Batch Image Editing Made Easy with Automator
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Batch Image Editing Made Easy with Automator

Cropping, Resizing, Changing Image Type, and More [Mac Users Only]
4.4 (5 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
3,909 students enrolled
Created by Douglas Butner
Last updated 1/2017
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  • 38 mins on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Set up a folder that automatically resizes [Or another adjustment] our images multiple times.
  • Create a service that will allow on-the-fly adjustments from anywhere on your computer
  • Understand how to automate activities beyond image manipulation on your Mac
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  • Mac Computer Required
  • Have Images You Want to Edit
  • Basic knowledge of digital image types and attributes

Welcome to the first day of the rest of your digital art career. In this course I will teach you the most practical and vital skill as a Digital artist, batch image manipulation. We will learn how to set up a folder that automatically resizes our images multiple times (and changes PNG to JPEG) just by putting the images into this folder. We will also create services that let us manipulate images on the fly anywhere on our computer. No more saving out multiple copies of images for different uses. No more worrying about images being too large to send, and having to screenshot them or convert them online. 

I can’t tell you how much this course would have help me when I was getting into selling my art online. Once you take this course, you will not know how you lived without it. These skills are crucial when selling art online, photographing professionally, or just making digital art. You can’t get by using online image converters, saving out multiple copies, or changing images one by one, it just takes too much time when you are a successful digital artist. You need that time to be awesome and make awesome things. Here is your future time back. You are welcome. 

The best part about all this? You don't need to buy any special software. If you have a Mac, you are already ready to go. Prepare to say “Wow that is sweeeet” a lot. What are you doing still reading this?? Start the course!!!

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone wanting to edit many pictures quickly on their Mac
  • Graphic Artists
  • Photographers
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Curriculum For This Course
Getting Ready to Resize
2 Lectures 06:08

Let's get ready for awesomeness by creating a few folders to hold our awesome. 

First, know exactly what you want to do with these images. You should know the exact size in pixels, orientation change, image type, or whatever applies in your case. This way you can name your folders so you know exactly what is in them in two months when you re-discover your art. 

We'll need a folder that will take our images that we want to be resized. Next we will want a folder for our images once they are resized. It's a good idea to have multiple folders within this folder where the images will actually be stored.
Like This:
[Images To Be Resized]
[Resized Images[
==> Images For Facebook
==> Images For Istockphoto
==> Thumbnails

Now we are ready to open up Automator and get it cracking.

Preview 01:50
Using Automator for Batch Image Editing & Manipulation
4 Lectures 31:28

The most important lesson in the course, so pay attention. In this lesson we go over creating a work flow. A workflow is a your bread and butter, a collection of actions that take place on a file, in this case our images we want to manipulate.

Basically, we string together a series of actions, Like making a copy of our image (so we don’t affect the original), resizing it, changing the type, flipping or rotating, things like that, and we end up with different and more images.

This is the most important lesson because services and folder actions are basically workflows that are executed differently. I refer to the actions that are ran in services or folder actions as a workflow.

There are many actions available for workflows, more than just for image files. Learn actions and workflows well, and you will be able to not only edit images, but will have an arsenal of tools for many different file types and applications on your Mac.

Preview 12:48

In this video we will talk about making a service. When we make a service, we can activate it by simply right clicking on the file; the service will now show up on the right click menu. Which is pretty freaking cool, because this file could be anywhere on your computer, and you can instantly apply this action without opening up automator or or doing any work!!

We can create services to do simple actions quickly to files anywhere on our computer.  We can only use one workflow (using this to mean collection of actions) per service, but you could simply have multiple services, and do the same thing multiple times if you need to. 

I show you how to set up services, as well as delete them, because no one wants a long list every time they right click an image [Although they will hide in a fly-out menu if you have too many]!

If you think services are cool, wait until you see folder actions, these bad boys run every time and images put into a folder!! Stay Tuned!

Using a Service

In this lesson we will learn about folder actions. This is the holy grail that will make your life as a digital artist so much easier. Folder actions are automatically applied to any file that is dropped into a folder that has a folder action applied. All you have to do is set it up, and you're good to go!!

Folder actions are quite possibly the easiest way to get your images quickly resized. You can set your folder you save your pictures or digital art in to have folder actions already applied to it. That way your images are automatically resized as soon as you save them. 

The beauty of folder actions is you can attach multiple workflows to one folder. This is a big advantage over services or simple workflows. 

Set up your folder actions, and remember to thank the automator robot in your nightly gratitude list.

Folder Actions

Congratulations, you have graduated the Image Ninja Academy. You now can slice and dice images whenever you want, and with little effort, like a samurai cutting through ripened fruit. This lesson is a wrap up of what we have learned in the course. 

You now know how to make a workflow, service, and folder action. These three tools will help you immensely in your quest to conquer the world of digital art. No need to thank me, the pleasure was mine, and the work was done by a hunk of metal and silicon. 

Curious the images I have sliced along my quest? See me on Facebook

If you have any questions be sure to message me!

Wrapping Up
About the Instructor
Douglas Butner
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17,312 Students
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Product Designer and Digital Artist

Douglas Butner, who designs under the name Douglas Fresh or Sir Douglas Fresh, is passionate about business, design and the web. Douglas has over 8 years experience as a hobbyist web developer, and over 3 years as a professional designer. Douglas is proud to call himself a geek, and loves learning new skills.

Douglas has a Bachelor's degree from Frostburg State University concentrating in marketing, and sells his designs on products around the world daily. Currently he runs several designer shops including Sir Douglas Fresh and Fresh Thread Shop. Douglas also creates designs for and runs clothing shops including futurelifefashion[.]com, iamtheuniverse[.]club, and sublimationgalaxyshirts[.]com. Douglas joined Udemy to inspire others to fall in love with design as he has. In the future, Douglas hopes to help artists by providing a platform to sell reproduction rights to their art.

My Qualifications and Works

Business Qualifications

I have always been fascinated with business and marketing, and made this my academic pursuit. While attending Frostburg State University for business with a concentration in marketing, I started a successful t-shirt design business. After graduating FSU with high honors in 2014, I started an LLC for my current web project, the Current X Change. I am particularly interested in branding and online marketing, and hope to share my knowledge with hungry entrepreneurs worldwide.

Design Career

I am an active graphic designer with a variety of skills and disciplines. Besides designing vector art for my t-shirt designs, I do photo manipulations in photoshop, and create fractal art using algorithmic software. I sell designs on t-shirts, stickers, canvas, leggings, and a variety of other products. Over the past two years I have sold thousands of products made with my designs, without spending a dime on advertising.

Web Work

As a high school sophmore, I developed a social network called Myhs[.]us (now retired). I learned PHP, MySQL, JavaScript, and CSS from books, and became quickly obsessed with the web. As a senior in high school, I developed Blurba[.]com (also retired), a site that used AJAX, allowing all interactions to take place in real time without refreshing the browser. Currently, I run a handful of sites related to my art, and am working on a platform called the Current X Change that will allow users to share and sell their digital art. While I don't teach any courses on web development, my experience in web development gives me a more in-depth understanding of online marketing.