If you're on a Windows 10 computer, you'll probably want to install and use one of your favorite photo editing programs and make it your default.
Before installing them, you should let the default Windows 10 Photos app do its thing, as it includes some lesser-known features from programs you might otherwise turn to.Many of these features are easy to overlook unless you know where to find them.
Next, let's take a look at these helpful tips to improve your photos:
1. Add another folder in the application
By default, the app includes all the photos in your Pictures folder, as well as photos saved in your OneDrive account.However, the app gives you the option to add more folders, which makes it easier to edit photos from elsewhere.
Here's how to add more folders:
1. Search for and open the Photos app on your Windows 10 computer.
2. Tap the three dots in the upper right corner and select Settings.
3. Click Add Folder in the window below, select the folder you want to add to the application, and click Add this folder to pictures.
Once the folder is added, you can select one or more of the photos to edit them.
2. Import files from external drives
Often, you'll need to add photos from an external source, such as a memory card or pen drive.To do this, plug the drive into your computer and click the import icon at the top right.The app will detect your drive and all its photos will be ticked by default.Click "Continue" to import them.On the next screen, you'll see the option to delete photos from the drive.
3. Quickly find the photo you want
The app saves all your photos based on the date they were taken (using your photo's EXIF data).The Favorites section at the top contains all of these photos by date (in reverse chronological order).Click on the date at the top to see other months, which you can quickly jump to.
To find your most recently uploaded photos, click the Albums section, then click Last Import.
4. Delete, copy or share multiple photos at once
The app's useful batch selection feature lets you delete, copy, or share multiple photos at once.Tick all the files you want to perform the action on, then select the relevant option at the top right.To share photos, you'll need to make sure you've installed and signed in to a compatible app, including Outlook, Facebook, or Twitter.
Photos you deleted by mistake can be recovered from your computer's Recycle Bin.
5. Play a slideshow of images in a folder
For this, you need to close the Photos app.
To play a slideshow of all the pictures in a folder, just open the first picture.If you see a popup asking which program you want to use, select "Photos" and click "OK".Now hit the F5 key on your keyboard and all your photos will start a slideshow.You can also use the left and right arrow keys to navigate between files.
6. Enhance your photos
Most good photo editing programs (and even apps) have a one-click fix option.This is basically analyzing your image and making basic fixes to it.These include making blurry images sharper, enhancing the brightness and contrast of photos, and more.
To apply these fixes using the Photos app, all you need to do is the following:
1. Open any photo you want to enhance and tap the edit icon at the top right.This is where the best editing features of the app are located.
2. Click the "Filter" option, and then select "Enhance your photo" in the right pane, as shown in the image below:
As with the rest of the editing section, if you want to undo any changes, save your image, or save a copy of it, use the options at the top right.You can also compare the before and after effects of a change by keeping clicking the Compare option.If you don't use a mouse, then hold down the CTRL + / keys to compare your last modification.
7. Crop and rotate images
The options in the Enhancements section (top right) let you quickly do basic editing, including rotating, cropping, and straightening your photo. We've covered some advanced editing tools, but the Photos app lets you do that with one click.
8. Add filters to your photos
The Photos app isn't Instagram when it comes to adding filters, but it does include a decent six-filter combo to liven up your photos.Click on "Filters" in the "Enhancement" section to access them.Here you can select a filter and then use the filter slider in the same window to choose its strength.
If you feel that the filters in the Photos app are not enough, there are quite a few desktop apps that can add Instagram filters to your photos, you can check them out.
9. Improve your brightness, contrast and temperature
After selecting the photo, tap the "Enhance" option.From here, you can adjust the brightness, contrast, highlights and shadows of the photo by tapping and moving each option left or right (like a circular slider).Likewise, by clicking on a color on the left, you can adjust temperature, hue, saturation, and color intensity.
10. Create a video
The Photos app also comes with a built-in video editor that allows you to combine multiple photos and videos and edit them.You can also add media elements like background music and custom audio to your videos.
Also, if you combine multiple videos in one video, you can set different durations for each element.
Get the most out of Windows Photos
The Windows Photos app might not be the first app that comes to your mind when you want to edit pictures.The app had basic functionality until recently, but things have changed a lot now.You can do everything from resizing images to applying filters and adjusting contrast.
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