I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a Photoshop wizard or anything even close to impressive when it comes to editing photos. Like everyone should though, I know the basics. I’m proud to say that I can set an image’s transparency, crop, resize, and even convert between image file formats. It’s not much to brag about, but it’s required for the job.
But what happens when you’ve got a whole folder full of images that need resized? You may know of batch processing with programs such as IrfanView, but there are plenty of other ways out there. When most of what you have to do with images revolves around resizing, renaming, cropping, correcting, or converting, there are two notable solutions available and I’d like to present them to you in this post.
Tinuous is one small image editor that packs a big punch. It’s available for every version of Windows from XP beyond and comes packed as either an installation or a portable archive.
Tinuous is filled with options and configurations that may come across as a little intimidating at first, but it’s a fantastic way to batch-process files to apply shrink, rotation, correction, renaming, and more.
In the General tab, the most significant options can be configured.
You’re able to convert formats between BMP, PNG, JPEG, TIFF, and GIF. You’re able to tweak the quality of images, the sampling ratio, and you can even set a threshold for the maximum size of the images you’re editing.
Output renaming allows you to mass rename files by input name, EXIF data, or in sequential order. You can also add a prefix or suffix to all of the images. If you want to keep everything organized, you’re able to output them to a subfolder within your input folder.
You can shrink images by width, height, or the longest side. The measurement is in pixels and the aspect ratio is always preserved. You’re able to rotate images any way (by 90 degrees) and choose a level of edge sharpness.
Should you want to edit images individually, you’re able to do that with Tinuous as well. This is more helpful than creating a whole new input folder if you’ve got a single folder where you’re interested in editing all images aside from just a couple. You can simply uncheck them in this tab.
The Advanced tab offers a few extra options, most significantly related to corrections. You can easily tweak the brightness, contract, saturation, and hue of your images by using the sliders here.
As available in all tabs, seeing a preview of the output of your images is a click away. If you’re pleased with what you see, clicking the Convert button will begin the batch process and you’re set to go!
If cropping and resizing is all you’re after, Trimto is a great solution. Like Tinuous, it’s available for every version of Windows from XP beyond and comes packed as either an installation or portable archive.
At first glance, you can see a few options that are also included with Tinuous: sharpen and correct. Unlike Tinuous though, Trimto is designed for individual files.
At the top left of the toolbar area, you’ll see the Editing button. Clicking that will enable crosshairs that will allow you to click and drag a selection of the image for cropping purposes.
After you’ve cropped a selection, if you’ve chosen to (as it’s not required), be sure to set the output dimensions as shown in the toolbar. Above that area, you’ll also see that you can select an output folder. Make sure you tick that checkbox and all of your edits will be immediately saved without any prompts. It’s extremely convenient and quick.
Trimto’s options are quite limited and again show shades of Tinuous. If you don’t like the autosave option, you’re able to disable that here. You can also change the quality and limit file sizes.
Tinuous and Trimto will save you time performing operations that would otherwise take you twice the amount of clicks when using most popular image editors. I’ve used both for months and they’ve never done me wrong.
What do you think of these two solutions? Do you know any better? Let me know in the comments section below!