Ever wanted to add watermarks to a whole bunch of photos, or maybe resize them? BatchPhoto Home is a user-friendly application that lets you take a large collection of photos and apply numerous filters to all of them. The application features a simple step-based interface, so let’s simply follow through the steps to see how it’s done.
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The first step is appropriately titled Add Photos. This is where you pick the images you’d like to process. You can add an entire folder, pick images one by one, or even add images according to a filename wildcard, even if they’re in subfolders (something most applications won’t let you do):
Once you’ve added all the photos you wish to process, BatchPhoto Home shows them in a handy grid, letting you quickly review them and see if there’s anything you want to remove from the set you will be processing. Then, it’s time for step 2 of the wizard:
Any effect BatchPhoto Home can apply is called a filter. Filters are divided into several categories:
The “All Filters” category may seem overwhelming, but individual categories are often easier to manage. For example, the Touch-Up category lets you quickly apply color and contrast fixes en masse:
Some filters have configuration options. For example, if you want to tilt all of your images at a certain angle, you’d want to use the Rotate filter. Its configuration dialog looks like this:
You also get an instant preview of any modifications you make. You’re not limited to applying just one filter at a time, either. Here I’m fixing the color levels and resizing all images in a folder:
As the filters are at the heart of BatchPhoto Home, let’s take another moment to look at the available effects:
As you can see, not all effects are as simple as resizing or rotating. You can also blur all images, emboss them, or make them resemble an oil painting. There are even four different kinds of annotations:
I won’t exhaust you by going over the whole list of filters; suffice it to say that BatchPhoto Home can do a lot. Moving on!
Before processing all images, there’s one last step:
The Setup step lets you set where you want the processed images to go, what output format to use, and whether or not you want to keep the original images. The Destination drop-down offers some interesting choices:
For example, you could watermark an entire folder of beautiful vacation shots with the words “Taken by (your name), © 2011” and then upload it to Facebook via BatchPhoto itself.
Once you’ve set all the options, It’s time to stand back and let the computer do its thing:
BatchPhoto Home estimated it would take 49 seconds to process my 26-image folder, and it felt about right. It resized all images and applied a gentle automatic color correction filter to make them look better. As you can see above, it used both CPU cores on my system, for faster execution.
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