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Turning Bits Into Images

Turning Bits Into Images

We’re going back to the basics today! If you’ve ever wondered how to actually turn digital photos into editable and transferable images, this tip is going to be perfect for you. Keep going to find out more about this procedure. You won’t be disappointed!

People everywhere are using their computers and the Internet to document their family vacations, their artistic portfolio or just to exercise their creative muscles. However, even the most creative or technologically savvy people may have problems once they get their image online. With the use of certain digital cameras, there is often the problem of using the camera maker’s photo editing software as a default instead of utilizing your computer’s various image editing software.

As well, it can be difficult to use design software on one computer and create an image when the file cannot be accessed some place else, because the image can only be opened using its program of origin. There are two ways to solve this problem: converting the image into the nearly universal file JPEG or converting the image into a portable document format (PDF). With these tips, all you need to know is how to turn on your computer. If you know how to do that, you’re good to go!

In order to convert a digital image from a Bitmap or another image file type, a user should first click on the Start menu, double click on My Photos (or whatever folder was used to store the file) and open the image in whatever program was used to create the image (i.e. Microsoft Photo Editor, Dell Picture Studio, etc). If your photos are saved anywhere else, such as under the My Computer icon, go ahead and get there before you go any further.

After the image loads, click on File on the toolbar (the first gray bar below the file title at the top of the screen) and click on the Save As option.

After clicking Save As, a screen will pop up showing folders where the document can be saved.

The next step is to click on the Save as Type pull down menu and find the JPEG (or the shortened JPG) option in the list of available file types.

Click on JPEG, then go to the Save window to find the folder where you want to keep your JPEG image.

After choosing your folder, click the Save icon and your digital image will be ready for use in most image editing software.

Often, keeping it in the My Pictures folder or on your desktop is the best option for easy retrieval. From experience, I can tell you that putting it in an obscure or rarely used folder will only lead to headaches down the road. As a college student, I spent quite a bit of my study time trying to retrieve a paper or a poster that I was making when I could have been done and out of my dorm room.

Some images and digital photos come out perfect or have already been edited and are ready to be put in a publication or scrap book. In this case, turning the digital image (whether JPEG or Bitmap) into a portable document format (or PDF) may be the best option. A PDF is easy to transmit via e-mail. It offers further compression of the file size for those who are space conscious and it allows better formatting options for printing than an image editing software program. The only issue with PDF conversion is that the computer in use has to have Adobe Acrobat software installed in order for the file to be converted.

After downloading the PDF software, the next step in converting digital images to PDF is to click on the Start menu, double click on the folder where the needed image is stored and open the image using the software of origin for the file.

Once the file has been opened, click on File and then click on the Print option.

From the Print screen, click on the Name scroll down menu and click on Adobe PDF.

After selecting the printer name, click on Print.

A Save menu will pop up after clicking Print and you can choose the name of the PDF file and the folder where the PDF will be saved. Like any file, the key to naming your PDF is to make it either part of your usual filing process (alphabetically, by number, by topic) or make it unique (putting nicknames or clever puns to catch your eye when you go searching for it in the future).

The document will print to the PDF program and if the image looks good in PDF, it is ready for use!

That is all there is to it. It’s a simple way to turn your cherished photo, art project or poster into a more mobile file. Enjoy!

~ Nick Katers