Resize All Images In a Folder

Whenever you come back from a vacation, one thing is for sure that you have clicked tons of photos which you would want to share with your friends.

However, photographs taken by a camera are usually of high resolution. Now if you want to resize each and every image from the trip, you will be spending hours if not days.

In the past we have told you about several image manipulation tools some of which allow you to resize multiple images and also compress image size on the fly.

In addition to that, we came across another interesting tool that will allow you to resize all the images inside a folder. This means that you can copy all the images from your camera and run this tool to resize all of them painlessly, with a single click.

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Once you have selected the folder with the image, change the ratio that you want the images to be resized to. The application will automatically resize the images and store them in the location you selected.

Definitely a dead simple tool with very good output images. We recommend this tool if you are a frequent photographer.

Resize JPEG Folder is a  . Just download this tool and run it.

Download Resize JPEG Folder [Download the exe file]

Picasa 3.5 Includes Name tags and Geo Tagging with Google Maps integration.

Google has released a new version of Picasa their free photo management and image editing software which includes new features such as name tagging and geo tagging.

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After you download and install the new version of Picasa it will start scanning photos and create groups of similar faces. Once done you can access all the pictures under a group called Unnamed People and start adding name tags to sets of photos.

In addition to that it will also auto-complete the names if you are signed in to your Google account. In future whenever Picasa scans new photos it will automatically suggest you names for it.

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If you take pictures in various locations there is some more good news. Picasa now also includes Google maps integration which will allow you to easily geo tag your photos. You can also continue to Geo tag your photos using Google Earth.

To make tag management better, Picasa 3.5 also includes a quick tag functionality to quickly access tagged photos.

There are also improvements in the Picasa web album uploader where you can select to upload only starred items from imported photos without having to select individual photos.

Watch a video featuring the latest features in Picasa 3.5.

Find out more about the new features in Picasa 3.5.

Download Picasa 3.5 [via Official Google Photos Blog]

WordPress 2.9 To Have An Image Editor

With each new version of WordPress are included some new features that make life super easy. The version 2.8 which was just rolled out earlier this year included easier navigation, additional plugin installation support and a few other really helpful features.

This time, WordPress is going a step further and including a much needed image editor in the next version of WordPress. The following screenshot, courtesy of WP-Engineer, confirms this:

It will most probably not replace the image editing software generally used by bloggers but provide a convenient and quick way to editing images on the fly. Reportedly, WordPress 2.9 will also allow have a new filter to set the excerpt length and a Trash bin to store your deleted items in case you want to restore them.

Review: Reshade Image Enlarger [Free License Giveaway]

Are you a photographer, a web designer, a publisher, or someone who has ever tried to enlarge photos the rightway? What software did you use for photo enlargement? And most importantly, did you get what you expected? In most cases, I guess not.

I got a little bit disappointed too by the poor quality of most of this type of software, until I found Reshade which I’ll be talking about today. It’s kind of new photo resizing software, but as far as I played with it, seems to be damn worth a try.

Reshade Main Window

To start with, I can just say Reshade produces extremely high quality (up to 20x zoom huge sizes) and realistic results using a quite interesting photo processing method. You’ll see later what I mean.

Reshade seems a good pick because of its speed, ease of use and simple GUI. Even more, it comes in two flavors: either an online version that you use in your browser or a downloadable Windows app.

When an image is resized to a certain extent, square pixels are clearly visible, which makes the image look dull. Moreover, the image can become an absolute blur. These problems can be easily solved using Reshade. It helps to keep your image accurate by removing noise from the image. Reshade keeps the edges sharp and smooth. You can also use advanced settings to make your image more accurate and professional.

I have used many professional photo editors to resize images but none of them allowed me   to zoom 20x larger. Moreover the final quality was very poor when compared to this program. Most of the time we I have seen that when an image is resized, the quality of the image is reduced considerably. Reshade eliminates this problem and offers you a crystal clear image.

Reshade Editing

It supports almost all image formats including .jpg, .png, .bmp, .tiff. This program works much faster when compared to other image editors. If you save the resized image in .jpg format, it will be compressed. I recommend the use of .bmp if a lossless format is needed.

