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How to Edit Photographs to Suit Your Pages

Updated on August 12, 2013

When you write on Hubpages, you want to add some photographs to your Hub. It is easy to add photographs to your Hubs, but before adding them, you should edit them. Here are some tips for editing the photographs you want to add.

Why You Should Edit Photographs?

There are many reasons to edit a photograph. By editing a photograph, you can do following things with the photograph::

1. Adjust the size

2. Adjust the contrast

3. Adjust the brightness

4. Crop it by deleting unnecessary portion

5. Improve the sharpness

6. Put some text in it

7. Combine two or more photographs

8. Convert to Black and White or Single color

9. Adjust the color saturation

10. Add some effects

11. Many many other things.

To edit photographs, you require a photo editing software. So just have one from free or paid versions of photo editing software available on internet. I have used Photoscape for editing the photographs you are watching in this article.

In this article, I am giving 3 important and most used things in editing photographs: Resizing, adjusting brightness and contrast, and cropping.

How to adjust the size of a photograph

When you want to upload your photograph on your Hub, you need to reduce the file size of your photograph as you do no need big size photographs there. Small file size photographs are uploaded quickly.

You can reduce file size of the photograph by 1. resizing it 2. While saving the photo, choosing low number of DPI and 3. Reducing the quality of the photo.

What I do?

While editing photographs for Hubpages, I always resize the photographs to a height/length of 450 megapixels, and the ratio of height and length is generally 3:2

I save the photographs to 72, 96 or 120 DPI, and quality to 95%

Generally my photographs are between 60 KB to 1.2 MB

Original photograph
Original photograph | Source
After adjusting brightness and contrast
After adjusting brightness and contrast | Source

How to adjust the brightness and contrast of a photograph


If the photograph is dull or dark, you can adjust the brightness and contrast. To do it with using the Photoscape, open it and follow these steps:

1. Select Editor mode

2. Choose the photograph you want to edit from the left side menu

3. Click on Bright, Color tool at the bottom

4. Increase the percentage of brightness and contrast by moving respective buttons to the right side slowly. Watch the photograph while doing it. When you think it is correct, click on OK button

5. Save the photograph

Original photo
Original photo | Source
Cropped photo
Cropped photo | Source

How to Crop a Photograph?

You can remove unnecessary portion of a photograph by using the crop tool. Here is an example of cropping a photograph. Above is the original photograph and below is the cropped one. Note that both the photographs are of same size, but the cropped photograph gives closure look of the monkeys.

To crop a photograph, open it in Photoscape, then click on Crop button. Now follow these steps:

1. Move the cursor on the photograph

2. Left click on the point from where you want to crop it and drag it diagonally to right bottom side

3. Click on Crop button (The big one)

4. Save the cropped photograph.

In my next article on this subject, I will write about other features of editing, which will cover improving color saturation, sharpening and putting text to the photograph.

-Mahavir Sanglikar

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    Jo Alexis-Hagues 

    5 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

    Very useful information, much appreciated.

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    Mahaveer Sanglikar 

    6 years ago from Pune, India

    Movie Master,

    It is my pleasure to get appreciation from you. Thanks

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    Movie Master 

    6 years ago from United Kingdom

    Hi Jainismus, these are useful tips, the final effect of a photo can make a big difference to the overall look of the hub.

    Great information, Voted up/useful

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    Peggy Woods 

    6 years ago from Houston, Texas

    I still haven't spent the time to learn how to use Photoshop, but I use other free photo editing sites which brighten dark images, crop, etc. It can make a real difference in the final effect of a picture as you nicely demonstrated in this hub. Voted up and useful.

  • jainismus profile imageAUTHOR

    Mahaveer Sanglikar 

    6 years ago from Pune, India

    Hubpages Hubber,

    Thanks for reading and commenting on it.

  • jainismus profile imageAUTHOR

    Mahaveer Sanglikar 

    6 years ago from Pune, India

    Island Tropical,

    Thanks for reading this and commenting on it.

  • jainismus profile imageAUTHOR

    Mahaveer Sanglikar 

    6 years ago from Pune, India

    Millionaire Tips,

    Thank you for reading this Hub and commenting on it.

  • jainismus profile imageAUTHOR

    Mahaveer Sanglikar 

    6 years ago from Pune, India

    DanielNeff,

    Thank you for providing the useful information.

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    DanielNeff 

    6 years ago from Asheville, NC

    I've tried different version of editing software (both free programs and paid programs through free trial versions), and for me there is no alternative. If cost is the obstacle, I provided the alternative in getting a used copy that is a few version old. The learning curve is a little steeper with Photoshop (but nothing that anyone who is posting hubs can't handle), but once you learn a few basic tools, it is very easy. And you can get as fancy or as simple as you want.

    Maybe somebody else who likes a really really simple program can offer a suggestion of one they like?

  • jainismus profile imageAUTHOR

    Mahaveer Sanglikar 

    6 years ago from Pune, India

    DanielNeff, thanks for adding more information. Those who are interested in advanced photo editing techniques should buy Photo Shop. I wrote this article just for the Hubbers, who want to know some basic things of photo editing.

    I would like to know alternatives to Photo Shop.

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    Dale Hyde 

    6 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

    Great hub material and advice. I have used much of what you share and can vouch for it all. I don't use it much, however my wife, the web designer, certainly uses and practices these pointers on a daily basis and that is how I learned.

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    DanielNeff 

    6 years ago from Asheville, NC

    Good information. Thanks.

    Regarding the resizing, I believe 72 DPI is the standard for the web. Depending on the image, sometimes when I change the DPI to 72 first, the image size reduces to a desirable size (e.g. 600X800).

    For editing, if you want something more than the basics (which I do, I find basic editing programs very unsatisfactory) you can buy an older version of Photoshop used on ebay for a very reasonable price. A couple of years ago I purchased Photoshop 7.0 (it was about 3 versions old) for $25. I use it ALL the time.

    (Photoshop is about $600 new).

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    Leptirela 

    6 years ago from I don't know half the time

    Interesting hub

    great information

    to share with us.

    Vote up useful & interesting

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    buddhaanalysis 

    6 years ago

    i was really wanted info on this topic.

    i need this for my website.

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    Genesis 

    6 years ago from Canada

    Thank you very much for these tips. I'm definitely going to get photoscape and work on my photos! Voted UP!

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    Island Tropical 

    6 years ago

    many thanks, it is indeed jolly good to read this wonderful article of yours.

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    Shasta Matova 

    6 years ago from USA

    These are great tips. Many times I am unhappy with a photo, and a few simple tweaks on a photo software program makes it beautiful.

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