photo editing software

Discussion in 'Photography' started by cherylp, Jul 10, 2008.

  1. cherylp

    cherylp Guest

    Any recommendations for software that will convert a high resolution
    digital photo to 72 dpi? I know about Adobe Photoshop, but am
    wondering if there is something less expensive out there.

    Thanks.
     
    cherylp, Jul 10, 2008
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    ray Guest

    GIMP (Gnu Image Manipulation Program) - it's free.
     
    ray, Jul 10, 2008
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  3. cherylp

    Rudy Benner Guest

    Irfanview, its also free.
     
    Rudy Benner, Jul 10, 2008
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  4. cherylp

    Marcin Guest

    Just download small application called Irfanview (you can download only main
    installer without plugins),
    unmark "google toolbar" during installation,
    open the file you want to convert,
    next press <I> key (or go to <image> and choose <information> panel),
    write the resolution and click on <change>.
    To change the size press <ctrl>+<R> (got to <image> and choose <resize>.
    You can go to <File> and <Batch conversion> when you have to change more
    files.
    IrfanView is freeware.

    Regards
    Martin
    www.gorgolewski.com
     
    Marcin, Jul 10, 2008
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  5. cherylp

    clp99336 Guest

    Thanks guys. I did check out Irfanview, but it says not to use it for
    commercial purposes, and I would be selling these photos to a website.

    Do you know if Photoshop Elements 6 would to this? I called Adobe
    today, and the person I spoke with didn't seem to know as much about
    the software as I did, which is not very much.
     
    clp99336, Jul 11, 2008
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    Cats Guest

    It would, but if you are wanting versions of the images on a website
    they need resizing - web browsers ignore the DPI setting.
     
    Cats, Jul 11, 2008
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  7. cherylp

    cherylp Guest

    I downloaded this, and, following your diections above, was able to
    change the dpi to 72, but am still sruggling with this. The images on
    screen are HUGE, how do I know what size to reduce them to -- I
    reduced them in pixels, to lowest, and that cut it some, but what
    about linear dimensions? These are going to be downloaded for IPod
    usage.

    Also, am I correct in assuming that changes are made to the original,
    so I should work with that? I've just been working with some throw-
    away pix so far.
     
    cherylp, Jul 11, 2008
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  8. cherylp

    dhulsmeyer Guest

    pixel dimensions/72 gives you the actual size of the photo. 720
    pixels at 72dpi is 10 inches. also, remember that jpg's are
    compressed image files so everytime you hit save you lose part of that
    file. i would not overwrite your original file. open the file resize
    it and do a save as to a new file.
     
    dhulsmeyer, Jul 12, 2008
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    ray Guest

    I think you may be confusing some issues. Most 'on screen' apps I'm
    familiar with don't even consider DPI - they work with pixels. They either
    scale the image to fit the screen or they display all the pixels and allow
    you to scroll. Do you want to resample the image and reduce the total
    resolution so it fits on some reasonable screen size such as 800x600?
     
    ray, Jul 12, 2008
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    Joel Guest

    *If* you have the time and energy to LEARN then I would suggest to go for
    Photoshop, and Photoshop can be pretty cheap comparing to what it can do,
    and what you can learn from millions of Photoshop users around the world.

    And *if* you are or knowing anyone in high-school or college then you can
    get the educational price for around $300. I think $300 is the current
    price (for the Extented version) as if I am not mistaken years ago it cost
    around $150-200 *but* with the agreement that you can't use the education
    version for commercial (now Adobe allows education version to use for
    commercial).

    Also, both regular and educational are *exact* same program *but* the
    agreement (for student) and price's (discount).

    About the 72-pixel, you do not need to worry or mess with the DPI/PPI as
    it doesn't mean much or anything, just ignore it and enjoy whatever it's.
     
    Joel, Jul 12, 2008
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  11. cherylp

    cherylp Guest

    The site's photo requirements are 72 dpi and 720x480 pixels. Irfanview
    will let me do 72 dpi, but not change the pixels to that. 640x480 is
    one of its settings, but it will not let me change manually to the
    other.
     
    cherylp, Jul 12, 2008
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  12. cherylp

    Cats Guest

    Are you saying that IrfanView doesn't have the 'Save As' option in the
    File drop-down menu?
     
    Cats, Jul 12, 2008
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  13. cherylp

    Cats Guest

    The FAQs imply that it will do what you want via Image -> Resize/
    Resample. However if you simply type in the dimensions given and
    their aspect ratio is different to the original the final result will
    be distorted.

