Hello my friends! This week we are going to talk about photo editing. I use Photoshop, so all the specific directions will be for that program, but most of the steps are available in other programs, too. If you have questions as we go on, please leave us a comment and I will find someone who can answer for it!
Getting a good camera was the first step to my enjoying scrapbooking more. Truly. I was so frustrated by not getting back photos (back in the time of film and developers!) that showed what I wanted them to show. And getting a good camera fixed that. Somewhat.
But I wasn't a great technical photographer. So while the composition was what I wanted, the lighting wasn't always great. Then my brother sent me photoshop. Suddenly the heavens opened, the choirs sang, and the whole world shone with gold. I fell so very far in love. Finally I could (mostly) make up for my technical gaps and get photos that looked like I wanted them to. Finally.
At some point I realized that I was spending HOURS editing. So I set out to learn to shoot in manual so that I could free up some editing time (the better the photo, the less to fix!) but I still enjoy tweaking all the little things. I do nearly every single picture I take. I know, I know, not necessary, but I love it.
This week we are going to go through the steps that I use to edit photos. Each day will cover just a step or two. Bite sized pieces so you don't overwhelm! Nothing will be earth shattering, nor will it at all tell you all that photoshop can do. Rather, we will take a photo, or two, and run them through the process.
STEP ONE: RESIZE
Cameras record photos in JPEG or RAW or both. I shoot in both. (I have tons of card space and never know when I am going to get a photo that I want to blow up, so I use RAW. Further, my camera came with some Canon software that is terrific for editing RAW format photos, in case the lighting just doesn't allow for a great shot.)
Generally I edit the JPEG photo. Which is usually much larger than I need. And I am quite impatient as I wait for my computer to process (anything) so (as long as I am not looking to enlarge my photo) I resize it to the appropriate ratio (ie 4x6) with a 300 resolution.
This makes the photo the right size for printing and allows it to make changes faster as I am editing.
IMAGE SIZE is found in the IMAGE drop down menu. This opens a box for sizing as shown above. Be sure as you are changing the numbers that you have selected inches and not pixels on the width and height.
Do you see this link symbol? If it has a box around it, as shown in the above photo, then the original ratio will be preserved. If you unclick the box, then you can choose the options. However, for photos, keep it clicked otherwise your photo will be wonky with a too wide or a too tall side.
STEP TWO: SAVE AS
As soon as I have the photo resized, I create a new folder (I always call mine "edited photos") and then save my photo with the date leading the name.
I like to "save as" at this stage so I don't forget and accidentally save over the original photo. (In my uptight, wound tight way, I like to keep a wholly unedited version of every photo.)
Also, we have just one family computer, so if someone else closes photoshop and hits save, then it will save as the edited version, again, not overwriting my original photo.
SAVE AS is found in the FILE drop down menu. SAVE AS gives you options for file name and file type. SAVE rewrites over the file you are working with, and does it automatically without any pop up boxes.
That's it for today! Open, size, rename, then save as. And tomorrow we will start editing!
See you then!