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iAlterImage CS

iAlterImage CS has been completely rewritten in Objective c and applescript. It is optimized for the fastest processing of images using Adobe Photosho's built-in image editing capabilities.

Important note: You must have Adobe Photoshop installed. iAlterImage will not work without it! iALterImage is compatible with Adobe Photoshop CS3, CS4, CS5, and CS6.

 

With iAlterImage CS you can, crop, scale, size, rotate, convert and rename a single image or a folder of images. It is fast, efficient and very useful for anyone who works with images. You must have Adobe Phtoshop CS3, or higher, installed on your system to use iAlterImage CS. It is especially useful for web designers and graphic designers who need a way to easily process and optimize images, create thumbnails and organize them.

 

 

How To use iAlterImage

  1. Launch iAlterImage.
  2. Launch Adobe Photoshop. You must have Adobe Photoshop CS3, CS4, CS5, or CS6 installed on your computer.
  3. Drag and drop an image or folder of images into the Source text field, or press the Source button to browse.
  4. iAlterImage will automatically create the default destination for the converted images. This will be the same folder that the image(s) reside in.
  5. If you want to choose a different destination, drag a folder into the Destination text field or press the Destination button.
  6. Check off any functions you want performed on the image(s).
  7. Select a different image format to convert to, if desired.
  8. Press the Proccess button.
  9. iAlterImage will process the images and placed the new ones in the destination folder.

 

The main settings window

 

The settings

  1. Scale: Will scale the image size proportionally without changing resolution.
  2. Size: Will reduce the longest side of the width or height to the desired length, maintaining overall proportions.
  3. Crop: Crops the image to the desired dimensions.
  4. Res: You can set a final resolution for the new image and iAlterImage will resampl the image to that resolution.
  5. Flip: Flips image.
  6. Rotate: Rotates image.
  7. Contrast: Enter a number (1 - 100) to adjust the contrast in the final image.
  8. Brightness: Enter a number (1 - 100) to adjust the brightness in the final image.
  9. Opacity: Enter a number (1 - 100) to adjust the opacity in the final image.
  10. Save For Web: Enter a number (1 - 100) to reduce the image size for optimum use on a web page.
  11. Unsharp Mask: Enter a number (1 and up) to sharpen image in a logical way without creating artifacts.
  12. Sharpen the image in an optimized way. Usualll a number from 75 to 150 will be plenty.
  13. Auto Adjust levels: Check this and Photshop will adjust the levels automatically. This works great for small images and thumbnails especially.
  14. Include thumbnail: Increases image size but adds a thumbnail image to the icon. To reduce file size on small images, leave this unchecked.
  15. Rename images: Will rename the images adding numbers after the name for multiples. Image, Image 1, Image 2, etc.
  16. Convert to: Converts an image into another format.
  17. Source: The source image or folder of images to edit.
  18. Destination: Where you want the new images to go-default is the same folder as the source images.

 

Converting to different file formats

You can convert to and from any of the following file formats: jpeg, tif, png, psd, bmp, gif, pdf, eps, and raw.

 

A note about scale, size, crop, and resolution:

Resampling and image size and pixels can be very confusing. I have set up these functions for a typical usage. iAlterImage CS uses Photoshop to process images. The scale and size functions resample the image to the desired pixel dimensions. On the web image dimensions are usually seen in pixels though you can see the final dimensions in inches in the info window as well. Resampling the image results in a smaller image which is the usually desired effect when scaling and re sizing.

Usually you re size or scale down images in size since going "up" will always result in more distortion since the program has to make up the extra pixels, basically guessing at the probable result.

When changing the resolution however, iAlterImage CS does not resample. This results in the images dimensions ( in inches ) changing but not the pixels. So you can adjust the resolution up and decrease the image size, or adjust resolution down and increase image size, in inches.

You can visually see the final dimensions, pixels, and resolution in the info window which makes iAlterImage CS so useful.

The Crop function works best without using Scale or Size since those are applied first and to then crop may not create the desired result.

 

The image info box and other preferences

iAlterImage preferences

  1. Remember settings will retain all the settings when you launch iAlterImage next time.

  2. Copy into folder... will create a new folder for your converted images at the destination

  3. Delete originals: After processing each image the original will be deleted from the source folder. Use Caution - this is irreversible!
  4. When you drop an image into the source field, the image specs and a thumbnail will show in the prefs window. Useful if you want to crop an image or know the dimensions you are working with. If you drop a folder of images it will show the first image in the folder.

Additional preferences

  1. Use centimeters: show centimeters instaed of inches in Infi window.
  2. Always set destination: by default, if there is no destination chosen, iAlterImage CS will set the destination to the same as the source file when you select the source file. This setting will tell iAlterImage CS to always set the destination to the same as source even when there is a destination already set. You can always reset the destination manually even with this setting.