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If you're like most people these days you have digital photographs. Maybe you took them with a digital camera. Maybe you used a smartphone, or a video camera for that matter. Well it's good to know here in Windows 8.1 we have an app that will help us deal with those type of files. Import them to our computer. Adjust them if we wanted to. Stay organized. We're going to look at all of those things with the photos app, and you'll find that tile right here on the start screen. I've re-sized mine and moved mine to the top right corner under Fun Apps, but. Find the photos tile and give it a click, and you should see what I see especially if you are following along with me in a previous movie when we decided our exercise files should be part of the pictures library.
That's why I am seeing these photos and this video. You might not see anything, you might see some sample pictures. Regardless, you are going to be looking at your pictures library, and you are going to be looking at the contents using the default view which is thumbnails. Notice as we hover over images, we get additional information; the name of the file, the type of file, when it was created, modified, and even the size of the file. We can see some of that information though if we change the view. It's the only button you see here in the top right corner.
Right now, we're looking at a thumbnails view. Clicking the button in the top right corner will switch us to the details view. You could also use Ctrl+Alt+1. So it allows us to see more files on one screen, and to see additional detailed information. But I prefer the thumbnails, because I do get a better look at the file itself. And if I need that added info, I just have to hover over the actual tile itself to see it. Notice I can also swipe or right-click any of these to select them.
That'll come in handy if I want to do things like delete them, or move them. Copy them, for example. Now if you're not seeing any images here, you need something to work with. Of course, we can import photos and video to our Pictures Library. Let's do that. By right-clicking anywhere in an empty space on the background, you'll notice some options down below in the right-hand corner. Selecting, to select all of these files if we wanted to do something with them like delete them. We could create a new folder to start getting organized, but the last one is what we want to import.
Now if you have a digital camera connected to your computer-a USB drive, a smart phone-click Import, and you'll see a list of devices connected to your computer. My camera is removable disk F. So when I click that, it's going to analyze the contents of that device, and it's going to display anything that's a picture or a photo or a video file. Now, if you have a lot of files-a lot of pictures, a lot of video-this could take a couple of moments.
When it does appear though, you're going to see a list of everything. And then you have the option to do things like import them all, import some of them. Let's talk about that. With all of these images showing up on my camera I can go down to the bottom right corner, click Select All, Ctrl+A, the keyboard shortcut, and now I have the ability to import. The import button wasn't there until I selected something. I don't want every single one of them. Maybe I want just the first couple.
So if I choose Clear Selection, I can now, click to select. What if you want everything but the first two? Well, we can clear the selection if you wanted to. Escape is the keyboard shortcut. Select all and then go up and click the ones you don't want, but I actually want the reverse. I want everything but the first two. That's all I'm going to import for the sake of time. And all I have to do is click the Import button down below. Notice, we could cancel this import at any time. But I'm going to click Import.
The next thing that happens is, a new folder is being created using the current date, and those files are being imported to the library. So if I go back, I should be looking at my pictures library. There's the photos. There's the video, and a new folder that was created called 2013 9 30 for me. That's the current date. And if I click that, I'll open up the folder to reveal the photos that exist in that particular folder. Let's go back, because there's some things you can do with folders and files.
Let's right-click our folder if you were importing. You'll notice some options down below. We could delete the whole thing including the contents. We could copy it. So if we wanted to place these somewhere else, like Sky Drive. Cut them to move them. Or, there it is, rename. And because I've selected a folder, that is what I'll be renaming, not the actual contents. Let's click it, and we can give it a name like the current month. Click Rename and that's what appears across the bottom. We know it's a folder and not just an image by that title that appears across the bottom.
Let's concentrate now on another location. How about Sky Drive? We'll go up to the Pictures Library. It's a drop-down, and you can access your Sky Drive from here. So again if you're following along with me and you backed up you photos, your exercise files to a back-up folder on Sky Drive, you can click it to see each of those files including an icon that appears in the bottom right corner to remind us that this is in the cloud, it's not on our computer. Let's go back now, using the back button, to go back to our pictures library.
