Convert HEIC to JPG in Mac With Automator & Keyboard Shortcut

High-Efficiency Image Format (HEIC) is the new image format that Apple is now using as a replacement for JPG with the iOS 11. As compared to JPG, HEIC images have smaller file size and higher image quality.

However, JPG is still more widely-used and for sharing your images on apps that don’t accept HEIC format or saving them on your Mac for future use, you have to convert them to JPG.

But there’s no reason to fret because, in this post, I’ll tell you about a quick and easy way to convert any number of HEIC format images into JPG. All it needs is a little customization through the Automator and you can have the ‘Convert to JPG’ option right in your context menu or even as a shortcut. Let’s take a look at the following steps.

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Converting .HEIC to .JPG with Automator

  1. Start by launching the Automator.
  2. launch animator
  3. Click "New Document".
  4. new document
  5. Select "Quick Action" and click "Choose".
  6. Type "copy finder" into the input box on the top left and then double click "Copy Finder item".
  7. copy finder item
  8. Inside Copy Finder Item dialogue box, choose where you want the converted JPG files to be saved, or leave it on Desktop by default.
  9. save item to desktop
  10. Type "change type" in the input box, then double click "Change Type of Images".
  11. change type
  12. Under Type of Images, toggle the dropbox "To Type": to JPEG.
  13. change type to jpeg
  14. Click File > Save, or use shortcut Command + S.
  15. save
  16. Give your quick action a name and hit Save.
  17. give it a name

Now, go ahead and give it a test

To convert your image from HEIC to JPEG, right-click on the image, and select the newly created service or option – "Convert to JPEG".

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Converting .HEIC to .JPG with Keyboard Shortcut

If you find it tedious to go through the usual right-click and select every time you want to convert HEIC images to JPG, you can create a keyboard shortcut instead to make the conversion faster.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Click the Apple logo on the top left and go to System Preferences.
  2. apple logo
  3. Click Keyboard, select Shortcuts and select Services on the left panel.
  4. keyboard shortcut service
  5. On the right panel, look for "Convert to JPEG" under Files and Folders.
  6. files and folders convert to jpeg
  7. Select it, click "Add Shortcut" and enter the desired keyboard shortcut to get it recorded.
  8. add shortcut

That’s it, you can now convert an image from any format to JPEG by selecting it and executing the recorded keyboard shortcut.