Cellsea Photo Editing
So, you have a stack of photos from the holidays that you want to make a few adjustments to. (You know, adjustments like “that tree shouldn’t be sticking out of Aunt Millie’s head like that” and “Uncle Fred was a bit embarrassing in that picture!” But, even though you want to change some of your photos around, you can’t really justify the cost of Photoshop or any of those other high end photo editing programs.
Well, would you like to know about a Web site that allows you to upload your own photos, do the editing you want online and even save them back to your computer, all for free?
If so, head over to Cellsea’s Web site here and I’ll talk you through some of its highlights!
Here is the opening page. (You can also look at some of the other services while you are there, if you’d like).
First, look down the left side. I have highlighted the various things you can do, all the way from changing the size to changing the color to inserting text to adding special effects and so much more.
Then on the right hand side, I have circled the various sources from which you can get your photos, from your own computer to various Web locations and by also searching the Web.
For this brief introductory article, I will assume that you have the pictures on your own hard disk already. I’ll demonstrate with one of them what you can do with Cellsea.
Now, just before we start, let me point out several things.
1.) There is an Undo facility on the site if you want to go back a step (see circled symbol below).
2.) Keep in mind that your original photo is never changed until you press the Save button at the end of the session
3.) If you are sensible, you will save your edited photo with another name, just so you never lose your original.
So, now, let’s load up our photo, like this:
Select it like you normally would and press Open.
Now, here we are with our photo ready to go.
Next, take a look at the various tabs along the top of the page. They show you all of the available features.
As you can see, you have a lot of choices! Let’s work our way across to give you a flavor of what all you can do.
With this, you can add text of any size, shape or color to the picture, like in this example.
As you can see, you can choose the type face, the font size, the color and variety of effects (like this, showing a shadow style).
Dependant upon your ultimate use for the pictures, you may decide that you want to change their size, so this is what Cellsea offers:
Here you can choose your new dimensions (in pixels).
This is where you can take Uncle Fred out of the frame by cropping the picture to get rid of extraneous objects (sorry Uncle Fred!)
The picture above shows where you can enter the new dimensions. The darker section of the picture shows you what will be left. Alternatively, if you click on the picture, four corner handles will appear that will enable you to move the cropping position exactly as you want it.
This one almost speaks for itself. You can elect to do the flip leftward or rightward and by how many degrees. You know, just in case the picture wasn’t exactly straight to begin with.
The screenshot above is almost self-explanatory and it gives you a lot of versatility.
This is one of those “artistic” effects, but just look at the varieties you have to choose from!
There are far too many to go into in detail though. I suggest that you try them one by one and if you don’t like them, just hit the Undo button and try something else.
Again, an artistic effect with different variations.
This is one you may very well find a use for. Maybe to change some of the hues to something a little more picturesque, for example.
Again, at first glance, it may be a little overwhelming, but play with them and see what happens!
The one you are most likely to use is the Adjust RGB feature. It looks like this.
By moving the sliders one way or the other, you can increase or decrease the percentage of the basic colors. Just experiment. You’ll be amazed at what you can do on your own!
Now we can let our imagination run wild.
Here’s an example of just one, so you can see what it can do. Aren’t you impressed?!
With this feature, you can twist and turn your picture out of all recognition (if that’s what you want to do).
This is an example of what you can do.
Here’s another one (a little more crazy!)
Okay, not so brilliant I know, but I’m sure you can do even better!
So, all that’s left now is the last button.
This one, of course, speaks for itself and is the last step in the Cellsea journey.
But, you will see even then that Cellsea has one last trick up its sleeve. You have a number of options here too, including uploading your photos to various specialized sites, e-mailing them and so on.
I hope you enjoy the wonderful world of Cellsea!
~ David Woodford