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38 | www.probussouthpacific.org TECH GUiDE 38 | www.probussouthpacific.org In with the new T he digital age is upon us, with the days of taking a roll of film down to your local camera store to be developed long gone. Digital photography allows you to customise the look and feel of every photo you take, all from the comfort of your own home. Microsoft Office Picture Manager has come packaged with Microsoft Office Suite since 2003, and is the most commonly pre-installed software program for simple photo editing. If your personal computer does not have this program, your local library will most likely have it installed. So let’s walk through two of the most popular ways of manipulating photos using this program. Cropping The most important tool in digital editing is the ‘Crop’ tool. The high resolution and large size of most digital photos allows users to improve images by removing distracting parts of the photo and focusing on the main points of interest. 1. Open your photo in Microsoft Office Picture Manager 2. To open up the ‘Crop’ tool, go to the menu at the top, left click with your mouse on ‘Picture’. From the drop- down menu, left click on ‘Crop’. 3. You will now see that eight ‘Crop handles’ have appeared around the photo. Left click the handle closest to the area you wish to remove and continue holding down the left click button. Now slowly move your cursor to the edge of the area you wish removed and let go. 4. To confirm you are happy with this edit, click the ‘OK’ button on the far right hand side of the screen. Until you do this, your picture will remain in its original format. 5. Once you have successfully cropped the image, in the toolbar at the top left of your screen, left click on ‘File’ and then from the drop- down menu, left click ‘Save’. Removing ‘red eye’ Many great shots have been spoilt by the subjects’ red eyes. These are caused by light flashing off the retina at the back of the eyeball of the person who is looking directly at the camera. To prevent them, ask the person to look slightly away from the camera. If you wish to fix a photo taken earlier, most editing programs now have red eye removal. 1. Open your photo in Microsoft Office Picture Manager. 2. To open the red-eye removal tool, in the menu at the top, left click with your mouse on ‘Picture’. From the drop-down menu, left click on ‘Red Eye Removal’. 3. Holding down the left mouse- button, move your mouse cursor over the red area on each eye of the subject, one eye at a time, to select the red areas. 4. Now click the ‘OK’ button on the far right hand side of the screen. The red parts of the selected area should turn black. 5. Once you have altered the image, in the toolbar at the top left of your screen, left click on ‘File’ and then from the drop-down menu, left click You’ve thrown out the old film camera and bought a digital one, so now it’s time to learn how to get the most from your digital photography. By Drew Patchell
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