Speed Through Your Image Editing Tasks With These 3 Great Batch Editing Tools

Nancy Messieh 17-10-2012

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 How To Convert & Resize Images In Bulk If there is a single time-saving tip that I could ever offer to any writer, student, professional or anyone else that needs to produce documents with images, it's the ability to bulk-resize images. Read More to batch resize images.

Robust Editing & Converting With XnConvert

We’ve already taken an in-depth look XnConvert - Dead Simple Cross-Platform Batch Image Processing [Windows, Mac & Linux] Writing for MakeUseOf means that, as an author, I get through a lot of coffee, a lot of software and a lot of screenshots. Regardless of the operating system I’m using, if I’m reviewing software,... Read More 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.

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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.

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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.


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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 5 Quick & Easy Mac Automator Hacks for Digital Photos Read More . If you’re looking for a guide on how to rename your image files, check out our guide here How To Use Automator To Batch Rename Images on Mac Read More .

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.


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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.

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And lastly, the giveaway may be over, but be sure to check out BatchPhoto, which we reviewed for another robust photo editing option Easily Edit Multiple Photos At Once With BatchPhoto for Windows and Mac [Giveaway] Have you ever taken a lot of photos and needed to edit them all at once? Whether they need to be resized, rotated, or combined into a photo album, editing the photos one-by-one can be... Read More , but one which will set you back at least $40.

Do you know of any great cross-platform options for batch editing images? Let us know in the comments.

Image Credit: Iconspedia

Related topics: Batch Image Editing, Image Converter, Image Editor.

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  1. Ryszard Grodzicki
    December 16, 2012 at 10:34 am

    I'd add RIOT (Radical Image Optimization Tool, which I think was already mentioned on this site) here. It makes files even 10x smaller without noticable decrease in quality and has quite good batch options.

  2. Nikhil Chandak
    October 28, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    these tools are amazing great editing tools
    but I think some of the tasks of these tools can be done in Photshop ..

  3. Nikhil Chandak
    October 28, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    this XnConvert will only work fro Mac or it will also work for Windows ???

  4. Siddhant Chaurasia
    October 24, 2012 at 2:26 am

    WOW I saved a lot of time editing

  5. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    October 22, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    I seconded PicResize. Quick and painless when I need to edit some pictures that would be uploaded somewhere afterwards.

  6. Vampie C.
    October 19, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Look like cool tools to test out.

    Thank you.

  7. Bishal Mahat
    October 19, 2012 at 6:18 am

    i think XnConvert is for me

  8. Alexis Akridge
    October 19, 2012 at 5:12 am

    These are fantastic!

  9. Fionn
    October 18, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    True batch processing of images happens with ImageMagick.

  10. Ritwick Saikia
    October 17, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    XnConvert for me. But thanks for recommending the others, always good to have alternatives in hand :)

  11. Harshit Jain
    October 17, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    I would recommend Photoscape and Caesium for for batch editing and compressing.

  12. salim benhouhou
    October 17, 2012 at 11:08 am

    those tools will help me a lot . thank you

  13. Chew Jian Yue
    October 17, 2012 at 9:56 am

    I have never thought about incorporating such products into my photography field.

  14. Sridharan Doraivelu
    October 17, 2012 at 7:23 am

    Very innovative products.

  15. Deekshith Allamaneni
    October 17, 2012 at 5:23 am

    I am usually use my own Matlab/Octave scripts to do all the batch work... and Gimp for any complex manual manipulations. Thanks for the post however.

  16. Anonymous
    October 17, 2012 at 5:02 am

    Happy to see you provide both Mac and Windows platform for your recommended tools. Will try XnConvert. Thanks

    • Adrian Rea
      October 17, 2012 at 11:30 am

      Whereas those on Linux need an internet connection for pic resize? On windows I always use irfanview but I did not know about the guide so I am going there next! Thanks Nancy for the article.

      • Adrian Rea
        October 17, 2012 at 11:36 am

        In fact thanks to Abdallah Hodieb who uses batch resizing in ubuntu . Using package : nautilas-image-manipulator as found on the irfanview guide cheers

      • Nancy Messieh
        October 17, 2012 at 2:41 pm

        Adrian - Did you try using XnConvert on Linux? There's a few versions on the download page:

      • Lisa Santika Onggrid
        October 22, 2012 at 1:03 pm

        XNconvert is available for Linux too. She mentioned that in the article.