BetterJPEG Tutorial

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Estimated reading time: 3 minutes, 47 seconds

Welcome to our Tutorial Series on the Better JPEG software. For those ‘photoshop’pers who can use (and afford!) complex photo manipulation software that’s great. But for the most of our clients Better JPEG is a cheap (approx. £12) and easy-to-use alternative.

Edit JPEG photos without losing quality

If all you need is to quickly process a group of JPEG photos from your latest vacation – rotate, crop, remove red-eye, correct color and brightness, imprint date or comment – you do not need to compromise on quality of photo editing. Better JPEG is a batch JPEG photo editor that can do all of this editing without loss of image quality.

You can find their website here www.BetterJPEG.com.

Whe have divided this Tutorial into 6 main sections

Running and Registering Better JPEG
We will walk you through the steps of opening and registering the software

To register Better JPEG we need to run the software.

  1. Click on your Start Menu
  2. Click on All Programs
  3. Click on the Better JPEG group
  4. Click on the Better JPEG program

You should now see the following screen

Register Better JPEG

  1. To register click on Enter Key. A registration dialog box should come up.
  2. Copy the registration name from the email we would have sent you.
  3. Paste it in the registration name field.
  4. Copy the registration key from the email we would have sent you.
  5. Paste it in the registration key field.
  6. Click Ok

Presto! that’s how you Register Better JPEG.


Better JPEG Interface
We will guide you through the software interface

What you can expect from the Better JPEG interface.

Better JPEG Interface

We will cover the details of the features later in this tutorial.


Resizing Images with Better JPEG
A simple guide to resizing images

  1. With the image open click on the Resize button. A dialog box should appear.
  2. Enter the maximum height and width into the boxes.
  3. Click Ok

Cropping Images with Better JPEG
A little more advanced walkthrough of cropping images

  1. With the image open click on the Crop button. The cursor should change to the crop icon.
  2. Drag a rectangle of the area you wish to crop to.
  3. You may adjust the cropping rectangle by dragging the sides and corners. Also you may drag the whole cropping area.
  4. Hit Enter

Better JPEG cropping images


Watermarking Images with Better JPEG
We will go through how to add a watermark on your images

  1. With an image open, select the Text button.
  2. Make sure the checkbox is ticked. If not click it. It should then show a tick.
  3. Enter your text into the textbox.
  4. Your watermark should show in the lower right-hand side of the image.

Better JPEG watermark


Macros and Batch Processing Images with Better JPEG
Advanced guide to creating macros and using them for batch processing.

Macros are stored instructions that are to be repeated several times. By storing them and having Better JPEG carry them out for you saves time. When a macro is run on a batch of image files, it is called batch processing.

For example you run an online gallery. You wish to create a set of thumbnails that will fit into a square 100×100. First you need to create the macro.

  1. Click the Edit menu.
  2. Click Macro Actions.
  3. Click Edit Macro Actions. A dialog box should pop up.
  4. Click on New. A new dialog box should pop up.
  5. Type in a name for the macro that you will remember. In our case we used ‘Resize 100’
  6. Select Resize/Resample from the Available Actions.
  7. Click on the Add button.
  8. Enter the desired maximum width and height.
  9. Select Save from the Available Actions.
  10. Click Add to add the Save step. This step is to save the image after the resize is made.
  11. Click Ok.
  12. Click Ok again.

You now have a macro you can reuse again and again.


Now we need to apply this to the pictures in your gallery.

  1. Copy all the images you wish to a single directory. (It is assumed that you know how to do this on Windows.)
  2. Click on browse to directory. A new dialog should come up.
  3. Select the directory
  4. Click Ok
  5. The directory and the images within that you copied into will be shown on the left hand side.
  6. Right click anywhere on box on the left. A menu should pop up.
  7. Click Select All Items. All the item should be selected.
  8. Right click one of the images.
  9. Click Macro Actions
  10. Click ‘Resize 100’. This is the macro to resize all image down to within 100×100. A dialog box should pop up.
  11. Click All Selected.

Better JPEG Macros

Now all images have been resized down to within 100×100.

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