Sometimes you just have a whole mountain of images you need to edit. Perhaps you need them all at a specific size or want them all to follow a specific naming convention. Before you open them all and edit them one by one in your favorite image-manipulation program, perhaps consider a batch-editing program to do all the hard work for you. If you have a lot of photos to clear and little patience to offer, these handy tools will make life that little bit easier!
Useful for: Renaming, File Type Conversion
IrfanView has been around for a long time, with its first release dating all the way back to 1996. Despite this, it still holds up today as a fine image viewer and a batch editor. You can access IrfanView’s editing options by clicking “File -> Batch Conversion/Rename.”
From here, you can tell IrfanView to convert the images to a different type, rename the images, or both at once. This is great if you’re trying to edit a lot of images to fit within a specific restriction, such as a site that only accepts .JPGs.
2. BIMP (for GIMP)
Useful for: Cropping, Resizing, Renaming, File Type Conversion, and more!
BIMP in itself is not an image manipulation program, but it is an add-on for GIMP that gives it the functionality to perform batch processes. Simply download it and install it onto existing GIMP software to use it.
BIMP’s major forte is how robust it is. It comes with a whole array of different means to customise and edit images en-masse. Even more impressive is the ability to stack different tasks into one process for multiple edits. For instance, you can tell BIMP to resize each image, save them as .PNG, and then rename them all in one batch process.
Useful for: Resizing, Renaming, File Type Conversion, Filters, Borders
Fotor has many features and batch processing images is one of them. You can select the batch option from the very moment you boot up the software.
Once in, you can select a folder of images to import from. The base functionality includes resizing, renaming, and converting to a different file type; however, if you poke around, you’ll also find the border and filter features. These allow you to quickly add a touch of style to your images without having to manually apply them to each and every image.
4. Image Resizer for Windows
Useful for: Resizing
As you can imagine from such a simply-named tool, Image Resizer for Windows doesn’t do much past resizing images! What earns it a spot on this list, however, is how convenient it is. You don’t need to boot up any software or fiddle with add-ons to get Image Resizer working. Once you have it installed, simply select the images you want to resize, right click on one of them, and select “Resize pictures” from the menu.
Enter the values you want to resize to, and Image Resizer will make edited copies of the original images.
Useful for: Everything but Renaming
If you’re not bothered with renaming your files, and you’d rather have a batch editor that has a vast array of tools for customising images, give XNConvert a shot. This has a mighty toolbox of features under its belt, from adding a mask to changing the brightness to cleaning out the metadata. Its conversion tool is compatible with a whopping 500 different formats, so you’re bound to find the filetype you’re looking for!
Better in Bulk
Editing images one at a time can be long and tedious, which makes batch image processors a blessing. Now you know five of the best ones out there, and where each one excels.
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