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A common problem for people who have not edited a picture before is how to do it.
If you have not been shown or struggle with computers then its a task you will find tricky. Sure you will get there in the end but a little help can often go a long way.
I have put together a picture illustrated, easy way of editing pictures for the forum.
There are many many ways of doing it and I have tried lots with very good results.
If it helps anyone then great
This is some free software that is easy to use.
There are lots of others out there but this is what I use now, its quick, easy, free, and easy to use.
First of all take a picture.
I took a photo of one of my favourite coins. A Roman silver Lucilla.
My camera has macro function as most digital cameras do these days.
A pretty decent picture as it is, but we want a better close up view to really see it well and show it off the best we can
Little tip here. Take more than one picture.
What you want is a nice focused picture (most important), when you look at them on your computer pick the best one.
For ID'ing a nice close up makes it a lot easier for the experts to get stuck in. Not included any size comparison or grid on my photo but if you are looking for an ID then its essential in a lot of cases.
OK I have my picture.
Open up editing software.
Select picture for editing.
Next step is cropping.
Basically selecting what we want to see and getting rid of the rest.
Select CROP and mark out the area you want to keep.
When you are happy click crop.
We can now edit it to make it look even better.
Other cameras may take a better picture so editing wont improve much but it can help.
First I click Auto Level.
You can see a difference and this time it looks better. If you decide that it looks worse then just click the undo button.
Next I click Back Light.
Not such a big difference here but I find on hammered coins it can bring out some nice detail.
Again if you think it looks worse then click undo.
Next step is to reduce the image size to post it on the forum at maximum allowed.
Click re size and select longest length 600.
Finished picture =
If I missed anything or made a mistake please let me know and I will edit my post.
Hope that helps
Last edited by fishy on Wed May 02, 2012 5:10 pm, edited 1 time in total.
You've made a good job of that guide.
Clipping is the key. Ideally, re-sizing should be avoided (up or down) as it generally degrades picture quality. Most modern camera's take shots that are 3000+ pixels wide (your monitor screen is typically 1000-1200 pixels wide), and to get a coin, etc to appear large on the forum, the coin only needs to be 400 - 500 pixels across. So the ideal photo only needs the coin to fill less than one fifth of the width.
For example, a 12 Megapixel camera takes shots 4000 pixels wide, and 3000 pixels high, four times bigger than your monitor. A 3 Megapixel camera's shots are 2000(W) x 1500(H), so even they are capable of producing fine pictures. No super-macro is needed, you probably need to have the camera 5 - 10 inches away from the object. Then focusing issues don't occur. If pictures are blurred, due to poor focussing or camera-shake, re-take the shot, as de-blurring is virtually impossible.
Last edited by Fusion on Mon May 14, 2012 11:08 am, edited 1 time in total.
Hope it helps people.
Thank you for taking the time to do this its a great help to people like me!
Its better out of the ground and in your hand for the history or monetary value rather than left in the ground to rot doing nothing for anyone.
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I like that, well done
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Sorry I missed this thread,quality work
Iv'e saved it and will give it a try tomorrow,cheers
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Really helpful, cheers fishy
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