Sunkissed Orchids

Hello there

I know that I normally write about my cardmaking and scrapbooking but today I want to show you what a difference editing your photos make.  I normally am a purist about photography and do minimal editing such as cropping for photos but today I went a little further and I am sold on editing to get a good photo now.  What do you think of the results?

Sunkissed Orchids

I used to use Memory Manager from Creative Memories, but I bought a new computer and I am now no longer able to use it for editing as the programme is no longer being supported since the demise of CM Australasia.  So I have discovered Picmonkey which is free for basic editing and just $33 per year for the Royale feature.  I have found it great to use to do collages for a website that  I am setting up for Gift Hutt.

For those of you that don’t know, I also have a shop in Lower Hutt called Gift Hutt and sell lots of arts and crafts on behalf of people.  You can check out what I have  in the shop here.  Today when I got to Gift Hutt the sun was shining through the window, onto some polymer clay orchids that I had sitting in the front of the shop and that was creating a lovely reflection.  I took a few photos with my Samsung Note tablet – here is the original image:

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As you can see there is quite a lot of background distraction.  I then cropped the photo to focus on the flowers and then using the clone function removed the white mark on the right.  Finally I used the shadow function to remove the background noise from the wall at the back of the photo.  It didn’t take long but I am happy with the result.  Here is the finished photo again:

Sunkissed Orchids

As you can see the editing has made a huge difference.  I know a lot of people are probably already doing this but it is a revelation to me and I am so pleased with the results that I will be doing more of this to improve the quality of my photos.  I will be exploring the other functions to see what results I come up with – so watch this space…

Happy Crafting


11 Comments on “Sunkissed Orchids

  1. It’s fabulous Patricia, I love it! Now you know why I love editing so much, as you’ve just discovered it can be quite addictive. Looking forward to seeing more xx


  2. Welcome to the world of editing. There should be so great apps for your tablet to have fun with too. Editing can take a good photo and make it great. Love the image. 😀

    • Thank you Raewyn but I don’t have time to do the photos. I am happy to stick with Picmonkey and see how I go at the moment. I was so pleased to get what I had been seeing in Gift Hutt.

      • I just play around with my iPad at the end of the day. I find the WP app easier to use for the reader so have started doing that. There are so many amazing apps out there for editing. I do this all when there is nothing much on TV.

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