Thursday, October 11, 2012

"Totally Rad" Photo Editing Software

Hello all!

I've been fiddling with some pictures and some photo editing software.  I don't know about you, but a lot of my photos are perpetually in my computer, and now I'm looking to get them printed up, framed, and put up where everyone can enjoy them!

The problem is, some of them aren't quite frame-able - so I'm hunting down some photo editing software to use to fancy them up a bit, without spending a lot of time learning to use it (I'm lookin' at you, Photoshop).

I love this trend in photographs of making them look like film.  I call it the "hipster" look -  I know there must be a better word for it, but with my limited knowledge of that sort of thing, I don't know what it is.  Anybody?

Here is the look I am talking about and a few of my favorite blogs for these types of photographs: (my upload of this photo below is a little pixelated, the photograph on the site is better quality.)

And here are a few of my friend, Laura's photographs I admire:

Being inspired by these photographs, I downloaded a free trial of Totally Rad.  

So far I was able to take this old picture of Audrey from this:

To this:

And I like it.  I haven't done many more of the family just yet, but I just snapped a few quick ones around the house for funsies to show you some other examples.  (Darn, I just realized I forgot to save the "before" pics.  Oh well, you get the idea.)


In conclusion (I can hear my high school speech teacher now, you're not supposed to say, "In conclusion")  this software is all right in my book.

* SOOPER easy to use (I mean, really, it's like "Photo Editing for Dummies").  It shows you each of your options, underneath each option would be a picture of what your picture will look like once the edit is made.  The edit is made by simply clicking on the option.
* It gives several different choices - in my estimation, about 30 by themselves - but here's the kick - you can layer them on to create so many different looks (kind of like how Sonic technically has 398,929 drink flavors).  
*At $150 it is an affordable option if you already have Photoshop, but it is a Photoshop plug-in and we all know how pricey Photoshop gets.   (If you are looking for a free option - I highly recommend trying out Google's Picasa.) 

Anybody out there with any other recommendations? 

Thanks as always for reading!  Love ya!  Unless you think that's weird, in which case, I very much enjoy your company. 

1 comment:

  1. I forgot about those pictures! some times I go back and flip through all my old pages.

    Can't wait to see you!


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