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My IrfanviewWorkflow

My IrfanviewWorkflow

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Published by B K Jaworski
Irfanview image manager, irfanview.com,
This is my work flow using the batch mode and some additional features.
Irfanview image manager, irfanview.com,
This is my work flow using the batch mode and some additional features.

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My Work Flowwith Irfanview
Brian K JaworskiIrfanview is a freeware work flow and image management program for home use. It is simple to use,free without requirements to use, and powerful in usefulness. When getting Irfanview do download themost current version and the accompanying plug-ins The plug-ins extend the usefulness of the program and will be covered in this document without reference that the portion being discussed is inreference to the plug-in. This is a rough draft version because I need to get some simple directions outto a friend who is needing an image manager on the quick (May 2, 2010) Most of this document iswrittenn from memory as I've gone to a Linux distro and the KDE digiKam image manager. Ifranviewis not ported yet to Linux.For more information about Irfanview see its site at:http://www.irfanview.com/
Opening Irfanview
2 methods1)as thumbnail viewer 1.down the left side will be a folder selector, navigate to the folder you want to use2.upon opening the folder the main screen will begin to populate with the thumbnails3.notice the counter in the window bar, it will count up to the number of images in the folder 4.to work on a specific image, highlight it and double click to open2)as an image viewer/manipulator 1.select the image you want to view via the open file dialogue in the file drop down menu2.to access the thumbnails from the image viewer hit the 'T' key,Thumbnails1)this feature allows for quick batch process to be done2)highlight the images to do, if all hit 'Ctrl+A'3)images can be worked on from thumbnails individually or as batches in this modeImage viewer 1)images can be worked on individually in this mode2)settings in the dialogues will be remembered from use to useBatch Mode features (not all listed, this is by my preference)1)Rename2)Comment/EXIF/IPTC3)Re-size4)Sharpen – this is a study all to itself and is covered by many elsewhere, I'll discus it briefly5)Watermar6)Add 'border'My Work flow with Irfanview1)Before I even open the program I back up my cards/folders then I proceed2)Rename to convention
 
1.EventName-date(4digitYear2digitMonth2digitDay)-MyWebsite1.After resizing images I include the pre-name convention of rdc (reduced)3)Set the Comment/EXIF/IPTC4)Re-size, I do multiple sizes for the different websites I post to1.Image sizes1.Larger size 2200 pixels longside, JPG Mag requires 2200 pixels for publication if chosen2.Medium size 1100 pixels make good 4x6 images & ok 5x7's but, not good for 8x10's3.Web size 600 pixels, a 4x6 needs 640 pixels longside to print decently2.Additional1.Rename according to size rdc-(l,m,w)-imagename2.Add border by increasing the canvas size3.Adjust sharpening4.Add watermar1.keep the same watermark across all sizes2.this is to discourage alternate uses3.to let people know who's image it is5) Sharpen1.Irfanview gives a basic sharpen feature2.I prefer plus 2, for it adds just enough contrast to the lines to make it look right6)Watermark – see Resizing Images7)Border – see Resizing Images8)Post Irfanview wor1.Back up2.export to image host sites by your preferred methods3.export to DVD/CD for back up and/or distribution to organization
Batch Mode
 In the upper left is the 'Work as' section which gives the options for conversion, renaming or  batch conversion with renaming the results.Just below that is the 'Output format.' This option allows for resizing dialogue itself containinga drop down menu of image formats; JPG dialogues including advance featuresIn the lower left is the 'Renaming' dialogueBelow is the 'Output directory' – if you know the command line directory you can type it inright there or select 'Use current look in directory.' If you choose you can navigate to the directoryusing the 'Browse' button.On the right side are the images of the current folder. Below are the files chosen for batchwork.1)Batch conversion settings is one of the most powerful features within Irfanview.1.The jpg format option allows the simplist conversion with allowing the user to use the slider to change the compression of the jpg setting. I seldom use this feature alone.2.Selecting the advanced option bring up an extensive dialogue box. I rarely use more then 4of the presented options1.First the Re-size on the left. I use the 'Set long side to' and follow my resizingconventions listed above.2.Next, in the center, I use the 'Canvas size' to make my border.1.Select the size of border in pixels
 
2.Select the color. I prefer white or black depend upon if I'm printing on my home printer (white) or putting it on the web (black)3.Using 'Add overlay text' will let you add text to all the images. This dialogue doestake a bit to figure out where exactly text will be on the image. I prefer to put mytag on the lower right corner in an easy to read font that is sized according to the print size. Typically, I say smaller the image the larger the font for these are oftenmy web posted images.4.Finally, with this dialogue, on the right side are image adjustments.1.I will tweak the image colors, brightness, contrast, etc only if the batch isneeding uniformed adjustments2.I will use the sharpen adjustment at +2 for all images. This does boost thecontrast for the edges in the images that will pop an image into focus for thegeneral viewer's eye.5.Batch Renaming1.Selecting this does let you replace text with different text2.Allows for uniformed renaming conventions1.Use the help dialogue to look up codes that will automatically set in dates,file numbers, etc
IPTC/EXIF/Comments
Right clicking the selected images will open up a batch dialogue. I want you to look at JPG LosslessOperations.1)Set Comment1.Short cut “Shift+Ctrl+M2.Type in the comment you desire. Typically I include my name, the date, and the eventname. I also may include what this selection is about3.Select 'Append to current comment'4.Hit 'Write' to save the comment2)Set IPTC options1.Shortcut 'Ctrl+I'2.This opens a dialogue with 6 tabs3.Caption tab1.fill in your copyright2.fill in your caption – who, what, why4.Keywords1.tag 'em2.use every descriptive you think is applicable from location to date to camera make or any special gear used to create the set of images3.enter these on separate lines4.Categories1.the top line is for the general2.the supplemental includes the subcategories1.For example when I take outdoor images. My category is outdoors, thesupplemental will include the season, time of day, method of travelhike/snowshoe and the location3.Credits tab I typically leave a lone as I shoot for myself 4.Origin tab1.Object name: the event2.Date: when the image was taken

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