Add special effects to pictures with Automator in Word 2011

System Requirements:    
   
Requires Microsoft Office 2011.
    Home and Student Edition does not have Automator Actions
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    Automator does not work with Microsoft Office Home and Student Edition.


What does this Automator Workflow do?
You choose one or more picture or image files in Finder and then the Automator Workflow applies a custom Quartz Composition Filter to the picture(s).
The output is to a new document in Microsoft Word 2011.

What is a Quartz Composition Filter?
You choose from a variety of filter types - from simple filters to fancy ones such as Motion Blur. These filters work incredibly fast because they are built into the Mac operating system. Microsoft Word doesn't support these filters directly in the interface, but it does support them via Automator. Give it a try! You'll be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to make the Automator Workflow and how robust the Quartz filters are.

How do I make this Automator Action?
Making something like this used to take developers weeks or months. You'll do it in a matter of minutes! Just follow these steps (See Figure 1):
  1. Open the Automator application (Double-click the Automator.app in the Applications folder)
  2. When the program opens, a dialog displays "Choose a template for your workflow" with "workflow" selected by default. "Workflow" is what we want, so all you have to do is click the Choose button.
  3. In the list of Actions in the left column, in the Library category choose Files and Folders.
  4. Drag the action, "Ask for Finder Items" to the empty pane on the right. It might take a couple tries before this works. Drag slowly.
  5. In the "Ask for Finder Items" action, click the check box for Allow Multiple Selection
  6. In the list of Actions in the left column, in the Library category choose Photos.
  7. Drag "Apply Quartz Composition Filter to Image Files" to the pane on the right. Position the action underneath "Filter Finder Items." You'll be presented a dialog box that says "This action will change the image files passed into it. Would you like to add a Copy Finder items action so that the copies are changed and your originals are preserved?" Click the Add button. The default file location is the Desktop, but you can click the pop-up next to To and choose any folder you want.
  8. Click the Options button near the bottom of the "Apply Quartz Composition Filter to Image Files" action, and then click the check box for "Show this action when the workflow runs."
  9. In the list of Actions in the left column, in the Library category choose Documents.
  10. Drag "Create New Word Document" to the pane on the right and position it under the "Apply Quartz Composition Filter to Image Files" action.
Screen shot of Automator Workflow
Now save the Automator action twice: once as an automator workflow that you can open and edit in the Automator application, and also as an application itself, which you can run from within Microsoft Word. To save this workflow as an Automator Workflow:
  1. In Automator, choose File > Save As.
  2. In the Save As field, give the action a name, such as Apply Quartz Filter to Word.workflow
  3. Use the default file format, "workflow" and then click the Save button.
To save this Automator Action as an application that Microsoft Word can use:
  1. In Automator, choose File > Save As.
  2. In the Save As field, give the action a name, such as Pics with Quartz to Word.app
  3. Change the file format to "Application" and then click the Save button. Tip: Make a folder for your Automator Actions.
All done!

How do I use this workflow application?
Double-click on the Automator Action application file you saved, then:
  1. The Choose a Finder Item dialog opens. Choose an image or picture file and then click the Choose button. Hold the Command key down to pick multiple pictures.
  2. The Apply Quartz Composition Filter to Image Files dialog opens. Under the sample picture there's a button. Click it and choose a filter from the large list of filters.
  3. Some filters offer additional control settings, which you can use to customize the filter.
  4. When you're done picking and adjusting the filter settings, click the Continue button.
  5. Your rendered pictures will be put into a Microsoft Word document for you. Copies of the edited pictures will be saved to the desktop (default) or to the folder you chose in Step 7.
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