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Picnik – Photo Editing Made Fun! | part three

Category: Tutorials, Working with images

Posted on: May 7th, 2011 by Pablo. No Comments yet, be the first

Hello! In two earlier tutorials (part 1 you can find here and part 2 here) I introduced you to Picnik, the online photo editing software, where we took a couple of average photos from our computer and turned them into something smart and interesting to look at. If you remember we opened images in Picnik and using the built-in tools we improved the quality of the colour, used the cropping tool, resized the photos, did some sharpening, applied some effects, added text and a sticker, looked at the frames and borders options and finally saved our masterpieces.

Today will be a shorter tutorial as we shall be going back to Picnik and looking over a couple of things that we have already learnt but also investigating some different effect tools. Hopefully we will be able to take another plain image and make it awesome! The image I used here was another one taken at the same time with my camera phone so the quality is not great and I didn’t bother to think about composition and light – a perfect test shot for Picnik then!

Example three: Lion

Here we go again! Firstly head to www.picnik.com and upload an image from your computer. If you’ve forgotten how to do that or you haven’t read my first tutorial then have a quick look here.

Lion - The original photo opened in Picnik

Lion - The original photo opened in Picnik

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Picnik – Photo Editing Made Fun! | part two

Category: Tutorials, Working with images

Posted on: April 28th, 2011 by Pablo. No Comments yet, be the first

Hello again! In an earlier tutorial (which you can find here) I introduced you to Picnik, the online photo editing software. If you remember we opened an image in Picnik, improved the quality of the colour, used the cropping tool and resized the photo, sharpened it a little and finally saved it to our computer. Didn’t we have fun?

Today we shall be going back to Picnik to look at some of the other cool things we can do to our photos that turn a boring run-of-the-mill snapshot into a work of art.

Example two: Hope

Okay, let’s get on with it! Firstly browse your, ummm, browser to www.picnik.com and upload an image from your computer. If you’ve forgotten how to do that or you haven’t read my first tutorial then have a quick look here. Click on any of the images in this tutorial to see them large in a lightbox. (more…)

Rotating, Cropping, and Resizing Images with Photoshop®

Category: Tutorials, Working with images

Posted on: April 26th, 2011 by Nicki. No Comments yet, be the first

Photoshop® for beginners.

Adobe® Photoshop® software is great for photo editing and is used as an industry standard tool in the printing and media industry. With such a good reputation it is also bought for personal use. But for people who don’t know their way around Photoshop®, it can be quite daunting.

Photoshop FILE Open

Fig. 1. Opening or importing an image in Photoshop®

This first beginners tutorial will help you get to grips with the basics. It will show you how to do the simple things that most people want to do with a digital photo or scanned image. I am using Adobe® Photoshop® CS4 and the screen shots will come from this version. But you will find that most versions will have similar menus and you will be able to find the options in the instructions below once you know what you are looking for, even if they are not in the same place.

So let’s begin. (more…)

How to scan photos – the best settings

Category: Tutorials, Working with images

Posted on: April 21st, 2011 by Nicki. No Comments yet, be the first

This tutorial will show you what settings to look for in your scanning software to produce the best results when you are scanning. As there are many different scanning programs available, each manufacturer having its own or recommended version it will be too difficult to go into detail for any one version of the software. However all scanning programs will come with similar settings available, perhaps with different names, so it will be just a matter for you to investigate all the menus and buttons (or consult the software manual) in order to find these settings.

Scanners will come with a standalone program on an installer CD/DVD or with a website link to download a program that will allow you to scan images and save them to your computer. If you have a copy of Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, it is possible to scan directly into Photoshop, just go to FILE->IMPORT and then choose your scanner from the list of those available to you. (more…)

Picnik – Photo Editing Made Fun!

Category: Tutorials, Working with images

Posted on: April 20th, 2011 by Pablo. No Comments yet, be the first

Nowadays almost all of us own a digital camera; be it an expensive DSLR, a Point-and-Shoot, or the camera built into our mobile phone, and sometimes we want to send the photos we take to our friends and family via email or put them on our website, but how often have you heard people say that the image we sent them was too large and it took ages to download, or that it was too small that it couldn’t be viewed very well? Perhaps you have taken a photograph but the light was too dark, or the colours look washed out or slightly strange. Not all of us have Photoshop or Gimp on our computers or sometimes we are on the move and we just want to quickly ‘process’ an image and show it to the world.

This is where online photo manipulation websites come in. There are a few but the one I am going to tell you about today is Picnik. Their website can be found here: www.picnik.com (more…)