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A picture is worth a million... effects

A picture is worth a million... effects
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First Published: Tue, Mar 23 2010. 09 34 PM IST

Click magic: Photoscape has inbuilt editing tools.
Click magic: Photoscape has inbuilt editing tools.
Updated: Tue, Mar 23 2010. 09 34 PM IST
Review | Photoscape
This is for all those of you who want to show off their pictures to friends. Try Photoscape, which comes with a great screen capture tool that can take snapshots of the entire screen, a window or a selected region. The captured image can even be modified before saving with a plethora of editing tools that come inbuilt with the software.
Click on the Screen Capture icon in the Photoscape circular menu. In the dialogue box that appears now, uncheck Sound if you do not want to hear the sounds being played during the capture process.
If you want to capture just one particular window, click on Capture Window and then hover your mouse over the desired window or window object. You will see that it’s bordered by a rectangle. Finally, middle-click to complete the capture. If you want to capture just a small region of the screen, click on Capture Region, and then draw a region to capture with your mouse.
Under the Capture Screen Process, you can click the Copy to Clipboard radio button if you want to bypass the Photoscape Editor and place the captured image directly on your clipboard. Otherwise the image will open in the editor tab for you to modify and save, if desired.
Photo mosaic
Click magic: Photoscape has inbuilt editing tools.
A photo mosaic is a combination of different photos on a single page so that friends and family do not have to flip through pages.
Click on the Page icon in the Photoscape menu. Choose a page layout that suits your needs best from the pane on the right. You can change the photo page margin size, border roundness and background colour or insert a frame for your photo page from the right pane to perfect your mosaic. Some basic colour filters are also available to enhance your photos. Finally, click on save to make your photo page and view it in the Photoscape Viewer.
Add backlight effects
If you have some dull photos, you can add some backlight effects to illuminate the subjects from behind, and make dark areas brighter.
Open any photo with Photoscape. The original image will open in Photoscape Editor. Click on the Backlight Effects button in the bottom pane under the Home tab a few times until you get the desired backlight effect for your photos. Save the photo once you are finished.
Bulk resize your photos
Resizing multiple photos to upload them on the Internet is extremely tedious and repetitive work. But with Photoscape you can “batch resize” them in one single click with the Convert All function.
Click on the Batch Editor icon in the Photoscape menu. In this workspace, open the folder that contains photos you want to batch resize. Use Ctrl+Left click to select multiple photos and then drag them on to the workspace. You can use various resizing options from the Home tab in the right pane. Select the one that fits your needs. The centre pane of the workspace will show a real-time preview of the changes you’ve made.
Finally, click on the Convert All button to resize your images in one go. Once you are done setting the naming convention for resized files and the output folder and format, wait for Photoscape to finish the command. The program might appear to have hung during this process, but there’s nothing to panic about.
Create lolcat pictures
Photoscape lets you create improved lolcat (a generic term where an image is combined with a humorous caption) pictures with conversation balloons and text captions. Click the Editor Button in the Photoscape menu. Browse and open your picture in the workspace. Go to the object tab in the bottom pane. Click on the Balloon icon to add and edit a conversation balloon. Select the font properties and the conversation balloon of your choice. At all times, you will get a live preview of your balloon and any changes you make to it.
Click on OK and save in the bottom pane and you are done creating your own lolcat picture/cartoon.
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First Published: Tue, Mar 23 2010. 09 34 PM IST