ce magazine May 2019 issue

CEoMC17

Michigan City Indiana

May Vol. 9 - 2019

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Editor

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Art & Design

Peter Nadal

Our Writers

Rodrigo Esperanza / Nomar Shaw

Diane G / Big Poppa

Our May 2019 Edition

4 Pete’s Corner

5 Scam Warning

6 Hey Pete!

Restoring those old photographs

And adding some color!

11 What You Seek Is Knowledge

12 Biz Cards board!! Hey its free

13 How to Quickly Restore An

Old Photo in Adobe Photoshop

22 Best Free and Low-cost Photo Editing

Software, Services and Apps16 Disposing

of Old Computers

36 Create a Beautiful Sunrise

Landscape Photo Manipulation

37 Something to enlighten you up!

38 Memorial Day Poster

Outside Sources On This Month issue

Ann Young / Dan Wang Design

Jenny Le / Lee Moran

photoshopstar.com - dailymail.co.uk

speckyboy.com - organizingphotos.net

Front Cover by Peter Nadal

Custom Cover Forest 3D”

Original Computer-Ease logo ©

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Floyd Carter Sr.

One of the last of the Tuskegee Airmen, the renowned flying force that contributed

to America's World War II efforts, and a decorated veteran of three wars and 27

years with the NYPD, Floyd Carter died in March this year at the age of 95, leaving

a long legacy as a groundbreaking hero pilot and a city police detective. Carter,

who simultaneously rose through the ranks of the U.S. Air Force Reserves and the

police, was honored in 2007 with the Congressional Gold Medal by President Bush

for breaking the color barrier in Tuskegee.

For more on Carter and his career, see this Military.com article.

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Pete’s Corner!

This month’s issue is about how to restore those old photographs from

decades ago and create some new photographs from very old ones. A

whole bunch of links on this issue should keep you occupied and teach the

secrets of photo manipulation. The front cover is 3D art from a single

picture and it will be shown on how to do it on June issue.

My picture was from an art piece I found some 5 years ago, I then put my

upper body on it, adjusted the hat and made it look painted. This is some

of the things this issue is covering.

If you have a computer question that you can’t find an answer to, email us

at: computereas@juno.com we have a full staff of computer techs that will

find you an answer and even How-To if need to.

Enjoy this issue and who knows you may become a 21 st century

Rembrandt!

Thank You for reading CE Magazine…

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How do you do that?

Restoring those old photographs

And adding some color!

(ps: and some fun)

In one of our past issues we showed how to color old pictures, now we

will show you how to restore all those old pictures of your

grandparents, mom and dad, cousins, uncles and so forth. Many of

these have faded, cracked, or turned orange. If you have a computer

and have been playing with graphic software then you are ready to

give it a try.

Sample 1

This photograph, the owner (the little

girl), has been in a box around 54 yrs and

like many of these old pictures they turn

orange.

First thing is to make a file on your

computer and scan it to your file, let’s

call it OldPhotos (make it unique it will

be easy to search for). Scan the picture

and save it to the file you made, load up

your graphic program then load your

picture. Select color mode then select

grey scale 16 bit and now you have a

good picture to print; personally I prefer

glossy pictures when restoring old

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pictures. But wait, let’s color it! I use BlackMagic or use whatever

software you are used to. Now part of coloring is guess work and the other

part is looking at the shades of grey and believe it or not you will see the

colors. So, this was the final, you may notice the sky is not blue I made it a

pale blue and did not look right, so, left it as is.

Sample 2

Back in the 20’s and 30’s this was a popular

photography in an ellipse circle for framing.

The studio then would do some coloring for that

classic look, now, let’s make this picture a little

bigger, square and little more color.

First load up your scanned picture in your

graphic program and use your ellipse masking

tool and copy it. Minimize the picture then open

a new page then paste it, at his point grab one of

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the corners of the picture and make it bigger. Now combine it to the

background, use your crop tool so it can be a rectangle. I used

Brightness/Contrast/Intensity

tool to readjust the colors back

to its glory days and then left

alone to maintain that classic

old look.

Now, for some fun, let’s recreate a new photo

from some old ones.

As you can see I’m on the

right and my great grandfather

on the left. This was one of

those days that I wondered

what great grandpa would

look in an Australian turn of

the century uniform. So, I

used Face-in-the hole one of

my favorite sites to doodle

with. I did mine first and made

it look like a real old photo.

