15 Useful Batch Image Processors

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Whether you’re a Web developer, Web designer or blogger, you’ve probably had to deal with the headache of converting many images to different sizes and formats. It’s not much fun if you have to convert all of them by hand. Batch image processing can reduce this process from hours of work to just a few simple clicks.

With batch image processing, you can specify a size or file type, and then a script runs to convert the images. You can process hundreds or thousands of images with just a few clicks. And nearly every image processor comes with a unique feature set.

Many of the articles here on Smashing Magazine have screenshots that have to be resized and configured to fit within the website’s layout. We use batch image processors to quickly resize all of the screenshots and larger images that we feature in the articles.

Types of Batch Processors Link

Batch image processors usually come with some very standard functions:

  • Resizing images,
  • Scaling images,
  • Converting to different image formats.

Some image processors also perform some advanced functionality, such as graphic editing (rotating, blurring, borders, adding watermarks), and some can even create slideshows, display other types of multimedia and perform other advanced functions.

Image processors are worth their weight in gold if you’re a designer or developer spending a good chunk of time converting images by hand in Photoshop. Let’s take a look at 15 useful batch image processors for both Mac and PC.

BIMP Lite (Win, free) Link

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BIMP Lite2 is a compact, small and simple Windows-application which performs batch processing at its best. The tool allows you to create thumbnail images, add a prefix/postfix (with meta variables such as image width, image height, sequential number etc.), rename using a sequential number, change the case of filenames, replace/remove spaces & underscores, flip or rotate images and also apply anti-aliasing, inverse, greyscale and bevel effects. An FTP-Manager is integrated as well.

The thumbnail resizing allows you to force a specified width or height and keep the proportions, or define fixed image dimensions. In addition, the program can also convert the file format to GIF, JPG, PNG, BMP, MIFF, TIFF, PCX or TGA. All of the actions can be performed individually, or combined. BIMP Lite is freeware and contains no spyware.

Phatch (Mac, Windows, Linux, free) Link

Screenshot Phatch3d3

Phatch4 (which is a combination of the words photo and batch) is an open-source batch photo editor that can be used on Linux, Mac OS X and Windows. Phatch features an excellent user interface that’s easy to use and understand. What makes the tool different from other batch image processors is its extensbility. If you know Python, you can create Phatch scripts to perform some common Phatch actions on the fly.

Phatch handles all popular image formats and can duplicate (sub)folder hierarchies. It can batch resize, rotate, apply shadows, perspective, rounded corners and perform 35 further actions automatically. The Phatch website has extensive documentation5 and also allows you to install specific extensions6. Because of Phatch’s excellent documentation, any user from beginner to advanced will find the software easy to use and extend.

ResizeMe Link

Resize Me7

ResizeMe8 is a batch image processor for Mac users. ResizeMe is simple and sleek, a no-frills application. It was created using the Cocoa framework, so it really feels like a Mac application.

With scaling you can create thumbnails for your website, decrease the file size of your photos, or resize your images to fit a certain size. If your images are all in portrait-mode, but you need landscape or you want to add a new angle to your photos, ResizeMe offers rotation effects as well. You can also batch flip your images horizontally and vertically.

The software gets the job done and does it well. You can download a free 10-day trial or purchase the software for $19.95.

photo Drop (Mac) Link

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photo Drop10 is a powerful application for bulk resizing images on a Mac. Essentially, you create “droplets,” which are specific configurations for photo resizing. This is perfect for saving presets that you’ll need over and over again, such as for resizing screenshots down to a 500-pixel width to fit blog layouts.

photo Drop is a free application and comes with almost every feature you’d ever need to quickly process a large amount of images.

Use Photoshop CS3 to Batch Convert Images Link

Batch Photoshop11

Adobe Photoshop is far and away the most popular image processor for designers, so some might prefer the option of using the native tools provided by Photoshop. Photoshop comes with many advanced features, and one of them is the ability to batch convert image files. According to the Photoshop documentation12, it’s as simple as choosing either:

  • File > Scripts > Image Processor (Photoshop) or
  • Tools > Photoshop > Image Processor (Bridge),

and then selecting the images or file that you want to convert. Once you’ve selected them, select a location where you would like to save the files, select the file types you’d like to convert to along with any other configuration options and click “Run.”

You can read more about batch image processing at the Adobe website13.

Advanced Batch Converter (Win) Link

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Advanced Batch Converter15 is a Windows-only program that can convert images to over 120 different file formats on the fly and can convert over 25 different types of images. Aside from the ability to convert images, the software can also do basic photo editing, such as cropping and resizing images. There is a 30-day free trial, and after that the software costs $49.95.

