Basic Photo Editing

Ok, so you've slaved over your latest paintjob and got a pic from your digital camera, what next?

You'll be needing some editing software, personally I use GIMP or Photoshop, I'll use GIMP as an example here as it's free and pretty easy to use.

http://www.GIMP.org/

First of all you crop your image, this is to make sure your mini is the centre of attention, and to get rid of the background, all you do is click on the dotted rectangle and drag around your mini. Image>Crop Image and voila you have your pic.

If you are anything like me your pics are pretty big when they come out of your camera, to adjust the size click on Image>Scale Image and adjust to a manageable size, I tend to scale to 400 pixels wide. In GIMP use the Cubic algorithm as it gives a decent image quality, (in photoshop this isn't a problem).

So, you now have your pic ready for final adjustments:

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As you can see, the colours are not balanced, this is pretty simple to fix, click on Tools>Colour Tools>Levels. The following will appear:

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If your lighting is ok, just click on Auto and OK and you are done, you might need to move the middle arrow under the graph around to get the tones right. Your image should now look like this:

Photoshop:

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GIMP:

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You can also change the brightness and contrast at this stage, Tools>Colour Tools>Brightness and contrast, you'll get a dialogue box with two sliders, just move them around to get the pic as you want.

That's pretty much it. Save as JPG, upload and show off.

If I've missed anything let me know. If you want another one on Gradient backgrounds reply below.