Edit your photos with Windows 8.1 Photos app

Editing in Windows 8.1 Photos app

Windows 8′s Photos app made it easy to view photos and videos from different devices and social networks in one central place – but it was limited by its lack of editing features. With Windows 8.1 update, Microsoft has added some useful editing capabilities to the app, so now you can view, edit and enhance your photos without switching to another app or program.

From auto fix and basic edits to selective focus and vignettes effects, the Photos app has a range of options that lets you get creative with your photography.

To use Auto-fix in Windows 8.1 Photos app

Step 1  Open Photos and select the photo you want to edit.

Step 2  Right-click anywhere within the app and then select Edit from the bar that appears at the bottom of the screen. Auto-fix will be selected by default.

Step 3  Select one of the automatically enhanced images on the right of the screen. To undo or redo changes or view your original photo, right-click the photo and choose the option you want.

Using Auto-fix in Photos app

Step 4  When you’ve finished making edits, right-click the photo and choose Save to either save a copy or update the original photo.

To make basic fixes in Windows 8.1 Photos app

Step 1  Open the photo you want to edit in the Photos app.

Step 2  Right-click and from the menu bar that appears click Edit.

Step 3  Click Basic fixes and then choose from one of the following options:

  • rotate – continue to click rotate until the photo is positioned as you want it to be
  • crop – then click Aspect ratio and pick a size or adjust the borders then click Apply.
  • straighten – then adjust the dial to straighten your photo
  • remove red-eye – then click where you want to remove red-eye
  • retouch – then click the areas that you want to retouch

Makes basic edits in Photos app

Step 4  When you’ve finished making changes, right-click the photo and choose Save to either save a copy or update the original photo.

To make light adjustments in Windows 8.1 Photos app

Step 1  Open the photo you want to edit in Photos.

Step 2  Right-click and from the menu bar that appears click Edit.

Step 3  Click Light and then choose to adjust one of the following options using the dial control:

  • brightness
  • contrast
  • highlights
  • shadows

Make Light adjustments in Photos app

Step 4  When you’ve finished editing, right-click the photo and choose Save to either save a copy or update the original photo.

To make colour adjustments in Windows 8.1 Photos app

Step 1  Open the photo you want to edit in Photos.

Step 2  Right-click and from the menu bar that appears click Edit.

Step 3  Click Colour.

Step 4  Use the dials to change the photo’s Temperature, Tint and Saturation settings.

Adjust colour in Photos app

Step 5  To enhance colours in the photo, click Colour and drag the pin to select the colour, then use the dial to change the setting.

Step 6  Right-click the photo and choose Save to either save a copy or update the original photo.

Add effects

You can create special effects by adding a vignette to darkens or lighten the corners of your photo. Alternatively, choose Selective focus to draw attention to just part of a photo that is kept in focus while the rest is blurred.

Step 1  Open the photo you want to edit in Photos.

Step 2  Right-click and from the menu bar that appears click Edit.

Step 3  Click Effects.

Step 4  Choose either

  • Vignette and use the dial to change the setting
  • Selective focus, and then adjust the circle to include the area you want to be kept in focus, and set the Strength of the blur. Click Preview to view the results and then Apply to make the changes.

Apply effects in Photos app

Step 5  Right-click the photo and choose Save to either save a copy or update the original photo.

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