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Now you’re going to have to adjust the face right, then use your graphic

program to get rid of any white, adjust hair, facial features and so on. On

great grandpa picture (left) I flipped him then cut left arm and right arm

and swap then around (mirror image). Then I had to copy my torso jacket

flipped to be exact mirror image along with art work to make it look

authentic, actual time it took to make this was 4 ½ hrs. So, was I happy?

Yes! And I created something unique to frame that will be a

conversational piece, so my creation name is;

―Who Is Who‖

It is not as hard as you think, just play around and have fun you might

create a beautiful picture to hang on your wall! Pete

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Some of my favorite photos I redone

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https://www.popsci.com/restore-old-print-photos#page-2

https://photo.wondershare.com/photo-editor/best-old-photo-restoration-software.html

https://windowsreport.com/old-photo-restoration-software/

https://www.familysearch.org/blog/en/restoring-damaged-photographspart-1/

https://hubpages.com/entertainment/DIY-Photo-Repair-Photo-Restoration-With-Free-

Software

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Editor: A very excellent How-To on using Adobe Photoshop, click the link to see bigger pictures!

How to Quickly Restore An Old Photo in

Adobe Photoshop

organizingphotos.net/restoration-retouching-photo-photoshop/

November 13, 2018 By Ann Young November 13, 2018

Adobe Photoshop is a favorite tool of ours here at The Swedish Organizer, and it’s

a fan favorite throughout the world as well. What other program is as powerful

when you need to bring those old faded photos back to life? Yep, that’s a pretty

short list. But if you’re not a photo restoration & retouching aficionado, it can be

quite the learning curve to tackle it, so we decided to put together a little tutorial

for you. Is this the full and complete answer to all your retouching needs? No, of

course not, but it’s not meant to be. Instead, we hope encourage you enough that

you try it out for yourself! Here with a few Photoshop tips and tricks is Ann Young,

photo retoucher over at FixThePhoto.com! Enjoy!

Old Photo Restoration in Photoshop

Got some faded print photos in your collection? You’re not alone. Every year, lots

of photos get damaged by water, fire, sunlight, dust, and let’s not forget – by time

itself. You obviously want to store your photos in a safe environment, but for some

it may already be too late. Fortunately, technology can fix a lot of things, if you just

know how to leverage it. In this article, you will find a few beginner steps on how

to restore old photos in Adobe Photoshop. I know that sounds like an intimidating

task, but trust me, you can do it – with a little practice!

First, Digitize the Photo!

Before you can retouch anything, the first step there is to digitize the photo you

want to restore. You’ll need to scan your image with a photo scanner, a mobile

scanning app, or by re-photographing it with a DSLR camera. Whatever technique

you use, make sure that the quality is good enough to work with in terms of

resolution and clarity. Keep in mind that your photo must be large enough to zoom

in on, otherwise you’ll have lots of difficulties restoring it. [Editor’s Note: Be sure

to read this blog post on image resolution to get the full picture. Pun intended!]

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The typical “ancestor” photo has scratches, tears, and lots of fading.

How to Make Basic Adjustments in Photoshop

Photoshop may look intimidating, but it’s actually quite easy to make simple

adjustments. Below are a few of them. Be sure to always work on a duplicate (either

a copy of your photo, or in a different layer), so you don’t make a mistake with your

original scan. Before you start, make sure that the copy you’re going to improve is

clean and has no additional elements. If you see any unwanted borders or

unnecessary elements around the photo edges, you can remove those by cropping

your photo first.

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How to Duplicate a Photo in Photoshop:

1. Find the taskbar and click ―Image‖

2. Select ―Duplicate‖

3. Name your new files something different from your original and save it.

How to Duplicate a Layer in Photoshop:

1. Find the taskbar and click ―Layer‖

2. Select ―Duplicate Layer‖

3. Rename it to something distinctive (each layer should have a different name).

You can now work on the duplicate layer.

