Editing Photographs and Images
FxFoto makes it easy to adjust and correct your photographs. Just click on an image to select it and then press the Correct button on the top dialog bar. A multi-purpose tabbed dialog appears at the top of FxFoto. And remember that FxFoto has a many-step Undo and Redo feature that makes it easy to try things and then undo them if they are not what you want.
Most commonly, you will use the Improve tab to change the photographs overall brightness or contrast. Just pressing the Auto Improve button is a good bet for most situations, but you can also play with three Brightness, Contrast, Gamma and Color correction sliders. The Auto Settings button allows you to change a few advanced settings controlling Auto Improve. The Brightness Contrast Gamma button shows slider controls to adjust the most common image balance settings. The Color Balance Controls button shows other sliders allowing you to emphasize or de-emphasize chosen colors.
The Remove Red Eye tab allows you to click on redness in eyes normally caused by flash photography to re-color the red. Center the correction circle on a single eye and click.
Remove Blemish is another great tool which can eliminate facial blemishes and other photographic features in an almost imperceptible way. Click the circle around a single blemish without touching it.
Clone Brush allows you to copy one area of a bitmap to another area. This is useful for copying background areas over unwanted features or to duplicate foreground features.
Color Brush allows you to click on background areas of a photograph to fill them with a selected color. It can also fill areas transparency so that they disappear. Plus it can set the overall transparency of the photograph, making it slightly clear so that collage photos under it show through. It also provides a circular or square color brush with transparency tinting and edge feathering.
Stamp Brush provides tools to stamp images on a photo or collage. There are also Smudge and Translucency brushes for photo editing.
The Filter Effects tab allows you to sharpen or soften the photograph. It can also apply a number of special effects, possibly to just a roped area of the image.
In addition to the Correct button, other buttons at the top of the dialog bar help you compose collages.
The Crop button allows you to pull a rope selection box around the part of the photograph you want to save and cut out just that area. You can choose oval or irregular rope outlines to save exactly the areas you want. And you can choose to feather the cropped edges. A feathered oval crop makes a nice presentation of many photographs.
The Frame button provides a number of exclusive FxFoto framing effects including various frames and border colors and also drop shadows and simulated matt effects. The scrollable list on the left presents the most common frame types. Remember to press the Apply or Apply All button to frame the last opened or last clicked image. The Custom Settings button inside the frame control area presents a secondary dialog giving you full control over the various framing options.
You can also add title and caption text above and below the photograph with the Text button. FxFoto provides a number of Text Edit features for formatting and effects, including shadowed, raised, cutout or bordered text characters. You can also create bulleted or numbered presentation outlines and can even add text positioned and rotated on top of your photograph or in cartoon-style dialog balloons.
FxFoto provides a number of pens and other drawing tools that you can use to annotate your photographs or even to draw in the blank collage background areas around images. It also allows you to stamp clipart images onto your collage or slide show. Press the Draw dialog bar button for common drawing options and to switch to mouse drawing. Try the Gyro Smooth Draw type which smoothes your mouse for professional-looking results without special drawing input devices. The Other button gives a few other settings, including Grid Dots to force your drawn lines onto a horizontal and vertical grid of dots for neatly squared-off results.
When drawing, you can either draw on top of a photo image or you can draw on the collage background. When you draw on top of an image, drawn lines and polygons become part of the image object and move or rotate with it. If you begin drawing on the background, outside of all images, then the drawing stroke becomes part of the collage background, which always draws underneath all objects. There are also special “Under” line, pen and polygon drawing tools which draw onto the background even if the drawing stroke begins over one of the images. A collage can combine both image and background drawing elements.
This top-level button shows tabs allowing you to control how your collage appears in a slide show or photo tour. The Slide Settings button allows you to control the duration of the current slide and also has a Slide Order button which allows you to easily click on images to choose their sequence in a slide show.
The Special Effects Slide tab allows you to choose from a wide variety of entrance and exit effects shown for the selected photograph during a collage slide show. Normally the photos fade in and out. But you can have them enter and exit from various sides with various special motions such as rotating or bouncing in.
The Tour Panning tab allows you to set up a tour of photos within the current slide’s collage. Instead of switching to the next slide, the Next button can autopilot the camera view to the next photograph on your tour.
Finally Image Click Link allows you to set up a hyperlink for the selected image. During a Viewer slide show or photo tour, clicking the image can start the browser to show a chosen web site or page. It can also move to a different slide or view in the current collage or load a new collage presentation.
This top dialog bar button lets you set non-graphic information about the last clicked or last opened image. This information includes keywords you can Search. It also includes a Popup Description that appears in the Viewer when the user hovers the mouse over the photograph.
Pressing the Mouse button allows you to switch among the various mouse modes you can use when clicking and dragging the mouse cursor in your right-pane collage area. When you first press it, the dialog switches to the last used mouse navigation mode. You can also set other mouse modes such as rope outlining which are typically set automatically when certain other dialogs are visible.
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