photo-shopping with photoscape.

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Hi Everyone! This week, I will have the privilege of guest posting over at The Hollie Rogue, hosted by an amazing lady named Andi. In an effort not to give her a novel-long post, I’m hosting the same content I’ll be giving her, plus some. So…if you’re visiting this post from Andi’s Photo Friday Linkup, be sure so scroll down and check out the rest of the tutorial. And don’t forget to check out some of my features: Photography Challenges, Love…on a Tuesday, and Barefoot Passion.
Thanks for coming by! 
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I’m here today to share something called Photoscape with you.
It is this really amazing, free to download, wonderful, beautiful photo-editing software.
I use it to edit every single photo that you’ll find on Covered in Grace.
It has the most features that I’ve found in any free photo-editing software out there and its ease of use is fantastic.
Once you download and install it, you’ll open it up and see the home screen.

Four of the most important tools are:
1. Editor- which lets you shop your images individually
2. Batch Editor- which lets you shop groups, or batches, of photos at the same time, with the same edits
3. Page (i.e. collage-maker)- which lets you make amazing, beautiful collages (also good for scrap-booking)
4. Combine- which lets you splice together images
First up…Editor.
This is the feature I find myself using the most.

There is so much to do inside editor.
Once you find the photo you want to edit, I would highly recommend that you re-size your image before doing anything else. It will save you a lot of re-dos later on. Trust me, I found out the hard way.
Here, you can adjust your lighting, brightness/contrast, color/hues, and add things like borders, filters, objects (think bling, arrows words, etc.) watermarks (which I’ll show you in “batch editor”), and so much more.
*Helpful Hint* When you’ve taken a photo with less than desirable lighting, just click the little “Backlight” button. You can enhance the image with so little effort this way and totally fake natural light.

Filters!
This is where all the real goodies are!
You can add vignetting, textures, fine art filters, noise reduction, Fake-tilt Shift, region out of focus, film effects (one of my favorites, and go-tos) and tons more. Yes, “Filters” is where all the fun is.
And the good thing about it…if you don’t like it, just hit the Undo button.

Next up…Batch Editor.
This is the feature that allows you to do everything that regular editor does, but to groups of photos all at once.

First you’ll need to decide which photos you want to shop. Just drag and drop your images in the batch list.
*Helpful Hint* I have found that it’s easiest to edit batches of photos that have the same orientation, i.e. either all landscape or all portrait-style images. This also helps prevent those pesky re-dos I was talking about earlier.
Once you’ve got your photos looking the way you want them to via filters, brightness, coloring, etc., you might want to add a watermark.
I think it’s a good idea. You can use images, logos, or text. Let’s use some text right now.

To add your watermark, you’ll need to click the “Object” tab and check the box on one of the text options. The batch editor gives you 4 different options to create text/watermarks. A nifty little plus about this is that Photoscape saves those “creations” and keeps them loaded in batch editor until you change them again. (It provides the same features for photo-objects.)
So…after you’ve checked that little box, you can type in the text you want to use and then click the tiny little edit button {pictured above}. Once you’re in the text/watermark editor {left} you can change your font, color, orientation, add shadows, outlines and adjust opacity.
The opacity function is a good one. I generally use a white font and reduce the opacity as far as the slider will let me.
*Note* when you are in Editor, to add text/watermarks you will need to click the “object tab” (located above the borders) and click the text, or T, button. That will bring up the same text/watermark editor.

Don’t forget to add a border to your images.
My go-to borders are the “Cali” borders {pictured above} and the rounded edges {which you’ll see on most of the images in my blog}.
After you’re done editing, and you like the way all the photos are looking (you can make sure of this by clicking through each photo in the batch list), click the “Convert All” button and save the images all at once.
Easy Peasy.
Collages are next!