How to Crop a Photo in Photoshop:

1. Click on the ―Crop” icon on the left side of the toolbox

2. Adjust the edges of the crop box by dragging them to the right positions

3. Click on the photo or press ―Enter/Return” and choose “Crop”

How to Quickly Straighten a Photo in Photoshop:

If your scanned photo is slightly bent or rotated, the ―Crop” tool can also be used to

straighten it. This makes your photos a tiny bit smaller, but it’s a quick way to fix

the alignment.

1. Activate the ―Crop” tool by clicking on the icon

2. Put the cursor near the image’s edge – a curved, double-ended arrow should

appear

3. Click and drag the arrow to the right or left depending on your cropping

preferences

4. Click on the picture or press ―Enter/Return” and choose “Crop”

How to Rotate a Photo in Photoshop:

1. Click ―Image‖ in the taskbar

2. Choose ―Image Rotation‖

3. Select the rotation you like between presets or an arbitrary number

4. Apply and save

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Noise Reduction Using a Filter

Wouldn’t it be if you could remove scratches with a single button click? Well,

unfortunately we’re not quite there yet. In fact, it is quite a long process, which

requires a lot of manual adjustments. But there is one way to quickly reduce noise

in a photo, and that is to make use of a Photoshop filter. Try this and you’ll see

what I mean.

Noise Reduction in Photoshop:

Try Noise Reduction with a filter!

1. Click ―Filter‖ in the taskbar

2. Click ―Noise‖ then ―Dust & Scratches‖

3. Slightly increase the Radius pixels and Threshold rates in the pop-up window

until you like the image. Do it very slowly to not lose too many details.

4. Return to ―Filter”, click ―Noise‖ & ―Reduce Noise‖

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5. Adjust the parameters in the pop-up window

accordingly. You can monitor all the changes in the

Preview box. Save.

Improving Damaged Areas

I’m a perfect Pinnable!

Patience is a virtue, especially in Photoshop. Imperfections can be hard to spot and

stubborn to fix, but where there’s a will, there’s a way. The most effective way to

attack this type of damage is to use a combination of the Clone Stamp the Patch

Tool, and the Spot Healing Brush.

Clone, Patch, and Heal!

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How to Use the Clone Stamp:

1. Find the Clone Stamp in the toolbox and click on the icon

2. Choose the size of the brush you need

3. Activate the spot you want to clone and press ―Alt” simultaneously

4. Adjust opacity (if needed)

5. Click/ drag the cursor around the damaged spot to paint it with the cloned

pixels.

How to Use the Patch Tool:

1. Click on the Spot Healing Brush

2. Choose the Patch Tool

3. Choose ―Source

4. Encircle the damaged area with a cursor

5. Create a selection and drag it to the clean area similar in color to the damaged

one.

How to Use the Spot Healing Brush:

1. Find the Spot Healing Brush in the toolbox and click on the icon

2. Select the size of the brush you need (the drop-down menu in the upper right

corner)

3. Select the type (Proximity Match or Content-Aware)

4. Click on the damaged area to fix it

Quick Color Corrections in Photoshop

Old photos tend to be faded, and this too, can be fixed in Photoshop. There are lots

more things you can do in terms of color correction, but here is one of the easier

fixes:

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Color correction is one of the most helpful fixes you can do on an old photo!

How to Improve Tone and Vibrancy in Photoshop:

Selecting the image in the taskbar, you get a drop-down menu with the basic

features of color correction. In the Adjustments tab, you’ll see 3 main options:

1. Auto Tone

2. Auto Contrast

3. Auto Color

Try these automatic settings (they may give you the needed effect without doing

anything more complicated). If you think that your photo still needs some

adjustments, do them manually. Read the histogram to see what needs to be fixed.

There are lots of videos and tutorials on how to do this, but you can try adjusting

the different parameters (Curves, Exposure, Brightness, Levels, etc.) until you get a

result you like. When you’re done, delete the original layer. If you’ve done this

correctly, you won’t have touched it (you would have just adjusted the edited layer).

Make sure it’s selected as the top layer and then click ―Flatten Image.‖

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Before & After! Better, isn’t it?

Next, do the following:

1. Click ―File‖ on the taskbar

2. Choose ―Save as‖

3. Select the file format you need

4. Press ―Enter‖ to save the new file. Voilà!

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Now It’s Your Turn!

We hope this wasn’t too much tech directions in one blog post! We encourage you

to try out fixing some of your old photos. If you don’t have the time, you can

always outsource the task to a Pro, but it’s quite fun to do on your own! Try it, and

let us know how you do!

