Okay, first off I am not very good at taking photographs and I don't spend a lot of time on trying to make my cards look good, but there are two things that I use to quickly improve my photos:
- A light box
- Picasa 3 - a free software download by Google that helps you organize, edit, and share your photos
So to be contrary, I'll start with the latter. When I first started blogging nearly two years ago, a wonderful crafter, Kirstin Eberline told me about Picasa 3. You can download it here and for Mac users here. Now I'm not going to go into detail about how to download it and the other gumph about it (you can find the easy start guide here), but just show you what I do with it. I didn't read any instructions whatsoever (which is just my approach to most things in life) and found it extremely intuitive to use straight away.
So once you have downloaded the software and opened the photo you want to work on, it looks like this...
You can't see them well on this screenshot, but on the left you can see there are different functionalities you can use. This is the functionality I use in the "Basic fixes" tab:
- I'm feeling lucky
- Text (to type in my name and blog name)
- Then I select the"Effects tab" and click on 'sharpen'
- Then finally, File > Save
A huge difference, I think you'll agree!! But hey, what about the card?! I'll give you all the deets on it on tomorrow's post! See you then!