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Posted 12/21/2012 by shimelle in General Scrappin'

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Posted: 12/21/2012 12:43:27 PM
On the What do you like least about scrapbooking? thread, one thing that was mentioned several times was photo editing.

Now I'm really curious: what type of editing is everyone doing?
Do you edit every picture you want to scrapbook?
Just formal or fancy pictures? Just pictures that didn't turn out how you hoped and need a fix?
Are you editing to create a certain style or look or to get a clean image, as if the composition and exposure had been nailed perfectly in camera?
Are you editing because you feel your camera is holding you back? (Or on a phone, I would think that some edit for fun, but then I doubt that kind of editing would be the stuff that would be mentioned on a thread of least liked scrapping processes.)

I know I could ask this on the photography board, but the thread made me particularly interested in the peas who hang out here on the scrapping board.
So... are you an editor or a non-editor?

(For my answer... I enjoy editing fancier pictures from formal events, like weddings and posed portraits, but my everyday shots I just use straight from the camera. Unless there is a specific occasion when I really wish a shot had come out a certain way and I got it wrong. When I do edit, I use RadLab in Photoshop, plus Pro Retouch for skin and a few tweaks by hand if necessary.)

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Posted: 12/21/2012 12:53:09 PM
I edit just about every picture I scrap, but when I say edit, I really mean crop. I use pse10, and I'll upload my pictures there then crop them to the size I want. Sometimes, if the picture is a bit blurry, I'll use the sharpen tool to help make it more clear. Occasionally I'll make a picture black and white. I would like to scrap with more 4x6 photos, but since I usually have so many to put on a layout, I need to make them smaller. My books are full enough without me doing 4 or more layouts from the same event.

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Posted: 12/21/2012 1:08:30 PM
I edit EVERY photo that I scrap or that I print. It's an addiction I think! I use PSE10 and have a bunch of actions that I use to either tweak them a little-or a lot depending on the look I'm after. There is absolute no way that I could ever use a photo straight out of camera! not that I'm terrible with my camera, I've actually gotten much better over the past few years, but just because even a little something seems to make it better!

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Posted: 12/21/2012 1:15:02 PM
I usually just do an auto brighten/contrast on my photos, because I'm not a very good photographer and most of mine come out underexposed! Or when I try to do better, they are blown out.

I was way better with my 35 mm camera than with my dSLR.

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Posted: 12/21/2012 1:25:43 PM
I guess I'm old school, I hardly ever edit a photo, I mean it is rare (unless it is too dark) do I edit a pic). I think this comes from the days of 35mm pics, where what you shot is what you got.
I dont print @ home or send my pictures off to those lovely digital print shops either. I still print mine at Walgreens.

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Posted: 12/21/2012 1:47:11 PM
I edit most all photos I scrap, unless they really don't need it, but in general I like to bump saturation and sometimes fill light just the tiniest amount. I also create a lot of collages so I can include more photos on a page or get different sizes (I use Picasa).

I didn't include editing photos as my least favorite thing though, because I generally do enjoy the process. However I include whittling down pics in my idea of 'editing,' and I do hate that! I can love something different for almost every picture!

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Posted: 12/21/2012 1:49:35 PM
I use Photoshop Elements to adjust the brightness and contrast mostly. I will crop on occasion too.



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Posted: 12/21/2012 2:29:03 PM
I have PS9, but have not learned it. I've had it 2 years... Therefore, I do not edit!


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Posted: 12/21/2012 4:44:51 PM
I edit every photo I print. Usually, I brighten, contrast, enhance lighting, crop, make many of them 2x3 inches. I don't enjoy the process, but it makes such a difference in the end, I can't justify not doing it.
My dh is a better photographer than me, and sometimes his don't need anything, though. I use photoimpact. It is much simpler than Photoshop.

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Posted: 12/21/2012 4:47:34 PM
I make sure all my photos will print on 4x6 without Walgreen's doing any annoying cropping.

I also need to adjust lighting and color on most photos. They would be ok without, mostly, they are just better with adjustments.

I also make a lot of 3x4s that fit 2 to a single 4x6 photo.

I have been known to blot out a pimple or lighten someone's teeth, as a personal but secret favor, too. Please don't tell the people I "improved".

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Posted: 12/21/2012 4:47:57 PM
I don't edit. I have a hard enough time just getting them sorted and printed. After I get them printed I might go back and get a 5 x 7 or 8 x 10 to crop so I can have a big close up in my LO. Love to do that.


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Posted: 12/21/2012 5:43:02 PM
It is very rare that I edit a picture. I usually print off what I know I want to scrap in 4X6. If, when I go to scrap them, I find I need them smaller I will put them in photosheet and print them off at home.

