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From: "Tony Field" <>
Subject: Re: [TMG] OT:best image editing software for genealogy?
Date: Tue, 6 Nov 2001 23:49:13 -0000
Sorry to say I disagree with most of the replies to this mail.
I think people are confusing the software program with the format that the
image can be stored in. If you want to go for a format that is proprietary
to one program then fine. However I would suggest that a better way forward
is to look at the image type and find one that enables the following
1. Will not loose quality as you edit and re-edit the image (even if you
publish a cut down version). For this reason I don't think item such as JPEG
etc are suitable. I think you are much better off going with something that
can produce TIFF etc which while big to store are not lossy formats
2. On the tool front, one way to enable you to stand a chance of
manipulating the image and text in the future is to make the *COLOUR* of the
text that you add to the image unique. You now stand a chance of extracting
the text with any tool in the future. Bear in mind that even lowly GIF image
tools have the option of making a specific colour transparent. I agree that
some touching up may be required with Joe bloggs having a blue shirt and
Jane Doe having a white shirt but at least you can grab the text.
3. Go and buy a tool which can produce no lossy images (and cut down ones
for publishing) and one which can grab single colours and
highlight/manipulate said colours.
I leave to experts what this tool may be, but rest assured whatever tool you
buy will be obsolete in 10 years if not sooner.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Holly Hendricks" <>
Sent: Saturday, November 03, 2001 8:26 PM
Subject: RE: [TMG] OT:best image editing software for genealogy?
> I would do this in Photoshop with layers so that the numbers were on a
> different layer than the photo in my source file. Since Photoshop is
> expensive, there is another very affordable tool called Paint Shop Pro
> JASC that has a number of Photoshop features, including layers.
> To create a JPG or GIF, you flatten the layers, so I've found it makes
> to save the original image in the native format of the program. That
> if I have to make changes to a name or other text, it is editable.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jeff [mailto:]
> Sent: Saturday, November 03, 2001 12:49 PM
> Subject: [TMG] OT:best image editing software for genealogy?
> I need software recommendations for scanned photo labeling and storage
> as a TMG external exhibit.
> I want to store, in TMG external exhibits, family reunion photos from
> the late 1800's. I want to identify all of the participants, probably
> by annotating the people with a number or initials on their chest and a
> list of correlating names at the bottom.
> I would want to store the whole thing as one file (not a separate file),
> probably jpg or whatever will have the least chance of being obsolete
> and unreadable in the future. Fifty years from now I want people to be
> able to know who is who on scanned reunion photos.
> Any tips?
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