Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Set Scaled OS X Desktop Wallpaper via Automator

I regularly enjoy the pictures Romain Guy posts on his blog. Often they make for great desktop backgrounds, but at a whopping 20 megapixels they are just a little too big for my iMac's 1920x1200 screen.
When today I came across his most recent picture called False Kiva I went through my usual list of steps:
  1. Go to the "original size" version of the picture on Flickr
  2. Drag it to the desktop
  3. Open the file with a double click
  4. Scale it to 1920x1200 in Preview.app
  5. Save it to the Pictures folder
  6. Set it as the wallpaper
It occurred to me, that apart from liking and downloading a picture, all the remaining steps could be automated with a little Automator service. So I recorded this sequence of steps and saved it as a service.