Photo Editing

Photo Editing Services: 

Have your photos cleaned up, straightened up, or prepared for special uses.  From fixing small problems like red-eye, tilted horizons, and minor scratches and marks, to preparing images for use in manuscripts or promotional materials, infographics, Facebook covers, YouTube Channel Art, LinkedIn covers and more, my photo editing services will transform your digital or print photos.

My photo editing services include:

  • Creating special images for website/blog/social media use, including badges and headers.
  • Optimizing your photos for online use.
  • Optimizing image size for a particular use.
  • Resizing image files so they will load quickly.
  • Scanning print photos into the computer and saving them in an appropriate file type.
  • Creating photo albums on DVD.
  • “Cleaning up” photos – removing marks, removing unsightly background features like power lines, fixing “red-eye”, cropping, straightening tilted images, etc.
  • Advice as to whether an image file is suitable for the use you had planned.

Editing photos for Online Use

I can edit digital photos and images for use on websites, in PowerPoint or other slideshow-creating programs, or on social media profiles – each of which has different requirements.

You probably have a nice header image for your website – an image that is, say, 960 x 138px.  It’s a good idea to use the same image for your Facebook business page and your Twitter header… but it’s the wrong size!  I can edit your image to fit the various requirements.

SOME COMMON IMAGE SIZES:
Facebook Business Page header:  851 x 315px.
Twitter header:  1252 x 262px (note: any text should be on the right-hand side, not the middle)
WordPress 2010 theme header:  940 x 198px (different themes have different-sized headers)
YouTube Channel Art:  a main image 2560 x 1440px, with the main focus in an area in the centre that’s 1546 x 423px.

>>Note on JPG images:  every time you re-save a JPG file the quality degrades, to the extent that a JPG file that has been saved multiple times becomes no longer useable.  Where possible, send JPGs that have not been worked on or re-saved.

Editing Print photos

What if the image you want to use is a print (film or non-digital) photo?  I can scan in your print photos and edit them for you.  Editing the resulting image will probably include removing smudges, stains and tears – which can be very time-consuming (or even impossible) with very badly damaged photos.  Usually, though, scanning and editing a print photo will still result in a clearer, better image, even if it isn’t possible to remove all the imperfections.

>>Note on Print Photosscanned-in print photos usually will not give you as good an image as a digital photo.  I recommend using digital photos for most business uses.  On the other hand, scanning in your family print photos is an excellent way to put together a digital family photo album, or simply to preserve your old photos in another format.

Working Together:

My Virtual Assistant services are available to clients in the Annapolis Royal area of Nova Scotia (Digby, Clementsvale, Bear River, Annapolis Royal, Bridgetown), and via the Internet anywhere in Canada.

INITIAL CONSULTATION: before beginning to work together, we will discuss your needs in a free personal consultation (in person or by phone or email).  

WORKSITE:  I generally work from my home office where I have all the tools and equipment I need, but I can work on-site with local clients in the Annapolis Royal area of Nova Scotia.

OPTIONS FOR GETTING YOUR MATERIALS TO ME:
            Print photos:  Send photos by mail or courier, or local clients can arrange to drop off their photos.  After editing, the original materials will be returned the same way.  Finished digital images will be sent as email attachments or via Hightail.com.
            Digital images:  can be emailed as attachments, or I can arrange to upload/download by Hightail.com.  Finished images will  be returned in the same way.  Note: local clients (Annapolis Royal, NS area) can instead drop off digital images on a USB stick; the finished images will be returned the same way.

File Format:  Usually digital files will be sent to me in JPG format, but most other formats are also acceptable.  Properly-sized JPG files are fine for both online and print use, and are acceptable at places like Walmart if you want to use a commercial printer. 
If you prefer a different file format for your finished image, please specify the format you want when you order.  I can save digital files to a very wide variety of formats.

>>NoteIt is possible to reduce a photo image with no problem, but an image cannot be made larger without losing quality.  Please send the largest possible original image.

RATES:  

Hourly:   $18/hour, usually billed monthly. 
Or you can pre-pay for a block of time in advance.  (With a pre-paid block I will send you a timesheet showing the time used and the amount remaining).

Scanning and basic editing of a single print photograph usually takes around 15 minutes.  Basic editing of a digital image usually takes around 10 minutes.
Mail or courier costs (for sending and returning film photos for scanning/editing) are the responsibility of the client.

Interested?  Contact me to arrange a free initial meeting.