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Making the most of digital photos with your Dell Outlet notebook - A good collection of tools for digital photographers come free with Windows XP, the operating system which drives your Dell Outlet PC. Mike Spalding is your guide.
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If you have a Dell Outlet Notebook or desktop PC and a digital camera, you have everything you need to get started in digital photography. Some useful photo management tools are built into Windows XP Home, the most popular PC operating system in the world, as pre-installed on all Dell Outlet computers. Although these tools are never designed to be a replacement for a full-blown image manipulation program such as Photoshop, it's good to know that they're there - and how to use them!
1 Before you open any digital photos, click on the Start button at the bottom left of the Windows screen and you will notice a folder called My Pictures. This serves as a useful storage space for your photos as you can keep everything together, but your photos can be put anywhere.
2 Look down the side of this folder and you'll notice some handy tools listed under 'Picture Tasks'. Particularly helpful is the 'View as slide show' function, which enables you to view a sequence of pictures full screen, or the CD copying tool for storing photos on a disc - a great way to use the CD-RW drive on your Dell Outlet computer!
3 Double click on a photo stored in My Pictures (or anywhere else on your Dell PC) and the image opens in Windows Picture and Fax Viewer. This is a simple, straightforward image viewer that includes a bar of useful tools running along the bottom, such as zoom, rotate and print. Find out what each icon does by running your mouse cursor over it.
4 Click the right mouse button (or right trackpad button) on your Dell Outlet PC and you can access all these tools instead of having to keep going down to the icons. You can also access other useful extras, such as the ability to set an image as the desktop pattern, or wallpaper, on your PC. Right mouse clicking also enables you to open the photo in Paint, another nifty free accessory.
5 Paint is a pretty self explanatory program for adding painterly and other artistic effects to photos or creating your own images from scratch. You can use Paint's basic pencil and fill (spray can) tools to get rid of red eye - the bane of any digital photographer. Make sure you zoom into the photo as closely as possible and work on the subject's eyes pixel by pixel, blacking out the red with care. Then save over the original.
6 While Paint is no match for a professional graphics program, it's still got hidden depths. Check out the Help database for some good insights into photo enhancement and correction. Photos can be easily resized by the Image menu, where you can also do cool stuff like turn colour into black and white, or edit individual colours.
7 Before we leave Paint, it's worth checking out the Text tool (symbolised by an A on the toolbar to the left). This enables you to superimpose text over a photo and style the text using different fonts, sizes and colours. A nice effect, and a good way to label photos for posterity, so long as you don't get carried away!
8 Finally, don't forget that modern printers usually come with sophisticated free software (this can often be updated via the printer maker's web site, too). This Canon printer software, for example, allows you to enhance the image before you print, and even add monochrome and sepia effects. We've covered the basic Windows tools for digital photographers here, but don't forget you can obtain extra expansion packs and 'power toys' for Windows by going to the Microsoft web site at www.microsoft.co.uk.
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