Glitter girl-how to trim down photos

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Posted 1/16/2013 by joschloss in General Scrappin'


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Posted: 1/16/2013 11:14:11 PM
Hi glitter girl,
I have many 4x6 photos where there seems to be a lot of white space or uninteresting things in the photo. What do you recommend? Trimming the photo? Creative placement? Help....I am not sure what to do. I don't have any photo shop style software to digitally alter.


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Posted: 1/16/2013 11:51:06 PM
There are lots of free programs that you could use to crop your photos before cutting them out. One of them is by the makers of PhotoSheet - cut or crop something?

I don't think there's anything wrong with trimming your photos, either (though I recommend against using deco scissors or heart shapes, atrocities I committed several years ago).

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Posted: 1/17/2013 6:25:23 AM
I trim my photos ALL of the time. It's rare a full 4x6 photo makes it onto a layout. I just use my trimmer and have at it. LOL!

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Posted: 1/17/2013 6:37:24 AM
Picasa is a great FREE and very easy to use photo editing program (made by Google). You can download right from Google and crop away

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Posted: 1/17/2013 7:22:40 AM
I trim my photos; sometimes way way down if needed. But I do not shape crop or mutilate, and if the background is part of the story I don't cut them down (well maybe a teeny bit off the top)

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Posted: 1/17/2013 8:25:17 AM
Glitter Girl uses mainly 4x6 photos, so I bet she would recommend working around the white space rather than cropping it. I could definitely be wrong, though. Maybe you'll hear from her.

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Posted: 1/17/2013 8:35:49 AM
Picasa is deffinatly a winner. It's easy to use and I use it instead of photoshop if I want to do something simple like crop or turn black and white.
Otherwise I say just trim your photos with a trimmer. If you are unsure where to make the cuts and what it's going to look like aftewards a trick we did in high school was to cut 2 A4 White paper into L shapes. Then you can place these over the photo to get an idea where you want to crop to. You can move them in and out and around to see what looks best. You get a good idea what it will look like before trimming so you don't do something you regret.(hope that makes sense)

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Posted: 1/17/2013 9:18:30 AM
I trim my photos all the time. I like the look of the diff sized pictures in my layouts. I'm a multi photo scrapper. I just cut out all the "other" stuff. My husband thought he was doing me a favor by cropping my photos before printing them. I just don't like having all the same sized photos on my pages.


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Posted: 1/17/2013 9:27:09 AM
Picasa. Free and easy.


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Posted: 1/17/2013 9:53:24 AM
Pretty much all my photos start out 4x6 and I cut them down with my timmer. But there are times though where I will use a photo editing program and crop out all the other stuff and then increase the size of what is left.

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Posted: 1/17/2013 10:03:55 AM
I mostly scrap 4x6 photos, and I sometimes trim them, sometimes leave the white space if it creates the effect I want. For example, if I'm scrapping a picture about someone being deep in thought, and they're staring off in the distance, I'll leave the white space... or if I'm scrapping about feeling small or overwhelmed, I'll leave it...

You can also use the white space in a photo to house journaling, your title, or embellishments. I've done that a lot, too.


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Posted: 1/17/2013 10:11:55 AM
I crop my photos (somewhat) using Picasa before I print them, but sometimes I do still trim them after printing. Not all the time, though- I like having more 'standard' sized of photos on my pages, so my main sizes are 3x4, square, and 4x6. I leave the 'white space' in the photos to help give a sense of place / time to the photo, unless it's something REALLY distracting.

You could always scrap the photo as is, and 'mask' the white space or distracting part of the photo via overlapping a label / tag / journaling spot onto it, adding letter stickers for your title, etc. Just because it's part of a photo doesn't mean you can't add something on top of it!

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Posted: 1/17/2013 10:17:35 AM
Cropping our photos is great; "adjusting" in a digital program is also just dandy; but the better recommendation, IMHO, is improve your photography skills.
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Posted: 1/17/2013 10:22:20 AM
Hope this is a question where you are open to other answers. I have from day one, either trimmed the photos down, or put other photos, journaling, title or embellishments on top of the undesirable areas.

I usually will trim a photo to 4 x 4 or sometimes 4 x 5 now if it needs it, but it depends on how it will look with other photos in the layout.

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