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Image Editing — Word, Photoscape, Gimp

August 15, 2019

Word: While there are many different applications
to edit images, some things can be done directly on Word. By going to the “Format” tab and going through
options such as brightness, contrast, recolour, and borders, you can change the way an image
looks. You can crop an image by selecting it and
clicking the crop button (before dragging the arrows). In order to wrap text around an image, right
click on it, hover over “text wrapping” and select either “tight” or “square”. You can resize an image either by dragging
the corners or by right clicking and selecting “size”. Aspect ratio ensures that the length-bredth
ratio remains the same. When you untick it, you can change one (length/bredth)
more than the other. To rotate an image, either use the green dot
above it, or right click and select “format picture”. Go to 3D rotation and change the angle labeled
“Z”. In order to reflect an image horizontally
or vertically, right click, select “format picture” and go to “3D rotation” before changing
the angle at “X” or “Y”. Changing it at “X” will make it reflect vertically
and changing it at “Y” will reflect it horizontally. Photoscape: Photoscape can be used to edit an image in
more detail than word. Changing the frame will add a border and an
image’s size can be changed with the “resize” option. Again, locking the aspect ratio will make
sure that the length-bredth ratio doesn’t change. Selecting the “Bright, Color” option will
open a menu where you can change the depth, brightness, and darkness of images along with
other options related to its coloring. “Exposure” will make the image appear as though
there is more backlight, while “contrast” will affect how much light and dark colours
contrast. “Saturation” will change how vivid the colours
are while “hue” will change the picture’s shading entirely. The “sharpen” option enhances edges and shadows. The “crop” tab will allow you to crop the image according to what shape
and size you want to crop it into. While saving an image, changing the percentage
of “JPEG Quality” will change the quality of the image. Gimp: While it is easy to edit single images on
Word and Photoscape, Gimp makes it easy to edit multiple images together using layers
(the bar on the right). Inside the toolbox (the bar on the left),
there are various tools such as the resizing tool. You can open images on top of the other by
going to “File” and selecting “Open as layers”. The images appear as layers on the right. The lasso tool allows a particular part of
the image to be selected either by connecting lines, or by drawing freehand. When you go to “Select” and click “Invert”,
everything other than what is boxed becomes selected (i.e. everything but the noodles). Before deleting a part of an image, it’s important
to right click on the layer and select “Add Alpha Channel” so that the image behind it
is visible after deleting. You can move layers with the move tool. When you have layers, the blur tool and the
smudge tool are useful to ensure that the layers blend and it isn’t obvious that they
are seperate pictures. Both a rotate tool and a scale tool to change
the picture’s size are also present in the toolbox. The pen tool allows everything in an image
of the same color to be selected. (Delete things with the delete button on your
keyboard). While blending pictures together, it helps
to merge (combine) the layers by either right clicking on the layer and selecting “merge
down” or right clicking on the main picture and selecting “flatten image”. This is so that the smudge and blur tools
will affect all the pictures–not just one. The text tool creates new text layers where
you can change its size, colour, weight, and font. The fonts available are fonts that are installed
on your PC–not ones from Microsoft or the Internet. One last thing (that I’m mentioning) that
you can do on Gimp is use the gradient tool. To do this, a plain black or white image must
be opened as a layer on top of all other layers. By going to “Colors” and selecting “Colorize”,
you can change the color of the image. After this, you have to right click on the
layer and select “Add layer mask” before clicking “Layer’s alpha channel” At this point, you can simply use the gradient
tool to make a gradient. Thank you.

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