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Digital Photography & Your Computer

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Using Basic Brightness/Contrast Controls on Your Digital Image

Many photo-editing programs offer one-shot brightness/contrast filters that adjust your digital photo automatically. Most programs also provide brightness/contrast controls that let you specify the extent [more…]

Computer Printer Resolution

Printer resolution is measured in dots per inch (dpi). Printed images are made up of tiny dots of color, and how many dpi the printer can produce defines that printer’s resolution. The higher the resolution [more…]

How to Fade a Filter in Your Image-Editing Software

Your image-editing program’s filters, also called plug-ins because you can install or remove them independently, can change the look of your digital image in a variety of ways. Some filters correct less-than-perfect [more…]

Choosing a Scanner Resolution for Photos

When you scan photos, choose a scanner resolution based on what you plan to do with the photo and whether you plan to enlarge it. The scanner resolution you choose for your photos impacts not only how [more…]

How to Make a Screen Saver Out of Your Photos on a PC

A screen saver is a series of images that display automatically whenever your Windows computer is idle for a period of time. Screen savers offer a great way to display your favorite digital photos. Screen-saver [more…]

Making a Selection in a Digital Image by Using Marquee Tools

Making a selection in your digital image tells your software which pixels to change and which pixels to leave alone. Your editing software probably indicates selection outlines with a blinking, dashed [more…]

Drawing Freehand Selections on Your Digital Image

The freehand selection tools let you select irregular areas of a digital image by tracing around them with your mouse. Frankly, you need a steady hand to draw precise selection outlines. To brave the freehand [more…]

Using Adobe Photoshop Elements to Work with Digital Photos

Adobe Photoshop Elements is a powerful junior version of the full Photoshop program. Elements has most of the functionality, but it lacks some of the standard Photoshop features that the average photographer [more…]

Preparing a TIFF Copy of a Digital Image for Publication

You can create a TIFF copy of a digital image easily. For example, if you want to submit a digital photo to a print publication, you need a TIFF-format photo file. To create a TIFF copy of a file in a [more…]

Translating Your Digital Image Camera Raw Files to Use on Your Computer

Some digital cameras allow you to take pictures in the Camera Raw file format. You can’t open Camera Raw image files on your computer without running them through a Raw converter. Convert Camera Raw files [more…]

Changing the Onscreen Display Size of a Digital Photo with Adobe Photoshop Elements

For onscreen photos, pixel count (resolution) determines the display size of the picture. If you want to change the display size of a digital photo, you must either add or remove pixels from the image [more…]

How to Turn Your Digital Photos into Artwork

If you want to make your digital photo look as though it’s the work of an artist, your image-editing program may offer artistic effects or filters. These art effects [more…]

Prepping an Image that You Want to Scan

Before you scan an image into your computer, you need to prep that image. Although you might not have a lot of control over the image you need to scan, you can still prepare ahead of time to improve your [more…]

Taking a Tour of the Fireworks MX 2004 Interface

The Fireworks interface is set up to make accessing the tools quick and intuitive. When you start Fireworks, you'll notice that it doesn't create a new document automatically — instead, you see something [more…]

How to Undo Edits to Your Digital Images

While you edit your digital photos in an image-editing program, you’re bound to make a mistake every now and then that you want to undo. Fortunately, you can undo most mistakes by using these undo safety [more…]

How to Pick a Scanner for Creating Digital Images

For digital photography, your scanner choices really boil down to one of three kinds of scanner technology. Each of these scanners offers a different approach to scanning, so choose the one that best suits [more…]

Using Adobe Fireworks to Prepare Your Photos for the Web

Fireworks has all the features you should need to get your digital images ready for the Web. If you plan to edit most of your digital photos for use on the Web, Fireworks makes that kind of editing easy [more…]

Using Your Digital Camera with a Mac or PC

Most digital cameras work with both Macintosh and Windows-based PCs. You can transfer digital pictures to either kind of computer, and after the image files are on your computer, use whatever Mac or Windows [more…]

Refining Your Digital Image Editor’s Selection Outline

It’s hard to get a digital image selection outline just right on the first try. Expect to refine your selection outline at least a little bit. You can refine your outline in a number of ways: [more…]

Moving Your Digital Image Selection

You can move and copy digital image selections in your photo editor by using the commands Cut, Copy, and Paste. These commands probably appear in the Edit menu. Here’s the Cut/Copy/Paste command routine [more…]

Using Image-Editing Software Filters on Your Digital Photo

If you want to apply a change to an entire area of your digital photo, you can use a filter in your image editor. Almost all filters in image-editing software [more…]

Organizing Your Digital Images on Your Windows Computer

You can use Windows Explorer to store and organize your digital photos. Working with folders in Windows is easy, so you can organize your digital image files in a snap. In Windows, to create folders to [more…]

Why a Higher Scanner Resolution Isn’t Always Better

Particular scanning tasks have recommended resolutions. You may be wondering why not simply use the highest resolution of your scanner at all times. But a high scanner resolution may not give you the best [more…]

Managing Digital Photo Files on Your Computer

You can manage the digital photo files on your computer by using some Windows options. Decide how to view your picture files, and where to get and send those picture files. To manage the photos you have [more…]

The Popular Photography Web Site

Popular Photography & Imaging magazine has been the most authoritative resource for serious amateur photographers for longer than most of us have been alive. Its [more…]

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