Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Irfanview, a very good and free photo editor (image or picture editor)

I use Irfanview photo editor extensively. It has lots of useful features and best of all, it is free (creator do accept voluntary donations). If you want to download and install Irfanview, just type or copy-paste "irfanview download" into the search box above, tick the WEB radio button, and you will find lots of sites from which to download the installation file.

With Irfanview, you will be able to open, create and save images in a wide range of formats and convert one file format to another. Formats available are shown in the table below:

Window Bitmap.bmp
Enhanced Compressed Wavelets.ecw
Enhanced Window Metafile.emf
EA Sports Format.fsh
Compuserve GIF.gif
Windows Icon.ico
JPEG2000 Format.jp2
JPEG Files.jpg
JPM Format.jpm
LuraDocument Format.ldf
LuraWave Format.lwf
Zsoft Paintbrush.pcx
Portable Bitmap.pbm
Portable Graymap.pgm
Portable Network Graphics.png
Portable Pixelmap.ppm
RAW Image DataRAW Image Data
Truevision Targa.tga
Tagged Image File Format.tif

If you intend to add a favicon to your blog, the Windows Icon format (.ico) will come in handy.

There are many other things you can do with Irfanview photo editor. From FILE in the menu bar, you can open and save graphic files, create thumbnail images, make slideshow, batch convert files, print, send scanned images to printer, acquire images from TWAIN devices.

From EDIT in the menu bar, you can paste images copied into clipboard (good for doing screenshots). You can drag and drop your mouse in an opened image to make a selection box, crop the selection, insert text into the selection, insert a copyright notice into the image, cut out the selection from the image, etc.

From IMAGE in the menu bar, you can create an empty of a size and background color of your choice, drag and drop your mouse in the empty image to create a selection box, paste images or text into the selection box, rotate or resize images, change color depth or turn into negative, convert color images into grayscale, enhance color, sharpen images, do red eye reduction, create various effects like make a 3D button, blur the image, create sepia image, make raindrops so it appear like you are looking at the image through a raindrop covered window, etc.

From OPTION, you can chose the language option. Available in my version (3.98) is English and German. Available languages for the version 4.00 (you may need to download) include

English (always included)
Italian Server
Russian Server
Chinese Server
Dansk Server
Albanian Server
Uzbek Server

You can also do JPEG lossless operations, caption screenshot which will include the mouse cursor (this also can be done by just clicking the C key), set as wallpaper, etc.

From VIEW in the menu bar, you can zoom in, zoom out, show HEX (hexadecimal) view, etc.

There is one thing you can do with Irfanview, that is to highlight something with a colored ellipse, rectangle, draw lines, erase part of the image, fill an area with color, etc. For that I use Windows Paint (always available from Windows accessories). Thus for my photo editing, I normally use Irfanview, and when there are things I can't do with Irfanview, I save the file, open it in Windows Paint, do whatever necessary, save and if necessary, open the file in Irfanview and start again.

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