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How to Edit a Photo for Better Quality


Let’s face it. Thanks to our cell phones and digital cameras, we’re all taking more pictures than we ever had before.

Irrespective of how good you feel about a photo that you’ve just taken, know that it can always be improved for better appearance. Probably everyone would want their face to appear in a photo. Enhancement of the picture can be done using some editing tools and techniques.

If you use your photographs for professional purposes, then that is the more reason why you need them edited before sharing with others. While this is an important step, many tend to overlook it.

Editing varies from mere Filtering

Now that we are on the same page on the importance of photo editing, the next step would be clarification on what you professional editing is, not to confuse it with the standard filters on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

While some filters are great combinations of the things that you would do in an appropriate photo editor – brightness, contrast, saturation – they may also additive processes that end up negatively affecting the quality of the image by overdoing things. The effects they create are often common, not achieving as much as you would if you handled the adjustments yourself.

Get a Photo-Editing Tool

You can find a powerful photo editor online that professionals, as well as photo-editing enthusiasts, use to enhance their images. An editing app can be either be downloaded or launched online. While some are for sale, there are numerous free versions online that you can go for. Once you have the editing software open on your computer, you can go ahead to open the image the image you would like to edit.  Keep a copy of it in a separate location to allow you a second shot at the editing process just in case you destroy the copy that you’re currently working with.

Editing the Photo

The first thing to consider is resizing of the image. Large files tend to be slow in loading as well as sharing with other devices. If your image is large, you may need to reduce its size. The number of pixels determines the size. In the editing software, you’ll find options that allow you to resize your photo. The next step would be to crop the image to allow for easy removal some of the unwanted portions of the photo. Reduce the noise in the picture to the desired level. Noise removal should gradual in smaller bits as opposed to a one-off process. Retouch some of the areas of fine detail. Refine the color and contrast of the image. Conduct further fine-tuning of the image with the different tools available on the editing app. You may conclude the process by adding some effects to the image.

Save the Image

Once you’re done editing the photo, save it in your desired folder. While doing this, you may be prompted to choose the quality you wish. You can opt for higher quality that will retain more data, ensuring a perfect picture. The choice of a name for your file is at your discretion.

There may be slight variations in the photo-editing process for different software. However, they tend to follow a general procedure. Most of the software will also provide a guideline on how to use them.