There we go. And we can right-click actual images, as opposed to folders, and have some options. When we right-click our cherry tomatoes, for example, there's Delete, Copy, Cut, Rename. There's also Open with, allowing you to select what you want to open this type of file with. So, if I want to work on it in the paint program, or just use the Windows photo viewer I could. Right now, we're using the photos app. We'll keep using photos because when we open it up in photos, we have a number of other options.
Lets just go to the left or the right hand side to see that we have navigation arrows, so we can scroll through the photos, in our pictures library. Or we could right-click, there's Delete, Open with again. We could set it as our desktop. Use the slideshow view to see all of the pictures library photos in a slideshow, or we could rotate or crop this. Couple of basic editing commands. If we rotate this, it doesn't look right. So we need to click Rotate. Once, twice, three times more.
But we could crop it, right from here. Maybe you want to focus on an area. I really want to focus on the bottom left corner. And I can re-size the crop area, clicking and dragging it. And then Apply. Notice I've got a new version of my image. I can save a copy so I have both versions, or just simply update the original and then I'll lose the old one. I could start over using undo as well. Let's click Cancel. Because the best option is to right-click and go to Edit.
Edit is going to give you all of those options, like rotating and cropping, but you're also going to get other options down the left hand side, like Auto fix. Notice, Auto fix is already selected, so Brightness, Contrast, things like that will be automatically fixed. Down the right hand side, we have. Different versions of this image with different settings, including the last one. Just simply black and white, kind of like that one. Now, with basic fixes, we're back to seeing, there it is, Rotate and Crop, but there's also Red eye and Retouching.
So if there was smudge for example, you could retouch. If it was a picture of somebody, who had those red eyes due to a flash. You could touch those up as well. There are light settings that we can adjust, Brightness, notice the brightness set to zero right now. If you want to go to Contrast. Just drag that little circle around to adjust it. So I think Brightness, we should actually brighten it up a little bit. Highlights, so your highs and your lows, can be adjusted.
Same thing for shadows, until you get exactly what you want. Same thing goes for color. There are color adjustments that can be made so the temperature, you can make it warmer or cooler. As you go higher you can see what's happening. It's getting warmer. Go lower, into the minuses, and it's getting cooler. Just a little bit warmer's good. We can adjust tint, as we go higher. It's getting redder as we go lower. Greener, bluer. I'm going to go to plus one.
Saturation for your color. Again, we could have used one of the presets we saw like, for example, if we go all the way down into the negatives, we're removing color. Til eventually we get to a black and white photo. Add a little color or a lot. We can also enhance the color. Color enhance is a switch that you click. It automatically updates it. There are also effects, which you might want to experiment with like Vignette. And Selective focus.
I like this one because it focuses on an area of your image, forces people. Notice the background's kind of blurry here. Well, we can set that up artificially by using the artificial focus. I want people to focus in on this section. I can expand it, change the shape even. Preview that. Everything else is now getting blurry, except for this area. And that's where the person viewing this photo will really focus on the image where I want them too.
And we can also adjust the strength. Notice Medium is the default. Strong, it's even blurrier in the background. And Maximum. So we can apply, that if we like it. Could have canceled it as well. At any time now, you can press Esc. And you're about to lose any changes, cancel any way in your back where you started. So, right-click and use the Back button that appears in the top left corner to go back to your pictures library. You can continue working on other photos, even videos if you wanted too.
When you right-click video, you have all of the same options down on the left hand side for working with the file itself. But, notice that there's nothing that we can do to edit this til we click it. Then you can see it's likely that the file is an unsupported format. In this case a movie file. So I can use my navigation arrows to go back, or right-click, use the back arrow to go back to my pictures library. So I can store those video files, but I can't edit them. I can with all of my picture files.
Handy little tool here called the Photos app built right in to Windows 8.1
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