|Irfanview: A Free & Powerful Image Viewer & Processo
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|Author:||chasbosc [ Wed Feb 16, 2011 11:26 pm ]|
|Post subject:||Irfanview: A Free & Powerful Image Viewer & Processo|
As it seems alot of people are having trouble sizing images for posting, I'd like to offer this link to and instructions for inatalling 'Irfanview'; a program I believe is the best image viewer you could ever hope to get and itâ€šÃ„Ã´s free! One of its greatest features is the ability to do batch transformations, like resizing, renaming, rotating, etc. whole folders of images in one stroke. Iâ€šÃ„Ã´ve used it for years and everyone Iâ€šÃ„Ã´ve turned on to it has been very appreciative!
Go to the link below this paragraph first and download the program. This is a safe site and I use it all the time, but just make sure itâ€šÃ„Ã´s Irfanview youâ€šÃ„Ã´re downloading; these sites always try to trick you and give you something you donâ€šÃ„Ã´t want; because of this, I stongly recommend saving it to a folder and not running it directly; that way you can check the file name before installing it.
â€šÃ„Â¢ After downloading, click on the file to begin the installation.
â€šÃ„Â¢ Just choose the defaults in the first few options, but then it will ask you if you want to make it your default viewer for certain extensions; I highly recommend that you select the 'Images Only' option and make this your default image viewer; you will love it! You can also do this later, or undo it later.
â€šÃ„Â¢ Continue installing and if you selected the 'Images Only' option, it will ask you in a scary tone, â€šÃ„Ã²Are you sure you want to make that change?â€šÃ„Ã´ (for Images Only); just say yes.
Next you need to install the plugins; this gives you all kinds of abilities, like photo editing and lossless rotation, etc. It installs almost instantly.
After you get the plugins installed, open the program. The following will guide you through some set-up and how to re-size an image for this forum.
â€šÃ„Â¢ First, go to â€šÃ„Ã²Viewâ€šÃ„Ã´ and under â€šÃ„Ã²Display Optionsâ€šÃ„Ã´ select â€šÃ„Ã²Fit only large images to desktopâ€šÃ„Ã´.
â€šÃ„Â¢ Next, open an image, go to â€šÃ„Ã²Imageâ€šÃ„Ã´ on the toolbar and select â€šÃ„Ã²Resize/Resample Imageâ€šÃ„Ã´.
â€šÃ„Â¢ This opens a feature with several options. Iâ€šÃ„Ã´d recommend just going to â€šÃ„Ã²Set New Sizeâ€šÃ„Ã´ and make the longest side 600 pixels.
â€šÃ„Â¢ Make sure that â€šÃ„Ã²Preserve aspect ratioâ€šÃ„Ã´ and â€šÃ„Ã²Apply sharpen after Resampleâ€šÃ„Ã´ are checked and that under â€šÃ„Ã²Size Methodâ€šÃ„Ã´ that â€šÃ„Ã²Resampleâ€šÃ„Ã´ is highlighted.
â€šÃ„Â¢ Now click OK, and the image will appear as its new size.
â€šÃ„Â¢ Go to â€šÃ„Ã²Fileâ€šÃ„Ã´ on the tool bar and select â€šÃ„Ã²Save Asâ€šÃ„Ã´.
â€šÃ„Â¢ Create a new for your downsized images and maybe add something like â€šÃ„Ã²smâ€šÃ„Ã´ (small) to the name so you know itâ€šÃ„Ã´s a smaller image.
â€šÃ„Â¢ Now go to the little gray panel that says â€šÃ„Ã²JPEG/GIF save optionsâ€šÃ„Ã´, make sure the first three options are unchecked, but the next 5 are checked. The 9th option is â€šÃ„Ã²Set file sizeâ€šÃ„Ã´; as they limit you to small images, check this and set the size at 65. Iâ€šÃ„Ã´d uncheck this option in the future, but leave the rest the way they are.
If you have a whole bunch of images that you want to change, go to â€šÃ„Ã²Fileâ€šÃ„Ã´ and select â€šÃ„Ã²Batch Conversion/Renameâ€šÃ„Ã´. This opens up a very powerful tool panel.
â€šÃ„Â¢ First, click on â€šÃ„Ã²Use advanced optionsâ€šÃ„Ã´ and click â€šÃ„Ã²Advancedâ€šÃ„Ã´.
â€šÃ„Â¢ This opens up a tool panel for setting options to perform on all the images youâ€šÃ„Ã´ll be changing.
â€šÃ„Â¢ Click on â€šÃ„Ã²Resizeâ€šÃ„Ã´ and check the option best suited for you for your needs. I usually use percentage, but for this site, you might want to make everything 600 on the long side.
â€šÃ„Â¢ Make sure â€šÃ„Ã²Preserve aspect ratioâ€šÃ„Ã´, Use Resample Functionâ€šÃ„Ã´ are checked.
â€šÃ„Â¢ Under â€šÃ„Ã²Miscellaneousâ€šÃ„Ã´ the only thing I would have checked is â€šÃ„Ã²Save files with original date/time.
â€šÃ„Â¢ Close that box and go to the image selection panel.
â€šÃ„Â¢ If you donâ€šÃ„Ã´t already have a folder youâ€šÃ„Ã´re going to send the changed images to, create one here first, then go to â€šÃ„Ã²Output directory for result filesâ€šÃ„Ã´ and browse for the destination folder.
â€šÃ„Â¢ Now youâ€šÃ„Ã´re ready to select the images for the batch conversion
â€šÃ„Â¢ Just open the folder you want to perform changes to, select the images you want and click â€šÃ„Ã²Addâ€šÃ„Ã´ or if you want the whole folder click â€šÃ„Ã²Add allâ€šÃ„Ã´
â€šÃ„Â¢ After youâ€šÃ„Ã´ve added all the images, click â€šÃ„Ã²Start Batchâ€šÃ„Ã´ and the magic happens.
â€šÃ„Â¢ A word of caution: be careful in the future about checking or unchecking the â€šÃ„Ã²Use advanced optionsâ€šÃ„Ã´ box, depending on whether or not you want to make changes. I'd also recommend reviewing the options you have checked each time you use this tool to be sure it's doing what you want it to!
I've walked at least 50 people through this set-up. I'm certain you will soon find this program to be a valuable tool for all of your images!!
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