Simple image editing (for buyers)
I have noticed threads in the message boards from buyers who want to do simple things but don't know how to. So that is what this article is about. If you are a contributor, please skip this. I'm sure you know much more than the basics already. Share this article with your buyer if he/she is facing one of these problems.
True, this site has a lot of web designers who buy our work, but there are also those who want images for personal uses and are buying it from us. Quite a good percentage of them also know how to do simple editing. But just in case you are very new to this and you want to make simple modifications using the resources you already have, read on.
While writing this, I assume that you have Windows 7. The following would also work with Windows XP, etc. Might be a little different, but you'd figure out. Another thing, ALWAYS make a copy of the original file you downloaded and work on it. Never touch the original you downloaded.
If you don't like what you have done or if a step turns out bad, use "edit -> undo" and the last one modification would be undone. Use as often as needed.
1. Modifying white space:
Very often you want to remove the white blank space around a photo or add more white space around an isolated photo for text. You don't need to look for another photo with more or smaller white space. The method is called "cropping a photo".
For example the butterfly photo has some white space that you may not want. Suppose you want the photo to fit tightly around the butterfly, here is how you can cut out the region you want, both in video and written instructions (click the link):
All Windows users have MS paint. If you have Photoshop, use that. It is better.
Look at the vase photo now. There is no space for adding text. So here's what you can do.
If you want more white space, then open the photo in Photoshop and press ctrl+alt+C. Then enter the values and also enter the direction on which you want to extend the white space. You can even expand the black spaces by selecting the background color as black.
For MS Paint users, open the image in Paint and look at the bottom right corner. There is a little handle there, which you can hold-and-drag with your mouse pointer to increase the white space in that direction. You can then use the "paint bucket" tool to fill that white extra region with black or any other color you want. Try it, you'd automatically know how it works.
2. Removing unwanted text
Look at the photo on the right. It has text that you'd want to remove.
If you are using Photoshop, open the photo in Photoshop and pick the "brush" tool (or press "b" on your keyboard). Hold the "alt" key and click the color just near the text. (In the example image, click the blue region). That makes the brush blue. Now just use the brush over the text by left-click-and-dragging. That would remove the text you don't need.
If you are using MS Paint, open the photo in Paint. Then use the "color picker" tool that looks like a dropper. Click on the blue region near the text. Then click the brush tool and left-click-and-drag it over the text. The blue color would cover the text and wipe it out. That is how you remove the text. Save it.
Adding text to the image
Look at the frame photo. You may want to add text inside a photo like that. Or even the grunge paper. The process is the same for both. Here is how:
Very easy, again. Open the photo in Photoshop and click the "text" icon (the button with "T"). Or simply press "t" on your keyboard. Then drag-and-draw a rectangle with your mouse where you want your text to be. Then type in. You'd figure out the rest. Finally, save it.
For MS Paint users, open the photo in Paint. Click at the button with "A" written on it. That's the text tool. Make a rectangle by drag-and-draw wherever you want to put text. Select the color of text you want in the colorbox above. Type what you want to. Save when you are done.
Flipping or rotating an image
Again, it is just as simple as pressing a few keys. You don't at all need to look for a photo that is inverted. If you want an inverted image, buy the upright one and flip it upside down. Click the link below for the procedure.
A lot of us contributors write so much about our own achievements and about advanced stuff relating to our own workflow. So I guessed I could do something for the buyers who often face trouble with images they buy from us. You may not get the perfect photo you would love at first sight, but you sure can change what you don't like. This theory works all the time, not just with images but with people too. Try it. ;)
I spent a long time writing this. I hope some people benefit from this. Let me know if that happens with anyone. :)