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Deciding What to Do with Less-Than-Perfect Photos

As you view your vacation photos, you’ll probably find a large number with problems as well as some that are near-duplicates of each other. What should you do with them? You can delete them, of course, but here are some alternatives to consider:

  • Create a panoramic view from photos with overlapping details. You can do this with Windows Live Photo Gallery or Photoshop Elements (Figure 15).
  • Figure 15 A downtown street view created from three different photos with Photoshop Elements’s Photomerge Panorama tool.

  • Use photo repair tools in any of these programs to improve color, lighting, and sharpness when a “bad” photo is the only one you have.
  • Figure 16 Using the “I’m Feeling Lucky” auto-correction feature in Picasa to lighten a dark photo.

  • Use special effects in any of these programs to add some excitement.
  • Figure 17 Converting a color photo into a blue-toned monochrome photo with Windows Live Photo Gallery.

  • With Photoshop Elements, you can combine a face from one photo with another photo to solve problems with group photos (eyes closed, poor expressions, and so on) using Photomerge Group Shot.
  • Figure 18 Replacing an “eyes closed” shot with a better photo using Photomerge Group Shot.

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