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Best Free and Low-cost Photo Editing Software,

Services and Apps



by Dan Wang Design

Sep 12, 2018 8 minute read Leave a comment

For ecommerce sellers, effective product photography is one of the main factors

that drive conversions. Customers can touch or experience your products

physically, so it’s up to you to make them come to life for online shoppers.

That’s why we’ve put together key tools and resources for beautiful DIY product

photography and a step-by-step guide to every aspect of the shoot.

While getting the right shot is important, it’s what you do with it afterwards that

really takes it home. No matter how well you shoot your photos, there are always

ways to improve with photo editing afterwards.

We’ve rounded up a list of the best free photo editing software and apps, plus some

paid ones, that you can use to make your shots really shine online.

Paid options usually offer the best photo editing software and tools available, since

paid products often respond to feature requests and ship updates more consistently.

However, if you’re on a budget or you just need a quick solution for simple editing,

a free alternative can definitely work for you.

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GIMP

GIMP is arguably the most sophisticated and best free photo editor. You can use

this free image editing software to retouch, edit and draw. You’ll have to download

the program to your computer before you begin.

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Fotor

Fotor is a browser-based option that offers editing and beauty retouching. Its High

Dynamic Range feature can be particularly useful: You can take three photos with

different exposures to combine them into a single image, with the best light and

tone from each of the separate photos. It’s one of the best free photo editors out

there, and you can also go pro for added features for a small monthly fee.

Inkscape

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Inkscape is a free photo editing software that you download to your computer. The

―professional vector graphics editor for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux‖ allows

you to create and manipulate objects, change colors and add text, among other

features.

Pixlr

Pixlr is a free photo editing software that has both a mobile app and a web app.

Features include a sponge tool, brush tool, red eye correction, gradient and more.

You can also pay for the Pro version for upgraded features, or stick with the free

image editing software option.

Photoshop Express

Another Adobe product, Photoshop Express is an app for your phone. You can use

it to crop, fix red eye, share on social media and more. We’d pretty much

recommend all of Adobe’s image editing products — it’s tough to choose which is

the single best free photo editor from their suite.

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Photo POS Pro

With specific versions for professional and novice photo editors alike, Photo POS

Pro is a free photo editing software that you download to your computer. Remove

backgrounds and unwanted objects, apply color correction, and create borders and

overlays.

InPixio

Download the free picture editing software InPixio to ―create beautiful photos —

with 1 click!‖ Built for those new to photo editing, the list of features is short but

valuable for simple editing needs.

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BeFunky

BeFunky is a browser-based and free picture editing software, with an optional

upgraded paid version. The free edition allows users to crop, resize, rotate, and

adjust exposure and lighting to your images.

FreeOnlinePhotoEditor.com

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A very basic but easy-to-use and browser-based free picture editing software is

FreeOnlinePhotoEditor.com. Crop, rotate, adjust colors, add borders and effects,

and create text overlays for your pictures.

Canva

Canva is a free photo editing tool that many use to create graphics and brochures.

The browser-based photo editor also has an paid version you can upgrade to access

more advanced features.

Snappa

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With Snappa's drag-and-drop editor, it’s quick and easy to create your own graphics

for blog posts, social media profiles and ads. The tool provides access to more than

half a million free stock photos, 70,000+ vectors and shapes, and 200+ fonts. It's

free to download up to 5 files per month, or $10 a month for unlimited downloads.

Need photos for your website?

Burst is a free high quality stock photo site powered by Shopify. Browse 1000s of

product and lifestyle images for commercial use.

Best low-cost photo editing software and apps

Photoshop Elements

The Adobe Photoshop suite is the ultimate in photo editing. Photoshop Elements

offers every image editing tool you need and then some. This is some of the best

photo editing software out there, which also means that it’s not cheap.

Note: Consider also Photoshop CC, the latest edition of Photoshop that only costs

$9.99 every month.

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Photoshop Lightroom

Elements offers huge functionality in editing photos one-by-one. Lightroom

focuses on editing in batches. So it retains many of the features you’d find in

Elements, but is especially valuable for organizing and editing a large number of

pictures.

ON1 Effects

ON1 Effects boasts itself as a ―one-stop solution‖ due to its robust list of features.

