Photo Editing Software

Most of us that scrapbook, either digitally or in paper form, spend a lot of time LIVING with our photos. We tag them, print them, store them in albums, keep them on our phones to share with our friends, post them on social media. We LOVE our photos! And because of that we want them to look their very best.

 

I wanted to share an overview of a few of the different types of photo editing software out there.

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How to make quick photo edits in Lightroom

All month at Scrapaneers we’ve been talking about photography. Sure, we can print our photos and use our photos on our scrapbook pages straight out of the camera (SOOC) and that is awesome. If you’ve got Lightroom or Photoshop though, why not use those programs to quickly tweak your photos and really make them shine? I seldom use my photos SOOC. 99% of the time I do at least some sort of quick edits in Lightroom. I want to share with you today the quick basic editing steps I run through on all my photos. The steps I’m going to share with you today are made in Lightroom. You can do all of these same things in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements as well.

 

I snapped the photo of my daughter that I’m editing for you on a recent vacation. It’s pretty good as is and I could certainly use it SOOC, but for my taste it’s a bit dark and the colors are a little dull. Here’s my before and after version of the photo after spending about a minute making edits in Lightroom.

 

HowToMakeQuickLightroomEdits Before&After

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Using Back Button Focus

Using Back Button Focus

Have you ever heard of Back Button Focus (BBF)?  This useful item on your camera is still relatively new to me, but from what I have experienced with it – I love it!  I have found it very useful when you are taking back-to-back shots.  The BBF is my new best friend when capturing moments with my children.

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Taking Your Camera Off Auto: Exposure Explained

So you did it!  You took that big leap.  You saved all of your pretty pennies and splurged on a new digital SLR camera.  You love taking photographs, and getting a nice new camera just naturally seemed like the next step.  You couldn’t wait to start taking photos with it.  You got it out and started shooting.  Wow!  These photos are great!  You keep shooting in that wonderful auto mode and find that you get pretty darn good photos with your beautiful, expensive, “flashy” new digital camera.  Ha!  Flashy.  Get it?  Pun TOTALLY intended there!

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Pick of the Month – Guided Memory Books

First and foremost, I consider myself a storyteller. I try to tell my own stories and those of my children in our albums, both the little day to day stories of now in my pocket albums and the larger stories in my normal 12×12 layouts.

 

I’ve also chosen to try to tell some of my family’s stories in our albums, too. Some of them are stories that I remember hearing as a child. Others are stories that I only learned because I asked my dad or my mom about a certain photo and it brought back a memory for them. I’ve been looking for ways to make this easier.

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Use Pops of Color to Draw Focus to Photos

This post is bringing some ideas for how to use color to bring focus to the photo(s) on your scrapbook pages. I have realized that approximately 90% of my layouts start with a neutral background, variations of white, light gray, or a tan/kraft. It isn’t that I don’t like color, but have found that I am less satisfied with bright, bold backgrounds. I guess that just isn’t my style. I do, however, bring color in around my photos and the use of that color works to draw the eye to the photo itself.

 

Here are some ideas for how to use color accents to bring focus to the photo on a neutral background. Use them alone or in combination.

 

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How to create and embellish with styles

I’m sure you use layer styles all the time when you create your digital scrapbook pages. You use layer styles on your pages when you shadow your embellishments. I want to build on that and talk about some of the amazing things YOU can create with the click of a button using some of the styles created by designers. You can even create your own styles!

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Scrapaneers Challenge: May 2015

Can you believe it’s already been one month since we launched our first challenge here at Scrapaneers? Well, it has and that means it’s time for another challenge!

 

Each month, one of the Peers will host a challenge in the forum. The specifics of the challenges will change but they will always include aspects of the month’s Champions’ techniques and each participant will earn a prize that relates to the monthly Champions kit. But you do NOT have to be a Champion’s member to participate. Everyone is welcome and EVERYONE that participates gets a prize. And on top of that, one random participant will win a $10 gift certificate to Scrapaneers! How awesome is that?!

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How to Create Custom Washi Tape

Washi Tape is so popular right now. Most digital kits now include one or two washi tapes. I love to create multiple custom washi tapes with patterned papers. It’s easy to clip a paper to washi tape, but you lose the beautiful texture that makes it look realistic. I am here to show you how to create a custom washi tape without losing the realistic textures.

 

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Monochromatic Color Schemes

This month, while we discuss color, I thought I would share with you one of my favorite color schemes – monochromatic.  What exactly is this?  Simply put it is using the same color in varying shades or hues, possibly adding in shades of white, black, or gray as accents.

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