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If you were used to using the Preview app for resizing images in batch, both in macOS Sierra and OS X El Capitan the 'Save All' feature has been removed so it became a real pain to use. Nobody wants to click 'Save' on every single image after resizing them all (especially if you have dozens or hundreds of images), but luckily there is a way to simplify and automate this process.

I originally came across this article that explained how to create a Service with the Automator app. That article was useful but it restricted image resizing to a single size, which to me is completely not acceptable. I decided to improve on that solution and show how a Service can be created that would resize images to any size either in pixels or as a percentage value, based on user input. Here's how.

First launch the Automator app and create a new document (File > New), then select Service as the document type.
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Next make sure you set the following:
  • Service receives selected - image files
  • in - any application


Then add the following two actions (use the search box to find them quickly):
  • Get Specified Finder Items
  • Scale Images


For the Scale Images action enter a default value to use for the size, I chose 1280 since that's what I typically resize images to. Also make sure to tick the 'Show this action when the workflow runs' check box under the Options tab.
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You can now Save your service with a meaningful name like 'Resize Images'.

Now when you right-click and image file you can go to Services and you will see that 'Resize Images' is an option that can be clicked.
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When clicked, an input box is shown asking for the image size. This value can be entered either in pixels or as a percentage. Remember this is the horizontal size for the image, the vertical size will be worked out automatically based on the aspect ratio of the image.
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