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Export the Image from MS Photo Editor

The last step in image editing is determining the appropriate final file format. There are many options, and the one to choose depends on your intended use of the image. If you were a graphics professional and needed to export the file immediately to a magazine document created in Quark Express or other desktop publishing application, you would probably use a non "lossy" format like TIFF or PSD because they preserve all of the original image quality.

More likely, though, you intend to use this image in a web page or a Microsoft Office application. In this case, you essentially have two choices:

JPEG for photographs

GIF for illustrations

Both of the above formats are international standards readable by virtually any application that imports images. They are called "lossy" formats because they utilize compression algorithms that degrade the image quality in order to reduce the file size. For example, the above dolphin photo was originally over 1 mb in size, which transfers egregiously slow over the Internet, especially using a dialup connection. But after editing, it now takes up only 15 kb, which is downright zippy!

Select File / Save As and then choose the appropriate file Type from the pull-down menu. For your photo, choose the JPEG type:

Click the More button and then designate the Quality setting for the file Type format you selected previously. In General, the higher the quality setting, the larger the file size. As a rule of thumb, 60 is a good compromise between size and quality:


Optimise image file sizes using Microsoft Photo Editor

Certain images can take more compression than others depending on the complexity of the image.

When saving an image in Photo Editor select the button named More >>

This will open another window as shown below.

You have the choice to Convert to: True Color [24 bit] or Grey Scale 8 bit (black and white only).

For jpegs only use the sliding scale at the bottom of the window to choose between quality and file size. You may need to experiment a few times in order strike a good balance. If a photograph file has been compressed too much it will appear broken up and very flat.


Iphoto is great photo editing software

iphoto is a great app, I just wasn't happy with it when I started shooting RAW. Canon Digital Photo Professional is also really good (free with a canon dslr!). I also played around with a bibble trial, not too impressed mind you, and it costs $70 in full. At the moment I am using Adobe lightroom beta, it is the best so far. But I dread to think how much it is going to cost when it comes out in full. These are all great apps for managing your photos.

When it comes to free image manipulation/editing. The Gimp or Gimpshop is the way to go. These are both free and have nearly everything that the industry standard Photoshop has, though the UI is a little bit difficult to get used to.

Have a go try all the software out, most of them have free trials. Decide which one you like best and get stuck in!!!


Using MS Photo Editor to Crop an Image

Open Microsoft Photo Editor

From the File menu (or open icon), choose Open. Navigate to where you have your photos or images stored. Click on the one you want to open.

Select the SELECT tool from the Toolbar

Click and drag to draw a selection rectange around the image you want to keep.

From the Image menu, choose CROP

Select either rectangle or oval

You can also select whether to round corners

When you have made the selections you need, click OK.

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