Resize, Create Thumbnails, and Watermark Images Easily on a Mac

We just shipped an update to our image picker on KickoffLabs. We made it simpler and added over 150 great images that can be used as landing page backgrounds!

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To do this we I had to make all those images consistent. I needed to shrink them and create cropped thumbnails that were a consistent size. For this task I tried out a few different batch image processors. Then I found QuickScale in the App store.

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For a few dollars this app let me:

1. Select a directory full of original images.

2. Export them with a max width setting to make them smaller and keep proportions.

3. Do a second expect with a specific height/width to create consistent looking thumbnails without changing the proportions.

4. Add watermarks for images that are under creative commons as required. :)

I’m sure you could use Photoshop for this too, but it just felt too complicated.