Features

  • Get crisp, clear edges at almost any zoom level
  • Remove blur and refocus image edges
  • Contrast and enhance image features
  • Easily remove photo defects
  • Go from smooth to precise contours
  • Make selective edge transformations
  • Extract even the finest details from your photos
  • Get best color estimation with a little more processing time
  • Enlarge images over 20x maintaining contour definition

Good Things About Reshade

  • You can actually control the image edge thickness, which is a lot better than just adjusting sharpness
  • Smooth the image, a really strong effect that you can’t really get in Photoshop
  • Some interesting stylizing filters: making the whole image have rounder corners for example (try to play with low accuracy values)
  • Batch processing a whole folder of images applying the same custom settings on each of them, and cropping to the right size at the same time
  • From my experience, it works very fast

Reshade provides you an option to fully take control of it no matter if you are an expert or a complete noob. Unlike other resizing tools, the interface seems quite intuitive and allows you to really be creative. No more wizards that constrain you to some preset sequence of steps, everything can be tweaked and un-tweaked at any time.

Now, you might be thinking how reshade can be better than other resizing tools that are available on the market? For this purpose, let us compare Reshade with the great Photoshop. Below are the images, one enlarged using Reshade and the other one using Photoshop:

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Quite noticeable, isn’t it? There is a huge difference in the final output of both softwares and the one enlarged by Reshade seems to be of better quality (edge definition) as compared to Photoshop’s foggy and blurry output. Moreover, one needs to be an expert in order to make Photoshop come even close to these results via a series of complex operations while Reshade can do it in almost no time.

I liked Reshade Image Enlarger because the final quality of the resized image is absolutely amazing. Moreover the quick preview helps a lot while resizing the image. The output is much faster than Photoshop. Although anyone can easily use this program, it is most often recommended for professional photographers and web designers.

I recommend you try out the stand-alone Reshade version. They have a new beta available, with many new features, some of them I’ve mentioned here some I didn’t. I guess the $150 price tag seems a little expensive, but compared to the $250+ you need to pay for similar lower quality applications it’s a real deal.

If you liked what you saw, we are giving away a free licensed copy of Reshade worth $200 to one lucky reader, read below to see the details of participating.

Free License Giveaway Worth $200

The creators of Reshade are giving away one copy of Reshade Image Enlarger to a lucky winner for free, the premium version of the software has the following features.

To enter the competition you will have to follow one of the rules given below.

  1. Tweet about this competition and include a link to both reshade.com and this competition. Once you have tweeted about it, please leave a comment on this post to finish participation.
  2. Leave a comment on this blog post telling us why you would like to win a copy of Reshade Premium.
  3. Write a blog post featuring both Reshade and this competition and leave a link to it in the comments.

You can participate by using either one or more than one ways, the winners will be picked randomly and will be given a premium license of Reshade worth $200.

So go ahead and participate to win a excellent image resizing tool that will not make your image look dull.

Create a Collage From Your Photos Using PhotoVisi

There are so many neat things one can do to manipulate, enhance and optimize the effect of a photograph and express the captured moments in a better way. Creating a collage is a unique way to represent a set of photos together, such that they integrate with each other without losing their individuality.

You can create custom collages in Photoshop but that would take you at least a few hours and a lot of effort. An easy alternative is to use an online tool like PhotoVisi. PhotoVisi is a tool that generates collages from your submitted photos. Simple choose from 18 different collage formats that PhotoVisi offers and then you can either upload the photos from your local drive or from your Flickr account.

Once you have upload the photos, a beautiful collage would be generated from them that you can also use as a Wllpaper for your computer. Different collage formats offered by PhotoVisi actually cater to the number of photos you want to make a collage of.

17 Photoblogging Themes for WordPress

Do you have a photo blog on WordPress ? Here are some of the most popular and free photo blogging themes for WordPress that you can use and give your photo blog a new and attractive look.

Nishita

Nishita is a simple and minimalistic photo blogging theme for WordPress. If you have a Flickr account with lots of photos and want to create a photo blog using your Flickr photos then this theme will be a good choice. This theme is made by Brajeshwar.

