Once you have downloaded your photos from your camera to the computer, open the Kodak EasyShare program. You will use the file menu to open your photos. Select open. Locate your photo file on your computer hard drive, desktop, or disk. You can add these photos to your "collection" or photo album so you can easily locate your photo files.
Windows Users - Your photos will often use the "My Pictures" folder by default.
Once you have your photo files in your album, you will see thumbnails of your photographs. If you see photos you do not want to keep, you can delete them from your album.
You will notice that photos directly downloaded from your camera or memory card tend to have a combination of numbers and letters. As you make changes to the photo - sizing, cropping, enhancing - you will want to save the file with a more descriptive name so you can locate it later.
You will see a listing of files in your photo or "My Pictures" folder. The files will usually include a series of numbers and letters - something like below. This will depend on your camera make and downloading software. When the window comes up with "load to layer," say "ok." Double Click on the photo file you wish to edit and a new window will open.
Select the "Edit Picture" button from the bottom of the screen.
You will now have a menu that allows you to crop or trim the photo, enhance the lighting exposure or contrast, rotate, etc.
The next two examples demonstrate the "enhance" feature - greatly improving the exposure, contrast, and lighting. You can select the area to be enhanced by dragging the sides of the box. When you are done - click on the "done" box.
You may get a "large file warning" - but just click on "continue." You will end up with a high resolution photo.
Example One - Without Enhancement
Example Two - Enhanced
CROPPING YOUR FILE
You can experiment with the edit functions and select undo or redo as you make changes. As you edit, you will be able to accept your changes or cancel. Once you have made the edit changes, you can select "save as" and give the file a new name. Generally, it's best to save your original as is in case you want to go back and make other changes or edits. When you have saved the file with a new name, you can close the window. When you are done with the file changes, click on done.
When you click on "save as," you'll get a save pop-up. Check your "save as type" menu. You will want to save as a JPEG File (.jpg, .jpeg. jpe). Since you are saving this for the web, you need to be sure you save as a .jpg or a .gif file. You will now be able to resize your file. The original photo size is set at 100%. If you select 50%
Most cameras are set to default to high resolution photos. You may need to set the picture size at 25% or 50%. The goal is to have a photo that is not larger than 500 pixels in width or length. Although you can upload a larger file to ClipBoard, you will general want to keep the picture size at less around 350 Pixels and under 350 Kilobytes (KB) in file size. Right click on your file in the thumbnails and determine the file size. Select "Properties" to view the file size. You may have to experiment with the resizing option. You can also change your settings on your camera by selecting a lower resolution. If you camera says it takes 4 megapixel images, that is the highest resolution available. You can always set it at a lower resolution. When taking
A properties box will pop up and you can view the file size and picture size, as well as check the file format on the right side of the box. In this case, the file is now 49KB and the picture size is 250X262 pixels. Remember that .jpg. Jpeg, jpg, and gif are the only readable graphics files on the web. Since ClipBoard is a web-based portfolio program, you need to use web compatible formats .
Click on OK when finished.
EXAMPLE ONE - Properties when selecting "Best for Web" on "resize picture."
EXAMPLE TWO - When selecting 25% on "resize picture."
You can also check file size by right clicking on the name of the file in your file folders without going in to the photo editing program. When you right click on a file name, you can view the properties. You will notice that myphoto1.jpg is now only 72.4 Kilobytes. That is a very respectable size for a web graphic. At this point, you should be able to load up your photo into the photo gallery or into a showcase without any problem!