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While MS Office 2003, 2007 and 2010 cost a small fortune, at least they came with a basic image editing tool called Office Picture Manager. Picture Manager could be used to crop, rotate and resize.


Sadly, in a cost saving move, MS Office 2013 abandoned Office Picture Manager (which had seen no real changes since 2003). There are some image editing tools in MS Word. But basically MS Office 2013 and MS Office 2016 do a terrible job of editing images. We will therefore describe how to use several free Linux tools and a series of steps to edit images.

These steps and tools include:
#1 Capture Screen Images with Shutter
#2 Compress Images with Libre Writer
#3 Edit images with Libre Writer
#4 Save images with Libre Writer
#5 Create Transparent Images and Edit Pixels with Pinta
#6 Create and Edit Images with Libre Draw
#7 Precisely Resize Crop and Rename Images with Gthumb

We have previously explained how to use Shutter. Here we will look at how to compress, save and edit images with Libre Writer. Then in our next article, we will look at how to create transparencies and edit pixels with a free Linux tool called Pinta which is available in the Mint Software Manager. To illustrate these seven steps we will look at how we created the following image:


#1 Capture Screen Images with Shutter
To create this image, we went to the Acer website and copied the following image of an Acer C910 laptop.

We also downloaded the acer logo and the Linux Mint Logo.


#2 Compress Images with Libre Writer
After capturing an image with shutter and pasting it into a Writer document, we want to left click the image to select it. Then right click the image and select compress to reduce the file size.


This brings up the following window.


The default settings are ideal. Therefore just click OK. Repeat for every image right after you paste it into a Writer document.

#3 Edit images with Libre Writer
Before saving images, we can make some rough edits with the Libre Writer editing tools. Right click on an image to see our editing options.

A common problem when importing images from a MS Office or MS Word document is that Office and Word tend to incorrectly anchor images to to page or character. We want to make sure that all of our images are anchored to Paragraph. Then right click on the image and click on Crop Image.


LibreOffice 5 comes with a real time cropping tool that allows us to easily crop images to eliminate portions of the image we do not want.

Next right click on the image and click Format Image:


The Wrap tab allows us to define where text is allowed to appear in relationship to the image. Also spacing allows us to set .2 inches of left spacing on images that have been floated right and .2 inches of right spacing to images that have been floated left. The Hyperlink tab allows us to set a clickable link for the image. The Crop Link allows us to change one dimension of our image without changing the other. So we can stretch an image to make it slightly wider than the original.


Click on the Borders tab to add and define the image borders. After editing all of our document images, the next step is to save our images with Libre Writer.

#4 Save images with Libre Writer
Before we save our images, we should create a folder for our images with our Mint File Manager. Open the file manager, then click File, Create Folder. Then change the name of the folder to match the name of our article such as 7.1_edit_images. The images folder name should be lower case with no spaces. Then click File Save AS and create a copy of our document saving it with a different name such as w7.1 How to Use the Libre Writer Image Editor. Then select the first image, right click and click “Save Image.” This will bring up the Mint File Manager. Navigate to the images folder for this article and save the image as number 01. When all 11 images are saved, this is what our images folder will look like:


Note that the file size for each of these images is under 100KB. This is what the first page of our text only document looks like with placeholder numbers for each image.

Now that we have saved our images in our images folder and understand how to use Libre Write to do basic image editing, in the next article, we will look at how to use a free Linux tool called Pinta to create transparencies and precise pixel editing. 
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