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Posted: 12/21/2012 10:43:34 PM
I edit everything. I am using lightroom so it's fairly easy. I just flag the ones I want to delete right off and then what is left gets flagged in colors to show if I want them printed or not. Then I go edit away with my own presets and some from M4H. I cannot imagine not editing because I have a "style" to my photos. If I didn't it would drive me crazy that they did not all look the same. lol


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Posted: 12/21/2012 11:03:25 PM
I am not really big on editing either. The ocassional cropping here or there is about it. I am getting more comfortable with my camera and what it can do, and I find that this makes a big difference for me.

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Posted: 12/21/2012 11:09:26 PM
I probably edit about half of the photos I scrap, but they're minor tweaks like bumping the contrast. Now that I have a bit nicer camera, (not a DSLR by any means but a step up from the little point and shoot I had) I find my pictures are coming out better and I'm editing less. I used to use Gimp (Photoshop scares me!) but have been enjoying using Picmonkey.com lately.

I do LOVE to play with camera apps on my phone, but most of those don't make it to a scrapbook page. Hmm, perhaps I need to make a little mini for all of those...


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Posted: 12/22/2012 12:33:22 AM
I tend to be a perfectionist and take way too long over thinking everything. I have decided, in general, not to take time away from scrapping a page to edit a photo. If I do choose to edit a photo I use the free Photoshop Online software...upload, crop, if needed, use the auto-correct feature and choose a correction that I like. Way lazy editing!I also think there is something to be said for the raw quality of unedited photos. I like authentic looking photos, but can always change my mind.

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Posted: 12/22/2012 1:15:43 AM
I almost never edit my pictures. Maybe if I felt a little more confidant in my pse skills I'd take more time.


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Posted: 12/22/2012 1:27:24 AM
No editing here, good enough.



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Posted: 12/22/2012 6:22:29 AM
I shoot RAW so every photo needs to be edited before printing. I use Lightroom which makes the process fast and easy. Plus I can batch, tag, flag and categorize the photos and quickly cull all the duds.

I used to hate editing when I used PSE. It took so long.

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Posted: 12/22/2012 9:43:55 AM
I don't do much editing either. I don't even own any editing software!

All I really do is try to take out red eye. Sometimes I'll print a photo in black and white or sepia if I think the coloration looks really bad. I used to crop photos to try to get distractions out of them, but I don't like to do too much cropping because then I'll get them from the printer with tops of people's heads cut off. Instead I just use my paper trimmer to get rid of things I don't want in the shot after I get the print.

I wish a were a better photographer and editor, but it's not something I really have the time or resources to work on right now.


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Posted: 12/22/2012 9:49:29 AM
I edit every photo. Sometimes it's because the lighting was horrible at whatever event it was, why does my family think a dark house is best? lol

Most of the time it's just to crop. I'm fairly good with natural light so when it's outdoor shots I don't have to do a whole lot.

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Posted: 12/22/2012 12:43:56 PM
I generally edit my pictures. But it is a quick edit -I use Picasa for all my editing. I mostly need to lighten/brighten pics. For the shot where the pic is awesome (ie great expression) and the colour cannot be repaired, I move it to black and white.

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Posted: 12/22/2012 1:28:19 PM
I use photoshop and usually, lighten, use some "perk" actions and I might age them a bit depending on papers I think I'll use. I also LOVE blank and white photos!

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Posted: 12/22/2012 1:33:00 PM
Are there any good online photo editing classes?


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Posted: 12/22/2012 3:12:50 PM
I usually don't have much time to print my photos at the place I go to, so I have to prepare them in advance, to make sure I get the pictures I want and the correct sizing. I'll save my pictures on a flash drive and since I'm in the computer doing that anyway, I will do some editing if it needs it. I will do anything from straight cropping to creating collages or something. When I do print straight out the camera at the print shop or at home, I always print too many different things, forget to print some things, pick the wrong picture and I hate wasting the money on that,


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Posted: 12/22/2012 4:06:26 PM
I used to love love love editing and ordering on scrapbookpictures.com. When they went out of business, it hurt. I really loved the variety of sizes and the different borders/backgrounds - haven't found anything to compare online yet. So I'm basically way behind on printing... but I will want to edit size and crop many of my photos when I finally pick a different company. I've gone to Persnickety Prints but it doesn't seem as user friendly (aka not very savvy user) as scrapbook pictures was. Any suggestions?

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Posted: 12/22/2012 4:34:49 PM
I use PSE9 and edit everything I scrap and print for framing. For PL and DD, sometimes I will and sometimes I won't.

Most of my editing is pretty clean and basic; contrast and color adjustment mainly. I am not a fan of the kind of editing where it is pretty clear that you've photoshopped the daylights out of the thing!

