You know the drill, right? Summer vacation is over and it’s time to get the few thousand photos you took this year polished, shined, cropped, and enhanced before sending them out to relatives and friends, and before starting all over again with holiday photos.
Sounds like fun, no? No? You’re right. No. Editing photos is tedium personified, but made faster with Mac apps that can bulk edit hundreds of photos at a time. Here’s one you’ll like because it does less on more.
Bulk Photo Editing
When you hear the word ‘bulk‘ what comes to mind other than buying 55-gallon drums of olives at Sam’s Club or a pallet of chocolate covered raisins at Costco? Bulk also means batching, which, in this case, means editing large numbers of photographs with a click. Yes. A click. Yes. It can be done. Read on.
Rather than add more gray to my hair by working on each photo from this summer’s vacation photos collection, one at a time, and before worrying about the holiday photos collection just around the corner, I decided to check on bulk or batch editors first.
Think bulk photo editing with PhotoBulk.
High on my list of the many batch and bulk photo apps on the Mac App Store is PhotoBulk which resizes, renames, optimizes, and adds a watermark to hundreds of photos at a time. Drag a folder full of photos onto PhotoBulk, check off a few options, and click the Start button. A few minutes later it’s all done, finis, complete.
What could be easier?
PhotoBulk does live view and editing so you can see how the edited images will look before making changes. Adjust and resize the watermark until it’s exactly the way you want. Drop in customized fonts with adjustable size, color, opacity, and angle. Add a date stamp.
Photos can be resized in bulk, too. And the built-in image optimizer works on a single photo at a time or a bunch of photos at once.
Photographers know the issues with formats, metadata, and file names. PhotoBulk can handle PNG, JPG, TIFF, and JPEG files (with an option to create a GIF), select which metadata you want to include in an edited photo, and, my favorite, rename any number of photos with names that describe the batch, location, event, and still keep the original photos and names intact.
Also built in is the Settings Manager which makes settings changes for each batch a point and lick exercise.
There’s much to like with PhotoBulk. It’s priced right, comes from a Mac app developer with plenty of experience and a good reputation, and the app itself gets solid reviews from users on the Mac App Store. Ah, that’s the problem. No try-before-you-buy option.