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Processing Tombstone Photos

Example of finished product:
Washington County (Germantown Township) (new) St. Boniface Cemetery

Browse the WI Tombstone Photo Project

This procedure is especially helpful when processing large batches of submitted photos.  Once the process is familiar, any number of photos can be processed in 15 to 30 minutes.

Here is a Power Point Presentation with step by step instructions on how to process your photos titled "How does Tina Do-It"

I know this sounds like alot, but it really isn't. I use three programs:

  1. Irfanview http://www.irfanview.com/  (free shareware)
  2. Excel or any spread sheet program (template using the datatrick developed by Holly Timm http://htmlhelp.rootsweb.com/tutorials/genpages/excel.html)
  3. Note Tab Pro aka NTP (text html editor) http://www.notetab.com/

Most of the photos I receive are named in the Smith, John.jpg format.

Save the photos to a local directory. For Example: I use cemetery/images/county/civildivision-cemeteryname


Using Infranview:
  1. File & Slideshow
  2. Open the local directory that the images are located in and highlight all and click the add button.
  3. (This step will only need to be done once).  Click the Sort files button. Highlight the radio button by names ascending and check the auto sort after insert button.  This will alphabetize the images and save the setting for future use.
  4. Click the save filenames as text file and name the file.  (I name mine civildivison-cemeteryname.txt. and save in the images root directory)

Using Note Tab Pro:
  1. Open the text file just created.
  2.  Highlight in line 1 the directory structure (ie. C:\WITombstones\images\barron\almena-sacredheartcatholic\) and replace all with nothing.  This will leave you with Smith, John.jpg
  3. Replace all .jpg with nothing.
  4.  Replace all ,[space] with ^T (tab)
  5.  Highlight all the names and copy all.

Using a spread sheet program:

10. Paste the names in a worksheet.


Back to Irfanview:
  1. File > Batch Conversion/Rename
  2. Open the local directory that the images are located in and highlight all and click the add button.
  3. (This step will only need to be done once).  Click the Sort files button.  Highlight the radio button by names ascending and check the auto sort after insert button.  This will alphabetize the images and save the setting for future use.
  4. Output directory:  I save the output to the local directories that the images are located in. (but you may want to create a temp directory.
  5. Work as radio button batch rename.
  6. Name pattern:  I paste the civildivision-cemeteryname in front of the ###.jpg. (ie. almena-acredheartcatholic###.jpg)
  7. Click start.  This will bring up a window, that renames all your files. (Don't be scared <g>)
  8. Using WSFTP or even your Windows explorer.  I go to the local directory and delete all the orginal images (leaving just the renamed images.)
  9. File > Slideshow
  10. Open the local directory that the images are located in and highlight all and click the add button.
  11. Click the save filenames as text file.  (I save mine over the one used above)


Using Note Tab Pro:
  1. Open the text file just created. (If you have the prior one open NTP will ask you to reload.  Say yes or ok.
  2. Highlight in line 1 the directory structure (ie. C:\WITombstones\images\barron\almena-sacredheartcatholic\) and replace all with nothing.  This will leave you with almena-sacredheartcatholic###.jpg

Using a spread sheet program:
  1. Paste the renamed files in the worksheet with last name, first name (column 3).
  2. Using the datatrick,  paste the jpg filename, last name, first name in appropriate columns, along with filling the path column. Copy all html
    codes down.
  3. Copy the spread sheet into a <TABLE></TABLE> tags within your  html doc and viola!
 
Finished! Now you can upload your photos to the server!

Submitted by Tina Vickery


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