Convert Images on Mac Quickly from Finder
MacOS offers a super simple and fast way to convert images, directly from the Finder on the Mac. Thanks to the handy Quick Actions feature, Mac users are able to convert any images from anywhere in the Finder, with just a few clicks.
This is a powerful and useful feature that is often overlooked, so let’s check out how this image conversion feature works, so you can quickly convert images while using the Mac.
How to Convert Images on Mac the Fast Way with Quick Actions
Ready to convert images on a Mac with the Finder? Here’s how it works:
- From Finder, locate the image you want to convert
- Right-click, control-click, or two-finger click on the image you wish to convert, and go to “Quick Actions” and then select “Convert Image” from the menu
- Select the file format type you wish to convert the image to; JPEG, PNG, HEIF, and select the image size (choose ‘Actual Size’ if you do not want to resize the image), and choose whether or not you wish to preserve metadata, then click on the “Convert” button
The image will convert almost instantly and appear in the same folder with the same file name as the origin image. For example, if you had a photo named “SampleImage.jpg” and chose to convert that to PNG using the Quick Action image conversion trick covered here, the converted image would become “SampleImage.png”.
This Quick Action image conversion tool is super fast and powerful, but you may have noticed that it is limited to JPG, PNG, and HEIF/HEIC formats. If you wish to convert to additional image file formats, you’ll want to use Preview to convert the images and access additional file format types to convert the image to.
And by the way, if you simply just want to convert to JPG, one of the most common image file types encountered on the web, you can do that directly with the Convert to JPG quick action as well, which we discussed here regarding webp images, but it applies to other image formats too.
This is just one of a variety of Mac Quick Actions features and capabilities that are available by default, but you can go even further and create your own custom Quick Actions too if you’re into tinkering your workflow at that level.
Do you use the image conversion Quick Action in the Mac Finder? Do you use another method for converting images on the Mac? Let us know in the comments.