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Reduce the File Size of PDF Documents with Preview in Mac OS X

Dec 12, 2013 - 5 Comments

The PDF file format is ubiquitous for good reason, mostly because it allows for perfect preservation of a documents formatting, text, and other elements, but also because it allows for encrypted password protection of documents. But let’s face it, sometimes PDF files can be bloated, and something that should be 200k or less can be … Read More

Convert an Image into Black & White with Preview in Mac OS X

Sep 30, 2013 - 1 Comment

Want to convert a color picture to a beautiful black and white version? Believe it or not, you don’t need any fancy apps like Adobe Photoshop, Pixelmator, or even iPhoto to convert images into black and white, all you need is Preview, which is the preinstalled basic image viewing Mac app that comes with OS … Read More

How to Add Text to Photos Easily Using Preview in Mac OS X

May 16, 2013 - Leave a Comment

Adding text to images is a fairly simple process to begin with that is made even easier with Preview, the basic image viewing app that is bundled on all Macs. Most people don’t think of Preview when they think of making adjustments and edits to pictures like this, but it works just fine, and because … Read More

Create a Contact Sheet of Thumbnails with Automator in Mac OS X

Apr 6, 2013 - 14 Comments

Contact Sheets, often called Proof Sheets, are essentially columns and rows of image thumbnails, making a bunch of photos very easy to quickly review. Though they’re commonly used by photographers, they have a wide range of uses outside of the pro-photography world, from artists to designers to UI/UX engineers. Rather than creating a contact sheet … Read More

Make a Transparent Image (PNG or GIF) Easily with Preview for Mac OS X

Jan 27, 2013 - 8 Comments

It’s extremely easy to make an image transparent with the help of Preview, the built-in image editing app that comes along with all Macs with OS X. Do note this works best on images with uniform colors in the area you want to become transparent. The more complicated the image and color variation, the more … Read More

Batch Image Conversion in Mac OS X the Easy Way with Preview

Jan 16, 2013 - 5 Comments

Preview is a greatly under-appreciated app that has been bundled along with Mac OS X since the beginning, getting better and better with each OS X release. One quiet feature that has been around for a while is the ability to mass convert a group of pictures from one file type to another, often referred … Read More

How to Remove EXIF Data from Images Quickly

Dec 5, 2012 - 7 Comments

Photos taken with digital cameras, including the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, all include some level of EXIF data, which is basically metadata with information about the image. With pictures taken from the iPhone and other smartphones, that data can even include details like precise geographic coordinates where the image was taken, (though that’s easy … Read More

Add Speech Bubbles to Pictures with Preview in Mac OS X

Oct 5, 2012 - 2 Comments

The latest version of Preview app from OS X Mountain Lion onward feature a couple of fun menu items that let you quickly add comic book styled speech bubbles to any photo. It’s extremely easy to use, but it’s also easy to overlook, so here’s how to use them to add some humor to any … Read More

Save Images as GIF and Other Image Formats Again in Preview for OS X

Aug 29, 2012 - 4 Comments

Preview is a great basic image editing app bundled with Mac OS X, but recent versions from OS X Lion onward have simplified the available image Export Format options down to JPEG, JPEG 2000, OpenEXR, PDF, PNG, and TIFF. Or at least that’s what you see on first glance, but it turns out you can … Read More

Move a File to iCloud from a Mac with OS X

Aug 28, 2012 - 4 Comments

The newer versions of OS X let you move files directly into iCloud from your Mac, these files can then be opened on any other Mac or iOS device set up with the same iCloud account. This is extremely convenient if you want to quickly move a file around but don’t want to copy it … Read More

Change the Save Location from iCloud to Local Mac Storage in OS X

Aug 20, 2012 - 6 Comments

The latest versions of OS X feature deeper iCloud integration than ever before on the Mac, a feature that is extremely convenient for syncing things likes desktop Notes, desktop Reminders lists, documents, emails, bookmarks, and whatever else with iOS devices, but it can also be frustrating when you’re just trying to save a file in … Read More

A Stupid Trick to Quickly Remove All Photos from Camera Roll on iPhone with Preview

Aug 16, 2012 - 22 Comments

Removing all photos from the Camera Roll on an iPhone can be notoriously slow, particularly for Mac users with large picture libraries. Deleting all images from an iOS device with Image Capture can literally take hours, and deleting more than one photo directly on an iPhone itself is time consuming and a very hands-on process … Read More

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