How to improve poor quality photos in free program.
You come back from your vacations, you upload all the pictures to your computer and when you see them on bigger screen.. sudden disappointment.. They are not as sharp and vivid as you though they would be? Well, you may not be able to go back to this place any time soon to take another shot, right?
Don’t press the “Trash” button yet! Your pictures may still be rescued and improved with use of free photo edition program. In this tutorial I used PhotoScape, which you can download here.
Are you ready? Let’s work on those photos and improve their quality in few steps.
To begin with, lets address our biggest concern – that is lack of contrast and milky look of my picture. We will do it by pressing “Bright, color” button on the very bottom of our PhotoScape window. This gives us an access to the panel that controls couple of features like: Exposure, Gamma Settings, Contrast. We definitely want to Deepen the picture, lower Gamma Bright and enhance the Contrast.
You can use similar settings to mine, but I encourage you to play a little bit with the slides to find the best levels for your picture.
It already looks better, right? Wait till we finish.. 🙂
Now, that our picture is much more distinct (the contrast and gamma levels are better) we can work a little bit on colors. Saturation curve (also under “Bright, color” button) will help us obtain more vivid colors. We are not changing the colors here – just bringing them out.
Don’t go too far with the curve, as your image may become unrealistic.
I find the tones of this picture a little too cold. I would like to give it a bit of a warm, sunset feeling. Let us work on Color Temperature (still “Bright, color” button).
The lower the number we set here, the warmer the picture will become.
Blurred pictures are very common problem. It is actually quite difficult to check if the picture is sharp on a small screen of digital camera. Fortunately we can sharpen pictures that are slightly out of focus in photo edition program. Just click on a “Sharpen” button, set correct radius and amount of sharpening (not to high again, to avoid artificial look) and there you go..
To concentrate on the main subject of the picture I cropped a bit of the tree form the right side and a bit of the bottom. In order to do that we go to Crop tab and choose “Crop Freely” setting. Then, we can cut out all the outside elements that seem unnecessary in this picture.
Now, just save the picture under desired name and compare it with what you started with. Make sure that your JPEG quality setting is high, you didn’t do all this work to accidentally save the picture in low quality, right?
The poor quality picture that we started with does not look that bad anymore. Maybe it can even be included in the travel album?
Here is the comparison of before and after picture and under this link there are more of my before & afters.
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I would love to hear your feedback. Maybe you also have some proven tricks how to improve poor quality photos?