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Effective cropping and straightening

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Video: Effective cropping and straightening

Now, I think everyone has cropped an image, but this is called effective cropping. And I think by adding the word effective to creative process, you begin to think about where you want the eye to go and what you want the photograph to say. So, we're going to experiment with that in the next couple minutes. In the previous movie, we added some more contrast. We began to think in black and white. You can see here that there is really no rules but the tools allow you to play very creatively.

Effective cropping and straightening

Now, I think everyone has cropped an image, but this is called effective cropping. And I think by adding the word effective to creative process, you begin to think about where you want the eye to go and what you want the photograph to say. So, we're going to experiment with that in the next couple minutes. In the previous movie, we added some more contrast. We began to think in black and white. You can see here that there is really no rules but the tools allow you to play very creatively.

So, just by using the Straightening tool, I'm essentially cropping, aren't I? Let's move on to another example. Now a horizon line, by straightening the image, does it make it more interesting or less interesting? It's really up to you. In some regards, tilting the image might be more interesting. It might give it more energy. It might give it more of an effect, an emotion. So, use the Straightening tool to even bend or break the rules a little bit.

And do the same thing with the Crop tool. What is going to make this a more effective image? Well, immediately, I'm kind of drawn in by this format. This is something that's presented to me by the automatic cropping tool. This is a nice start. Something that starts with a little bit of energy is reinforced with this type of aspect ratio. I may like this a little bit more. In fact, I might like it combined with a little bit more highlights in there to give it a little bit more contrast.

Let's move on. Horizon line, most everyone thinks, oh, that needs to be straight across. Well sure, you can use the Straightening tool to straighten a horizon. But does that make it a more interesting composition? It's right in the center. We're combining the rotation in the Straightening tool with cropping. You start to get something you didn't have before. If we preview that we may have something very interesting. If we extend it a little bit more, we've something that we didn't have before.

So, in this respect, I have something that's more focused on the city. If I re-crop this in a completely different way by clicking Undo Crop, I can start over and completely enjoy a different composition here. So, this one is going to be focused on the sky. And very quickly I'm going to go into the Graduated Tint and I'm going to emphasize the Feather and the Shade. I'm going to make this much more interesting. I'm going to go into the Effects and then make this a Glow and then I'm going to go into the Tuning palette and it combined all the tools that we had before.

Let's say you wanted a version with the sky and you wanted a version with the city. Well, let's go into the Tools palette. I want to a little retouch here. That's too big of a brush. I'm going to give it a little tiny-- We're going to take out this little blemish, there. It's gone. That's a good use of the Retouch tool. Now I've got this version. Well, I want to also have a version of the city. Well, let's do this. Let's go ahead and export this image. Let's create a copy and I'm going to call this my city_crop.

Now I'm going to use the original size, so it doesn't resize it. I'm just going to go ahead and hit OK. It shows me that it's exported it. But let's also see what happens in the Library. Notice down here under Exported Pictures, I've this version called city_crop. Well, that's fantastic! But let me go back to the original edit and let's change it even further. Let's go to our Travels folder and there is that version. Well, this is the one that has all the retouches.

So let's go ahead and undo these retouches. That's going to think about. That's going to undo the tuning. That's going to undo all the little pieces that we had. To quickly do this, you can right- click and Undo All Edits on the image. And again, this is non-destructive. So you can see that I've the original image back. Well, remember that other version here. Let's go and let's really start to play with this again. And to do this, it just gives you a total amount of freedom to be able to play with this image.

And to create varieties of it in a really prolific and interesting way. This one I'm going to think I'm going to do in black and white. I'm going to pull out some of those pieces, bring out the Highlights. Darken the Shadows a little bit. Warm it up just a touch. And I'm going to do something kind of crazy here. I'm going to replicate the fact that I might have a tilt lens, because I want to bring the eye right into this building right here. I think that's pretty interesting.

And then I'm going to go into the sky just a little bit. I'm going to bring down the Shade just a touch. See how that looks. Wonderful. I am going to export this and I'm going to call this city_crop2. Use the original size and export that. So, now I've got two versions of this photograph. I basically can move them into the same thing. I can rename, skip this and it will rename it for me. Let's go ahead and rename it.

Now I have, within city_crop, I've got this really wonderful version. If I hold down the Shift key, I can drag this entire thing back in into the Travels folder, or remember our Organizational tools. We go into our Tags and I'll call this cityscape. I'll add a tag called cityscape. So, when I go back to my Travels, I'll add this guy, add a tag. We'll call this Cityscape. So, if I want to keep track of this, all I've to do is go back to Search for Cityscape.

