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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.

--Contributed by Tina Vickery
 

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:

- Irfanview http://www.irfanview.com/  (free shareware)

- Excel or any spread sheet program (template using the datatrick developed by Holly Timm
            (http://htmlhelp.rootsweb.com/tutorials/genpages/excel.html)

- 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.  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:

5.  Open the text file just created.

6.  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

7.  Replace all .jpg with nothing.

8.  Replace all ,[space] with ^T (tab)

9.  Highlight all the names and copy all.


Using a spread sheet program:

10. Paste the names in a worksheet.


Back to Irfanview:

11. File > Batch Conversion/Rename

12. Open the local directory that the images are located in and
highlight all and click the add button.

13. (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.

14.  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.

15.  Work as radio button batch rename.

16.  Name pattern:  I paste the civildivision-cemeteryname in front of
the ###.jpg. (ie. almena-acredheartcatholic###.jpg)

17.  Click start.  This will bring up a window, that renames all your
files. (Don't be scared <g>)

Using WSFTP or even your Windows explorer.  I go to the local
directory and delete all the orginal images (leaving just the renamed
images.)

18.  File > Slideshow

19.  Open the local directory that the images are located in and
highlight all and click the add button.

20.  Click the save filenames as text file.  (I save mine over the one
used above)


Using Note Tab Pro:

21.  Open the text file just created. (If you have the prior one open
NTP will ask you to reload.  Say yes or ok.

22.  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:

23. Paste the renamed files in the worksheet with last name, first name (column 3).

24. 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.

25. Copy the spread sheet into a <TABLE></TABLE> tags within your  html
doc and viola!

Finish - At some point upload your photos to the server!


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