Photo Editor

by HSG on Oct 24, 2012 in DYK iPhone

One of the most recent additions to the iPhone is the Photo Editor, directly in the iPhone. Added in the update that came from Apple over the summer, this new photo editor brings efficiency, and simplicity to photo editing, right in your phone. If you have a photo that you just took a moment ago of you with your friends, and you want to edit some features before posting it on a social networking site, it becomes simpler with this new addition, right in the Photos Application.

Open up the Photos application, and tap on a picture you would like to edit. Once your picture comes up, tap in the top right on the button named “Edit.” A user interface that deals with editing will show up, and you are ready to rock and roll. First off, many times we take pictures at weird angles, we take them sideways, upside down, to the right, to the left, and our phone doesn’t recognize them. In the bottom left, you will see an arrow that is pointing counter clockwise; this is the button that you want to press if you want to flip your picture around to the correct orientation. Keep in mind that this flips counter clockwise, and it doesn’t matter if you pass the orientation that you wanted. Just keep flipping!

Next up is the simple enhance tool. Sometimes colors get drowned out if we don’t have the right lighting in our pictures, and makes the photo look dull, and dreary. You don’t want your colors to look dull and dreary while you are celebrating your trip to New York and seeing Times Square! Tapping on the button that looks similar to a magic wand, your picture will begin to look brighter and fuller. With the tap of a button, the iPhone detects what points in the picture is, as we said earlier, “dull, and dreary” and enhances those colors to their predicted colors, if the light was in the correct intensity. However, if you are dissatisfied with the outcome of the enhance tool, if your picture is not handled well by the phone, you are able to tap on the wand again, and remove your auto enhance.

In the rare case of red eye in your picture, the new photo editor has a solution. Moreover, a one-tap solution. With a simple tap on the red eye correction tool, between the crop tool, and the auto-enhance tool, you bring up a screen where you are now able to tap anywhere on your photo where red eye exists, and remove it. As simple as that. Remember when you had to do crazy dragging, selection, and odd stunts to remove red eye? Not any more.

Finally, we have the crop tool. With the iPhone, zoom is not always the best option to take a picture. Take a photo with the Empire State Building, for example; we want to capture its majestic height, but we also want to cut out the extra scenery, and people that may take away from the beauty of the shot. The crop tool solves that; once you tap on the crop tool, you are greeted by a screen that allows you to select which aspects of the photo you want to cut out, and what parts you want to keep. To cut out parts you don’t desire within the photo, just tap and drag one of the corners of the rectangle you are presented with. At this point, you should be highlighting only parts of the photo you want to keep, and the parts that you don’t are dark. You may ask what the lines are for. These lines are what indicate the golden rule of the “Lines of 3s.” At the intersection of these lines are where the human eye is most prone to look at, and if you would like to optimize your photo, putting these lines on faces is the best solution to make use of such. Once you are finished, press crop and your photo is successfully edited!

Make sure you press save in the top right when you are finished editing your new piece of artwork! Happy editing!

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