Photo Editing For Your Family HistoryHow to use free onlinetools to manage your family photos. By Shelly Longoria, LibrarianPalm Springs Public Library January 5, 2013
IMPORTANT!Save your originalimages!Before you do anything to editan image, photo, etc., SAVEthe original and work on aCOPY of the image & name itsomething different to avoidconfusion.If you don’t like the results, ifyou want to experiment (play!),or if you want to use the imagefor a different purpose later,you still have your originalavailable.
Why edit photos?The pictures I took with my newdigital camera at the familyreunion look great! Why would Ineed to edit them?We will be primarily coveringediting photos for SIZE, sothey are easier to use with yourfamily history software, or otherapplications.These techniques apply to ALLdigital images, not just photos;i.e., Census images, scannedphotos or documents, etc.All words in BOLD are defined inthe glossary at the end.
What is a digitalimage made of?A digital image is made upof pixels, tiny blocks, ordots, of data that makeup the image itself.More pixels results in higherresolution, fewer pixels canresult in good resolutionand a smaller file size, toofew pixels results in ablocky, or blurry image.
Can you have too many pixels?Not enough pixels = pixelated This depends on how you will use the image. The amount of pixels determines the amount of data in the image file, the size of the file, and the dimensions and visual quality of the image.
Digital ImagesThere are countless typesof digital cameras. They allproduce the same result –a digital image made upof a varying number ofpixels.A scan of a printed photois also a digital image, alsowith a varying number ofpixels.
Image creation & dimensions are measured in megapixels. One megapixel (MP)= ONE MILLION PIXELSIf you try to enlarge aphoto that was not takenwith a high MP setting, your What is the capability ofprint may turn out “blocky” your digital camera? Is itor pixelated. adjustable?
Why edit images? Image files that are too large will bog down your genealogical software, making it slow to work with, as well as creating Clicking & dragging to change HUGE files to store andsize does NOT change the file size, back up. only the appearance.
The same or different? Original image straight Same image, edited from the camera. for file size. Original image = 1,597KB Edited image = 65KB (kilobytes)
Today we will use FotoFlexer.com to edit images. There are many other sites available if thisone does not appeal to you. (See list at end.) Photo editing software Your digital camera may have come with photo editing software, but there are many EASY & FREE websites you can use to tame your images.
Upload your image (step 1) When you click the grey Upload button, it allows you to search your computer for the desired image file.
Upload your image (step 2) Browse for the image file you want to edit, click on the file name, then click the Open button. This will open the image in FotoFlexer, where you can start editing.
You will see this… Tools Zoom level This is the original flower image, unedited, in its original size. It looks fine on the screen, but note the zoom level. What you see on the screen is NOT the picture’s full size.
Edit your image There are many useful & fun things you can do with your images in FotoFlexer. We will focus on resizing.
Resizing NOTE: Always leave the ―Keep Proportions‖ box checked, or your photo will come out too long, or too tall, etc.When you click the Resize button, you will get a new set of―tools‖ to work with.This is where you will adjust the size of the image. The numbersshown are the current number of pixels making up the photo.By changing these numbers, you change the size of the image.
1) Adjust. 2) Apply. Adjust size When you (number of are done, pixels) here. click Apply.After choosing a new size for your photo by entering newnumbers in the box(es), or selecting one of the ―Preset Sizes‖from the pull-down menu, click the Apply button. Note thatusing the preset sizes may distort the proportions of your image.You will then be returned to the original tool bar.
Note: now the image is at 100% on the screen.When you are back at the main screen, and satisfied with yourimage, click Save at the top FotoFlexer bar.This will save the image to YOUR COMPUTER, not to FotoFlexer,or anywhere online.
Save Leave the Format set to JPG,and click the Save To My Computer button.
Give your photo a new, recognizable name & type it in the Filename box. DO NOT use the same name as the original. Click Save Now.
Browse to the location where you would like to save your newly edited image, and click Save.
YOU DID IT! QuitThat’s all there is to it! You now have an image that looks good, buttakes up less space when inserted into your software.When you are done working in FotoFlexer, click Quit at the top. Youwill exit the FotoFlexer website, and none of your personal data orimages will be left behind online.
