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Multipage Images

There are several different ways to combine images using IrfanView:

  1. Panoramas
  2. Contact Sheets
  3. Multipage TIF Images
  4. PDF Files

Panoramas

Select two or more thumbnails in the IrfanView thumbnail viewer (shortcut T), and from the File menu, select “Start Panorama dialog with selected files…”

This dialogue will then open, where you can choose a horizontal or vertical panorama, set the spacing between the images, set the colour for the spacing, add the filenames to the combined image, or add more files to the list.

The panoramas created by IrfanView are not suitable for photographic Panoramas as it just butts two or more images together side-by-side or top to bottom.

To create photographic panoramas you need images with a substantial overlapping area and a program that is designed to merge pixels. The Microsoft Image Composite Editor (ICE) is free, powerful (there is a 64-bit version) , and very easy to use.

To create panoramas in IrfanView it is best to start with images of the same dimensions. If any image has smaller dimensions than the largest image, it will be stretched to fit the width of a vertical panorama, or the height of a horizontal panorama, which may result in blurring of the resized image.

After clicking on Create Image, the created image will open in IrfanView’s main window. It must then be saved to disk using the desired image format.

Contact Sheets

Select two or more thumbnails in the Thumbnail viewer (T), and from the File menu, select “Create contact sheet from selected files…”

The dialogue that opens has many options to design the contact sheet. The default is to create the first page only. If using this option it is left to the user to make the image big enough, or the thumbnails small enough to fit on a single sheet.

If the aim is to print the contact sheet, choose one of the standard paper sizes — A3, A4, or Letter — and the desired resolution to have the sheet dimensions in pixels calculated automatically. If the aim is to create an image for a web page, set the width and height in pixels. If the aim is to print a poster, set the image dimensions in inches or centimetres, and again choose the desired resolution in DPI.

Then choose the number of rows and columns, and the spacing in pixels between rows and columns. Choose a sheet colour if you don’t want white, and chose the font for the text labels, which can contain file information such as the filename, file type, dimensions, or metadata. See the help file for an extensive list of parameters to use in the text fields. The footnote (footer) appears in the margin at the bottom of the contact sheet.

If there are many images, choose the output option to save all pages to a file, and select the desired image format options, or just print all pages directly.

Multipage TIF Images

Multipage TIF images are often produced by scanners or Fax machines. They are a convenient format for browsing related images in IrfanView as a single document. However, they are not so convenient for editing in other applications. PhotoPlus will destroy multipage TIF images by opening the first page only as a single image, so never save a TIF image unless you’re sure it is a single image. Other applications that do open multipage TIF images for editing will open each page as a single image at best.

You can edit multipage TIF images in IrfanView, but you must remember to save the image again after editing each page. Irrespective of the settings in IrfanView, you will not receive any warning when changing pages in a multipage TIF because the warning only applies to changing files after making edits.

To create a multipage TIF image, select two or more thumbnails in the IrfanView thumbnail viewer, and from the File menu, select “Start multipage dialog with selected files…” Choose the compression options (None is probably the safest for compatibility with other programs, or JPG for smallest file size). Select an output directory, and give “image.tif” a meaningful filename.

Open the newly created multipage TIF image in IrfanView to browse it and check that all pages are present, and in the correct order. Check the image information dialogue for each image in the multipage TIF file. If they are not all the same resolution the results of saving it as a PDF will be that the higher resolutions files will have a smaller page size.

PDF Files

Having created a multipage TIF image, save it as a PDF file for greater convenience. In the PDF Settings dialogue, select the radio button to change the settings now, or change them after saving the file.

You may want to change the options for compression, security, layout, view, and to preview the PDF file after saving. It will open in your default PDF viewer.

The layout tab allows you to choose a paper size and orientation for the PDF. Portrait images will be optimised for the best fit on landscape pages, or vice versa if you chose a portrait paper size.

If the default layout (like image) is selected, each page of the PDF will be a different size and orientation to match the image size. In this case, the resolution of the image is taken into account, so high resolution will result in smaller pages than low resolution images of the same dimensions.



Page last updated on 29 June 2017