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« on: August 17, 2010 12:18:47 PM »

I have some questions and I don't know where to find answers.   If anyone knows of a great photography discussion forum that doesn't get too technical, please point me in the right direction! Because I have so many more questions than I am about to lay out here.

I need to be able to do a few things.  I would like to be able to take a regular sized photo and shrink it down to a little smaller than an inch square.  I also need to be able to crop existing photos to this size, and preferably pack a bunch of them into one 4x6/5x7 "photo" that I can print off at Walgreens. These sound like very simple procedures but I am finding that they are not.  I don't know how to measure out dimensions on a photo on a computer screen.

I don't have photoshop.  I had a pretty decent photo editing program that came with a camera, but I have long ago lost the disk and gotten a new computer, so it's pretty much out of the picture (no pun intended!).  Anyway, what I do have is windows media player and paint, and random free photo editing websites that I haven't really found to be useful.  Any (inexpensive) suggestions?  I would also like to be able to make brochures and business cards.

« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2010 05:32:12 AM »

To my knowledge, this is one of the largest and most respected photography forums online:

And if you're serious about photo editing, you need to have one of the better digital processing programs, like Photoshop or Paintshop Photo Pro or even Photoshop Elements.  If you don't want to spend hundreds of dollars on them, look on Ebay for an older version of one of the programs; they have most of the basic features of the newer versions. Or I think Gimp is still a free download; I've known a lot of people who use it exclusively, but I haven't tried it. I use new versions PhotoShop, PaintShop Pro, and Corel Painter, but then I've been at it for a number of years.

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« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2010 06:32:10 PM »

I can vouch for the Gimp. I've used Photoshop as well and it's great, but I think for what you're looking for, Gimp would be just fine.
To use it, for example to crop to 1" x 1", you would set the unit of measurement in the crop tool (once you click on it there are options) to inches, then type in 1 by 1 and it will give you a box you can move around your photo to crop the correct place. There's also a scale image option that works similarly, and a measure tool so you can click and drag a line anywhere on your photo and measure how long it would be in real life. Other programs will have similar tools/options.
To get them to print, personally I would paste all my 1in. images into one 5x7 image and save that.
Though, if you want square 1" images in the end, they don't have to be 1" on your computer, as long as they're square. If you pasted all the large squares into a single image that was 5x7 squares, it would scale down onto the 5x7 paper and you'd have 1" images.
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« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2010 09:33:34 AM »

That is exactly the advice I was looking for, thanks!


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