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There are tons of apps that allow you to manipulate images on your Mac. iPhoto and Preview are two from Apple, and there are lots more available from the Mac App Store and third-party software vendors. What you may not know, however, is that you don’t need a third-party app to do some basic image manipulations with your existing operating system. Using Automator, you can create your own custom image processing plug-ins, which you can run right within the Finder.
If you’ve used Automator before, then you may know that it includes actions for performing basic image manipulation tasks, such as cropping and resizing. Today’s workflow uses one of these built-in actions to apply a filter to selected image files in the Mac OS X Finder.
Today's Automator Service workflow tip involves image files. This workflow will receive selected image files in the Finder, and merge them together to form a multi-page PDF document.
With the help of ThisService, a third-party utility from waffle software, and AppleScript, you can now run Automator workflows from the Services menu in Mac OS X.