Mini Course

How to Make Your Digital Images Beautiful

© Morris Firebaugh

Part 1


A. Background & Survey

B. Common Problems in Digital Photography

C. Survey of Image Processing Software

D. Graphics Converter

E. Photoshop Elements

F. Interactive 360° Images - QTVR

G. Photoshop

A. Background & Survey

B. Common Problems in Digital Photography

Unless we are all superhuman we have ended up with some botched photos. What are some of the most common problems with digital images?


Red Eye

Off Center


Rotate 90°

Too Dark

Flash Flares

Poor Color

Old Photo Scratches

Image Modification & Enhancement

In addition to "cleaning up" poor photos, image processing may be used to modify and enhance digital images to achieve artistic works and interesting designs.

Example 1


Find Edges


Water Paper

Example 2

C. Survey of Image Processing Software

Adobe Photoshop

The original and premiere image processing software package is Adobe Photoshop. Adobe® Photoshop® CS software, the professional image-editing standard, helps you work more efficiently, explore new creative options, and produce the highest quality images for print, the Web, and anywhere else. Create exceptional imagery with easier access to file data; streamlined Web design; faster, professional-quality photo retouching; and more.

Adobe Photoshop Elements

Many Photoshop functions are repackaged and simplified in this super, cheap program (< $100). Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 3.0 software offers the perfect combination of power and simplicity so you can do more with your photos. From quick corrections to creative editing, you can easily achieve high-quality results. Whether you use a digital camera or scan traditional photos, Photoshop Elements makes digital imaging a breeze.


This is the "Swiss army knife" of graphics programs. It can read graphics files in 145 formats and export them in 45 file formats. In addition, it has a good set of basic image processing tools. Of particular value are its:

An excellent review of GraphicConverter is given by Nancy Eaton on the Apple site

Others have attempted to copy GraphicConverter. See, e.g., Graphic-Converter

D. GraphicConverter

Demonstrate features of GraphicConverter

Let's see what we can do to solve the problems in Section B above:

Conclude: GraphicConverter can handle most image processing jobs.





Demonstration of Key Features

The Problem

The Solution - Use "RedEye Tool"


The Problem

The Solution - Use Rotate, Crop. Copy/Paste, and Clone Stamp Tool

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Updated February 3, 2005