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JUMPquick
11-17-2007, 04:10 PM
I'm sure a lot of you already know about these but in an effort to contribute some knowledge to the community, I've put together a small list of tools I use (or have used) when doing some form of development or another...

The great thing about these tools is they're all free or open-source so you don't have to break the bank to have some handy tools.

Image Editing -
GIMP - http://www.gimp.org/
Plug-in Registry for GIMP - http://registry.gimp.org/
UF Raw - For editing RAW files - http://registry.gimp.org/plugin?id=5161

Other Photo Management -
Photo Gallery Software - Gallery (I use V2 on my site http://www.jumpquick.com/photos/) - http://gallery.menalto.com/

Misc Tools -
WinSCP - FTP/SFTP Software - http://winscp.net/eng/index.php
PuTTY - Telnet/SSH client - http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/ (http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/%7Esgtatham/putty/)

CruzinGirl
11-17-2007, 07:48 PM
I"ll add to this list.....

there is a Windows Powertoy called Image Resizer that you can download (just google windows powertoys) and when you download it, you can multiple pics instantly....you just highlight them all, right click and choose resize images. A great way to resize to post on a website like this!

And of course I'm addicted to Neat Image!!!!

JUMPquick
11-17-2007, 08:43 PM
Cool. I'll check that.... I'm on Vista... so I don't know if it'll work on this machine. I do have an XP/Linux Machine though... so I guess I've got my bases covered.

What is "Neat Image"?


I"ll add to this list.....

there is a Windows Powertoy called Image Resizer that you can download (just google windows powertoys) and when you download it, you can multiple pics instantly....you just highlight them all, right click and choose resize images. A great way to resize to post on a website like this!

And of course I'm addicted to Neat Image!!!!

CruzinGirl
11-18-2007, 10:16 AM
For the image resizer for Vista I found this online that you might want to look into....
http://blogs.vertigo.com/personal/alanl/Blog/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?List=d8ffd567%2Ddf86%2D4de5%2D9b5a%2D00f d37f58cda&ID=10

Neat Image is a program that actually people on this site turned me on to....it takes out digital noise and has, seriously, saved a lot of my pictures that I thought were crap cause I took them on such high ISO (band pics in low lighting) The demo version is free to download and will work just fine. It also interfaces with CS2 so that you can actually run it while editing in CS2 instead of doing it as a separate edit and then reopening it in CS2 to finish editing. I will swear by this, as I know others on this site will as well.
http://www.neatimage.com/download.html

JUMPquick
11-18-2007, 11:36 AM
Thanks for the info... I actually came across that VSO image resizer the other day... I'd checked it out but hadn't used it yet. :)

Neat Image... I'm definitely going to have to try that... because I like the Natural light/low light shots... and have a hard time reigning in the ISO, too...


For the image resizer for Vista I found this online that you might want to look into....
http://blogs.vertigo.com/personal/alanl/Blog/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?List=d8ffd567%2Ddf86%2D4de5%2D9b5a%2D00f d37f58cda&ID=10

Neat Image is a program that actually people on this site turned me on to....it takes out digital noise and has, seriously, saved a lot of my pictures that I thought were crap cause I took them on such high ISO (band pics in low lighting) The demo version is free to download and will work just fine. It also interfaces with CS2 so that you can actually run it while editing in CS2 instead of doing it as a separate edit and then reopening it in CS2 to finish editing. I will swear by this, as I know others on this site will as well.
http://www.neatimage.com/download.html

JayVig
11-18-2007, 11:40 AM
Some useful tools in there. For those that don't want to open multiple applications I suggest creating actions in PS to automate. I have an action each for landscape and portrait orientations. It applies a slight touch of USM, levels adjustment, resizes, adds a border, adds my text signature, pauses for me to move the text and then flattens the layers and saves.

The only other thing I do (for the average shot) is opening Adobe Bridge to do a batch rename my photos.

Of course, some photos require individual additional processing but for the most part, a couple clicks and everything is taken care of.

JUMPquick
11-18-2007, 11:44 AM
Ohhh... how do I create an action in PS?!:drool


Some useful tools in there. For those that don't want to open multiple applications I suggest creating actions in PS to automate. I have an action each for landscape and portrait orientations. It applies a slight touch of USM, levels adjustment, resizes, adds a border, adds my text signature, pauses for me to move the text and then flattens the layers and saves.

The only other thing I do (for the average shot) is opening Adobe Bridge to do a batch rename my photos.

Of course, some photos require individual additional processing but for the most part, a couple clicks and everything is taken care of.

JayVig
11-18-2007, 11:48 AM
I think there's a thread on here that explains it. I'll search. If there's nothing written, I'll put something together to explain the recording process.

brittonx
04-23-2008, 11:24 PM
For folks looking at the GIMP path, I found a version where the creator has altered the menus etc. to be the same or as close as possible to Photo Shop.

Here is a link to that version (it's called GIMPShop):
http://plasticbugs.com/?page_id=294

JayVig
04-23-2008, 11:47 PM
Jenn, do you still need to know how to record an action?

JUMPquick
04-24-2008, 07:41 AM
Yeah, that'd be cool.... I was also wondering how to create a custom brush or style...

You figure it out?!


Jenn, do you still need to know how to record an action?

slappy sam
04-24-2008, 09:53 AM
You should be able to find tutorials using google.

http://veerle.duoh.com/blog/comments/creating_a_photoshop_action/

Creating a custom brush is pretty easy, just use photoshop to make whatever you want to be the brush, then go to edit --> define brush preset.

convergent
04-24-2008, 11:10 AM
My most used free photography tool is Opanda's IExif. It lets you right mouse click and view the exif of any image on the web, right from your browser and without downloading the image. You can get it for IE or Firefox here... http://www.opanda.com/en/iexif/download.htm