WordPress Bloggers: Working With Images

In September I wrote the first post in this series for wordpress bloggers titled Images: Optimizing, Presizing and-Resizing . In November a guest author, Richard provided a summary of blogging tips for wordpress bloggers to consult titled Image Uploading Tips. And, on March 4th, I published a related post titled Free Image Hosting Services, which has also proven to be a popular post.

Today, I will expand on the foregoing posts by providing links to some third party providers of free software that will assist wordpress bloggers when it comes to enhancing their image handling capabilities.

Digital Image Tool 1.0
Batch process images quickly, applying flexible resizing methods, rotation, cropping, scaling, watermarking, renaming and more.

Easy Thumbnails
Easy Thumbnails is a popular free utility for creating accurate thumbnail images and scaled-down/up copies from a wide range of popular picture formats. An elegant interface makes it a snap to find your images and select them for processing individually, in groups, or in whole folders, using a simple file selector and built-in image viewer. You can use slider controls to rotate images and adjust their contrast, brightness, sharpness and quality, and check out the results with the built-in viewer.

Key Features

  1. Scale images up or down in batches
  2. Eleven resampling filters, including Lanczos3
  3. Sharpen soft images from digital cameras
  4. Real-time preview of target image
  5. Supports the new JPEG 2000 image format
  6. Preserves EXIF data in JPEG images
  7. Supports lossless JPEG rotation
  8. Free software producing quality results

FastStone Image Viewer 3.4

A freeware image browser, converter and editor that supports all major graphic formats including BMP, JPEG, JPEG 2000, GIF, PNG, PCX, TIFF, WMF, ICO and TGA. It has a nice array of features such as image viewing, management, comparison, red-eye removal, emailing, resizing, cropping, color adjustments, musical slideshow and much more.

FastStone Photo Resizer 2.5
A freeware image converter / resizer intended to enable users especially digital camera owners to convert, rename, resize, crop, rotate, change color depth, add text and watermark to images in a quick and easy batch mode.

Free batch photo resizer
An easy-to-use and free tool for batch resizing of JPG pictures and photos.
How to use it?

  • Download PhotoResize400.exe and place it on your desktop.
  • Drag and drop JPG files or folders with JPG files on the application icon.
  • The tool will resize JPG images and save them next to the originals. Names of the new pictures will be based on the original names, with a suffix indicating their size. For example, the resized version of MyPhoto.jpg will be called MyPhoto-400.jpg, where the number 400 indicates the size of the picture.

GIMP
GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. Screenshots | Features | Downloads

Irfranview
IrfanView was the first Windows graphic viewer worldwide with Multiple (animated) GIF support. It has far too many features to list here. Click here to see a screenshot of IrfanView.

Photofiltre
NOT FREEWARE! Simple licence: 29 euros (net price) – PhotoFiltre Studio is a complete image retouching program. It allows you to do simple or advanced adjustments to an image and apply a vast range of filters on it. It is simple and intuitive to use, and has an easy learning curve. The toolbar, giving you access to the standard filters with just a few clicks, gives PhotoFiltre Studio a robust look. PhotoFiltre Studio also has layer manager (with Alpha channel), advanced brushes, nozzles (or tubes), red eye corrector, batch module and lot of other powerful tools.

Picasa
Picasa is a free software download from Google that helps you:

  1. Locate and organise all the photos on your computer.
  2. Edit and add effects to your photos with a few simple clicks.
  3. Share your photos with others through email, prints and on the web: it’s fast, easy and free.

PIXresizer
(free image resizer) The reduced files are saved in a different folder, so your original images are not altered at all. PIXresizer offers several different resizing methods to choose from and can automatically recognize image sizes to calculate the best fit. In addition, it can convert between image formats (JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG and TIFF), rotate images, convert to grayscale and resize multiple images in batch mode. A great companion for webmasters and digital photographers.

StudioLine Photo Basic Details
Download for free trial. Powerful and easy-to-use management and editing for digital photos. Import from camera, scanner and all popular file formats. The image archive is a central database to conveniently categorize your images and add keywords and descriptions. Full IPTC and Exif support. 30 professional image tools to improve exposure problems, red-eye effects, color tones, etc. Photos can be printed, emailed or uploaded as web galleries. CD/DVD writing included.

StudioLine Photo Classic 3.5.2
Download for free trial. Powerful and easy-to-use management and editing for digital photos. Import from camera, scanner and all popular file formats. The image archive is a central database to conveniently categorize your images and add keywords and descriptions. Full IPTC and Exif support. 32 professional image tools to improve exposure problems, red-eye effects, color tones, etc. Photos can be printed, emailed or uploaded as web galleries. CD/DVD writing included. Changes in version 3.5.2:
New navigator for web galleries and print projects. Additional features for sound and movie files.

Watermark generator
This tool is a watermark tool, it creates an effect like notarizing a legal document where a stamped out look is made (like a corporate seal stamper for your pictures, we are currently making a similar circle notarize generator that will be available soon). Stamp your company name on your photos so no one will steal your images!

Watermarking usually requires expensive software installed on your computer, but not anymore! Now we let you tag your photographs for free VIA this online web based application!

Watermark tool
Watermark Tool is the free online watermarking software that allows you to quickly and easily protect your images with a visible watermark. With the many watermarking options available, you’re able to personalize your images in a variety of ways – including text size, color, and position.

WebSnapr
Free of charge – websnapr lets you capture screenshots of (almost) any web page. Let your visitors to instantly visualize any web page before clicking. Increase site traffic, click-through rate and site stickiness.

Xentient Thumbnails
Xentient Thumbnails is a Free utility for replacing the generic icons of image files with thumbnail icons of the actual image. The utility automatically generates thumbnail icons for most popular image types including JPEG, PNG, GIF, and many others. Xentient Thumbnails requires Windows 98/98SE/ME/2000/XP.

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Watermark Your Images
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