My Work Flow with Irfanview

Brian K Jaworski Irfanview 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 the most 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 in reference to the plug-in. This is a rough draft version because I need to get some simple directions out to a friend who is needing an image manager on the quick (May 2, 2010) Most of this document is writtenn from memory as I've gone to a Linux distro and the KDE digiKam image manager. Ifranview is not ported yet to Linux. For more information about Irfanview see its site at: Opening Irfanview 2 methods 1) as thumbnail viewer 1. down the left side will be a folder selector, navigate to the folder you want to use 2. upon opening the folder the main screen will begin to populate with the thumbnails 3. 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 open 2) as an image viewer/manipulator 1. select the image you want to view via the open file dialogue in the file drop down menu 2. to access the thumbnails from the image viewer hit the 'T' key, Thumbnails 1) this feature allows for quick batch process to be done 2) highlight the images to do, if all hit 'Ctrl+A' 3) images can be worked on from thumbnails individually or as batches in this mode Image viewer 1) images can be worked on individually in this mode 2) settings in the dialogues will be remembered from use to use Batch Mode features (not all listed, this is by my preference) 1) Rename 2) Comment/EXIF/IPTC 3) Re-size 4) Sharpen – this is a study all to itself and is covered by many elsewhere, I'll discus it briefly 5) Watermark 6) Add 'border' My Work flow with Irfanview 1) Before I even open the program I back up my cards/folders then I proceed 2) Rename to convention

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1. EventName-date(4digitYear2digitMonth2digitDay)-MyWebsite 1. After resizing images I include the pre-name convention of rdc (reduced) Set the Comment/EXIF/IPTC Re-size, I do multiple sizes for the different websites I post to 1. Image sizes 1. Larger size 2200 pixels longside, JPG Mag requires 2200 pixels for publication if chosen 2. Medium size 1100 pixels make good 4x6 images & ok 5x7's but, not good for 8x10's 3. Web size 600 pixels, a 4x6 needs 640 pixels longside to print decently 2. Additional 1. Rename according to size rdc-(l,m,w)-imagename 2. Add border by increasing the canvas size 3. Adjust sharpening 4. Add watermark 1. keep the same watermark across all sizes 2. this is to discourage alternate uses 3. to let people know who's image it is Sharpen 1. Irfanview gives a basic sharpen feature 2. I prefer plus 2, for it adds just enough contrast to the lines to make it look right Watermark – see Resizing Images Border – see Resizing Images Post Irfanview work 1. Back up 2. export to image host sites by your preferred methods 3. 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 containing a drop down menu of image formats; JPG dialogues including advance features In the lower left is the 'Renaming' dialogue Below is the 'Output directory' – if you know the command line directory you can type it in right there or select 'Use current look in directory.' If you choose you can navigate to the directory using the 'Browse' button. On the right side are the images of the current folder. Below are the files chosen for batch work. 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 4 of the presented options 1. First the Re-size on the left. I use the 'Set long side to' and follow my resizing conventions 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 does take a bit to figure out where exactly text will be on the image. I prefer to put my tag 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 often my 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 is needing uniformed adjustments 2. I will use the sharpen adjustment at +2 for all images. This does boost the contrast for the edges in the images that will pop an image into focus for the general viewer's eye. 5. Batch Renaming 1. Selecting this does let you replace text with different text 2. Allows for uniformed renaming conventions 1. 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 Lossless Operations. 1) Set Comment 1. Short cut “Shift+Ctrl+M” 2. Type in the comment you desire. Typically I include my name, the date, and the event name. I also may include what this selection is about 3. Select 'Append to current comment' 4. Hit 'Write' to save the comment 2) Set IPTC options 1. Shortcut 'Ctrl+I' 2. This opens a dialogue with 6 tabs 3. Caption tab 1. fill in your copyright 2. fill in your caption – who, what, why 4. Keywords 1. tag 'em 2. use every descriptive you think is applicable from location to date to camera make or any special gear used to create the set of images 3. enter these on separate lines 4. Categories 1. the top line is for the general 2. the supplemental includes the subcategories 1. For example when I take outdoor images. My category is outdoors, the supplemental will include the season, time of day, method of travel hike/snowshoe and the location 3. Credits tab I typically leave a lone as I shoot for myself 4. Origin tab 1. Object name: the event 2. Date: when the image was taken

3. City: closest city 4. Sublocation: venue or actual location name 5. etc 5. Options tab 1. I chose to always 'Append new text to old text' by default that way I don't over right something I entered in already if I have. 3) EXIF is the camera image data. This cannot be edited in Batch Modes

Image viewer/modifier mode
This feature is useful for looking at individual images. It loads quickly and provides a host of things for individual images. First to check out the image and its data hit hit the 'I' key. If there is comment, EXIF, or IPTC data available it will show up. Second, most of the manipulations will be done under the Image drop down menu. 1) Color Corrections 1. Shortcut 'Ctrl+G' 2. Opens a dialogue/image preview 1. use the sliders to make adjustments 2. the image preview will show a close enough proximity to what the image will look like with each adjustment. 3. Hazy images can be boosted here with a tweak to the contrast 4. Under exposed images can brought into better exposure with brightness 2) Resizing 1. Shortcut 'Ctrl+R' 2. Opens the Resizing dialogue 1. on the right side of this dialogue are common sizes 2. on the left side one can specify the sizes 3) To Crop an image 1. place the curser/pointer at one corner of region to be cropped 2. drag open the box to the desired crop 3. hit 'Ctrl+Y' 4) Change Canvas Size/Add Boarder 1. Shortcut 'Shift+V' 2. Opens a dialogue to specify boarders on each side 3. Lets one chose the color for the boarder Remember: save your work. This covers the most basic of the features I find useful in managing my images. I've covered basic image management and image adjustments. I have just scratched the surface of this program. I've left a lot of detail out and have not included any screen shots out of simplicity. The help dialogues will cover and provide this missing info in greater detail. This is a how I do it article mainly for a friend of mine who just got into photography. Enjoy. Brian K Jaworski

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