The way I process my photos has developed over a few years. My photos generally go through a couple of stages before they reach my blog. The photos get edited first and then I add extra bits and turn them into a PNG image before I upload them to my blog.
I use a couple of free programs on my PC. My internet connection isn’t the best so I don’t use online photo editing tools because it would take way too long.
Of course there is the photo taking part (maybe that should be another ‘I wonder…’ question), but once my camera/phone photos are on my PC I start by sorting the photos by project and pop them into their own folder on an external hard drive.
The photos I want to edit are copied into the local Pictures folder on my PC for editing. I do this because the photo editing software I use indexes all the images in the drive it is accessing; this can take forever because my blog images are stored on an external hard drive with lots of other images. So instead, the Pictures folder on my PC is a temporary hold for when I’m photo editing.
Now I browse through the photos using Windows Photo Gallery, which was pre-installed on my PC; and cull the crappy ones.
Now it’s time to go back through the photos and edit each one. I usually start by auto adjusting to see what that does, undoing it or tweaking if I need to. Then I straighten the photos. My camera/tripod is always askew when I take pictures and for me its just easier to rotate while editing than it is to level my tripod.
Image watermarks, text, layouts & collages.
I use Inkscape (freeware) to add watermarks and create collages. I have created a couple of image templates – one for post feature images and one for in-post images. They are the sizes I want, have watermarks and sample text so I don’t have to recreate the image settings, font, text colour and size every time I’m editing images.
Generally I’ll label each layer with a brief description of the image I’m creating. I have a generic background colour layer so the background colour is going to be the same for all images created from the file. I also have a generic cut out layer on top of all the other layers so that it gives me an idea of what the final image is going to look like once I’ve exported it.
|The image below from my Crazy Polka Dots Dress is an example where I imported the 3 photos into one layer, then stacked the images and cropped the middle image to sit over the edges of the outer two images.|
If I want text in the image I’ll copy the sample text onto a layer, edit the text and move it to where I want it.
|I usually put an opaque shape under the text so it’s easier to read;
like I did for the image of my Denim Polly Skirt below
Once that is done I make the layers needed for a particular image visible and export it as a PNG. I can’t remember why I export to PNG, but I’m sure there is a reason and it seems to work 🙂
Now I have my final images ready for uploading to my blog and inserting into a post.
Depending on how many photos I take and how fiddly it is to put my collages together the process can take me anywhere between 30 minutes and 2 hours (with lots of tea and social media breaks) to get my images “blog ready”.
So that’s what I do with my images. It works for me at the moment and I’m pleased with the results.
Too Long, Didn’t Read (TL,DR)
- I use Windows Photo Gallery to peruse and edit my photos
- I used Inkscape to watermark images and to create collage images
- I save final images to PNG format
- My whole photo editing process can take anywhere between 30 minutes to 2 hours
So now it’s over to you…
How do you edit/process the photos for your blog?
What software do you use to edit your photos?
How long does it take you to get your images “blog ready”?