Editing Images in DSFdesign Studio Products

Some images in DSFdesign Studio products can be edited, for example, cropped, rotated, or sharpened. RGB images in JPG or PNG format can be fully edited as long as their resolution does not exceed 2,880 x 2,880 pixels; if the resolution is higher, you can just crop the images. CMYK images in JPG or PNG format can be cropped. You can also crop images that are in PDF, EPS, or SVG format.

Note You can make some changes to the appearance of images in a product without changing the images themselves. For example, you can change the opacity of images or rotate them.

To edit an image

1.        If you added an image to a DSFdesign Studio product by dragging it to an image placeholder box, the Edit Photo window opens automatically if the image can be edited. Otherwise, double-click an image to open the Edit Photo window. (A message informs you if the image cannot be edited.)

An image always first opens in crop view. (For some images cropping is the only option.) If the image is of poor quality this is where you will be warned.

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The original photo is always displayed on the left. As you make changes, you can see the transformed photo on the right.

2.        Click any of the following buttons on the toolbar at the top of the Edit Photo window:

         Crop (the image always opens in this view automatically)

Note For some images, cropping is the only option; the other options are unavailable. Depending on the product, however, you may be able to rotate an image just like other objects when you are personalizing a product.

         Rotate

         Red Eye

         Brightness/Contrast

         Exposure

         Tint

         Saturation

         Sharpen

3.        If you make a change and do not like the results, click Undo. To go back to the change again, click Redo.

4.        If you make several changes and decide you want to go back to the original photo, click Reset and then click Yes to confirm that any changes you made will be discarded.

5.        To save the changed image so you can use it in other products (and not have to edit it again), select the Save image for future use check box.

6.        After you finish making changes to the image, click Apply Changes. The Edit Photo window closes and your edited image is displayed as part of the product you are ordering.

Cropping Images

If you want to keep only part of an image and remove the rest, you can crop the image. When cropping, a rectangle is automatically displayed to show a cropped area. You can move this rectangle and make it large or smaller. As you size the rectangle, the width to height ratio of the rectangle is maintained no matter how large or small your rectangle becomes. Alternatively, you can crop in free form. You can then change the rectangle, for example, you can make it very tall and narrow. (In free form mode, the width to height ratio of the original rectangle is ignored.)  

1.        An image always opens automatically in crop view, but if you did some other editing and then want to return to cropping, click Crop on the toolbar of the Edit Photo window. (For some images cropping is the only option.)

Important If the image does not meet the resolution (DPI) requirements for the product, a Low Quality warning link is displayed. Click this link to open the Photo Information window so you can find out how the DPI of your image differs from the requirement. If the DPI is too low, the print quality will be poor (typically blurry). You may want to use a different image or re-take the photo with different settings on your camera. (If you decide to include the image despite its poor quality, a warning triangle is displayed in the lower right corner of the image when you close the Edit Photo window and view the product.)

2.        To size the rectangle any way you want (without the width to height ratio staying the same), select the Allow free form selection check box. You can now create narrow or wide rectangles as you want. If the Allow free form selection check box is cleared, the rectangle always maintains the original width to height ratio no matter what its size.

3.        Drag the corners of the rectangle so the area you want to keep is surrounded by the rectangle. (You can also drag the entire rectangle so it covers a different area of the image.) The cropped image is displayed on the right.

Rotating Images

You can turn images around either to correct their rotation or to change their rotation for a different effect. You can rotate by 90 degrees or flip images horizontally or vertically.

Tip When you rotate an image in the Edit Photo window and save the changes for future use, the image is saved with the changed rotation. The next time you use the image in a product, it will be rotated. If you just want an image to look rotated in a product that you are personalizing, or you want to turn the image at a specific angle, you can rotate it while viewing the product instead of in the Edit Photo window. When you do so, you are rotating the image placeholder box, and the image itself is not changed.

The steps below show how this image can be rotated in the Edit Photo window.

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1.        Click Rotate on the toolbar of the Edit Photo window.

2.        Click one of the following:

         Rotate 90 degrees CW to turn the image 90 degrees clockwise (to the left):

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         Rotate 90 degrees CWW to turn the image 90 degrees counter-clockwise (to the right):

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         Flip Horizontal if you want a mirror image of the original:

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         Flip Vertical to turn the image upside down:

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Correcting Red Eye

If the eyes in a photo have red pupils, you can correct this so the pupil appears black.

1.        Click Red Eye on the toolbar of the Edit Photo window.

2.        Use the Zoom slider to enlarge the eye that is red.(This makes the next step easier.)

3.        Click the red part of the eye and drag so the red is covered with the white rectangle. (Be sure not to include any red outside the eye, or it will also be changed to black.)

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4.        Click Apply to the right of the Zoom slider. All the red you covered is removed.

5.        If you zoomed in, click Reset Zoom to restore the original display of the photo.

Changing Brightness/Contrast

You can lighten and darken your images or increase the contrast between light and dark areas.

1.        Click Brightness/Contrast on the toolbar of the Edit Photo window.

2.        To lighten or darken the image, do one of the following:

         Use the Brightness slider.

         For finer (more gradual) changes in brightness, increase or decrease the number below the slider.

3.        To change the difference between the light and dark areas in the image, do one of the following:

         Use the Contrast slider.

         For finer (more gradual) changes in contrast, increase or decrease the number below the slider.

Changing Exposure

Exposure is the amount of light applied to a photo. A photo may be overexposed and washed out (too light) or underexposed (too dark). You can change the exposure to darken or lighten the image. Thumbnails of recommended exposures are available for selection, or you can change the exposure manually.

1.        Click Exposure on the toolbar of the Edit Photo window.

2.        Do one of the following:

         Click a thumbnail to select a recommended exposure.

         Use the Exposure slider.

         For finer (more gradual) changes in exposure, increase or decrease the number below the slider.

Tinting Images

For a special effect, you can infuse an entire image with a color of your choice, for example, tint it blue.

1.        Click Tint on the toolbar of the Edit Photo window.

2.        Click Choose Color and then click a color on the color circle.

3.        If you do not like the tint, click Reset.

Changing Saturation

Saturation affects the vividness of colors in an image. (The less white there is in an image, the more vivid the colors are.) Thumbnails of recommended saturations are available for selection, or you can change the saturation manually.

1.        Click Saturation on the toolbar of the Edit Photo window.

2.        Do one of the following:

         Click a thumbnail to select a recommended saturation.

         Use the Saturation slider.

         For finer (more gradual) changes in saturation, increase or decrease the number below the slider.

Sharpening Images

You can increase (or decrease) the clarity of edges and details in an image.

1.        Click Sharpen on the toolbar of the Edit Photo window.

2.        Do one of the following:

         Use the Sharpen slider.

         For finer (more gradual) changes in sharpness, increase or decrease the number below the slider.

See also

         Supplying your own images for DSFdesign Studio products

         Personalizing DSFdesign Studio products