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Photo(Wood)Shop: Sharpness and Splash

As many of you know, Prints on Wood has it’s own integrated photo manipulation program already built in under the “Create Your Own” option. In the past,  we have covered several effects including Focus, Frames, Stickers and more. This week we will talk about Sharpness and Splash.

To begin, let's access the Image Effects Editor. This can be found on the Create Your Own page after uploading your photo. Just click on the green button with a magic icon above your image proof that reads "Add Image Effects".

For this week’s review, I used a family photo of my nieces and nephew and I during my trip to Seattle.  Once the picture uploaded, I went straight to the Sharpness option, see icon below.

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Once open I was shown a sort of slider apparatus which you can move left or right depending on how sharp you want your image to be. This particular image was a bit fuzzy in my opinion, so I dragged the slider to the right to make it sharper.

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Once I was happy with my image I went on to the Splash option, which looks like a small paint bucket.

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In Splash you are given several menu options including “Free Color”, “Smart Color”, “Eraser” and “Brush Size”.  When choosing Free Color, you are given the liberty to manipulate any area of the picture. As you can see, I colored only the background and remaining surroundings. You can adjust the brush sizes to small, medium, and large for those hard to reach spaces and can also erase for those of you who can't help but color outside the lines.

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I hit cancel because I wanted  to try out the Smart Color this time and once again chose “Splash”. With the Smart Color option chosen you can then choose a hue on the picture to which to work with and the app will only color in that hue. I chose brown (from the spiraled tunnel around us) and went from there.

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As you can see, by choosing a hue with the smart color option, you can make only certain tones in the photograph stand out. Pretty cool indeed!

After toning down the image with the brown hue, the image looks just right!  Now just save the photo, pick the size, thickness and finish.  After check out a print on wood will be delivered to my door step in little over a week!

If you decide to use any of the above options for your photo making fun, let us know!