Digital Photography Lesson 4: How to Use a Photoediting Program

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Introduction

We chose HP Photosmart as our photo program because it is a free download. Everyone can put it on their computers. You will learn how to use the photo program to organize and edit your photos. You will have imported photographs in the previous lesson.

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Creating Albums

Regardless of whether you use folders or a digital organization program, you need to have a strategy for your organization. This will vary a bit from person to person because each of us thinks differently. For example, some people may prefer to file “sunsets” under “nature” but others would put them under “scenery”. What your categories are does not matter as much as making sure you can remember them and be consistent.

In HP Photosmart, you can organize your photos in albums. Open HP Photosmart by double clicking the icon. Click "View Library" on the opening screen.

Photosmart Library 

You will see library of photos by date on the left. Underneath this is the word Albums:

Albums Option Click on the word Albums, and you will see an option to create a new album.  Double click on "Create New Album" and Click "Add Photos" and choose which photos are to go in the album.

Create a New Album 

Click on each photo you would like in the album, then click "Add These Photos."

Adding Photos 

Then decide what title you wish your album to have and type it in the Title box. Click "Create Album."

Creating the Album 

Try this:
After making an album, click on the Full Screen Preview button, and watch slide show of your pictures. To end the slideshow, use the Escape (Esc) key on your keyboard.

 

Tagging Your Photos

Tags are keywords that can help you find your photos. For example, if you wish to find a specific photo that has a beach and you've used tags, then finding said photo is simply a matter of typing in the word “beach” and a stream of photos that have been tagged beach will appear. These custom tags make it much easier to locate images later as they will match the way you personally think about the images. Click on a photo to highlight it. Then click on the Tag tab at the top left.

Tag Tab 

Click "Create New Tag."

Create new tag Add a tag name in the Name box and click Create New tag:

Naming the tag 

The tag will then be placed on the photo and the category will appear on the tag list to the left.

Tag list with new tag 

Afterwards, you can drag the tag to new photos as you add them to your library.

Editing and Resizing Photos

One of the most wonderful things about digital photography is that you can edit and improve your photos after taking them. To do this in HP Photosmart, double click on the photo you wish to edit. The photo will enlarge and a menu of edits will appear on the left.

Editing menu 

These are the tools available and what they do:

Rotate tool:
Allows you to turn your photo 90 or 180 degrees.
Crop tool:
Allows you to cut out portions of your photo.
Flip tool:
Allows you to flip the photo so the image is reversed.
Remove red eye tool:
Helps eliminate the red eye look from photos.
Color and light tool:
Gives you adaptive lighting choices and temperature choices.
Special effects tool:
Allows you to make your photo black and white or sepia toned.
Resize tool:
Allows you to change the size of your photo in terms of how much space it takes up on the computer.
Try this:
Click on the rotate tool and move your photo around. Do this several times. Click on the crop tool and practice cutting your photo so that you have the picture you want. Do this to several photos. Practice flipping your image. See which you like best. Find a photo with a person in it. Use the red eye tool to improve the photo. Click on the color and light tool. See what happens when you change lighting. See what happens when you change the temperature. Pick another photo and click on the special effects tool. Change your photo to black and white. Change your photo to sepia.

Important! In order to keep the changes you've made, you'll need to click the green Save button.

Resizing photos is important if you wish to email them. You will want to make sure the file sizes are small enough so that they don't take too long to send and receive over the Internet.

To resize your photo, click on the resize button. You will have a choice of several preset sizes, or a custom size. Choose the email option if you will be sending the photo in email.

Choosing a resize option Make sure "Save a copy" is checked, because it's good to keep the larger original unchanged. Then click Save.

You'll be given a choice of where to save the new copy, and you should give it a name you will remember that differs from the original.

Naming the new copy 

Finally, click Save again and you are done.

Emailing Your Photos

We'll use Yahoo email to demonstrate this. Other email sites and programs work similarly. To send a picture, you first sign in to your email account. In Yahoo, click on Compose.

Compose an email 

When the new email window opens, fill in the address and subject like a normal email. Type a message in the body of the email. Then click Attach files.

Attach file button 

A new window will open. Click the Browse button.

Browsing for the photo 

On the menu to the left, Click on Pictures, if that is where your photos are stored.

Selecting the Pictures folder Highlight which photo you wish to send by double clicking on it:

Choosing the photo You will then see the file information appear in the file window. Click Attach Files:

Attaching the photo 

You will notice the attached photo, marked with a paperclip. You can then send the email with the photograph.

Sending the email 

Important!

Before you send photos to someone in email, call or email them separately to let them know you will be doing it. That way, they will know your email is not spam, and the attachments you're sending are probably safe to open.

Interesting Tidbit

There have been some famous hoaxes perpetrated by people who doctored photographs.  It happened before digital photography, but it's much easier now.  It's often referred to as "photoshopping" after Adobe Photoshop, one of the most popular professional photoediting programs. Examples of hoaxes in recent years are photos of ex-President George W. Bush and Sen. John Kerry  during in the 2004 campaign. One altered photo showed Bush reading a book upside down. Another showed Kerry with actress Jane Fonda at a rally, but that encounter never happened.  Oprah, Martha Stewart, Katie Couric and many others have both been shown on magazine covers with slimmer physiques than they had at the time.

Vocabulary and Glossary

Library:
Where photos are stored in the photoediting program.
Gallery
Another term for library.
Album
A way to store photos in an organized manner.
Tag
A keyword that allows you to sort photos quickly.
Rotate tool:
Allows you to turn your photo 90 to 180 degrees.
Crop tool:
Allows you to cut out portions of your photo.
Flip tool:
Allows you to flip the photo so the image is reversed.
Remove red eye tool:
Helps eliminate the red eye look from photos.
Color and light tool:
Gives you adaptive lighting choices and temperature choices.
Special effects tool:
Allows you to make your photo black and white or sepia toned.
Resize tool:
Allows you to change the size of your photo in terms of how much space it takes up on the computer.
Attach:
To include a file (such as a picture) in an email so that a another person can open and view it.

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More Information

Attaching Photos to Email:
https://websitebuilders.com/how-to/email-at-a-glance/sending-attachments/

Editing Photos with Windows Vista:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-vista/discover/edit-and-share-photos.aspx

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