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Choosing Photo Editing Software To Create A Customised Blind
1 June 2016
Choosing Photo Editing Software To Create A Customised Blind

When you want a custom-designed roller blind to make a special focus point for your living room, artistic element for your bedroom, kitchen or bathroom, or cool addition to a kid’s bedroom, it can be a nice personalised touch to use a photo you’ve taken yourself.

On a recent blog, we visited the basic rules about how to take a good photo and how to ensure that photo looks its best when it’s printed on roller blind material – now it’s time to look at cool ways to manipulate your images so they really pack a punch in your home.

Think crisp black and white images, different tones or entirely rearranged photos – having good photo editing software at your fingertips can be really fun as well as allowing your artistic flare to show through.

First up, here’s a list of the sort of software that’s available – you might even find that some came free when you bought your camera.

  • Photoshop and Lightroom: This Adobe package is all you really need for the basics although there are cheaper and more professional options.
     
  • DxO Optics Pro 10: Great specialised option for the pro (or seriously keen amateur) photographer although it falls down on basic things like cataloguing images.
     
  • Corel Paintshop Pro: Good basic photo-editing which allows enhancement and special effects but which also works as a painting and drawing programme.
     
  • The world of apps: Honestly, there’s just too many to mention here but if you’ve got a powerful camera on your phone then there’s countless ways you can merge, manipulate and play with images to come up with a great design.

So once you’ve got your preferred software and you’ve learnt the basics about how to use it, what do you need to have up your sleeve to create a great design for a roller blind? Here’s a few tips and ideas to use for inspiration:

  1. Stitch together more than one image to create a panorama, or break up one image to run across more than one blind. Of course, you’ll need your finished product to conform to the size of your blind and the shape of you window or windows – but editing software can let you make a real standout feature of both tall and thin windows, and roller blinds used adjacent to each other.
     
  2. Get rid of that unwanted photo-bomber. How many times have you taken the perfect picture, only to have it ruined by someone wandering through the background, or something happening which distracts from the intended focus. Editing software lets you get rid of these frame invaders.
     
  3. Create the perfect photo-bomb. Got a great photo of your favourite footy team? Why not edit it to make it look like you ran out onto the field with them by superimposing your photo onto theirs!
     
  4. Joint the tilt-shift craze. You know that way that adverts and images can make reality look like miniature models or dioramas? Well that’s called tilt-shift and there’s all sorts of software which lets you turn your wide-angled, distant views into the coolest looking images.
     
  5. Cool-look black and white. Don’t just convert to black and white, highlight the focus of your image by adding bits of a bright colour.
     
  6. Get all Warhol about you art. Andy Warhol made a career out of his two-tone Pop Art images of famous people like Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley – and editing your own photos the same way can look as classy or as cheesy as you want.
     
  7. Flares and light effects. Sometimes those flares that come from shooting into the sun look like mistakes – and sometimes they add softness and style to an image. There are plenty of editing effects which allow you to put them on yourself.
     
  8. Make faces pop. Try making eyes and teeth whiter, or blend backgrounds to put all the emphasis on the face.
     
  9. Merge images. Fancy your face on the body of Richie McCaw, or a pair of antlers on your kid’s head – the only limit to what you can merge together is your own imagination.
     
  10. Make your own album cover. By removing the background of one of your photos, you have the opportunity to add any sort of texture, words or images to make you look like a rock or pop star.
     
  11. Get creative with special effects. Swirls, fish-eye lenses, water reflections, pixellation, comic book effects, silhouettes and fantasy lighting effects are all a quick tutorial and a few mouse-clicks away.