Irfran View (Win) Link

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Irfran View17 is a freeware application for Windows users. Aside from converting images, Irfran View has many unique features18, like a multimedia player, hotkeys, and many more. Infran View also allows you to extend the software by using plug-ins19.

DBP – David’s Batch Processor (Linux, Mac OS X, Win) Link

Dbp FileSelector20

David’s Batch Processor21 is a Gimp plug-in that performs batch editing functions on images. Instead of having to download a separate program, Gimp users can simply call the plug-in from within Gimp. The user simply selects the images that he or she wants to resize and creates a quick ruleset that will process the images.

However, the plug-in is only intended to resize RGB images, not indexed images. The plug-in is licensed under the open-source GPL license.

FotoBatch (Win) Link

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FotoBatch23 is a quick Windows batch photo processor that offers all of the basic photo editing capabilities and additionally some nifty features. You can create scripts so that all of your images have the same enhancements and adjustments made to them. The tool offers over 30 imaging functions such as resize, rotate, blur, add border, text watermark, image feather, etc. The tool offers batch conversion, can be integrated in context menus and can generate slideshows and PDF-files.

A user license costs $39.95, but you can try the software first with a 15-day trial.

Image Converter.EXE (Win) Link

Image Converter Exe24

Image converter.exe25 is a free image converter that is set up slightly differently than other batch processors in that it offers a Conversion Wizard. The Conversion Wizard allows users who don’t have much experience with batch image processing to quickly and easily convert and rename images.

EasyBatchPhoto (Mac) Link

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EasyBatchPhoto27 is a fast and responsive batch image processor for the Mac. EasyBatchPhoto can easily watermark images as well, which is a function that many image processors don’t have.
The tool takes care of many repetitive tasks by processing images with a single drag-and-drop. A single license costs $24.

Using Automator on a Mac Link

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If you’re a Mac user, you can batch edit images using a program that comes bundled with OS X: Automator29. Automator essentially allows you to create tiny applications for specific purposes, and you can create one of these applications just for resizing images. eHow has an excellent tutorial30 on how to create an Automator action that resizes, names and saves your images to a folder, without having to open Photoshop.

Sizerox (Mac) Link

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With Sizerox32 you can drag and drop images or folders into a simple graphical interface, and it will convert the images quickly and rename them if you’d like. You can use Sizerox to resize, rename, crop, rotate and watermark hundreds or thousands of images with a single Drag-and-Drop.

Sizerox uses Apple Quicktime to save the resized images, so the quality of the resized images is high. You can also use the Renamer engine to rename the images while resizing them. Because the software costs only $10, it won’t break the bank either. It’s simple, yet effective.

QuickScale (Mac) Link

Quickscale33

QuickScale34 is another Mac-only application that is simple and easy to use. Like photo Drop, QuickScale has the ability to create “droplets” (saved resize presets). It may not have as many features as some other batch image processors, but it has all of the basics and has a short learning curve. It’s perfect for the user who only needs basic batch image processing functionality. A license for QuickScale costs $15.

FastStone Photo Resizer (Win, free) Link

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FastStone Photo Resizer35 is a fairly robust image processor. The software is free for home users and runs on the Windows platform. It offers a nicer graphical interface than some of the other image processors and also supports droplets.

The tool can convert and rename images in batch mode, resize, crop, change color depth, apply color effects, add text, watermark and border effects and rename images with a sequential number.

Pixillion Image Converter (Win, free) Link

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The Pixillion Image Converter37 can convert just about any image file type, including PDF. It has a few nice features that other batch image processors don’t have, like allowing you to right-click an image and resize it from anywhere. Pixillion is a free application for Windows users. (al)

