Microsoft Photo Editor v3.01 (ZIP)

A friend of mine had the random request for Microsoft Photo Editor. I did a quick google search for him to come up empty handed. I decided to spend some more time in search for the setup file. After a few minutes, I was successful. I decided to make this setup file available on my blog. Anyways, you will find the EXE file in the ZIP file here.

Download Here (Version 3.01)

Also, here are a couple quick tutorials on doing some minor photo edits in Microsoft Photo Editor.

Microsoft Photo Editor can be used to rotate, crop, resize, lighten, change resolution, change file format of images and more.

Rotate an Image

  1. Open Microsoft Photo Editor
  2. From the File menu (or open icon), choose Open. Navigate to where you have your photos or images stored. Click on the one you want to open.
  3. Click on the Rotate tool in the Toolbar.
  4. Click the Rotate tool until your image rotates to desired direction.

Crop an Image

  1. Open Microsoft Photo Editor
  2. From the File menu (or open icon), choose Open. Navigate to where you have your photos or images stored. Click on the one you want to open.
  3. Select the SELECT tool from the Toolbar.
  4. Click and drag to draw a selection rectange around the image you want to keep.
  5. From the Image menu, choose CROP.
  6. Select either rectangle or oval
  7. You can also select whether to round corners
  8. When you have made the selections you need, click OK.

Resize an Image
You can resize an image BUT REMEMBER, if you have a small image and you want to resize larger, the image may become pixelated or distorted because the resolution is too low to allow for resize. It’s much better to have a large image that you resize smaller than to try to make a small image larger.

  1. Open Microsoft Photo Editor
  2. From the File menu (or open icon), choose Open. Navigate to where you have your photos or images stored. Click on the one you want to open.
  3. From the Image menu, choose Resize.
  4. You can enter width & height numbers or you can use percentages to resize. You can also select which unit of measurement to use – inches, centimeters or pixels.
  5. Do NOT check Allow distortion unless that is what you want. If you leave it blank, you can type in a number in the width and have it auto calculate what the height should be without distoring the image.

Change the Resolution of an Image
Resolution is the number of pixels in an image. A higher number correlated to a higher quality of image. Sometimes you want to decrease the resolution of an image to lower the file size. REMEMBER, you can decrease the number of pixels in an image but you can’t always increase pixels without distortion or pixelation.

  1. Open Microsoft Photo Editor
  2. From the File menu (or open icon), choose Open. Navigate to where you have your photos or images stored. Click on the one you want to open.
  3. From the File menu, choose Properties
  4. Resolution will be listed. If it says 300, you can drop that to 150 and still print the photo. If you drop the resolution to 72, this photo can be used to display on monitor or projector in PowerPoint or on the web. The photo will not print very sharp at this resolution.

Change the File Format of an Image
There are different file formats for an image, i.e., JPEG, GIF, TIFF, BMP, and many more. JPEG is the one most used for photographs, GIF is the one most used for line art or clipart. You will want to use TIFF if you want to have a transparent background.

  1. Open Microsoft Photo Editor
  2. From the File menu (or open icon), choose Open. Navigate to where you have your photos or images stored. Click on the one you want to open.
  3. From the File menu, choose SaveAs.
  4. In the SaveAs dialog box, you can change the file format in the Save as Type box.

Set Transparent Color or Background
You will want to save your image as TIFF if you want to have a transparent background.

  1. Open Microsoft Photo Editor
  2. From the File menu (or open icon), choose Open. Navigate to where you have your photos or images stored. Click on the one you want to open.
  3. Select the Set Transparent Color icon in Toolbar.
  4. Your mouse pointer should now look like the Tool icon
  5. Click on the color you want to select to have a transparent background (example: white around a picture or image).
    — Your Change Color to Transparent dialog box opens.
    — Set the color similarity to far left if you only want the color you selected to be changed.
    — Click OK.
    — Where your image had white around the edges, it will now look like a checkerboard. That means it has a transparent background. You can now insert this in a PowerPoint presentation that has a color design and you won’t see the white edges around your photo.
  6. Click Save As.
    — Change the Save as type box to: Tag Image File Format (*.tif).
    — If you click the Save command, you may receive a message that says “This format does not suport transparency. Click Yes or No. You want to click NO.

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