Picture perfect

If you've got a shedload of digital photos from your holiday but they're far from perfect for your photo album, fear not. Using software you can touch these up so they look professional and make you look good at the same time. While Adobe Photoshop is the photo-editing package for professionals, Photoshop Elements 6 is great for novices. It's easy-to-use and packs a fantastic punch – here we show you how to get to grips with the basics.

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By  Windows staff Published  September 15, 2008

6. Cropping

Another handy tip is to resize your image so that it's ready for printing in the correct size. The standard photo size is 3R, which is 3.5" x 5". To resize the entire image, go to Image>Resize>Image Size, where you can modify the dimensions of the image in terms of pixels, centimeters or inches.

But to crop your image so that only part of it remains for printing, select the Crop Tool and drag a selection area over the part of the photo you want to keep.

You'll notice the top horizontal bar changes to give you control over the dimensions. Set the 'Width box' to 3.5 inches and the 'Height box' to 5 inches for a 3R portrait photo and drag the box over your preferred area.

Press ‘Enter' and then check the tick icon to crop the image. If you want a landscape photo, make the Width 5 inches and the Height 3.5 inches.

Where to get it? Photoshop Elements 6 is available to download at www.adobe.com. You can download it for a free 30-day trial with no obligations, and if you're happy with what you see, it costs $99 to buy the full version (451Mbytes). Compared to Photoshop CS3 ($649), this is very inexpensive.

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