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Photo Editing

By sam_gubbels ·
I have been attempting to use Jasc Paint Shop Pro 8 by Dell to edit an important photo taken by a Polaroid digital camera. The flash on the camera is extremely bright and attempts to reduce it have been unsuccessful. Is there any way to fix this problem using this program so that the picture looks normal? If not, how could I do this and what program could I use, or is it even possible at all? Any help would be much appreciated! Thank you! Sam Gubbels

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Photo Editing

Yes it is possible to get the photo looking better though I have no experience with the program that you mentioned so I can not comment on it.

Corel's Photo Paint from the Corel Draw range will do exactly what you require but it isn't a cheap option and may take a bit of mucking around if you've never used any Corel Draw product previously.

Depending on just how important the photo is you may want to consider taking it to a professional photo studio to have it fixed as that will most likely be a cheaper and faster option. If there is just the one Photo involved.


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by TheChas In reply to Photo Editing

I'll start out by letting you know that I use several other image editing programs and am not that familiar with Paint Shop Pro.

That said, there are still basic functions and similarities that most photo editors share.

Further, just like film, there are limits to what can be done to recover from exposure errors on digital images.
If an area of the image is severely washed out from too much light, or nearly dark from too little light, you cannot recover a "normal" looking image from that area of the photo.

Start by opening the raw image and saving it as a .BMP or .TIF file.
Do NOT convert back to a jpg or other compressed format until you have completed ALL editing.
(you lose some image detail each time you save a jpeg file)

Use your brightness and contrast tools to adjust the overall image for the best compromise exposure.

Use the selection tools to select areas that are now either too light or too dark and adjust the brightness and contrast of each area as needed.
(this is similar to the old photo enlarger technique of dodging and burning)

Take your time, and save often.
You might even rename the file every few saves so that you can easily go back to a previous edit.

Newer version of Paint Shop Pro, and Adobe Photoshop Elements have improved algorithms in the automated tools and will be able to do a better job of fixing the exposure error.

Another option would be to find a graphic artist who specializes in image editing.


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by Jaqui In reply to Photo Editing

Jasc Paint Shop Pro, bought a year or two ago by Corel.

doesn't have the lighting controls that photoshop, photo-paint or gimp do.

gimp is free, and is available for windows.

you will need to get the gtk library, linked from the gim windows page to use it though.

if you can't get it done with gimp, get a trial of photoshop, it has a number of tools that work great for editing lighting levels in over exposed images.

this call for help show notes entry may help with fixing the image. I know they had one episode where they did exactly this, repair overexposed images in photoshop.

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by Jaqui In reply to

I knew I forgot something, the url for the call for help show.

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by John-P In reply to Photo Editing

Depending on how over-exposed the picture is it may not be possible to get it looking 'normal', but you can defiantly get it better.

As Jaqui mentioned, The GIMP is probably your best choice for this anywhere short of Photoshop.

If you would like to try it, download and install this:

Then this:

Once you get The GIMP installed and the picture opened, your tools for this are in the Layer > Colors menu. Specifically, Levels..., Curves..., and Brightness & Contrast...


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by OTL In reply to Photo Editing

Well with at least 5 versions of photo shop (web cam, Windows, digital camera, and a few others) I would suggest looking through the software that was included with some your hardware. You may already own great photo editing type software and not even know it !

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