    See: http://www.irfanview.com/faq.htm

    It might also have worthwhile help.
     
    Cats, Jul 12, 2008
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    ray Guest

    GIMP allows you to do that quite easily and also, by default, will keep
    the proper aspect ratio.
     
    ray, Jul 12, 2008
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  15. cherylp

    Robert Coe Guest

    :
    : > On Jul 10, 12:12 pm, "Marcin" <>
    : > wrote:
    : > > Uzytkownik "cherylp" <> napisal w wiadomosci: > >
    : > > > Any recommendations for software that will convert a high resolution
    : > > > digital photo to 72 dpi? I know about Adobe Photoshop, but am
    : > > > wondering if there is something less expensive out there.
    : > >
    : > > > Thanks.
    : > >
    : > > Just download small application called Irfanview (you can download only main
    : > > installer without plugins),
    : > > unmark "google toolbar" during installation,
    : > > open the file you want to convert,
    : > > next press  <I>  key (or go to <image> and choose <information> panel),
    : > > write the resolution and click on <change>.
    : > > To change the size press <ctrl>+<R> (got to <image> and choose <resize>.
    : > > You can go to <File> and <Batch conversion> when you have to change more
    : > > files.
    : > > IrfanView is freeware.
    : > >
    : > > Regards
    : > > Martinwww.gorgolewski.com
    : >
    : > I downloaded this, and, following your diections above, was able to
    : > change the dpi to 72, but am still sruggling with this. The images on
    : > screen are HUGE, how do I know what size to reduce them to -- I
    : > reduced them in pixels, to lowest, and that cut it some, but what
    : > about linear dimensions? These are going to be downloaded for IPod
    : > usage.
    : >
    : > Also, am I correct in assuming that changes are made to the original,
    : > so I should work with that? I've just been working with some throw-
    : > away pix so far.
    :
    : *If* you have the time and energy to LEARN then I would suggest to go for
    : Photoshop, and Photoshop can be pretty cheap comparing to what it can do,
    : and what you can learn from millions of Photoshop users around the world.
    :
    : And *if* you are or knowing anyone in high-school or college then you can
    : get the educational price for around $300. I think $300 is the current
    : price (for the Extented version) as if I am not mistaken years ago it cost
    : around $150-200 *but* with the agreement that you can't use the education
    : version for commercial (now Adobe allows education version to use for
    : commercial).
    :
    : Also, both regular and educational are *exact* same program *but* the
    : agreement (for student) and price's (discount).
    :
    : About the 72-pixel, you do not need to worry or mess with the DPI/PPI as
    : it doesn't mean much or anything, just ignore it and enjoy whatever it's.

    Using Photoshop to resize a JPEG is like printing a credit card receipt on
    gold leaf. Didn't a simple photo editor come with the camera? Every photo
    editor I ever saw will do such a simple task. (I'd use Digital Photo
    Professional, a Canon freebie with a good user interface, but you have to buy
    a Canon DSLR to get it easily.)

    Bob
     
    Robert Coe, Jul 12, 2008
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  16. cherylp

    Jim Wheeler Guest

    I would buy Adobe Photohop Elements 6. It's less than $100. Very good
    software and will probably do most everything you need. Much less cost than
    Photoshop CS3.
     
    Jim Wheeler, Jul 13, 2008
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    Joel Guest

    Well, if you only use to printing a credit card on gold leaf ONCE then I
    agree with you it's a waste, just like if you spend you lifetime to master
    English to give me that reason then it's too a waste. But if you are
    photographer or thinking of being photo retoucher then Photoshop skill is
    for LIFE.

    I have never looked at the freebie comes with my Canons (I have 4 of them)
    to know what they look like, and even my graphic viewer ACDSee (and even
    Windows Paint) can do some basic photo editing, but I haven't learned to
    trust them with professional work yet to know how good they are.
     
    Joel, Jul 13, 2008
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  18. cherylp

    Cats Guest

    Having downloaded and installed it, Irfanview obviously does as well
    and it's a much smaller download.
     
    Cats, Jul 13, 2008
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    ray Guest

    And cheryl was having problems getting it to do so.
     
    ray, Jul 13, 2008
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  20. cherylp

    Cats Guest

    When I looked at the dialog box I thought it was very obvious how to
    get it to resize and keep the correct aspect ratio. However, if that
    doesn't fit the size the size is asking for she will have to decide
    which solution to use. 1) don't keep the aspect ratio, 2) ensure it
    will fit within the size given e.g. one dimension is the size they ask
    for, the other is smaller.
     
    Cats, Jul 13, 2008
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