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Working With Images

Page history last edited by John Pearce 13 years, 11 months ago

When you do begin working with digital camera images you will sometimes find that you want to manipulate them before you use them.


  • The images might be too large
  • You might want to crop them
  • You might want to do some basic, (or more complicated), manipulation
  • You might want to add text


Here are some freely available options to help with this


Microsoft Picture Manager can be found in the Office suite under Microsoft Tools. This is a basic image editor that is also okay for doing batch resize and renaming.   Paint is another Microsoft application that enables you to annotate, crop and resize images though it is limited in its capabilities.  

Irfanview is a quite useful tool for more than just manipulating images. It is a free download from http://www.irfanview.com/.

As well as enabling batch resizing etc you can also add text and shapes to images.

Paint.Net is a free download from http://www.getpaint.net/ that enables you to work with layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of other tools  

 If you are using a Mac then Skitch is a really great download app that enables you to annotate over and add features to your images.

If you want to resize images, add some simple annotations and/or adjust elements of the image, then Preview on the Mac also has these functions.


The Gimp is the free alternative to Photoshop and the like. It can appear quite tricky to use at first but if you persist then you can achieve some stunning image effects.

The Gimp can be downloaded from http://www.gimp.org/




As more and more applications move "to the cloud" then Online Options for image editing are becoming more fully featured.

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