Archive for the ‘Image Editing’ Category

Photo Cards – Too 90s, Or Too Effective?

If you’ve created only one holiday card, e-mail is a perfect way to send it. But what about those other familial obligations? The incessant: “When do we get a new photo of the kids?” Or “How big is the puppy?” Or “I can’t wait to see the new house.” Admit it, you’ve already thought about building a Web page, e-mailing your URL to everyone you know, and then just sitting back and letting the family marvel at your creativity and technical acumen. If you’re like me, the only thing stopping you is time. Well, listen up: Some new tools can get your baby photos on the Internet faster than you can get off the telephone when that long-winded cousin of yours calls. You know you'd love to receive this gem.You know you’d love to receive this gem. PictraAlbum from Pictra and Photo Creations All-in-One Studio from Creative… Read on here...

If You Don’t Know Photocompositing, You Don’t Know Jack!

If you haven’t been using photocompositing, what cave have you been living in? The latest image editing applications offer a wide variety of powerful tools and effects that require almost no prior experience or photographic training. From the process of selecting the appropriate images to final output, imaging programs take the guesswork of photo-compositing. Many of the latest consumer-oriented applications, such as Adobe PhotoDeluxe and Microsoft Picture It!, include guided tutorials which walk users through the steps involved in integrating text, graphics and images. You too can create photos this cheesy!You too can create photos this cheesy! But it has not always been so simple. Until not too long ago, photo-compositing required professional expertise. It was usually done by service bureaus and photo tabs. it involved expensive equipment and long hours of tedious masking and printing with little guarantee that the finished product would turn out… Read on here...

Making Great Images

One of the keys to a good photograph is to make sure that the final image makes full use of the available tonal range of the medium in question. In very simple terms, this means making sure that dark areas of the image print (or display) as black, and the brightest portions as white. This is an obvious over-simplification, but it is enough to bring us closer to brighter, snappier, more appealing digital images. As a bonus, it turns out that “stretching” the tonal range of an image also generally leads to brighter, cleaner colors as well. Beauty. Just a beauty!Beauty. Just a beauty! To help understand this, consider what a “dull” image looks like: Everything is rendered in shades of gray, with nothing either fully black or white. it’s pretty easy to understand that stretching the available tonal differences across the full… Read on here...