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 http://cerebralsynergy.com/download.php?view.52
  2. 2 http://cerebralsynergy.com/download.php?view.52
  3. 3 http://photobatch.stani.be/
  4. 4 http://photobatch.stani.be/
  5. 5 http://photobatch.wikidot.com/
  6. 6 http://photobatch.wikidot.com/extensions
  7. 7 http://resize-me.com/
  8. 8 http://resize-me.com/
  9. 9 http://www.aramk.net/photodrop/
  10. 10 http://www.aramk.net/photodrop/
  11. 11 http://livedocs.adobe.com/en_US/Photoshop/10.0/help.html?content=WSfd1234e1c4b69f30ea53e41001031ab64-7426.html
  12. 12 http://livedocs.adobe.com/en_US/Photoshop/10.0/help.html?content=WSfd1234e1c4b69f30ea53e41001031ab64-7426.html
  13. 13 http://livedocs.adobe.com/en_US/Photoshop/10.0/help.html?content=WSfd1234e1c4b69f30ea53e41001031ab64-7426.html
  14. 14 http://www.batchconverter.com/
  15. 15 http://www.batchconverter.com/
  16. 16 http://www.irfanview.com/
  17. 17 http://www.irfanview.com/
  18. 18 http://www.irfanview.com/main_download_engl.htm
  19. 19 http://www.irfanview.com/plugins.htm
  20. 20 http://members.ozemail.com.au/~hodsond/dbp.html
  21. 21 http://members.ozemail.com.au/~hodsond/dbp.html
  22. 22 http://www.keksoft.com/fotobatch/index.htm
  23. 23 http://www.keksoft.com/fotobatch/index.htm
  24. 24 http://www.stintercorp.com/ic.php
  25. 25 http://www.stintercorp.com/ic.php
  26. 26 http://www.yellowmug.com/easybatchphoto/
  27. 27 http://www.yellowmug.com/easybatchphoto/
  28. 28 http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2488
  29. 29 http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2488
  30. 30 http://www.ehow.com/how_2101532_images-photo-editing-program-mac.html
  31. 31 http://www.sizerox.com/
  32. 32 http://www.sizerox.com/
  33. 33 http://www.codingmammoth.com/quickscale/
  34. 34 http://www.codingmammoth.com/quickscale/
  35. 35 http://www.faststone.org/FSResizerDetail.htm
  36. 36 http://www.nchsoftware.com/imageconverter/index.html
  37. 37 http://www.nchsoftware.com/imageconverter/index.html

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Glen Stansberry is the editor at Web Jackalope, a blog about creative Web development.

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  1. 1

    hey out there, whats up with imagemagick?
    i use it and i think im not alone :D

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  2. 2

    The batch processor that comes with SnagIt works pretty well for general stuff plus you have SnagIt’s features.

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  3. 3

    Interesting and helpful, Thanks!

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  4. 4

    I’ve been using CacheCrop to handle basic resizing for websites. It’s a much smarter way of handling this problem, IMO, and is fairly easy to set up.

    cachecrop.stolen.la

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  5. 5

    There was a very good program from acd systems called pica view later they name it mpowertools the they discontinued it :S why i mention it here is that it can convert images /resize them by right click
    I dont know why ACD discontinued this program it was very good. and it can patch process images by right click!

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  6. 6

    I find that Photoshop CS3 is very mature Batch converter. Hope all suggestions made regarding Image Batch Processing is integrated in CS4. Lets wait to see…

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  7. 7

    It’s called Irfanview not Infranview!! Otherwise nice set.

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  8. 8

    I’ve been using IrfanView for many years. Honestly, it’s the best and fastest one I’ve ever come across. Very small footprint too. (By the way, it’s “IrfranView” not “Infan View”)

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  9. 9

    You better check what is in “Infran View”s domain :-P

    Personally i am using irfanview – perfect in viewing images and batch converting. It is much better than PSCS2 Batch function which I tried few times :-)

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  10. 10

    irfanview 4ever. ^-^

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  11. 11

    I hope’d to see ReaConverter. I use it and it works everytime.
    Anyways, Thanks for providing this list. I’ll take a look at the other applications.

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  12. 12

    irfanview is SO awesome. one of the best free programs ever & yes, its batch processing is even better and way more easier to use than, e.g., Photoshop’s.
    it’s a real shame that even under linux there is nothing like it =(
    i’ve tried out about all free batch processors for osx recently and none gave me the results i needed.

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  13. 13

    FInally Smashing Magazine take action with the “first”, “second”, “third” comments. It really annoyed me too when I read that kind of comments.

    Thank you for the batch processors, I usually only use batch processor from photoshop, so now I have reference for another batch software.

    Thanks

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  14. 14

    I can’t believe you guys didn’t mention XnView.

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    I preferre acdsee more than IrfanView.
    ACDSee has/hed the best combination of batch resizing AND batch renaming functions.
    It’s great for a huge amount of pics when getting them from a digicam i.e.

    I never was satisfied by any other tool, although acdsee sometimes lags …

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  16. 16

    i use (shrink o matic) air app

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  17. 17

    Would you not classify lightroom and aperture as batch processors?

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    If you can get your hands on it, Photoshop is far and away the best for batch processing if you know the interface. You can record really complicated actions and apply them to anything. I wouldn’t ever use anything else.

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  19. 19

    A couple of days ago I really needed to do batch processing and ended up one that I wasn’t really satisfied with. This list will help me find one that meets my needs. Thanks

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  20. 20

    Dude, at least spell “Irfanview” right. Sheesh.

