View Full Version : Manipulating piccies

23-06-2012, 03:10 PM

I want to use some of my photos but need to manipulate them first. I have absolutely no idea about the software that is available so I thought I'd ask here and then do lots of research based on your experiences.

Initially I just want to isolate areas of a photo, like cutting a flower off its background. But I have a sneaking suspicion I will want to do more fairly quickly!

Any suggestions?

23-06-2012, 03:19 PM
I use Irfanview which is free and very comprehensive. Just google it and you'll find it.

23-06-2012, 03:20 PM
I love photoshop, I've used it for years myself and also done a couple of courses in it throughout my art schooling. There's so much you can do with it, even after all these years I'm still learning new tricks, and the latest version is supposed to be incredible, but it is ridiculously expensive. I haven't really used any other photo manipulation software apart from that, but I'm sure there'll be cheaper and maybe even free versions out there. Not sure how they measure up to Photoshop, but price-wise will be a lot lot better!

23-06-2012, 03:33 PM
Have a look at Picmonkey....I love them and use it for all my pics on the website....it's really easy to use. Google them and go play!!! Xxx

23-06-2012, 03:57 PM

Freebies first and then expensive stuff if necessary.

I shall get playing :D

C'est Belle by Mimi
23-06-2012, 05:42 PM
a program called g.i.m.p. is like photoshop but free.

23-06-2012, 05:49 PM
I was about to suggest gimp! I used photoshop for years - then my laptop died and I lost it (had lost the disc) so I ended up using gimp. Have been using it now for approx 2 years on a mac and windows and can fully recommend it. It does all the basics that it seems you would like to do plus all the more complex stuff that photoshop will.

It is laid out differently but I chose the free pretty much the same version over spending hundreds on ps. Although I would buy the whole adobe suite if I had the moneys... Perhaps if enough of my paintings sell I can wish?!

If you need any help with gimp give me a shout but it's one of those things you just have to spend a while playing with to get to know what it can do - I discover something new everyday!


24-06-2012, 09:03 AM
Thank you, all.

I had heard of G i m p but had not realised it did all of that.

I can see I have a lot of playing to do :)

26-06-2012, 04:54 PM
If you dont have photoshot or light room I suggest downloading paint.net its free and theres loads of effects to use

26-06-2012, 05:39 PM
As I finish the day job for summer I shall be playing with some piccies after the weekend.

I'll let you all know how it goes - I'll try to remember to blog it, you never know someone might find it useful!

Thanks, SamWise (love the name by the way), I'll add it to the list of look ats!

04-07-2012, 09:37 AM
Just my two cents on this as I feel it might be useful. Some pictures to date I haven't modified due to the SLR doing that quite a bit for me. However I do use photoshop for most stuff but if I don't have access to it then I use windows live photo gallery to edit stuff. It's quick, simple and really effective. It's truly amazing what you can do with some free software. If your really going to sell using pictures then get a decent camera with lots of mega pixels or even a slr but I only suggest that if you know a lot about the features etc.


04-07-2012, 09:44 AM
Thanks. The slr is a wedding anniversary/birthday pressie later this year. I'm hoping it will do most of the work for me, but know that I may want to do some manipulating, so I am practising with my snappy pics.

07-07-2012, 09:01 PM
Have a look at Picmonkey....I love them and use it for all my pics on the website....it's really easy to use. Google them and go play!!! Xxx

I love Picmonkey! I find it faster than using a PC based editing package... the fact that you can just drag and drop your photo onto it and then play away...it is awesome!

Have you tried the collages? They even have templates setup for doing your Facebook pages etc.

Great stuff!


24-08-2012, 11:00 AM
I would also suggest gimp. It's pretty similar to Photoshop except it is free! Obviously it is best to start off with the free stuff until you find what sort of thing you're looking to do but for doing what you say in your original post, I think gimp would be fine. There are loads of tutorials out there if you're not sure where to start :)

05-11-2012, 08:01 PM
I like GIMP too, although it can be a little difficult to learn. A lot cheaper than photoshop anyway!

08-11-2012, 01:46 PM
It takes a bit of time to the hang of it
But you can use microsoft word 10 as well

There is easy to follow Gimp tutorial listed on my Fav's list ill have to dig it out later


02-12-2012, 11:32 PM
More often than not it is less time consuming to take the photo again than to manipulate in post. This is assuming that you can take the picture again and depends on the type of changes you need to make and the quality of the original photo. For instance if the flower you would like to cut out has a simple shape and uncluttered outline and is taken on a light coloured or white background then the cutout will be cleaner, quicker and easier to execute, whether you do it in Photoshop, Gimp or any other software. For isolating objects in an image, I've found it simpler to take the object and place in good indirect sunlight on a plain background and increase the exposure if necessary. End result: minimal post-processing. Anyway, that's just my pennys worth!

I've done this for the product photography on my own website (in signature) if you want to see some examples ...

03-12-2012, 12:42 PM
I am such a GIMP fan. I don't only use it for messing with cropping/ resizing my photos but also use it to paint with. It's such an amazing free resource!


17-12-2012, 10:58 AM
Hi I use photoshop for a living as my day job is a web developer, for a beginner I would say Photoshop is very advanced, I would recommend using either Google Picasa or GIMP as mentioned before, or if you want to step in to the Photoshop world try Lightroom or Photoshop elements.

All these packages allow you to use the RAW format if you are using an SLR.

Thank you,

22-12-2012, 06:24 PM
I've used Photoshop (which I would recommend but is costly) and GIMP which I didn't find to be very intuitive. Paint.NET is not too dissimilar to Photoshop and is FREE - YAYY!!