Thursday, September 11, 2008

Photo Editing Takes Time

I know I should really be doing something else, like cleaning my house or cutting out coupons or something.  Instead I'm editing the pictures Beth took of her friend Jesse, in the hopes that at least one of them will be good enough for his senior picture.  Look what I have to work with:

No, not really.  Some of them are pretty good.  I'm just removing blemishes, whitening teeth when he actually smiles, and cropping some of them.  The removing blemishes and whitening teeth is the easy part with the makeover tool in Paint Shop Pro, it's the cropping that's hard.  Beth says they have to be portrait orientation for the yearbook, and she took several decent ones in landscape.  So, I'm cropping those, and I have the hardest time figuring out what the best way to crop is.  I'm one of those people who doesn't really understand why some pictures work and some don't.  I know what I like when I see it, but getting there is the hard part.  So, I'm saving multiple versions, and I'll let them decide what they like best.


  1. I always struggle during the cropping process too. It's fun though. Things to keep in mind - cut out anything you don't want shown, anything that's not IMPORTANT to the subject of the picture. And balance out the light and colors to make the picture more appealing to the eye. Good Luck, I hope you post the one that gets picked! :)

  2. If you are wanting some help... you've got a friend offering ;-)


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