I’ve never exactly done any tutorials on anything besides my scrapbooking projects. So, today I’ve received a message from Gazel asking me some questions on how I photograph my layouts.
L: Yes and I’ll guide you how I do it on my layouts.
I will show you how I crop my picture using Photoshop CS2 because this is the only software i’m currenty using to edit my pictures. But if you’re using other programs, please feel free to do so. If you don’t have any program, I would recommend you to use Picasa 3. I used this before I switched to PS. It’s easy to use and you can download it for free here.
Once I opened my layout picture in the PS, I select the Crop tool in the Tool bar as shown in the arrow below
I would then drag the cursor from the corner of the layout and define the area that I want to crop. Double click your mouse to crop.
This is how my layout will look after cropping.
I usually re-size my pictures before I post them in my blog or any of the SB gallery. Most SB galleries would allow you to upload a limited picture size. (I’m sure you know how to upload your pics and how the galleries work). I always re-size my picture to a width of
580 650pixels (new blog width) because it fits perfectly into my blog. Click Ctrl+Alt+I simultaneously and a separate window will pop up. Key in the size that you prefer as shown below
I will also select Bicubic Sharper at the bottom of the window to ensure my image maintained its sharpness. Then click OK.
I would usually save my pictures under “Save for web” as this will significantly reduce the the size of my images. Doing so will allow me to maximize my gallery space in my blog, Flickr, SB galleries and also my hard disk. To do this, go to File and select Save for Web. A window will pop up as below
On the left is the original image with the size of 469kb. On the right is the image I want to save as web with the size of only 82kb. Can you see the difference now?
The last step would be to save your picture into your folder. Voila! It’s not as difficult as you may think.
And here’s my final image
Play around with the contrast and hue to get the image color as close as possible to your masterpiece.
I hope this tutorial will help you photograph your layout in the simplest way and also to guide you how to crop, resize your image and save space in your galleries.
Remember, practice makes perfect!