Digital Image Editing

Hi everyone! This weeks learning was focused on digital image editing. This was something I was looking forward to as I hadn’t used Photoshop properly before even though I have it installed on my laptop. The main topics for the week were opening, rotating, cropping and saving of images, retouching and colour correcting images, resizing and optimising images for the web and batch processing images.

All about photo editing.

photoshoptThere are many different programs that allow you to edit and manipulate an image. One of my favourite programs for editing and also one of the most well known is Adobe Photoshop. It is an editing program published and developed by Adobe. You suck at Photoshop is a YouTube channel which is very useful for learning how to use Photoshop as it can be quite confusing at first. Here is the link it can be found at. Photoshop is program you pay for, so if you can’t afford to use it, below are some free alternatives.

gimpGimp is the next program I would recommend for editing digital images. It is an open source program and free for everyone to use. You can use this program for things like photo touch-ups and image authoring. This is the link to the Gimp website where you can download the software for free.

pixlrPixlr is another free program used for editing. It is an online program and can be found at the http://pixlr.com/ website. It is very simple and easy to use as it has a nice interface. It allows you to edit your images through the browser.

picasaPicasa is the last program I will mention and is again a free editing software. I will explain in detail how to use this program as it is a nice and simple one to use. To edit an image you simply double click it to enter edit mode. In this mode, there will be tools to allow you to crop, retouch, colour correct and change effects in the picture. You can exit edit mode anytime by simply switching back to folder view. Picasa allows you to apply an effect to one image and then to every other image in that folder too. This is known as Batch processing effects.

It’s all very confusing! What are the most important parts of editing?

Here are some things that I feel are good to know as they are used in any editing software.

  • The histogram shows the distribution of light and dark across an image.
  • There are sharing controls to allow you to share your image to where you choose.
  • The Crop tool allows you to adjust the size of your image.
  • The Straightening tool allows you to straighten up your image for correct alignment.
  • Colour correction allows you to adjust the highlights, mid-tones and shadows of an image.
  • You can apply different effects and filters to your images with the effects tool.

This weeks photography task is to choose a photo from Retouch Pro’s touch-up challenges and edit the image. I will make a post on how I improved an image that was damaged from the options on this website, so keep following to see how I get on! Thanks for reading!

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