Resizing and Cropping photos

imageTaking a photo is only part of the process of creating a memorable image. Images can be ruined by a person walking in the background, or a car entering the frame just as you click the button. While cropping cannot help you in all situations, it may make your photo more appealing.

A prime example of a brilliant photo is shown to our right. This is a photo of the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa, located in Dubai, being struck by lightning!

As a larger sized image, this view of the tower works well, but as a smaller image, the effect is lost on the viewer. Further more, if you notice the top left and right hand corners have a large black area that needs to be removed.

Resizing

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Open the folder containing the image. Right click the image, scroll down to “Open With” and a new scroll down window will appear to the left or right. Left click on “Microsoft Office Picture Manager”

This will open the photo in Microsoft Office Picture Manager (MOPM). On the Toolbar at the top, you will find a button called “Edit Picture”. Click on this button and a sidebar will appear on the right hand side of your screen.

The second last option in the Edit Picture sidebar is “Resize”. Left click on the words “Resize”. You are now presented with four different options. The easiest and most convenient to use it the last option called “Percentage of original width x height”. Left click in the tick box. 100 will appear in the box. For our example, we will be making the photo 80% of the current size. Type in 80 and then click “Ok”, which is the last option in the sidebar. Now that you have resized the image, save it and close.

Cropping

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Open the folder containing the image. Right click the image, scroll down to “Open With” and a new scroll down window will appear to the left or right. Left click on “Microsoft Office Picture Manager”

This will open the photo in MOPM. On the Toolbar at the top, you will find a button called “Edit Picture”. Click on this button and a sidebar will appear on the right hand side of your screen.

Left click the third option on the list named “Crop”. A number of border areas will appear around your photo. Drag your mouse over one of the sides, hold down the left click button on your mouse and continue holiding it while you drag the sides inwards on the photo until you have cropped out the part of the photo you do not want. For our example we are attempting to remove the black areas at the top left and right, while bringing the photo closer to the Lightning striking the top of the tower. Repeat the this step until you are happy with your cropping job and click “Ok”. Save and close the document.

Manipulating the color

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Open the folder containing the image. Right click the image, scroll down to “Open With” and a new scroll down window will appear to the left or right. Left click on “Microsoft Office Picture Manager”

This will open the photo in MOPM. On the Toolbar at the top, you will find a button called “Edit Picture”. Click on this button and a sidebar will appear on the right hand side of your screen.

Click on “Brightness and Contrast” in the sidebar. As you can see with our photos above, the lightning is not very detailed as the background is extremely dull and dark. Depending on your photo, fiddle with the Brightness and Contrast controls until you are happy with how your photo looks. In our example, we have increased the brightness by 5, and Contrast by 80.

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There is still more we can do to the photo from this point. Once again click on the “Edit Picture” button at the top to get back to the introduction sidebar menu. Click on the second option down called “Color”

In our changed photo to the right, we have changed the “Amount” to 100, Hue to 2 and Saturation to 5. As you can see it has resulted in a completely different image.



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