Change Canvas Size Of A Batch Of Images
GIMP and Photoshop both have features allowing you to change the canvas size of an image without resizing it. This can be useful for putting a border round your image, cropping out only part of the image, or fitting an image to a certain aspect ratio. Here's how to change the canvas size of a batch of images in one go using the command line tools provided by ImageMagick. ImageMagick is a suite of tools allowing you to manipulate images in masses of different ways from the command line. I use the linux version of this, and also run it under Cygwin on Windows. I believe there is a Windows native version of ImageMagick.
Lets take example below which is in a wide format such as taken by an SLR camera at 300x188 pixels. Say we need to fit this into a standard 4:3 ratio.
Original Image 300x188
New Canvas Size 300x225
-background white specifies the colour of the new canvas around the edges of the existing image. Replace that with another colour for example if you wanted a coloured border around your image.
-extent 300x225 is the dimensions of the new canvas
-gravity center says where in the new canvas you want the existing image to float.
Replace image.jpg with *.jpg to change the canvas size of all images in the current directory. This will replace all the images, so back them up first! Alternatively, add -path newimages to put the modified images in a new folder, leaving the originals untouched.