Photo Fuse Your Holiday Photos

It’s the holidays and I’ll take a break from the usual problem solving blog and demonstrate a really powerful feature of Windows Live Photo Gallery that many people are still not aware of.

Basically a common problem: You take a photo of a group a few times, in the first photo one person looks great, but in the other photo someone else looks their best. Sure you can spend some time in PhotoShop, GIMP or Paint.NET to merge these photos, but the easy way is Photo Fuse.

Photo Fuse is a feature of Windows Live Photo Gallery, available for Windows 7, and can be downloaded at http://explore.live.com/windows-live-essentials

Once installed you can load by typing gallery into Windows 7 start menu then selecting the program

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Or you can select a photo in Windows Explorer and select open with Windows Live Photo Gallery

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In this case I have two photos:

Photo #1 – Hand in front of mouth

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Photo #2 – