10 Tips for Using Window’s Built-In Photography Applications

Who says you need a dedicated, paid, heavy software for just about everything for your photos? There are some nice little things you can do without having to install anything on your windows computer. So let’s check these Tips for Using Window’s Built-In Photography Applications. Despite my primary dependance on a mac, I just cannot live without a windows computer, so my desk has a mac as well as a windows computer sitting side by side and today I want to talk about a few select tips that I have come to use on my windows photo app as well as MS Paint (you heard it right, the “kids” class software, MS paint has some tricks up its sleeve when it comes to getting things done quickly). I have also found “Windows photo viewer” app quite useful for a few things. So read on…

Windows 10 photos app: Windows 10 comes with some very intuitive software right from the factory and photos app is one of them.

Windows photo viewer: Older versions of windows like 7 have the Windows photo viewer as well. A great little app not only to view your images and PDF documents, but do some basic manipulation as well

MS Paint: Notorious for excessive use by kids who get their hands on a computer for the fist time, this thing is built for BMPs, yet it can do a few little tricks that you may not think it can.

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1. Slideshows: Yes, windows Photos app as well as Windows photo viewer can do quick slide show and this is probably a well known tip. There is a slideshow button on the right side of share button at the top in photos app. Just press and start the slide. You can right click and set the properties for the speed and transition effects too. The Windows photo viewer will have the button right in the middle at the bottom of the app.

2. Sharing: Sharing is easy with Photos app, there is a button right at the top, You can share on Facebook, twitter and others. You can select multiple photos from your computer or camera import. No, MS Paint and preview will not offer you this option.

3. Rotating: Windows photo viewer has rotation controls up front and you can use the arrows to quick rotate. The changes are saved as they are made. You can similarly rotate images in windows 10 photos or even in windows 10 file explorer itself, using picture tools menu>rotate right(or left).

4. Albums: You can selectively add photos to albums while the selected photo is open, or you can create your own album. Just like mac, it creates really beautiful time bound albums on it’s own as well. The albums are a great way to view and share your photos.

5. Enhance: Windows photos app has an image enhancement and adjustment tools. The tabs are called “Enhance” and “Adjust.” While using enhance, there is a slider that you can drag to apply automatic settings to enhance the image. The tool tries to manipulate multiple image settings after reading image data to make the image more appealing. There are also some filters where that you can quickly choose without having to go through complicated settings, like vanilla, slate, sahara, arctic etc. These give your image different tints and color modifications. For example arctic will make the image look cooler by using blue tints.

6. Adjusting contrast, exposure, highlights and shadows: Coming to the “adjust tab” that can handle these image attributes, its quite easy with just sliders to adjust these settings. You can also adjust color, do red eye removal, do spot fixes and save the image as a copy too. These settings let the photos app step into “lightroom” domain. So it’s quite a useful feature for everyday photo edits.

7. Selective focus: The most useful feature for stock photography is probably the selective focus. No more messing with blurs and overlays, just click effects at the bottom in photos app, choose selective focus on the right. A semi circle comes up with 2 markers, position the circle you want to keep in focus and adjust the blur by clicking blur icon at the top right pane. Choose the strength of your liking and you are done!

8. Burn to disc: Directly burn multiple photos to a disc using the share tab from the top in windows photos app. Similar option exists right at the top “burn” menu in Windows photo viewer.

9. Invert colors in MS paint: A quick invert can be done in MS paint, Go to select menu and choose “rectangular selection” or “freeform selection” in case you want a smaller area, Draw the selection and then select “invert colors” option after right clicking the selection.

10. Tracing in MS paint: A basic way to trace is pick the pencil and draw the outline of the area you want to trace. Highlight the entire image by choosing “select all” and then choose “invert colors” Go to File> Properties and change color to “black and white” in colors section. Highlight the image and go to file> Properties and change colors to “color” from black and white you selected earlier. You are done!

So these were some of the tips I have been using in the Window’s Built-In Photography Applications. Do kindly share if you happen to come across a few more, in the comments section. Thanks for reading!

Photo credits: Tauha2001.

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