    Irfanview is standard equipment for me, that’s for sure.

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    I can only second some comments above mine: IrfanView forever. The features of this little app outshine anything I’ve used _ever_.
    The batch processor alone is so powerful, it’s uneblievable that it fits in such a small app…

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    i think it is very much helpful to me….

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  23. 23

    Irfanview vote for me! I’ve been using it to batch convert/rename for a long time now – and not just for images (just the renaming bit)!

    The only downside with Irfanview is that it’s not a color management app otherwise it’d be be my one stop shop for converting client supplied images to the correct format.

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  24. 24

    I’m using Photofiltre, batch is in TOOLS -> AUTOMATE/BATCH so it is not hard to find! :)
    greetz

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  25. 25

    Many thanks for letting me know about Phatch for Linux… I can’t believe I missed this gem.

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  26. 26

    can anyone tell me how i can automatically add watermarks, borders and so on in photoshop?

    the article is great and helpful, thank you :)

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  27. 27

    Thnx for taking action on the FiPo fools..
    I think u forgot one very usefull free tool for windows (xp only?): PowerToy image resize, only with a right click on a image.
    But again a nice list :D

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  28. 28

    What the hell. I didn’t see a single thing there that couldn’t be done with a 5 line bash script and imagemagik.

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  29. 29

    back in 98 there was Paint Shop Pro (jasc, now Corel) who is doing a good job, Also ACD See is one of the better ones with a solid batch functions like rename.

    Pitty these are not mentioned here while they were all earlier on the market and free , at least the first 30 days.

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  30. 30

    Nice List…..Thanks a lot for it.
    What About ThumbsPlus ?
    The one I use most for batch processes.

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  31. 31

    Nice list!! Even SnagIt can be added to this list.

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  32. 32

    ey!, wath about

    XnView ?

    I think it is great and free!

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  33. 33

    You should also try Pixer on Mac

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  34. 34

    Always the way – I needed this two days ago! Thanks though, really useful for next time.

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  35. 35

    Very intresting! I was looking for this some time back.
    Thanks a lot. I do wonder why the ‘Picture Resizer Powertool’ for Win XP is not mentioned.
    It’s very powerfull, and straight forward. Even better, it goes into you right click context menu which means you don’t need to start another application.
    I don’t know if there is a similar tool for Win Vista, though.

    Photo drop looks intresting. Might give it a try later on.
    Thanks for the intresting post.
    Good job, guys! :)

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  36. 36

    Nice Article!
    but the Program is called “Irfan View” not “Infran View”

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  37. 37

    I miss also XnView. This is the best Viewer with many many features. And it is also free.

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  38. 38

    Batch Watermark Creator – great watermarking suite

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  39. 39

    What about ImageMagick. It’s great command line tool. But I don’t think that it’ll support effects like blurring specific area which available in GUI tools.

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  40. 40

    I use Irfanview – which is mentioned here too but I think I will have a look at the other tools cause they really seem useful ! Great Post indeed !

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  41. 41

    I’ve been using “FastStone Photo Resizer” for a couple of years and does the job perfectly, i think it’s the best for windows :)

    Must try those mac apps now :P

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  42. 42

    EH EH EH… just tested Automator and it works!! Very good tutorial by eHow!

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  43. 43

    Another good program is MIR (Multiple Image Resizer):

    http://www.multipleimageresizer.net/

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  44. 44

    No love for Fireworks?

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  45. 45

    Vote up for imagemagick

    to me, its the command line photoshop!

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  46. 46

    Also astounded that there’s no mention of XnView. IMHO it outrivals IrfanView in many aspects. Though IrfanView is a decent tool as well, used it for many years.

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  47. 47

    Photoshop’s “actions” offer some fantastic batch operation functionality, but the silver bullet is definitely its support for JavaScript/AppleScript/VB to tell Photoshop how to process files; which allows for conditional operations and more scenario specific behavior.

    For those who work with Windows cursors and icons, IcoFX offers fantastic batch creation and export of cursors and icons. Its free and has saved me so much time. So much in fact I’ve donated to the project.

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  48. 48

    Use Photoshop CS3 to batch convert images! It Rocks!!!

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  49. 49

    ditto to Lachlan’s previous comment, PS is all I need for batch work. I’ve assembled a library of actions for common stuff like reflections, transparencies – I’ve even created a button builder that grabs text from an XML file and creates nice neutral rounded buttons which I can then colourize with a second set of other actions.

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  50. 50

    It’s Irfanview, not irfran… As for the rest, nice list !

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