“Page” is a really useful and fun feature in Photoscape. They are super attractive on your blog, save you upload time and space and give you a little something different to add in when you’re feeling like you’re in a bit of a posting slump. They’re a great way to share all the photos that you want to share. All you have to do is choose your layout and drag and drop your images into place. +plus+ This tool is really great for scrapbooking pages.
In the pages tab, the first thing you’ll want to do is select your layout. There are quite a few to choose from. 
Next, I would suggest setting your collage’s size. Click the little acorn to pick the dimensions of your page. 
Then…just drag and drop the photos into the slots. Easy. 
And…if you don’t like where the photo lands, just “right-click-delete photo” or simply drag and drop another right over it. 
*For those you who are curious… that bronze thingy is a torpedo that was used during the bombings of Pearl Harbor; it now sits along one of the memorial walks at the USS Arizona Memorial attraction in Oahu. And that white bridge/lookout is the USS Utah Memorial. There are still dozens of men entombed there in the capsized ship. =( 

After you get all of the pictures placed and adjust how you’d like them to be, you can play around with the images’ borders. If you want to add borders to each individual photo (like I have pictured here) then you must do so in the Page screen. I chose to simply use the “round” function for this collage (circled above). Another helpful tool (also circled) is the “margin” function. You can adjust how much space is visible between each image. 
In the Page screen, you can also apply a limited number of Filters (shown in the pop out box). 
But if you want more you can take the collage out to the Editor…by simply clicking Edit. 
If you are happy with your collage so far, then you can simply save it at this time. 
If you are like me, you’ll want to edit your collage even more. 
It is important to remember that once your collage is in Editor, all edits will be applied to the page as if it were a single photo. If you find that you would like to make some more changes to your collage on the “individual photo” level, then simply click the Page tab and continue working on it…it will still be there. 
As you can see, I’ve added a border to my page and some text. 
You can do anything you like.
There are so many possibilities! 

Finally…Combine.
I use the combine feature all the time. This one simply splices your photos together. It’s really useful for all the same reasons the page function is useful.

The initial process in Combine is basically the same as in Page. Choose your layout, then drag and drop your photos into the work space. The options are much more limited, though. You can adjust the margins, borders, and size of your individual photos in the “strip” that you make. That’s about it..but never fear, you can take it out to Editor later.

Re-sizing is easy in Combine. You have a few options. First, there is a drop down menu that lets you set a reference size, among other things. Pictured above, you’ll see where I set the reference size in width via that drop down menu. And if you don’t feel like using that, you can always just use the slider below the drop down.
Be sure to adjust the size and add borders to your strip (if you want them to appear on each individual photo, like in the example above.) When you’ve got those things looking the way you wan them to, either save it or take it out to Editor.

Once in Editor, do your thing! 
You are a pro at this by now. =) 
Use the filters, add the text, adjust the color and brightness…all the fun stuff. 
What I want to point out here, what you see pictured above, is sort of new. 
When I opened up Photoscape to work on this today, it prompted me to update my software. So I did. 
And there were a couple of things that were “rearranged.” No worries though. Now the insert clipart function is separate from the insert picture function. It actually makes it easier. 
Finally, when you love the way your photo strip looks, save that sucker!  

DONE!

Ok, well if you are still with me after ALL of that, I thank you for your time!
And want to thank Andi again for having me on her blog!
It was a pleasure.

You really will love Photoscape. Especially since it’s free!

Go ahead and download it now!
You know you want to! 

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Brooke

Brooke is a native-Texan who’s been transplanted all over the world. As a veteran-military-wife, creative writer, young mother, & spiritual thinker, she hopes to inspire & relate to the hearts & minds of her blogging communities via her writing & experience.

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9 Comments on photo-shopping with photoscape.

  1. Jyoti Mishra
    March 2, 2012 at 6:38 am (5 years ago)

    some cool stuff here :)

    • Brooke @ Covered in Grace
      March 3, 2012 at 3:58 am (5 years ago)

      Jyoti! =) Always love to hear from you! Hope you are doing good!

  2. Megan10e
    June 4, 2012 at 4:19 am (5 years ago)

    I just found this, and I’m so glad I did! I’ve been using Photoscape but I didn’t know about all the cool things I could be doing with it! Thanks Brooke!!

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  4. Nicole
    August 27, 2012 at 1:13 am (5 years ago)

    I use photoscape for all of my edits!