Photo Explosion Tutorial

by Melissa Worcester

The Photo Explosion image-editing application's many options include three powerful sections called "QuickFix Studio," "Filter Gallery" and "Instant Artist." Use "QuickFix Studio" to fix problems in the original photo, such as red eye, a crooked horizon or an overly dark image. The "Filter Gallery" includes special effects such as twirl, ripple and warp. "Instant Artist" transforms a digital photo into a work of art.

1

Open the "File" menu and choose "Open" to access an image. Navigate to the folder that contains the photo you want to edit, click on the file name and click on the "Open" button. Click on the "QuickFix Studio" button to fix problems with the photo.

2

Click on one of the buttons in the "Adjustment" pane to select an "Adjustment," such as "Crop," "Straighten," "Blemish Removal," "Red Eye," "Color" or "Brightness and Contrast." Once you've selected it, input "Adjustment Options" in the pane below the list of adjustments to correct color or brightness and contrast, or drag the handles of the box that appears over the photo for adjustments such as crop and straighten. Click on the "OK" button to apply the adjustment, or "Cancel" if the preview shows something you didn't intend. Click on the "Help" button for adjustment information.

3

Click on the "Filter Gallery" button to enter the "Filter Gallery." Select an effect from the "Filter Gallery" pane, preview the effect in the photo window and adjust its strength, angle or other settings using the options below the gallery. Click on the "OK" button to apply the filter to the photo.

4

Click on the "Instant Artist" button to alter the photo so it looks like various forms of artwork. Click on one of the options in the "Instant Artist" pane to select an artistic effect, such as "Paint and Ink," "Pencil," "Van Gogh" or "Watercolor." Enter numeric values or adjust slides in the pane to input the options for the effect, monitoring the results in the photo pane. When you like the results, click on the "OK" button to apply the effect.

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Open the "File" menu and choose "Save" or "Save As" to preserve your work. Accept the default file name or type in a new one to save the edited photo as a separate file, preserving the original.

About the Author

Melissa Worcester is a mom, freelance writer and graphic designer. She has been writing professionally for over 18 years and earning a part-time income writing for various websites since 2007. She writes about technology issues, business and marketing, home improvement, education and family topics and assists in her husband's home remodeling business. Worcester has a Bachelor of Arts in communications and psychology from Syracuse University.

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