Quicksilver Screencast: Image Manipulation


UPDATE: Sorry, screencast URL is fixed now.

I’ve been stockpiling ideas of the gems I’d still like to show you in Quicksilver, and among them is the Image Manipulation plugin. However, a quick search shows that I [sort of] covered it about a year ago. I say sort of, because it was just the dawn of this Quicksilver screencast idea and it was poorly executed at best. So today I’ll actually show you the finer points of this useful plugin.

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Quicksilver You Manipulative Little

As a quick reference, I’m providing the Image Manipulation info examples (which are shown in the screencast) here, for quick copy/paste if you so choose to use it that way for learning purposes. Enjoy.

“fit 640×480 as jpg high progressive” – creates an image that will fit within a 640×480 rectangle
“50% as interlaced png” – creates a png with dimensions half of the original”
“x72 as gif” – makes a gif 72 pixels tall, with width to maintain the proportions

Oh, and something I failed to demonstrate in the screencast, is that you can load several images into Quicksilver at once and it will scale all of them with one command. This can be a HUGE time saver!

If you’re wondering about the CMD ESC Trigger for loading selected items into Quicksilver, check out the quick screencast setup demo here.


Jeff Krieger

thx for the tutorial. i can’t seem to get the “current item selected (activation)” trigger to work. i’ve tried assigning it a number of different keystrokes. any clue? thx!


can’t believe i hadn’t tried this yet! great roundup on all the quicksilver tips, really liking your work :)


i don’t have image manipulation module under my Plug-ins. how can download and install it?


When I type: “300 as gif” Quicksilver scales input image to make 300px height and proportional width. But according to documentations “300 as gif” should creater image of 300px width and proportional height (opposite to actual action). What is wrong?

erin haldrup

Art, I had that same problem — if you search “image manipulation” it will come up and you can download it. Now I have a problem though- how do you set the custom commands?

Wayne Kochman

Question for Nick:
Where did you acquire the “Wood Grain” HD icon in all your Quicksilver movies?

Arthur Milholland

I have QS Beta51 (3800) but I don’t see the Image Manipulation plug-in (text manipulation – yes, but no image manipulation). Is there a way to download it?




If any of you were wondering, you can load multiple images by selecting the image you want in the first pane and then pressing the comma [,] key then continuing on to find another picture. This actually works with anything, it’ll show you the queue right below the first pane.

Simple yet amazing. Blacktree has thought of everything.


Pablo: He’s using the cube interface instead of the bezel. You can find it in the plugins.


nick, that awesome tip about the multiple file dimension scaling is awesome! i don’t have to open up photoshop anymore and setup a batch to automate the process of doing exactly what quicksilver can already do. everyday, i’m loving quicksilver more and more.


I knew about the image manipulation actions (saw your older screencast) but never tried them. I’ve just tried them & realised this is something I would use often & will be really quick & handy for me, thanks :)

Pablo A

I’d like to know how do you configure your Quicksilver “bezel” to appear like a square, ’cause I didn’t find that option in my QS preferences. By the way, keep doing these screencasts, they’re awsome.

Nick Santilli

ok, well to stem the further questions, I just did a REALLY QUICK screencast of the trigger setup. There’s no audio because I’m at work, but it should convey the necessary steps.

I’ll post it in a few minutes.


Yes, it’s working and as always, very nice to see this ability of Quicksilver detailed! Thanks. Now can you walk me through setting up that handy trigger? How do I set up a trigger to have currently selected item opened in quicksilver?

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