Down and Dirty Game Photo Editing…

Over the last week or so, I’ve been having an email conversation with Kearn Reif, a listener who recently started his own blog on BGG and was asking for some advice.  We discussed a number of things, but one in particular was the taking and post-processing of photos for my blog.

That sort of intersected with me recently discovering a free web app called Screenr, which lets you record up to 5-minute-long screencasts without any real investment other than registering with the website.  So what came out of all that are these two short demos talking a little about how you can improve your photos pretty quickly using some readily-available software.

I’m no real expert at photo editing or manipulation, but my goal here is to show how relatively quick and easy it is to make a significant difference in your pictures, especially when you’re taking them in less-than-ideal conditions (like dim game store play areas).

The first demo is about using Microsoft Picture Manager’s editing tools, which most PC users probably already have on their computers:

This second demo is using the free GIMP software that can be downloaded here:

I certainly hope these are useful to y’all, but I’m also interested in how useful you think things like this may be, especially going forward…


  1. Seth Jaffee

    Those are some really awesome little clips! I’d love to see more little 5 minute ‘lessons’ on how to do cool stuff like that.

  2. Chris Norwood

    Thanks!  I’d love to do more of them, but since they’re pretty much limited to computer-based demos, I’m having a little trouble thinking of many more things that 1) gamers would care about, and 2) I actually know something about.

    But I’m open to ideas…

  3. Chris, These vids are awesome! They only thing is, I had my volume way up, but could just barely hear you. Not sure if that was the program you were using or what…but good stuff.

    Thanks for sharing.


  4. Chris Norwood

    Like I said, the program was the Screenr web app thingy, so I don’t think I have any control over that.  I wonder if my microphone volume was just too soft on the computer.

    But the weird thing is that when I listen with my earphones, it sounds fine.  But through the external speakers on my computer, it’s too quiet for me as well.  I also did some tests here at work as well, and others in my department had the same issue with volume. 

    If I do more, I’ll try to work on that…

  5. Kearn

    Thank you. That was really helpful and informative for me to see how you doctor your photos. I am going to try Gimp in the future.

  6. Chris,
    thank you for an informative and timely post! I’ve been using GIMP for a long while to edit photos, of games and custom pieces, but as I’m sure you know, documentation isn’t the best or most intuitive for the program. You just taught me how to select my white point, and for that I can’t thank you enough.
    It’s a simple enough thing, but I bet it will save me some time when I’m photo editing (especially when taking pictures in the oft-gray Pacific Northwest, it’s hard to get true white backgrounds).
    Not to mention, Screenr looks really cool. My hubby is a hobby computer programmer and had just mentioned screencasting, so I passed on the information about Screenr to him, as well.
    I enjoy following you on Facebook, and I am very glad I clicked over to your main site today! Thanks again!

  7. Chris Norwood

    Wow, that’s really great, Tabitha!  I’m glad I could be of help!

    And I found out about Screenr from a blog I read for my day job (The Rapid eLearning Blog, which is a fantastic Instructional Design/eLearning resource, by the way).  It’s really cool.

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