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March 2016

How to Properly Store Photos

Photographs are more than just pieces of paper, they are reminders of a life once lived, and cherished relics that hopefully one day future generations will gather around to enjoy. But unfortunately, most people store these snapshots of time in dusty boxes, tucked away in an attic or garage, leaving them to decay with time. To prevent damage or loss of these priceless photos, why not store your precious heirlooms in a self storage unit, where they are guaranteed to be kept safe and clean. To help you preserve these valuables, here are a few tips to ensure that your photographs will withstand the test of time while kept in storage:

  • Take a day and organize you pictures into categories. For example: Hawaii Vacation, Jimmy’s first birthday, Pictures of mom and dad, etc.
  • Before storing your photos, make sure they to dust them. Use a soft cloth or brush to avoid any unwanted scratching of the images
  • Once you have organized your photos into categories, put each category of pictures in a small box (Hint: a shoe box is great for this step). Make sure to label each box, so you know exactly what each box contains when you look through them in the future
  • Never use a rubber band to bind stacks of photos, because the moisture in the band could fade the image while the strength of the band may bend the edges of the photo.
  • Combine as many small boxes as you can in a larger cardboard box and seal the box with packaging tape. This will prevent dust from accumulating on your pictures. Make sure to label this box with the contents of the pictures inside, so that you will have no trouble trying to find the pictures you are looking for.
  • For larger priceless photos like 8×10 images, put them in a large zip lock bag and store them in a separate box to prevent them from bending
  • If you own large framed photos, use masking tape to tape an “X” on the glass to prevent shattering. Store larger framed photos like this sealed in a large bag or mirror box wrapped in bubble wrap.
  • Never roll large, unframed poster sized photos. Doing so will alter the shape and the integrity of the image. Instead, place the poster between to large pieces of cardboard and secure them with packing tape. Be sure not to let the tape make contact with the picture.
  • Never store your photos where they are exposed to sunlight. Photos subjected to prolonged exposure to sunlight will fade over time.
  • To prevent your photos from sticking together, separate them with sheets of acid free tissue paper. This is particularly important when storing photos in areas of high temperature or humidity, such as a San Diego self storage facility.

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How To Import Photos From A Card Reader or Digital Camera In Photoshop Elements

One of the options in Photoshop is to import images from your digital camera or via card reader, which will read your SD card and transfer the image to your computer, and import into Photoshop elements 8.

1. Connect the camera, SD card (only with new computers) or card reader to the computer according to manufacturer’s instructions. A card reader should connect via a USB, whilst an SD card slots into the appropriate slot in new computers.

2. Next, your computer should recognize the device, either by opening up windows auto play box or the photo downloader. You want the photo downloader, so if the box automatically appears continue, if not open up the program and choose to import the photos you want from your camera/SD card. This option is available under the Source box.

3. Then you have to import the photos onto your computer. Under location, an automatic folder for your photos should be available. However, if you want to import your photos to elsewhere choose to browse your computer for the most appropriate location. Below location, there is a choice for subfolders, which you can rename according to date or title or leave blank.

4. The next two steps are very important to saving your files correctly. On the Renames menu, click on DO NOT RENAME, this will make sure all your photos remain with the same name when imported. Secondly, after you have copied the photos, choose the DO NOT DELETE ORIGINALS option under the Delete options menu.

5. You should then be able to import your photos by clicking the ‘Get Photos’ button. If the automatic download box appears any time during the importing process, always disable it.

6. Next two things should happen, a dialog box should appear to tell that your images have been copied to the location set by you (click ok) and a second dialogue box will tell you they are being imported into Photoshop elements.

7. Before any photos appear in the Photoshop elements browser pane, you may be asked for keywords or to confirm them if the photos contain keyword metadata. If this happens, just simply select the keywords you wish to import, these are added to keyword palette, and thus they have no bearing or effects on your image. This won’t necessarily happen every time, so you may find your photos are often automatically imported into Photoshop elements.

Forever Photo Coasters In Personality Box

Forever photo coasters in personality box and the great choices to make for your next wedding adventures.

Wow a very seen such a type of wedding favor ever created. And indeed forever photo coasters in a personality box. There was so wonderful to see in person that I had to break down and actually buy one just to have for myself now, when you think of wedding favors and what type of special ambiance. It brings to the table, no pun intended for your wedding reception. This is really one classy wedding favor tag to your selection.

I found the forever photo coasters in personality box online, and they really caught my attention from the beginning. With their classy design and elegant gift box with a wonderful color coordinated pink tag attached to a bow. That was wrapped around the box and sealed such care that I knew that this wedding favor was a class act.

