Software recommendations: photo editing small but extraordinary

When it comes to photo editing gadgets, we have a “Paint” software at hand. However, this tool is relatively simple and can’t do much for handling transparent backgrounds, applying filter effects, adding borders, doing stitching and panoramic photos, layer manipulation, etc. PhotoPad, also a small software, meets these needs.

PhotoPad is free for non-commercial personal users. Once the software is running, a function selection panel pops up. If editing a picture, click the Open button; if editing multiple pictures, select the Batch Edit button; if creating a photo puzzle, select Collage; if creating a panorama, select Panorama; to capture an area of the screen and edit it, select Screenshot (Figure 1). This is a fool-proof operation wizard. However, the selection of more functions is to be done through the menu or toolbar buttons after entering the main window.


1. Multi-way import pictures Navigation bar selective editing

If you need to edit one picture, click the Home function menu, and click the Open button on the toolbar directly. If you want to handle multiple pictures, first click the Photo Browser button (Figure 2).


After launching the Photo Browser, locate the photo folder through the directory tree in the left pane, then drag and drop the photos in the right pane to the bottom pane, and finally click the Open button (Figure 3). The selected photos will then appear at the bottom of the main PhotoPad window, and you can switch between editing photos via the photo navigation bar at the bottom.


2. Three basic edits Home page in one go

Adjustments such as cropping, angle rotation, and size conversion of photos are the most basic items of photo editing. To perform these operations, click the Home function menu, crop the photo with the Crop button, change the photo size with the Resizea button, and rotate the orientation with the Rotate button. When you press each of these three buttons, a property pane will appear in the right pane of the editing window corresponding to these items, where you can set specific parameters to apply the corresponding editing effect. If you want to undo an editing operation, click the Reset button at the bottom of the Properties panel (Figure 4).


Tip: To mirror the picture, click the Flip button under the Edit menu.

3. Batch processing conversion Four menu items to choose from

If you need to crop, size change, format conversion or other effect transformation of many pictures at one time, you can select the Batch item in the pop-up menu by using the Batch button under the Edit menu (or Tools menu) (Figure 5). To batch crop, select the Batch Crop command; to batch change the image size, select the Batch Resize command; to batch convert the image file format, select the Batch Convert command; to batch convert the image effects, select the Batch Other Effects command.


The operation then proceeds in a wizard-like manner. Simply add the image file, select or fill in the appropriate parameters for processing or conversion in each step of the wizard, respectively (Figure 6).


4. color filters and special effects

In the process of image processing, besides the above items, people are most concerned about the photo color editing, filter application and various special effects. If you want to adjust the brightness, contrast, saturation, hue, tone, color temperature, etc. of the photo, click the Color menu, select the corresponding button, and then adjust it through the properties panel on the right (Figure 7).


If you need to apply a filter or image effect, you can apply the effect to the current image by using the Fliters (filters) or Effects (effects) menu and clicking the corresponding button. Under the Effects menu, select Blur for noise reduction and Sharpen for sharpening. The noise reduction operation can also be done with the and Noise Reduction buttons under the Retouch menu. If you want to eliminate the red-eye phenomenon from the picture, do it with the Retouch (Retouch) menu and select the Red-Eye button. If you want to generate cartoon or oil painting effects, or want to add various beautiful borders to your photos, you can do so by selecting the Cartoon, Oil Paint, Frame and other function buttons through the Creative menu.

Transparency is the lack of Windows “drawing”, and PhotoPad software’s background transparency can make up for this shortcoming. Click the Background button in the Tools panel and select Transparent to make the background of the picture transparent (Figure 8).


Using multiple images, you can create collages or panoramic photo effects. To make a collage of multiple photos, use the Collage button under the Creative menu. To compose a panorama from consecutive photos, use the Panorama button under the Tools menu.

Tip: PhotoPad uses a “layer” type arrangement for effects. The Effects History and Layers list in the right pane of the editing window lists all the effects that have been applied. The triangle button allows you to collapse or display the properties of an effect, and click the “x” button to delete it.

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