(Mac App) How To Use Tweak Photos – Batch Image Editing Made Easy (macOS app Review, tutorial)

When you got many photos to edit, repeating the same thing would be involved. Don't waste your time doing the same process over and over. Tweak Photos can do batch image processing to a ton of photos at once. For example, resizing photos to upload on the Internet, Cropping to 1:1 image ratio, watermarking on photos, renaming the filenames and so on.

 

Features

What Tweak Photos can handle:

  • Converting image formats to and from JPEG, TIFF, GIF, PNG, JP2, JPG, BMP
  • Renaming image files according to your own rule
  • Resizing the pixel dimensions of photos as you specify
  • Resizing photos based on percentage.
  • Auto-correcting orientation
  • Rotating and flipping photos
  • Cropping photos: Free Form and popular aspect ratios.
  • Custom Enhancement: Brightness, Sharpness, De-nosing, Contrast, Opacity, RGB adjustment
  • Filter Effects: Sepia, Black & White, Vignette, Lighting, Grunge texture
  • Adding watermark: Your text, images, stickers, Date and Time stamp
  • Framing: custom borders and photo frames.

 

You can do layering all Batch Effects above so that you can experiment with your pictures and make a unique photo effect. Next, let's look at the workflow.

 

 

 

 

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Add Your Photos

Drag & Drop and ADD FOLDER

You can drag and drop your photos onto the big plus button in the center:

drag and drop to add Photos in Tweak Photos - Batch Image Editing Made Easy

You can also click the plus button to open Finder. However, I recommend you to do it with the ADD PHOTOS button if you are selecting your photos through Finder opened in Tweak Photos because you can only see the Media section for your Photos Library that way. I'll explain this very soon.

 

Getting Photos in Time Range

Clicking ADD WITH FILTER button lets you set a time period:

Add With Filter in Tweak Photos - Batch Image Editing Made Easy

Photos only for that time period will be added after you select a folder.

 

Adding Photos from Photos.app

You already notice there's ADD iPHOTO/PHOTOS LIBRARY button on the bottom right. This button lets you select your .photoslibray file, which is the Library file of macOS' default Photos app. I suggest never using this button because ADD iPHOTO/PHOTOS LIBRARY imports all photos inside your Photos app. I realized this is insane when 5GB of my all photo had been already copied. Thankfully, there is the STOP button.

To add photos inside Photos.app, click ADD PHOTOS button to open Finder:

Adding Photos from Library in Tweak Photos - Batch Image Editing Made Easy

After clicking Photos in Media section of the sidebar, It loads up with your Photos Library on the right. you can see all your albums and photos just like you organized in Photos.app. Now you can choose photos you want from it.

 

Examining, Adding More or Removing Photos

After adding photos, all imported photos are showing like below. You can except any by right-clicking the thumbnails of selected photos if you don't want it. Or add more with Add More Photos button:

Previewing Imported Photos in Tweak Photos - Batch Image Editing Made Easy

You can see brief information of the photos on thumbnails or more info through i buttons as shown above. You can even open the photo in Preview.app If you need to view it bigger by right-clicking > Open in Preview.

When you are done with your decision, click Select Batch Effects button to continue to the next step.

 

Preview and experiment with Batch Effects

There are 4 sections like below in BATCH EFFECTS. I have divided it as A to D for you:

Overview image of Batch Effects in Tweak Photos - Batch Image Editing Made Easy

 

All effects you can choose are in the A section on the left and contextual tools will appear in B depending on which effect you have chosen. Section C is a preview pane and you can switch between photos by selecting from the small thumbnails. you can zoom-in and out with your mouse wheel. And lastly, D is something like a layer panel. Every effect you add piles up on this panel.

 

Please look at the image below. This is the procedure adding and layering effects:

Layering Batch Effects in Tweak Photos - Batch Image Editing Made Easy

 

(A): First select an effect you want. (B): Adjust details and click Add Effect button if you like it. The effect will be added as a layer in D section.

Above image's showing that I added Distortion> Vortex1, Stylize>Pointillize, Vignette. And Add Border effect is about to added. The layers can be re-ordered, turned off or removed. Click Save Options button in the bottom right corner when you are ready.

 

Save Options

Before processing your photos, you can set some settings like Destination Folder, Moving or Copying, and Renaming files:

Save Options in Tweak Photos - Batch Image Editing Made Easy

(B) You need to determine where you save the newly processed photos. (A) you can choose whether remove the original photos or just make copies of them. (C) Opening the output folder and setting Date and Time in meta data would be convenient. 

 

On the left, you can convert file format and apply your rule for file names

Convert File Format

To convert the file format other than original, choose one from the pop-up. JPG format is preferred when sharing photos because its file size can be smaller to transfer:

changing file format in Tweak Photos - Batch Image Editing Made Easy

 

Naming files

If you want new file names for the new photos, select Edit Original File Name:

Renaming Rules at your need in Tweak Photos - Batch Image Editing Made Easy

Starting with Replace Filename, you can add Date/Time, letters and auto-increment number as a prefix and suffix.

 

When you are all set, click Start Process > Yes to start the process:

Started Batch Processing in Tweak Photos - Batch Image Editing Made Easy

New photos will be saved in the destination folder you specified when finished.

That's the workflow using Tweak Photos app. We will next take a look at what effects can be added while we do BATCH EFFECTS.

 

More details on Effects

Resize: You can change the pixel dimensions in Pixels or Percents specifying Width and Height:

Resize in Tweak Photos - Batch Image Editing Made Easy

 

Crop: After specifying Aspect Ratio, you can adjust the area with your mouse pointer or specific numbers. 1:1 ratio would be good to share on Instagram:

Crop in Tweak Photos - Batch Image Editing Made Easy

 

Custom Enhance and RGB Adjust: the basic adjustments can be set with sliders:

Custom enhance and RGB in Tweak Photos - Batch Image Editing Made Easy

 

Add Text: Add Text button adds a text box. You can change its Font Family, Size and Color. Add Effect will add your text as a layer and then you will be able to add another text box:

add text box in Tweak Photos - Batch Image Editing Made Easy

 

Add Image: There are some pre-supplied stickers. But I think you prefer to add your own images. Click Add Image button to pick yours in Finder. This is the way to add your own watermark image and you got rotating, flipping your photo and adjusting its opacity in control:

add image in Tweak Photos - Batch Image Editing Made Easy

 

Add Date: Add Date button adds time stamps on each photo. You don't have control of changing the date other than choosing the original or current date:

Add Date in Tweak Photos - Batch Image Editing Made Easy

There are some other effects like adding border and frame, Black& White, Vignette, Sepia. 

 

 Although I got stylized filters in FX section, I don't feel like using them for batch processing. Here are only 6 out of 24 you might be interested in:

FX in Tweak Photos - Batch Image Editing Made Easy

I am Kyle Kim at StarryReviews.com. Please stay tuned with upcoming posts. Follow me @StarryReviews on Twitter or Facebook Page.

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