Since I got Lizzie a easel for Christmas, she has no excuse but to paint. She was working on a painting that she has been working on for a few months, when she decided she was going to paint over it and start it over again. I remember one painting she actually painted over four times before she settled on a finished product.
Since she was going to paint over it, I asked her if I could work on it. She said sure. So I did a little outlining in black, then made a black and white of my jowling picture, cropped and cut it out and pasted the picture onto the fat lady. After seeing the additions I made to her painting, Lizzie decided she would keep the picture(for now).
To create a Jowling picture of your own, see the original Jowling post on Digital Point Photography.
The Library of Congress is doing a pilot program with Flickr, which is called The Commons, and involves having Flickr users go through over 3000 photos from the Library of and tag and make comments. The photos have a unique copyright called “no known copyright restrictions.”
Got some time? Go check out the Library photos, and add some tags,notes, and comments.
One of the Flickr groups that I belong to, Landscape and Seascape (Com. 2, Invite 1), is having a Favorite LandscapePicture contest and this Pic entitled “7449 Reflecting On a River-Scape” would be my current favorite. With the bright colors it just seems like such a festive picture.
Stop by the group to see some really beautiful landscape pictures. Got a picture to add, join the group, comment on two and invite one picture to the group.
To use the service while using Flickr, you must be signed it to your Flickr account, and then when viewing your photos, click the edit button at the top of one of your photos. You are then taken to Picnik where you see all the editing options that are available to you from a Picnik’s free account.
Its a pretty simple interface that includes such options as cropping, red eye reduction, color adjustments and more. There are plenty of advanced features available as well, but many more features can be obtained by upgrading your free account for a little less than 25 bucks a year. For someone who does not want to make the purchase of Photoshop, this might be an awesome tool to use for editing of photos. I will probably continue to use Photoshop, but I can also see myself using Picnik while using Flickr.
Also, while surfing the net, there is a Firefox addon, that lets you edit graphics online through the use of your right click menu. There is also an extension for IE if that is your browser of choice. Here is the Picnik tools page for a list of available photo editing tools .
In addition to Flickr, Picnik can also be used with Facebook, PhotoBucket, Picasa, and Webshots, and it’s API is available for others to use and develop for other applications.
What do You Think?
This is the first Internet based Photo Editing site that I have used or reviewed for that matter. While doing the review I was exposed to several other sites. Does anyone have any experience with any other photo editing sites? What do you think about PicniK?
Here is a basic easy tip for cropping with Photoshop. Many times in the past all I would do to crop out a piece of a picture would be to click on the crop tool, click on the picture and drag the cursor so that the crop box would include everything or nearly everything I wanted cropped. Often times though this is not very accurate.
An Easy Cropping Solution.
Lizzie showed me how to use the guidelines sometime ago, and since I discovered them, I have used them almost every time I want to crop.
In order to use guidelines you need to have the rulers on. Go to the view tab and click “Rulers” or just use the shortcut “CTR R” which will enable the rulers.
Grab The Guidelines
Next put your cursor in the ruler at the top or side, click and drag the ruler over to the edge of part of the picture you want to crop. Do it again to create the other side of the crop box. Then grab the opposite ruler and do the other two sides. Now that you have the area defined, click either the rectangular marquee or the elliptical marquee tool. Click at the top of your area marked off by the guidelines and drag down until the entire area for the rectangular marquee is selected or until the elliptical crop selection fills the box. The crop tool will use the guidelines, so your cropping selection will be much more accurate.
Release the cursor then CTRL X or CTRL C > CTRL N >CTRL V. Then go to the Layer tab at the top of the screen, select “flatten image”. Then you can save the cropped pic as a new pic and you are ready to use your cropped picture.
What Tips Do You Have?
I hope this little tip is something you can use. If you have some other Photoshop tips for me, please leave a comment as I am eager to learn new Photoshop tips. This can include links to Photoshop tutorials you may have done.