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Not all photos are created equal. Successful eBay sellers know that only top notch imagery deserve a spot on their listings. But don’t sign-up for a $100 photography class just yet, continue reading and discover how easy it is to enhance your product shots to boost your eBay profits!
Windows Live Photo Gallery – Totally Free
Surprise! Windows Live Photo Gallery could be already installed in your computer, so go ahead and browse for it under the Programs menu. Don’t despair if you can’t find it - download Windows Live Photo Gallery, absolutely free.
Image adjustment tools explained
Photo Gallery has awesome yet simple editing tools to improve the appearance of your photos. Does your photo appear too heavy on one side? You can automatically straighten it with a click (you’ll see how below). Other adjustments include exposure, color settings, noise reduction, and more. Continue reading for each tool’s explanation.
Unlike complicated photo editing software (read: Photoshop), Photo Gallery has a more user-friendly interface that’s easy to understand. For instance, if you choose to adjust exposure – you won’t be presented with numbers and scales but thumbnail buttons that display varying modes:
Choose exposure adjustment to enhance your photo’s mid-tone. Here’s an example of a product image before and after an adjusted exposure.
Notice how a correct level of exposure easily provides a clean, professional-looking background for your item? Now this product shot would look even better - if only the item looked upright! So, if we click on the straighten button we’ll end up with an even more professional-looking photo as seen on Figure 3.
Ever produced a photo that’s too grainy? Digital cameras are susceptible to noise which produce a grainy image. Noise can be picked up from a variety of sources but all it takes is one click for noise to be reduced. Here’s an example of a grainy photo whose noise is auto reduced with Photo Gallery:
Again, all you have to do is click on the ‘noise reduction’ button once, if the image is too reduced that details are blurred – you can select ‘fine tune’ wherein you can adjust noise reduction manually.
If like most sellers, you want your photos to be flawless then you’ll love the ‘retouch’ feature of Photo Gallery. In the example above (using the cooking sheet), you’ll see that the background image is a bit crumpled and that’s because a white sheet of paper is used to act as a background. Now let’s try to eliminate that using the ‘retouch’ tool.
Select the retouch tool and drag a rectangle on the ugly spots on your photo (check out the sub-illustration). The larger image shows how Photo Gallery automatically fixed the crumpled area.
So no matter how easy it is to use the tools above, Photo Gallery has added a feature especially for the lazy bones or let’s say, you’re in a real hurry to upload images on eBay. Load your image onto Photo Gallery and simply select ‘Auto Adjust’ and it will do just that. No more tinkering with each tool but again, you can manually adjust elements by selecting ‘Fine Tune’.
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Have you tried using Windows Live Photo Gallery? What’s your experience and how has it improved your listings? Share your thoughts and experiences below!