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Image Processing

Ken Ward's Image Editor processes existing images, and can change their size and appearance. It doesn't create images.

The original image is shown on the left and the adjusted image on the right (until you say, no changes are made to the files). In the example below the image on the right has changed somewhat and has been slightly cropped.

slight changes to image

Image processing is not particularly easy, at least this is true for some people. Although a certain amount of practice and experiment may be required in the absence of some training. To make simple changes is easy, and it is also easy to make mistakes.

Save As

I highly recommend you never overwrite your original images. On this principle, the program does not have a Save button, only a Save As. When you save as, the Save Dialog enters the name of your original file and you can choose to save the modified one as the original (losing the chance to go back to the original). I recommend you save your pictures under a different name, retaining your original image.

Undo and Redo

You can normally undo and redo actions, but prefer to save your files. In some cases, when you use the Brightness and Colour screen, there isn't step-by-step undo -- you can slip the sliders back to their previous positions. You can also accept your changes to the adjusted image or not by choosing OK or Cancel, when you revert to the stage before using the screen (Most other programs do this too). 

The Reload Button

After making changes, you might wish to go back to the original image. Pressing the Reload button copies the image on the left to the right, overwriting any changes. It doesn't reload the file (but this is really the same thing).

Open Your Picture in another Editor

To begin with, the Open With drop-down has three items: Editor 1, Editor 2, Editor 3. Of course none of them work until you select the editors you require. In the picture below, the first two 'slots' have been filled and the last one still has its original label, Editor 3. You need to set any editors you wish to use.

Open Currently loaded image in an external editor

To set external editors, open the Options Menu. The item, Set External Editor..., is used to set external editors, so the currently loaded file can be opened in a convenient editor. The external editor opens with the Original Picture in the Image Editor, loaded in that external editor.

The dialog looks like this (shot taken from Simple Image Viewer):

Main Menu Options Dialog

You can link up to three external editors to open your files. For instance, I have two image editors and a jpeg Optimiser linked. Clicking on Select Editor 1, for instance opens a file open dialog enabling you to select the external editor, probably from programs in the default directory, Program Files. The boxes with the names of the editor and its location are filled in automatically, here and in the tool bar menu on the program. You can thereafter open the currently loaded file in an editor of your choice. If you wish to change the editor called Editor 1, you simply load another one.

The file that is loaded in the external editor is the currently saved file, not the adjusted image. The file must be saved for it to be loaded in another editor. For instance, you might load files in Ken Ward's jpeg optimiser to reduce the size of jpegs.

When you are finished, it does not matter whether you click the OK button or the 'x' to exit. Your editors have been added anyway (They are added when you select them).

Zoom on Image

Toolbar Menu Zoom

The last menu on this toolbar is Zoom. When clicked a list of zoom options appears, including Actual Size. This zoom is on the image size, so it displays the image, say, if 50% were selected, half size.




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