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Make Your Images Stand Out Like A Pro

It’s easy to put off organizing your vacation pictures, leaving you with the digital equivalent of undeveloped film and dusty photo bins. But with travel slowed and more time at home, now’s the perfect time to sort through your selfies and hard-fought family photos. To help make your images stand out like a pro, we reached out to our friends at Microsoft for tips on easy-to-do photo editing using the powerful tools of Windows 10. Crop, filter and retouch your images to perfection!

ENHANCE A PHOTO
The Enhance & Adjust tools allows you to control the color and exposure of your photos.

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1. Select a photo in the Collection view to open it.
2. Select Edit & Create from the app commands at the upper right side of the window then select Edit.
3. Select Enhance on the right-hand side of the screen, below the Crop and rotate option. Select Filters at the top of the screen.
4. Select the filter you would like to add from the choices below then drag the white bar in the middle of your image to control how strong the effect is.
5. Select Save a copy from the bottom panel at the right side of the window.
6. Alternatively, select Adjustments and manually control how bright or dark you want your image.

CROP A PHOTO
The Crop tool allows you to select the portion of the photo you want to keep.

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1. Select a photo in the Collection view to open it.
2. Select Edit from the app commands at the upper right side of the window.
3. Select Crop and rotate at the top of the panel along the right edge of the window.
4. Drag the circular points of the cropping frame to adjust the cropping area.
5. Select Done from the options at the right side of the window to apply the crop. The crop now automatically applies once you select you next action, otherwise you can immediately save the image if you are finished.
6. Select Crop and rotate at the top of the panel along the right edge of the window.
7. Select Aspect ratio from the options at the right side of the window.
8. Select a few of the options from the drop-down menu to see that the cropping frame automatically resizes.
9. Select Done to apply the crop.

RETOUCH A PHOTO (SPOT FIX)

1. Select the photo to be retouched.
2. Select Edit from the app commands at the upper right part of the window.
3. Select Adjust from the panel along the right side of the window.
4. Select Spot fix.
5. Select the area of the photo you want to retouch. You may have to select the spot a few times to cover the entire blemish.
6. Select Save a copy to save a copy of the retouched photo.

FIX RED EYE IN A PHOTO

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1. Select the photo to be retouched.
2. Select Edit & Create from the app commands at the upper right part of the window and click Edit
3. Select Adjust from the panel along the right side of the window. Adjustments from the top of the window
4. Select Red eye.
5. Select the eye of the subject in the photo to remove the redness.
6. Select Save a copy to save a copy of the retouched photo and select the back arrow in the upper left corner of the window.

DRAW ON A PHOTO
The Draw tool allows you to draw or Ink onto a photo.

1. Select a photo in the Collection view to open it.
2. Select Edit & Create from the app commands at the upper right side of the window.
3. Select Draw.
4. Use the pen tools displayed at the top of the photo to ink onto your photo.
5. Select the ballpoint pen, pencil or calligraphy pen for your chosen style.
6. Change the color and thickness of each pen by selecting the downwards arrow on each pen.
7. Left click and drag or press and hold your finger to ink onto your photo.
8. Select Save a copy from the same panel at the top of the photo.

Visit the Microsoft Studio page on the Holland America Line website for updates about the Microsoft courses offered and to download all of the handouts. Go to: HollandAmerica.com >> The Experience >> Activities >> View All >> Microsoft Studio

3 Comments
  • Lorraine Allen

    I’d love to access this but cannot find it. Can you please tell me what to click on and where to get this photo help. Thanks,
    Lorraine

  • Margaret Ann Raidt

    I was excited to take this course on a Holland America cruise to Alaska About 10 years ago. Since then I have use the skills listed in this workshop to edit and create many of my photos. I also use the Windows movie maker class, to turn my collection of pictures into videos.

  • Julie

    There is a link in the post to all of the downloadable handouts. Just click and it will take you to the HAL site.

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