Photo editing For Your Family History

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  • 1.Photo Editing For Your Family HistoryHow to use free onlinetools to manage yourfamily photos. By Shelly Longoria, LibrarianPalm Springs Public Library January 5, 2013

2. 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 dont 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. 3. 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. 4. 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. 5. Can you havetoo many pixels?Not enough pixels = pixelatedThis depends on how youwill use the image. Theamount of pixelsdetermines the amount ofdata in the image file, thesize of the file, and thedimensions and visualquality of the image. 6. 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. 7. 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 blockyyour digital camera? Is itor pixelated.adjustable? 8. Why edit images?Image files that are toolarge will bog down yourgenealogical software,making it slow to workwith, as well as creatingClicking & dragging to change HUGE files to store andsize does NOT change the file size,back up. only the appearance. 9. The same or different? Original image straightSame image, edited from the camera. for file size. Original image = 1,597KBEdited image = 65KB (kilobytes) 10. Today we will use to editimages. 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. 11. How ToEdit your image in easy steps 12. Upload your image (step 1)When you click the grey Upload button, it allows you tosearch your computer for the desired image file. 13. Upload your image (step 2) Browse for the image file you want to edit, click on thefile name, then click the Open button. This will open the image in FotoFlexer, where you can start editing. 14. You will see thisToolsZoom levelThis 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 pictures full size. 15. Edit your imageThere are many useful & fun things you can dowith your images in FotoFlexer. We will focus on resizing. 16. 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 oftools 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. 17. 1) Adjust. 2) Apply. Adjust sizeWhen you (number of are done, pixels) Apply.After choosing a new size for your photo by entering newnumbers in the box(es), or selecting one of the Preset Sizesfrom 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. 18. Note: now theimage 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. 19. Save Leave the Format set to JPG,and click the Save To My Computer button. 20. 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. 21. Browse to the location where you would like to save your newly edited image, and click Save. 22. YOU DID IT!QuitThats 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. 23. Now what?Add images to your familyhistory softwareFamily Tree Makers Media screen. If all your images areproperly sized, your software will run faster and better with lessdata to process. 24. What can your software dowith those images?Make your family history come to life with photos! Support your facts with images of documents! 25. REMINDERS! ALWAYS save your ORIGINAL imagesthe ones straight outof the camera, or scanner. Save them in a SEPARATE folder in your computer, NOTwithin your genealogical software. Make COPIES of your images to edit and work with. If you dont like the results, you still have your original tocopy again and start over. Use the smaller file, edited, images in your software, toemail 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 driveor flash drive AWAY from your computer. ALWAYS BACK UP ALL YOUR INFORMATION! ALWAYS BACK UP ALL YOUR INFORMATION! 26. Glossary Data electronic information which makes up a computer file.Anything in your computer, text files, photos, documents, etc., areall made up of data. Digital Image an image that is stored on your computer or otherdigital device, a digital image is usually created by taking apicture with a digital camera, or scanning a photograph ordocument. File size items stored on your computer take up varying amountsof space. Text files are very small. Photo files can be quite large,and take up lots of space in your computer. Smaller files (likedigital images) used in software (like your genealogy software),allow the software to run faster and back up easier. Simply storingitems with large file sizes is fine. Format in terms of digital images, there are different formats inwhich they may be saved. This is the way the computer uses thedata to create, or render, an image. JPG (pronounced J-Peg) is acommon and favored way to store digital images. Using the JPGformat allows for shrinking the file size while maintaining the visualquality of the image. 27. Glossary FotoFlexer is an online digital photoeditor. The website is free to use, and you do not need to registerfor an account, or give the website any personal information. Thephotos you work with in FotoFlexer are not saved on the website,or anywhere online. This protects your privacy. You do have theoption of signing up for a free account to store image files there ifyou wish. There are many other free sites which are similar. See listof websites following this Glossary. Image File a digital item stored in your computer which is apicture of something. It could be a photograph, or a scannedimage 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 animage creating a small, workable file which retains much of theoriginals quality. Kilobytes (kB) a unit of digital measurement describing your filesize. A digital image which has a size listed in kilobytes will beeasier to work with. A byte is a piece of data in your file.1 kilobyte (KB) = 1000 bytes. (See also Megabytes.) 28. Glossary Megabytes a larger unit of digital measurement describing yourfile size. Digital images with sizes in the megabyte range will slowdown 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, orsquare of data (i.e. color), which make up the image. 1 pixel = onemillion 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 fewpixels for good resolution. The image will look blurry, or boxy. Resize changing the number of pixels in a digital image, usually tomake 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, andsuggested numbers of pixels to result in a particular resolutiondepends on your use of the image. An image inserted into a pieceof software, like Family Tree Maker, requires less resolution than animage like a photo being printed. 29. Glossary Scan when a physical document or photograph is made digitalwith a scanner used with a computer. The scanner essentially takesa 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 maynot be its actual size. Zooming out makes the image look smaller,zooming in makes it look bigger. If you zoom in far enough, youmay 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! 30. Thank you! This slideshow may be viewed online at