The coasters, as you can see could be used for several different things such as a wonderful coaster at. You could use for each table or a place horror for place cards to display on each reception dining table of the couple or bride and groom. Afterwards the wedding coasters could be used for any memory that the cats would like to store of the special day.

Each guess would receive two photo coasters, elegantly packaged in a coasters as well as for fully assembled boxes, complete with Tide sheared organs ribbons and tags. I slid to coasters in each box for a fabulous custom favor for the wedding reception tables. In each row of the wedding hall.

These forever photo coasters in a wonderful personality box really stood out and represented a great tradition and a long-lasting memory for the bride and groom and the family and friends on both sides. If you are looking to find something that really stands out and makes a great gift. You should really consider the forever photo coasters in personality box wedding favors. One more thing, if you are having a hard time finding the forever photo coasters wedding favors. I will lead you in the direction you should go to locate them.

Below is a great selection of wedding areas and information to look at and get you on the right track to finding your next wedding favor the beloved. And I hope you have a wonderful and beautiful wedding. As I did.

How to Upsize Your Digital Photos Without Sacrificing Quality

When I first got my digital camera I knew zippo about the importance of resolution and what the real difference between the ‘good’ quality setting and the ‘best’ quality setting was, other than that I got more photos in the camera memory if I kept it on ‘good’ rather than ‘best’.

And when I uploaded the photos on the computer they were at 72dpi but they were 18″ wide. That’s way too big , I thought. So I resized them to something more sensible, BUT not understanding the mysteries of dpi, I left the resolution at 72 dpi. Then, compounding my ignorance, I saved over the top of the original file. Is this starting to sound familiar to you?

Then I got into digital scrapbooking and I found that 300 dpi was the ‘standard’ for scrapbooking. And when I dragged these photos onto my digi layouts, my software (PSE) automatically converted them to the resolution of the layout file (300 dpi) and they were the size of postage stamps. And if I just dragged the photos with my cursor to make them larger the quality degraded enormously. Aaarrrghh!!!!

So what to do? Well if you have shared this experience, or if you need to upsize your images and don’t have any prints that you can scan at a high resolution, this technique might be of assistance to you.

A digital image is composed of pixels (tiny cells filled with colour). The more cells per inch (known as dots per inch or pixels per inch), the better the quality. When you take a digi photo, most cameras produce their images at 72 dpi. They deal with the quality issue by increasing the size of the image. The idea is that when you upload your photo into your editing software you can increase the dpi and decrease the image size accordingly without changing the number of cells that the picture is made up of. (I hope this is making sense). A bit like pouring water from a wide shallow bowl into a tall jug. Same amount of water but smaller surface area whilst having greater depth.

Now if you try to increase the size of the image by stretching it, you still have the same amount of pixels to work with so you get gaps between the pixels. Your photo editing software will try to fill those gaps by taking its best guess at what colours should go into them.

So it’s logical that you’ll get a better result if the gaps are small and your software doesn’t have to guess too hard. Now hold that thought whilst I outline the following technique to incrementally increase the size of your images. I use PSE4 but the principles hold true whatever the software and it shouldn’t be too hard to translate the control directions into your software of choice.

Step 1: Open the Image Size dialog box (Image>Resize>Image Size) uncheck the ‘Resample Image’ box (bottom left in PSE4) and change the resolution to 300 dpi. Click on OK to exit the dialog box.

Step 2: Go back into the Image Size dialog box and re-check the Resample Image box. Note how the width and height are a lot smaller than your original image. At the top of the dialog box are the fields which tell you how many pixels your image is sized at. Click on the down arrow at the right of the field and select ‘percent’ instead of ‘pixel’. In the width and height fields type 110 over the 100 that currently exists. Click on OK.

Your image will increase in size by 10%. Repeat Step 2 as often as needed until your photo is at a more usable size. You will notice that each time you do this the height and width of the image are increasing. This method is slow and painstaking but it helps to minimise quality degradation.

You’ll note I said ‘minimise’ quality degradation, not prevent it. There will always be quality degradation when you’re trying to create pixels where there were none before. But this incremental approach enables you to gradually build the image from a tighter pixel base rather than having your software take a wild stab at filling in large gaps between pixels.

Obviously you can’t keep doing this indefinitely. You will find a cut off point where you start to see a level of reduced quality in your photo that you won’t want to accept. That’s your signal to stop and accept that that’s the largest this photo is going to get.

Then all you need to do is adjust the lighting and sharpen the image and it’s ready to drag into your layout.