I've all three of my versions that are easily accessible within my world. Here we're starting to bring all the tools together. We're using Organization, we're using Edit, we're using Export. This is the beginning of the power of Picasa, all working together. Now, it's time to have some of these principles and I want you to take some of these and create different variations and different edits of the same image.

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Picasa 3 Essential Training

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  1. 2m 9s
    1. Welcome
      1m 14s
    2. Using the exercise files
      55s
  2. 6m 39s
    1. What's new in Picasa 3
      3m 2s
    2. Downloading and installing Picasa on the PC
      2m 17s
    3. Downloading and installing Picasa on the Mac
      1m 20s
  3. 34m 3s
    1. Organizational paradigms
      5m 36s
    2. Exploring the interface
      3m 27s
    3. Using the Task tray
      2m 28s
    4. Adding a custom button to the Task tray
      1m 48s
    5. Exploring the Help and Tools pulldown menus
      2m 58s
    6. Importing photos and movies from a camera or card reader
      3m 53s
    7. Searching and archiving your growing library
      5m 24s
    8. Remembering your memories
      6m 17s
    9. Using the new Desktop Photo Viewer
      2m 12s
  4. 29m 23s
    1. Using folders and albums
      4m 0s
    2. Tagging and rating your photos
      6m 58s
    3. Using filters effectively
      2m 51s
    4. Searching for photos
      4m 30s
    5. Deleting, hiding, and removing photos
      2m 46s
    6. Creating and editing a new online album
      5m 37s
    7. Screen captures made easy
      2m 41s
  5. 32m 21s
    1. Using the Basic Fixes palette
      4m 45s
    2. Using the Tuning palette
      1m 59s
    3. Using the Effects palette
      4m 32s
    4. Using the Retouch tool
      1m 32s
    5. Applying red-eye repair
      1m 10s
    6. Flirting with black & white, sepia, and tinting
      2m 55s
    7. Effective cropping and straightening
      6m 32s
    8. Adding captions, text, and watermarks
      3m 8s
    9. Using effects effectively
      3m 39s
    10. Batch-editing for speed
      2m 9s
  6. 1h 15m
    1. Creating and playing a slideshow
      2m 36s
    2. Creating gift CDs
      3m 53s
    3. Uploading photos
      6m 23s
    4. Emailing photos
      4m 50s
    5. Using the Share button to upload and email photos at the same time
      1m 18s
    6. Setting printing controls for local printing
      6m 10s
    7. Exporting photos
      4m 9s
    8. Advanced exporting to HTML galleries and Flash
      3m 19s
    9. Customizing your export templates
      3m 28s
    10. Reordering and customizing your share buttons
      2m 8s
    11. Printing commercially
      1m 57s
    12. Creating a collage
      5m 34s
    13. Creating and editing movies and uploading to YouTube
      6m 56s
    14. Blogging photos quickly using BlogThis!
      2m 43s
    15. Creating a blog post via email
      4m 22s
    16. Sharing via Facebook
      1m 24s
    17. Sharing via Flickr
      2m 9s
    18. Uploading photos to SmugMug
      2m 23s
    19. Posting photos from iPhone to your web album
      1m 39s
    20. Viewing web albums on the iPhone
      1m 8s
    21. Downloading and synchronizing web albums
      5m 7s
    22. Turning a web album into a live RSS feed
      2m 9s
  7. 42m 13s
    1. Getting started
      3m 38s
    2. Creating web albums
      5m 53s
    3. Organizing and reordering albums
      1m 54s
    4. Deleting an album
      1m 0s
    5. Adding locations to albums and images using the Album Map
      1m 56s
    6. Adding captions to albums
      1m 58s
    7. Adding tags in web albums
      1m 46s
    8. Changing General settings
      3m 11s
    9. Changing Email Notification settings
      41s
    10. Changing Privacy and Permissions settings
      5m 39s
    11. Changing Storage settings
      2m 9s
    12. Identifying people in photos using face recognition
      3m 21s
    13. Sharing web albums
      3m 16s
    14. Downloading albums and downloading images
      2m 34s
    15. Creating projects using the Download tab
      2m 5s
    16. Ordering prints
      1m 12s
  8. 17s
    1. Goodbye
      17s

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