Now what?Add images to your familyhistory software Family Tree Maker’s ―Media‖ screen. If all your images areproperly sized, your software will run faster and better with less data to process.
What can your software dowith those images? Make your family history come to life with photos! Support your facts with images of documents!
REMINDERS! ALWAYS save your ORIGINAL images—the ones straight out of the camera, or scanner. Save them in a SEPARATE folder in your computer, NOT within your genealogical software. Make COPIES of your images to edit and work with. If you don’t like the results, you still have your original to copy again and start over. Use the smaller file, edited, images in your software, to email to friends & family, or to use on various websites. ALWAYS BACK UP ALL YOUR INFORMATION! Back up your ORIGINAL images. Store them on CDs, DVDs, or an external hard drive or flash drive – AWAY from your computer. ALWAYS BACK UP ALL YOUR INFORMATION! ALWAYS BACK UP ALL YOUR INFORMATION!
Glossary Data – electronic information which makes up a computer file. Anything in your computer, text files, photos, documents, etc., are all made up of data. Digital Image – an image that is stored on your computer or other digital device, a digital image is usually created by taking a picture with a digital camera, or scanning a photograph or document. File size – items stored on your computer take up varying amounts of space. Text files are very small. Photo files can be quite large, and take up lots of space in your computer. Smaller files (like digital images) used in software (like your genealogy software), allow the software to run faster and back up easier. Simply storing items with large file sizes is fine. Format – in terms of digital images, there are different formats in which they may be saved. This is the way the computer uses the data to create, or render, an image. JPG (pronounced J-Peg) is a common and favored way to store digital images. Using the JPG format allows for shrinking the file size while maintaining the visual quality of the image.
Glossary FotoFlexer – http://www.fotoflexer.com is an online digital photo editor. The website is free to use, and you do not need to register for an account, or give the website any personal information. The photos you work with in FotoFlexer are not saved on the website, or anywhere online. This protects your privacy. You do have the option of signing up for a free account to store image files there if you wish. There are many other free sites which are similar. See list of websites following this Glossary. Image File – a digital item stored in your computer which is a picture of something. It could be a photograph, or a scanned image of a document like a Census page, etc. JPG – a type of format for digital images. JPG (pronounced J-Peg) is a favorite, highly used format, as it allows for manipulation of an image creating a small, workable file which retains much of the original’s quality. Kilobytes (kB)– a unit of digital measurement describing your file size. A digital image which has a size listed in kilobytes will be easier to work with. A byte is a piece of data in your file. 1 kilobyte (KB) = 1000 bytes. (See also Megabytes.)
Glossary Megabytes – a larger unit of digital measurement describing your file size. Digital images with sizes in the megabyte range will slow down your software, and create huge, cumbersome back up files. 1 megabyte (MB) = 1000 kilobytes (kB). Megapixel – digital images are composed of pixels, a tiny dot, or square of data (i.e. color), which make up the image. 1 pixel = one million megapixels. The more megapixels you have in an image, the better the resolution, but the larger the file size. Pixel – see Megapixel, above. Pixelated – the name for the effect when an image has too few pixels for good resolution. The image will look blurry, or boxy. Resize – changing the number of pixels in a digital image, usually to make the file size smaller, and thusly easier to use in software, etc. Resolution – the amount of detail seen in a digital image. Resolution is determined by the number of pixels in the image, and suggested numbers of pixels to result in a particular resolution depends on your use of the image. An image inserted into a piece of software, like Family Tree Maker, requires less resolution than an image like a photo being printed.
Glossary Scan – when a physical document or photograph is made digital with a scanner used with a computer. The scanner essentially takes a picture of your item (photos, documents, etc.). Upload – transferring a file from your computer, flash drive, CD, etc., into a piece of software like FotoFlexer or Family Tree Maker. Zoom Level – the way an image looks on a computer screen may not be its actual size. Zooming out makes the image look smaller, zooming in makes it look bigger. If you zoom in far enough, you may get to the pixel level to see the squares composing the image.Other image editing websites –There are many other websites which work in a similar manner asFotoFlexer. Try some of these & find a favorite!• http://ipiccy.com/• http://pixlr.com/• http://drpic.com/• http://www.picmonkey.com/• http://www.befunky.com/
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