You can prepare images in a number of programs, as well as some mobile apps, but this demonstration will use XNView, a freeware program.
Viewing images in XNView
You may wish to use larger thumbnail than the default setting in XNView. There’s a little trick here, since XNView uses the small embedded default thumbnails that are embedded in jpegs files. This means that, when you go to make them bigger, using the slider top right of the browser, or View > Thumbnails size in the top menu, they appear blurry.
To fix this, go to Settings (the cog icon )
under Browser > Thumbnail, select ‘Create from original image if embedded thumbnail is smaller than thumbnail size’
and select OK.
[There may be another step here..]
It is always good practice, if you are going to edit files, to create copies of them first, so you don’t lose anything. Keep the old files in a separate folder called ‘Original’, or something like that.
(For consistency you may wish to edit names and caption data before copying files.)
- In XNView Browser, right-click on an empty area and the context menu will give you a ‘New Folder’ option.
- Create a folder called ‘originals’, or another name if you want.
- Then select all the files (Cmd+A).
- With the Alt key pressed down, drag the files into the folder.
- Rename the files with the titles of the artworks
Since WordPress uses the filename to name the title of an image, it’s a good idea to prepare the name as you want it to appear in the title. This can be edited later in the WordPress Media Library, but it’s nice to avoid double-handling.
Right-click the thumbnail and select Rename – or you can click on the name itself.
There is also a handy ‘Batch Rename’ command under the Tools menu. Good for photos that belong in a set.
The metadata in an image file is its additional textual information. It’s particularly useful for storing information about an image, rather than relying on a long filename or a separate text file.
The caption metadata also automatically populates the caption field in the your WordPress Media Library.
To edit this info, right-click the browser thumbnail and select ‘Edit IPTC data’.
Use the tabs at the top to edit Captions and Credit info.
It is good practice to have a unique caption for each image – so that when users of your site contact you or your stockist they can refer to a specific image by its name or code.
There are other ways to use metadata, such as keywords for SEO (Search Engine Optimization), and Catalogue tags – which can help with filing.