Friday, 22 April 2011

[] Cool Ways To Edit Your Digital Photos

By David Peters

When people take digital images and put them on their computers, the pictures are generally not perfect. This is where enhancements come in, they will make it so your picture looks almost professional. One enhancement that is used often is the sharpness enhancement. The sharpness enhancement is extremely helpful. Basically it improves the quality on a fuzzy picture.

While almost every editor has the sharpness enhancement, not all are top quality. The best ones use internal algorithms to help enhance the photo. The sharpness tool is exceptionally helpful for blurry pictures or one with fuzzy borders and lines.

The resizing of a photograph is another commonly used tool today. Re-sampling is similar to resizing but is not as familiar to many. Let's take a look at the difference between the two. Resizing changes the pixels while re-sampling uses an actual algorithm to adjust the picture to appear to not be blurry, fuzzy or blocked. Some of the pixels will be doubled when using resizing to enlarge a picture.

While with resizing, reducing an image some of the pixels will be thrown out; this why some lines of the photo just disappear. Re-sampling on the contrary, uses algorithms to decide the new size of the pixels, during an enlargement color will be added as a result of interpolation. While reducing an image the actual pixels will be re-calculated. A good image editor will include multiple algorithms for re-sampling and resizing options.

Big question for everyone is how to convert photo files in order to get smaller pictures. This is really helpful if you want to send photo files over the internet. There are two ways to do this: the lossless and the lossy formats. Lossless means that the image stays exactly the same as it was originally. Basically different methods are applied to get a smaller but virtually untouched photo. The most common format that photo software can hand is .png.

Lossy formats will actually lose some information. The advantage to this method is you will be able to chose the size you want it to end up in. The common form it is saved in is a .jpg. This will create small photos that will upload places quite easily. You will have to decide what will work best for you. Do you want a smaller original or do you mind sacrificing some of the photograph in order to make it as small as you want.

Along with the importance of editing photos comes the importance of viewing your images. In order to easily access your photos your photo viewer should be able to be customized, easy to use, have printable contact sheets, photo enhancement tools, convenient for getting the pictures, be able to manage EXIF data and be able to batch process images.

Some good photo viewers are Zoner Photo Studio which is quite user friendly and Photophilia which is very adjustable and able to batch process. Base what photo viewer you use from your computer skills comfort level. You can choose a viewer that is quick and easy or a more complex viewer that offers more functions. Some functions that are especially helpful are the slide show, batch processor, editor functions and zoom factor.

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