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Basic Image Adjustments

Sometimes it's the little things that make the difference between a nice snapshot and a great photo. The difference is often very subtle. The camera may have been at a slight angle when the photo was taken, or there might be excess background or foreground that distracts from the subject. By working with Picasa (or the software that came with your camera), you can straighten (correct the alignment of the shot) and crop (cut off parts of the photo) to improve composition (the content of the photo).

Compare the two versions of the same photo shown in Figure 3.1. Above is the original snapshot. Below, straightening and cropping provide a dramatic improvement.


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