, check out our handy guide of how you can get the most out of Automator with your images. If you’re looking for a guide on how to rename your image files, check out our guide here.
Batch Resize & Convert Online With PicResize
If you don’t want to install any software on your computer at all, you could always go the online route – provided of course you have access to a decent Internet connection, otherwise it will probably be far more trouble than its worth. PicResize, as you can guess from the name, allows you to batch resize images.
Simply upload the images to the site, and select your preferred size. You can choose between 75%, 50% and 25% smaller, or by simply entering a custom width and height. You can also choose to save your images as JPGs, GIFs or PNGs – so it does give you some converting options, albeit restricted to three filetypes.
After running the process, your images will be available for download as a ZIP file, and will be deleted from their servers within 20 minutes of the conversion.
Do you know of any great cross-platform options for batch editing images? Let us know in the comments.
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