Aug 12 2007

Editing Photos In Vista With Windows Photo Gallery

The Windows Photo Gallery is a replacement for the old Windows Picture and Fax Viewer in XP, it allows you to import your photos from your digital camera, Flash card or a CD. You can also have the program erase the photos from the camera after you import them. It also has some basic editing functions such as adjustment of exposure and color, cropping, and automatic red eye fix. 

There are other free programs available on the web that do the the same thing like Picasa, but WPG is included with Windows.

After the jump I’ll describe how to the program works.

Here’s how to import you photos from a digital camera.

Step 1. Connect your camera via USB to your computer and turn it on.


Step 2. When the Auto Play dialog opens Click “Import Pictures”


Step 3. Here you can “Tag” the pictures if you want, then choose Options.


Step 4. In this screen you choose where to import your picture to, change the folder name or the other options like Erase the pictures from the camera after importing. After you make you changes click Ok.


Step 5. The Menu bar gives you the ability to fix, ad information, print, Email and Burn your Gallery to a disk.


Step 6. The Fix tab lets you do basic editing like Adjusting exposure, Adjusting colors, Cropping, and fixing Red eye. Try the Auto Adjust it actually does a fair job. If you don’t like the results just click the Undo button at the bottom.


Step 7. The Info tab let you Add Tags to the photo. (very useful when searching)


Step 8. The Print tab lets you print using your printer or one of many online and brick and mortar stores. I use Walgreens for my prints because they are close to my home and do an excellent job.


Step 9. The Email tab open your default Email client and you can choose the size of print to attach.


And finally Step 10. The Burn tab. Here you can set up a slide show and burn it to a CD or DVD. But we’ll save the Slide show wizard to another day.



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