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Posted: 12/22/2012 5:36:29 PM
I take a lot of pictures on my Iphone nowadays and just use apps like Pic Collage for adjusting colors and Typic for adding text to the photo (eg i have collage pics I am saving that I have simply added that date too). I si it as my method of digital scrapping mr"project life" in a sense.

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Posted: 12/22/2012 5:59:43 PM
I use photoshop and Lightroom but almost never for every picture of a specific event.No even for my homework...
(I'm studying Photography)
I have no problem with the editing part. I love to get my prints a pre plan my stuff. Yes, sometimes I get mad when I don't print in a specific size or not noticed a ugly thing in the pictures. But that is not the normal at all.
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Posted: 12/22/2012 6:13:58 PM
I will crop,remove red eye, and occasionally do B&W but that's about it. With two exceptions: I have ligtened/darkened some of my wedding photos as needed and my college graduation photos I just got (my collar was twisted so I removed it)

I printed over 1000 photos a few months ago... no way was I going through each of those to edit, I'm too lazy for all that!



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Posted: 12/22/2012 10:16:17 PM

I have PS9, but have not learned it. I've had it 2 years... Therefore, I do not edit!

asmart99- OMG! It's hilarious that you wrote this because I am in the EXACT same situation. DH got me PSE9 for my birthday in January of 2011, and I just opened the box this weekend for the very first time! (I'm working on a gift for my dad and I HAD to edit some pictures!) I was so bummed to see that PSE10 came out in the meantime!

I've had some medical issues, but mainly I've just been intimidated to sit down and learn a big, new thing. Where will I find the time?

Anyway, my mouth fell open when I read your post, because I thought surely I am the only one who would ever do such a silly thing!

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Posted: 12/22/2012 10:26:38 PM
If I shoot with my Nikon D700, I am shooting in RAW. So every image must be processed to some extent. I generally do this in Lightroom 3, and it's usually just a tweak on the exposure, contrast, and white balance. I shoot in full manual mode, and my exposure and white balance are usually pretty dead-on, but I always increase the contrast and sometimes bump the color just a tad.

If I shoot with my iPhone, it's the same tweaks, but just a little bit more extreme.

Every once in a while, I do a special filter or action to create something unique.

Any photo of people get retouched--blemishes, under-eye circles, etc. Eyes get a little brightening and sharpening, too.

It's something I can't help but do after 12 years of being a professional portrait and wedding photographer.


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Posted: 12/22/2012 11:43:37 PM
When I talk about editing photos, I also mean the selection process - I'm bad about not removing fuzzy pictures, etc., so the first thing I have to do when printing a month's worth of photos is to go through literally hundreds and decide which I want to print.

THEN I crop to the size I want to print, remove red eye, and sometimes tweak a bit (usually auto correct but sometimes brightening and changing to black and white if the color is way off).

No clue how to use Photoshop, and I'm kind of glad. The process is long enough as it is!

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Posted: 12/23/2012 12:11:34 PM
i LOVE editing my pictures. I have a few actions that i use over and over and it really takes me a couple of minutes to edit and save my favorites.

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Posted: 12/23/2012 4:35:50 PM
Yes and no.

If we are talking about selecting photos to print from digital images, then yes I do this. It actually is a quick process for me because other than the last 10 years (homeschooling and illness) I was a professional photographer since 1985. I am so used to quickly selecting which photos to print, just from having to do it so much.

If we are talking about editing to improve a photo after it's been taken then no I don't. Not on any of my personal photos. I remember doing that with dyes and tiny brushes back in the 80's-it was so tedious. Talk about old school. Now since it's not for work (which has to be perfect) I'm happy with the photos I can produce with my DSLR Nikon D40 and using a good lab (used to be Shutterfly, now it's Persnikity Prints) helps me end up with great photos.

Also I don't usually need to crop because I almost always use 4x6 photos and in my photography classes at college we were taught to compose within the camera. We were never allowed to crop. That was 34 years ago and I still can't shake the habit.

I think if I did start down the editing road the perfectionist in me would never be satisfied and I'd drive myself crazy and waste a ton of time. I also really don't care for the "photoshopped" look, where when you look at a photo you can tell it was photoshopped within an inch of it's life.

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Posted: 12/23/2012 6:17:52 PM
I do not edit photos since I do not have an editing program. I am hoping to get photoshop next year


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Posted: 12/23/2012 8:55:36 PM
I don't like editing, but I do it
I use iPhoto and shoot in RAW, and mainly lighten/brighten...

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Posted: 12/23/2012 9:00:48 PM

Are there any good online photo editing classes?

If you're using PS or PSE jessicasprague.com has some great classes!

I occasionally edit photos, not often though. Usually only when the photo is too dark or if there are a lot of red eyes.


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Posted: 12/24/2012 9:15:55 AM
I edit all the photos I print in Picasa. Just your basic lighten, crop, remove redeye stuff.

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