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Download Nishita WordPress theme Nishita Project page

Linquist

Linquist is a Free Photo blogging theme for WordPress with a dark background and a built in theme style switcher. Features Simple Lightbox effect for images and Gravatar Support. The unique thing about this theme is that text is displayed side by side with the images. So the visitor can read your article side by side. You can watch the demo here.

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Download Linquist WordPress theme

Nautilus

Another simple theme for a photo blog, Nautilus is modified version of the famous K2 WordPress theme. It can be used to use images hosted on Flickr and to create a post just paste the image URL from the Flickr page. Maximum width allowed for an image is 740 pixels.

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Download nautilus WordPress theme

Photoblog

A simple clean and easy to modify theme for WordPress. Doesn’t come with any sidebar or widgets and it’s a fixed width theme. Comes with a PSD of the logo as well. Check out the demo here.

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Download Photoblog WordPress theme

Zack 990

Zack 990 is another photo blogging theme for WordPress blogs those uses large pictures and videos. Designed exclusively for photo and video bloggers, this theme is not meant for text based posts. Features a four column widget ready footer, you can check out the demo here.

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Download Zack-990 WordPress Theme

Wp-Folio

Wp-folio emphasizes your images beautifully. The images in the single post pages can be 884 pixel wide and the theme is easy to maintain. You can customize colors and fonts without having to touch any code. Check out the live demo here.

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Download Wp-Folio WordPress theme

Elegant grunge

Elegant grunge is a widget ready photo blog theme for WordPress that displays thumbnails from your latest posts. Comes with a very configurable sidebar where you can choose between no sidebar/one right sidebar or two right sidebars. You can also select a Custom image as a header. A 3 column widgetized footer is also added. More information about this theme can be found here.

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Download Elegant grunge WordPress theme

F8

F8 is a premium WordPress theme which features your images beautifully in the homepage, just like a slideshow. But unlike other themes this theme is not Free. Check the live demo here.f8-wordpress-theme

Download F8 WordPress theme

Photopress

A perfect theme for photo blogs and one of my favorites. Simple light designs and no ugly sidebars. It’s a one column WordPress theme where you can display images as large as 640 pixels in width. Photopress was designed by Brian Gardner.Check out the live demo of photopress.

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Download Photopress WordPress theme

Wp-photo

Wp Foto theme is single layout theme designed for photo blogger. It uses custom fields for displaying thumbnail in home page, archive page, category and tag page. Check the live demo of Wp-photo.

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Download Wp-photo WordPress theme

Wp-pix

WP Pix is a cool photo blogging or portfolio theme for WordPress. You can choose between two different custom page templates: Blog and portfolio. The theme uses custom fields to display images on all pages. The unique thing about this theme is Accordion style sliders to show hidden content. A One column theme with no sidebars. Check out the live demo of Wp-pix.

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Download Wp-pix wordpress theme

Going pro Gallery

Going pro gallery is a magazine style WordPress theme for photo blogs. This theme also uses custom fields to display thumbnails on the homepage. Clear navigation and large image width are some of the good features of this theme. Check the live demo of going pro gallery.

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Download going pro gallery WordPress theme

Monochrome gallery

A free widgetized theme for WordPress with a unique gallery view of posts. Comes with a rich Ajax slideshow, author archives page, categorized posts with thumbnails on the homepage and a CSS framework to aid in customization. Requires sign up to download

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Download Monochrome gallery wordpress theme

Modularity

Another great theme from the folks at Graphpaperpress. Modularity is a multimedia theme framework for WordPress. Images and video are kept in the front and center and every aspect of the theme can be customized from the theme options page (e.g define background, text, link colors, contact info, site tracking code etc).

The unique thing about this theme is automatic thumbnail generation. No need to manage thumbnails using custom fields. A Built in full-screen HD video player is also included right at the top and the theme looks beautiful if you have a wallpaper or a photo gallery blog.

