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Other operating systems, such as Mac OS X, offer fewer shell-based digital photo management features than does Windows, but Mac users have come to love the iPhoto digital photo management application and on Windows, applications such as Google's Picasa have proven hugely popular with users. For this reason, Microsoft stepped away from the task-centric user interfaces it developed for Windows XP and instead created the iPhoto-like Windows Photo Gallery application for Windows Vista.
If you've ever vacationed in a scenic spot, you've probably engaged in an age-old ritual that's common to so many with a camera you take a series of panoramic shots, moving from one side to the other, as you pan around to take in the entire view. The problem is, when you get home and copy those pictures to the computer, they're all disjointed, and it's not clear that they fit together at all. High-end photography tools like Photoshop have offered a way to stitch these photos back together again into a single very widescreen shot. And now Windows Live Photo Gallery offers this functionality as well.
Although the basic editing features in Photo Gallery should satisfy many people's needs, there are many other photo editing solutions out there, and you may want to use them to edit photos instead. A number of alternatives are available, including desktop applications like Adobe Photoshop Elements and Google Picasa, and you can access them directly from within Photo Gallery, which is pretty handy. The key to doing so is the Open button on the Photo Gallery toolbar. If you don't have any third-party photo-editing applications installed, you will see Paint, Windows Live Photo Gallery, and Windows Photo Viewer listed in the resulting drop-down menu when you click this button. But if you installed a third-party application, it should appear in the list as well, as shown in Figure 12-57. This way, you can edit a photo in the application you like the most, while still using Photo Gallery's excellent management capabilities to perform other photo-related tasks. Figure 12-57 You're not stuck...
Most of the programs installed on your computer have a link on the Start menu. You can start a program by clicking its link or by opening a file of a type that is associated with the program. For example, if Windows Photo Viewer is your default image viewer, double-clicking an image file in Windows Explorer starts Windows Photo Viewer and then displays the graphic . If you are more likely to want to work with digital photographs in an image-editing program, you can instruct Windows to open any file with a .jpg extension in that program when you double-click it . Another way to save clicks and keystrokes, and therefore save time, is to have Windows start programs for you when you log on to Windows 7. You can easily use techniques like these to make working with programs more efficient
When you install productivity applications, such as Microsoft Word or Adobe Photoshop, the installation process may configure your computer so that certain types of files automatically open in the application when you click or double-click them in Windows Explorer. The installation process may also configure your computer so that when you insert media containing music, video, or pictures, the media is opened and played automatically using a particular application.
Windows 7 by default includes only the most basic tools for working with digital photos. Windows Photo Viewer allows you to import pictures from a digital camera, view them in a resizable window, play a basic slide show, attach a picture to an e-mail message, and burn pictures to a data CD or DVD. For more advanced tasks, such as editing and cropping a photo or removing red-eye from flash photos of people, you need to install a more advanced program . If you don't have a preferred third-party alternative, we strongly encourage you to download and install Windows Live Photo Gallery, which we describe in more detail in Using Windows Live Photo Gallery on page 251.
To start the Windows Pictures Library with your scanner, push the Scan button on your scanner. This will open the new Windows Fax and Scan application (see Figure 10.2). You may also use the image acquisition feature from within your favorite photo editor or paint program. Image acquisition is located in the File menu of most applications. When the wizard starts, follow this procedure to scan your pictures
On a clean install of Windows 7, scanned images are edited by Windows Photo Gallery by default. To edit a scanned image, click Start, Documents, Scanned Documents. Right-click the image and select Edit to open it with the default photo editor. To choose a different photo editor, select the image you want to edit, and right-click Open With Choose your preferred image editor from the context menu, or click Choose Default Program to select a different program from those listed. If you edit the image with a program that supports other image file formats, such as Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Photoshop Elements, make sure you save the edited image as a JPEG, TIFF, BMP, or PNG file if you want to be able to use it in Windows Fax and Scan.
Text, adding to clips, 194-195 transitions, 194 Microsoft Windows Live Photo Editor, 170 Page Setup command, 99, 168 Paint, 169-170 Paste command, 45, 115 Personalization window, 13 Personalize Windows link, 10 phishing, 105-106 Photo Editor, Windows Live, 170 text, adding to clips, 194-195 transitions, 194 Windows Live Photo Editor, 170 Windows Live Photo Gallery,
Defining an acceptable level of performance is strictly a matter of personal preference. Some tasks, such as rendering 3D graphics or encoding video files, demand a lot from the CPU and the graphics processing unit and will benefit greatly from a more muscular processor and display adapter. For most everyday activities, including web browsing, sending and receiving e-mail, and creating standard business documents, the speed of the CPU is less critical . If you have a fast hard disk with ample free space and at least 1 GB of memory, you should have no trouble keeping multiple applications running smoothly. If you use large, memory-intensive programs such as Adobe Photoshop, 2 GB of RAM should be considered a bare minimum .
Note that all fonts except some raster fonts (see the following Tip) are scalable to any size needed. Technically, the OpenType and TrueType fonts installed on a Windows system are font outlines Windows scales the font outline as needed for display and for printing. Although you can content yourself with picking a standard font size from a menu in Microsoft Word, CorelDraw, or Adobe Photoshop, you can enter any size you want in the Font menu or dialog box for a TrueType or OpenType font. If you need a 131.76 point font, you've got it And, you can see it onscreen.
The Color Management dialog is designed to help you configure your displays, printers, and scanners to produce more accurate color. Color Management helps your display and printer to produce matching colors and photo editing programs to create or edit images that are optimized for web, print, or display purposes.
When you double-click an image in Photo Gallery, the application switches into a viewer mode, which is what you see when you open image files directly from the Windows shell. In this view, you'll often want to click the Fix button to display the application's image editing functions. This is a big change from Windows XP, which didn't typically offer much in the way of editing functionality beyond the very basic facilities of Windows Paint. Windows Live Photo Gallery is also a big improvement over the Windows Photo Gallery application with which Vista users are familiar. When you preview an image and then click the Fix button in Photo Gallery, the display changes by replacing the Info pane with the Edit pane, providing a list of image editing features, as shown in Figure 12-48. Figure 12-48 The editing features in Windows Live Photo Gallery enable you to perform several popular photo editing tasks. Figure 12-48 The editing features in Windows Live Photo Gallery enable you to perform...
Steve Johnson has written more than 45 books on a variety of computer software, including Adobe Photoshop CS4 and CS3, Adobe Flash CS4 and CS3, Dreamweaver CS4 and CS3, Adobe InDesign CS4, Adobe Illustrator CS4, Microsoft Office 2007 and 2003, Microsoft Windows Vista and XP, Microsoft Expression Web 2, Microsoft Office 2008 for the Macintosh, and Apple Mac OS X Snow Leopard. In 1991, after working for Apple Computer and Microsoft, Steve founded Perspection, Inc., which writes and produces software training. When he is not staying up late writing, he enjoys playing golf, gardening, and spending time with his wife, Holly, and three children, JP, Brett, and Hannah. Steve and his family live in Pleasanton, California, but can also be found visiting family all over the western United States.
Learn Photoshop Now
This first volume will guide you through the basics of Photoshop. Well start at the beginning and slowly be working our way through to the more advanced stuff but dont worry its all aimed at the total newbie.