Stackable filters, presets and textures allow flexibility to complete all of the edits

you need to get the look you want.

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Fiverr

Fiverr is a marketplace for small, inexpensive gigs. Many service providers on

Fiverr edit photos, some with experience in ecommerce or even specific industries.

Too many to sift through? Rank your options by “Recommended,” “High Rating” or

“Express Gigs.”

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Tucia

If you don’t want to hunt down the right individual to send photos to, consider

Tucia, an agency that has edited over 3.7 million photos. There are three tiers of

service for different features, starting at $8/image. One guarantee we love:

unlimited free revisions.

Portrait Professionals

If your images feature human models, take a look at Portrait Professionals. It’s a

downloadable tool that’s optimized for airbrushing portraits to fix blemishes and

reshape the face.

7. Pixelz

Starting at $1.45 per image, Pixelz uses proprietary software to strip your images of

their backgrounds so that you can substitute something in its place (for example,

pure white or the right shade of blue). It promises a 24-hour turnaround. This is best

for simpler editing projects, since it’s automated instead of edited by hand.

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8. Bright River

Bright River (formerly Mister Clipping) draws clipping paths by hand, not with

automated software, to remove the backgrounds of your photos. Prices start at $0.99

per image.

9. KeyShot

KeyShot is an image rendering software that can create 3D visuals and models.

Major brands often use it to create their marketing materials. It’s the priciest item

on this list of best photo editing software, but you can play around with a fully

functional license for free.

10. PicMonkey

PicMonkey is the final tool on the list of best photo editing software; it was

originally built on a single feature: the option to make a collage. Now you can use

it to create templates for a consistent look and feel across all your visuals.

Click on HERE for the full online article and more

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Create a Beautiful Sunrise Landscape Photo

Manipulation

April 30, 2014 by Jenny Le

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create a beautiful sunrise landscape photo

manipulation in Photoshop. You’ll learn how to combine different stocks to make a

cohesive scene, blend and adjust color, work with lighting effects and more.

For the full detail instruction on how recreate this fantastic picture

Click on the link below;

https://photoshopstar.com/create-a-beautiful-sunrise-landscape-photo-manipulation/

AND

For more 100 Fantastic Photo Manipulation Photoshop Tutorials

Click on the link below;

https://speckyboy.com/photo-manipulation-photoshop-tutorials/

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Something to enlighten you up

Ye olde photoshoppe: The first ever altered images (including two pictures

stitched together to make iconic portrait of Abraham Lincoln)

By Lee Moran Updated: 11:01 EDT, 28 February 2012

Here's the proof that photo fakery is nothing new.

These days magazine 'artists' can indulge every whim of the vainest covergirls, but

pictures involving celebrities have been modified for many a long year.

Take this 150-year-old portrait of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, in which he looks

every bit the all-American hero. All is not as it appears - as although it is undoubtedly the

16th Commander in Chief's face staring at the camera, the body in fact belongs to a

prominent southern politician.

It has led to claims the 1860 portrait, stitched together from two pictures as 'no

sufficiently heroic portrait of Lincoln had yet been taken', could be the first ever

Photoshopped image.

And a study of interesting images from down the years shows how the art of photograph

trickery has developed over time.

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Fake: The photo on the left appears to be of General Ulysses S Grant in front of his

troops at City Point, Virginia, during the American Civil War. It is in fact created

from three pictures, the head from a portrait of Grant; the horse and body from

Major General Alexander M McCook; and the background of Confederate

prisoners captured

Digital forensics expert Dr Hany Farid said: 'Although we may have the impression

that photographic tampering is something relatively new - a product of the digital

age - the reality is that history is riddled with photographic fakes.'

Farid, from Dartmouth College, said the air-brushing of images by brutal dictators

took place as a matter of course.

He said Josef Stalin, Adolf Hitler and Fidel Castro all indulged in a spot of pre-PC

Photoshopping to eradicate enemies from pictures.

He added: 'Although there are many historical examples of photographic fakes,

time-consuming and cumbersome darkroom techniques were required to create

them.

For the rest of this lengthy ―Fake pictures‖ of history, do click the link.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2107109/Iconic-Abraham-Lincoln-portrait-revealed-TWO-picturesstitched-together.html

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