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Basic Horse Photo Editing
 By Evita   •   16th Jan 2012   •   7,524 views   •   12 comments
For Ponybox, most people stick to manipulating images to put horses on different backgrounds. I, however, usually just edit the photos I have taken to make them look their best. In photography this is known as post-processing, image processing, image enhancing, or photo processing. Most professional photographers and some amateurs use some Adobe software like Lightroom or Photoshop, but those are expensive. I use the free version of GIMP, which works for my purposes.

Most of what I do involves changing sharpness, cropping, and color curves. I have learned most of what I do through trial and erroróbasically throwing the spaghetti against the wall to see what sticks. Iím going to show you what I do using a photo of Kate that Iíve taken recently. Letís start with color curves.

Color Curves
When I have a photo thatís properly exposed and has pretty decent color to it, I usually start by thinking about how I want to improve the shot. For the photo Iím using here, I want to make the colors pop a bit more. To do this, Iím going to go to Colors>Curves. When the window pops up, click on a point on the diagonal line and drag it around the graph. As you do this, youíll see the colors in the image preview
change in saturation.

With this image, I wanted to make the colors a bit darker to make them pop. When I changed the curve so the photo looked the way I wanted it to, I stopped and clicked okay.

Horse Graphic

Crop
Because this photo had a nice tight crop straight from the camera, Iím not going to crop it any closer. In fact, itís right where I want it. If there had been a lot of empty background above Kateís head, I would have cropped it out because it would detract from the image I wanted to portray. To crop, choose the Select tool in the toolbox (it should look like a dashed rectangle), select what you want to keep, then go to Image>Crop to Selection and click. If you donít like it, you can hit Ctrl+Z and start over.

Sharpness
Sometimes images lose their sharpness when they are edited. Iím not sure if thatís the case here, but it canít hurt to sharpen it up a little more. To do this, go to Filters>Enhance>Sharpen. You can then drag the bar to the right to increase the sharpness. I usually pull the bar up to around 90, but it depends on the image. If you over-sharpen, though, you will get a lot of noise and halos around the foreground objects. Donít over-sharpen! Also, note that sharpening your image will NOT change how well or badly focused your image is.

Unless there are glaring mistakes in your photo, you should be all done! Donít worry if your first attempts donít come out the way you want them toóalways remember to save a copy with a different name so that the original image is also intact and you can go back and edit it again if you need to.

Good luck!
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Let It Ride  
Nice article! Informative(:
  39 days ago  •  6,320 views
 
All That Jazz  
Oh my gosh. I tried your tips on a picture, and it made it 100 times better. Thank you for the amazing article! :)
  39 days ago  •  6,340 views
 
lovehorse  
Thank you so much, this has really helped!!
  39 days ago  •  6,311 views
 
Madeirey  
Great article :)
  39 days ago  •  6,299 views
 
Cowzers  
Great Article ! Very helpful...Thank you !
  38 days ago  •  6,331 views
 
RoyalCrownEstates  MOD 
Nice article, helpful :O)
  37 days ago  •  6,336 views
 
Double Spur Ranch  
Very great article! Very nice advice for people.
  36 days ago  •  6,310 views
 
Painted Destiny  
Great article! I'll try this next time before I just upload pictures straight from the camera!
  36 days ago  •  6,303 views
 
FreeRein  
OMG. This was sooo helpful. :D
  36 days ago  •  6,299 views
 
My Paper Heart  
Great article! I may take your opinion and try this. :)
  32 days ago  •  6,297 views
 
Diddy  
Super helpful, i learned here :D

thanks!
  21 days ago  •  6,327 views
 
Love Forever  
I HAVE to try this!
  Jul 20, 2012  •  6,342 views
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