You can’t walk down busy streets these days without seeing someone snapping away, taking pictures of anything and everything, probably more so teenagers with their phones (and their pouts) for their next social media update. Images are everything and they can tell a story, in a lot of cases better than words can. With digital cameras and phone cameras, photographs are instant, there is no need to send off your film and wait for it to be developed and returned. Instant digital photos can be edited on your phone and shown to the world using social media in minutes.
Whilst instant photos (not the Polaroids that I remember from my day) are great, fast photos can also have issues with being skewed, under or over exposed, the colouring not perfect or even just not the correct size for printing or showing on different screens like your television or computer monitor. Help is on hand with software, and you don’t have to spend a fortune or have indepth technical image manipulation knowledge to get the best out of your images. With ASCOMP Image Former images can be cropped, rotated by incremental degrees, colours adjusted with the colour curve tool, and brightness, contrast and saturation can all be optimised at the click of a button.
ASCOMP’s Image Former for Windows 7, 8 and 10 lets you batch-edit and convert digital images with ease. With Image Former you can select ay number of images and apply the same actions to them all in a few clicks – if the picture is skewed on a batch of images, no problem; select the images that need fixing, select the actions required (in this case rotating the image by incremental degrees), select any options that you might want like saving as a different name, into a different folder or even into a different file format and click the start process button. This is a reasonably fast process depending on the number of images being worked on, the speed of your computer and the number of actions being performed.
With Image Former you can:
- rotate images (manually using incremental degrees and you can fill the emerging edges with a colour of your choice should you want to)
- crop edges (top, bottom, left and right, can fill edges with a colour of your choice or no colour at all)
- correct colours (the colour curve tool is really easy to use and you can use RGB or red, green and blue individually)
- adjust brightness, contrast and saturation (using slider bars)
- enlarge or reduce the size of images (in pixels), from a custom size to Ultra HD (3840 x 2160)
- adjust the image format, stretch images, fill margins and even reverse aspect ratios, swapping height & width
- changing file format to JPEG, PNG, BMP or GIF. Even PDF and PSD are available in both input and output formats
- save with a new file name, adding a new string and/or number to uniformly adjust file names (i.e. changing dsc27012021 to newedit_0001 and then automatically following the sequence)
- monitor Windows clipboard so that any images placed in it are automatically imported into Image Former
Overall, Image Former is a very simple tool to do some basic editing of your photos, either individually or in batches, to get your images in tip-top condition. The Image Former GUI is very basic and simple to use with no cluttered screens or loads of tools to try and figure out. The layout is minimalistic, getting you on your way with your edits in seconds and all without any technical knowledge. A very simple and fast bit of software to use.
Want to see for yourself? You can download the trial version and try it out for 14 days without any limitation – and for free! So what have you got to lose? If you like it and want to purchase the fully licensed version, it costs circa £15 (it is priced at $19.90).
In a world of fast photos and images, Image Former is a fast image editor to correct small issues such as wrong file imports and colour corrections that is worth having.
RRP: $19.90 (approx. £15)
For more information, to download the 14 day trial version or to buy, visit www.ascompsoftware.com.