As already highlighted in
any internet marketer who wants to be in full control of his online activities must learn how to capture images. I will not repeat here the many uses and advantages of doing this. You can simply read that up in
Now, the subject of this post is learning how to capture images, using IrfanView.
What Is IrfanView?
IrfanView is a compact, easy to use image viewer. More than that, you can also edit images directly in IrfanView, to produce a variety of effects.
IrfanView was created by Irfan Skiljan.
You can read up on a lot of other features and uses of IrfanView here:
You can download IrfanView for FREE at Irfan’s website here:
Now, let us proceed to the specific purpose of this post.
Capturing Images With IrfanView : Step-By-Step
The first few steps are similar to that taken, with the use of “Paint”
- Identify the particular image you wish to capture by opening up the website it is uploaded to or it appears on, as a component.
- Do you want to capture the entire web page including the menu and toolbars or just the web page without the toolbars and menu or a part of the webpage alone?If you want to capture the entire web page including the menu and toolbars, then open up the web page url and click on “Print Scrn” on your computer keyboard.
If you want to capture only the opened/current window together with the menu and toolbars, you click on “Alt + Print Scrn”
- If you want to capture only the content/picture on the web page without including the menu and toolbars, then you click on “View” in the menu, uppermost on your screen, which will open up and you click on “Full Screen”.
See that the image you want to capture is positioned and entirely visible within the screen. If it is not, scroll up or down to achieve this objective.
Then press “Print Scrn” as in the above.
The image will then be stored on the Windows clipboard.
- Open up IrfanView and go to the top. Towards the extreme left, click on “Edit” and on the menu that opens up, click on “Paste”. This paste’s the stored image on the Windows clipboard, to the IrfanView screen where you can now begin to edit it.
- Some basic edits you can do include re-sizing, cropping, adding text.
- To crop, select an image within the web page that you want to capture and encircle this, with the left cursor depressed.
You then click on “Edit” at the top left hand side of your screen and within the menu that unfolds, you click on “Crop selection”. This nicely cuts out the image you want which you can then save with a file name you wish, in a folder (probably images or pictures) on your computer system.
You can see the same image i had in the post
with “Paint”, now neatly cropped, to give me this new image below.
Once you have your image on the IrfanView screen, you click on “Image” at the top of the screen and on “Resize/Resample” on the resulting menu. You now select the unit size (probably in pixels) that you want and click OK. This will resize the image to your desire, which you can now save.
- There are many ways to add text to an image. You can add a transparent text to the image or a text that is not transparent. When not transparent, you can define a color for the text as well as the background color. You can also add the text on an extended part outside the image, either above, below, to the left or to the right.
(i) To add text to a spot on the image, all you need do is place your cursor at that spot and depress the left cursor to encircle the area.
Then click on “Edit” at the top and then on “Insert text into selection” and input your desired settings into the interface that shoots out.
(ii) To add text to an extended area outside the actual image, click on “Image” at the top of the IrfanView screen and then on “Change canvass size”.
On the menu that projects, you then enter your desired setting for the protrusion. If you want the protrusion to be only at the bottom of the image, where you will now insert the text, fill in “0” for all other slots i.e. left, right, top and insert a desired value, say for example “30” for the bottom. After inserting desired border color, click on OK to effect your settings.
Place the cursor at the spot you want to insert text within the protruded area and depress the left cursor. While holding it down, encircle the desired area.
Now click on “Edit” and then “Insert text into selection”, in the resulting menu, to insert your desired text.
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