April 28, 2014

Why I Love Photoscape - Editing Digital Pictures


As promised this is a post about how to get the most out of your digital photos and pictures and the program that's going to help you with that.

I got my digital camera back in 2006 and although I am now dreaming of a more professional one than my point and shoot Canon, I still adore it. Because with digital photography a whole new creative world opened itself for me.

Don't get me wrong, I don't consider myself a photographer yet, I have so much to learn before I ever deserve that title, but let's just say that I have a lot of fun with it.

I started out using Picasa to edit the digital pictures I made, but that was only because it was the first photo editing program I ever heard about. And I didn't get as enthusiastic about photo editing until the day I stumbled upon Photoscape, a free editing program which can be downloaded from the Internet. I installed it unto my computer and that was when the fun started and I actually became interested in photography and being creative with pictures.


Pictures I took in Paris and edited with Photoscape


I personally think it's a very user friendly program. Once you've got it installed and you open it, it will explain itself really. As you can see in the picture below you have the big editing space on the right of the screen and two smaller sidebars on the left. In the upper sidebar you can see the structure of your computer and it's files. All you have to do is select the folder or files in which your digital pictures are stored after you upload them from your camera. Once you've selected the folder with which you like to get to work, the pictures in this folder will be displayed in the lower sidebar.



Now just click on the picture you would like to edit and it appears in the editing area. This is were the fun begins! On the bottom of the screen you will see the tool bar that gives you almost unlimited opportunities to edit your pictures. I suggest you start playing around with all the tools to see the effects on your picture. Even after over 5 years of using this program I still discover new ways to decorate and design my stuff. On the picture below you can see what Photoscape does to your picture when you use the colored pencil drawing option (a favorite of mine).


Taken in Vienna, Sissi's Palace, the guy on the left is actually my husband!


On top of the screen there's another toolbar and this is used to make full album pages with multiple photos on them or to connect multiple pictures in horizontal or vertical positions. I used the album page option for the crow collage in the picture below. I first added a color to the album page and a border and then placed the pictures in it (adding a little crow drawing that I found online to this collage gave it something extra). In the end I used my pre-made album page for a page in an album I made with an album making program of a store where you can order a print of a self made album.


Also from the Vienna album


Although you can download these album making programs for free from the stores that sell these digital album prints, they are often limited when it comes to editing and decorating. So editing and decorating your pictures with a program like Photoscape before you upload them into the actual album making program will give you lots of benefits and possibilities. Below is another example of an album I've created using Photoscape first and the album making program from the store afterwards.


My daughter, Northern Germany, 2011


Like the wish to upgrade my camera in the near future, after 5 years of using Photoscape I've become rather curious about what a designing and editing program like Adobe Photoshop has to offer. Unfortunately Adobe Photoshop is so pricey that it's not an option right now for me to buy the program, but recently my husband found out that we could get an annual license to use the program through his work. For only 27 Euros for a year that will be a great way to discover what Photoshop has to offer. I'm sure its possibilities have much more to offer than Photoscape, for the price they dare to ask for it, it has to ;-)

But Photoscape is a great way to discover the fun you can have with editing and decorating your digital pictures. Interested? Visit this link and download it for free!

In future posts I will dive a little deeper into how to decorate your pictures with the digital stuff I make (using Photoscape) or how to add more lovely fonts to Photoscape for example. Ideas enough in my mind, but for now I'm just happy to have written my first tutorial/design post on this website. I hope it helped you in any way and look forward to many more!


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