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Download modularity WordPress theme

Autofocus

If you are a photographer and want to showcase your work in a blog then use this theme. The images are neatly arranged like a calendar view on the homepage and when a user hovers over an image a short excerpt is shown. The single post pages are extra wide so that you can use large images. Comes with large fonts which looks attractive and pleasing. Check out the live demo of Autofocus.

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Download Autofocus WordPress theme Theme project page

Ocular Professor

Another beautiful theme with an attractive footer and a broad content section. Features: threaded comments, special styling for widgets and a featured posts section on the homepage. Check the live demo of this theme.

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Download ocular professor wordpress theme Theme project page

Monotone

Monotone is a clean and dynamic theme for WordPress. It takes the first image attached with each post and samples colors from it for use in the surrounding layout. Each of your post must contain an image. The theme pulls colors out of your images and uses them in the design. Check the live demo of monotone.

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Download monotone WordPress theme

Which of the above themes you liked the most ? Share it with us in the comments or if you have a photo blog leave a link so that we can see your  theme and design.

Make Crazy Designs and Patterns with Repper

Repper is a fun and easy-to-use website to create eye-catching designs and patterns from your images. It enables you to  create, share and find cool patterns and designs. You can use Repper to create textile patterns, posters and beautiful patterns for your desktop, personal webpage  or social profile background.

Repper uses a kaleidoscope-style mirror effect to generate patterns from the image. You can adjust the width and height of the box to vary the effect accordingly.

You  can create your design in  just 3 easy steps,

1. Just load a random image or upload your own image onto the website.

 2. Resize  and drag the box to change the pattern.

3. Save your design. You can either link to it from your social profile or webpage, or download the pattern to your computer.

Repper will host the designs for you, so you can link to them on your social profiles. You can also search the pattern database for some cool designs by any combination of tags, color and size.

All designs can be used publicly under the Creative Commons license for non-commercial use. Check out the video tutorial here to see Repper in action.

Share High Resolution Pictures As Zoomable Widgets

High resolution pictures from a good SLR camera can be significantly large in size. Viewing it on a regular desktop involves a lot of scrolling if you want to view the full version. All this scrolling can be a hassle and doesn’t provide an ideal solution to viewing these pictures. An alternative solution is to use a web application like Closr.

Closr lets you share high-resolution pictures by turning them into zoomable widgets. Simple upload a picture on Closr and Closr will provide you with a code to embed your picture anywhere on the web as a widget. The best part, however, is that the viewers to your website would be able to zoom in and out of the picture from within the widget. No need to expand it over the full browser window and scroll like crazy.

You can choose a custom size for your widget before obtaining the embed code and manage your widgets form your free Closr account even after you have embedded them. Moreover, each widget has a full-screen mode in and accompanied tags to make it even better.

Hide Your Text From Search Engines With HideText

You post your email address on a discussion forum and next thing you know, your inbox is spammed with all sort of jargon. This potential problem always remains whenever you post any sensitive information online. One option is to restrict yourself from posting information online, but that is more of a compromise than a solution.

A proper solution is to convert all your sensitive information, such as email address, into an image and post it on the internet as an image. This way, humans will still be able to get the information but it would keep all the spamming bots away. A great tool for this purpose is HideText.

Simple enter the text you want to convert and choose the font details. HideText will convert your text into an image that you can use anywhere fearlessly. No need to post your email address in crazy formats like john AT gmail DOT com any more. Just convert it into an image using HideText and you are all set.

Once done, you can either link to the image directly or download it to your local drive.

Add Cool Effects To Your Photos With EffMyPic

There are tons of tools out there to play around with your images but EffMyPic is different. EffMyPic is specially focused on personal photos or portraits and allows you to make them fancier by adding cool effects to them.

Not only can you make your photo appear like a vintage photo, you can also make it appear on a bottle, a computer, a city bus, a billboard, a wanted sign and much more. Getting any of these effects through Photoshop or GIMP would generally take a huge amount of time and effort. Check the image below for some cool things you can do to Eff your pic.

Once you are satisfied with the final image, you have the option to download it on your local drive or hotlink the image from any website or blog. You can also directly send the pic to Twitter, or post it on your Facebook or MySpace account. Not sure which effect you want? Check out the public gallery displaying recent images that have been tweeked.