Tutorial: Converting, Batch Rename and Batch Resize your Photos with IrfanView
There is often the problem that you took tons of photos you want to use anywhere, for example online but the size of all your photos are too big. Also you are sometimes not happy with the names of the photo series as the camera did decide about the filename. You could now either rename and resize every single photo by hand or you let a tool work for you. IrfanView is a pretty nifty little free and fast loading tool I use for these tasks.
In this tutorial I will explain you how batch renaming and batch resizing of your images works if you use IrfanView. The tool can perform these tasks in one go and you have only to tell the software what to do but this is not difficult.
Lets start with the tutorial:
If we started the tool, we either need to press “B” on our keyboard or we navigate to “File -> Batch Conversion/Rename…”
I colored important areas in red and labeled them with numbers, for the simplicity of the tutorial. Let´s start from 1 til 6 now:
1. In this area you should first choose the folder and the images you want to rename and resize. You need to use the control key or shift key for multiple selection.
2. We need to click “Add” now when we have selected some photos. After we done this, the images should appear in the field below the “Add Button” now.
3. Under “Work as” we need to choose “Batch conversion – Rename result files”.
4. In section “Batch rename settings” we can choose a name for our photo series. The tool will rename every file with your chosen name and that numbered. Therefor be sure that you don’t delete the three hash signs. They stand for the numbers in the image name which will be generated by the tool.
5. The section “Output directory for result file” is self-explanatory. You simply can choose in which folder the generated files should be saved on your computer.
6. In the section “Batch conversion settings” We should be sure that “Use advanced options (for bulk resize) is tagged if we want to resize the images as well. We could also change the file format there but “JPG” is already pretty great. For the resizing options, we should now also click on the “Advanced Button” which will bring up a new window…
In the window above we should first proof if “RESIZE” is tagged, otherwise the Tool would not resize all our images. Then we can set the new size as a percentage of the original. Above the percentage settings you could alternative also set a definite resolution if you want. It´s up to you.
Once we made our settings there, we just need to hit “Ok” and we see again the first window.
There is not much more we have to do. We should just proof if all the images we want to rename and resize are in the list on the right. If everything is fine, then we just click on “Start Batch” and the tool will do the rest for you.
Thats all and it will save you tons of work if you have to rename and resize hundreds of photos.
Be sure to check out all the other settings you can make because this little nifty tool can do much more.
For those who use Photoshop all the time, I just can tell you that you anyway should install IrfanView. It´s so fast loading and can do a lot of operations too. I use Adobe products as well but IrfanView counts still to my most used tools for some tasks as it is really a nifty application.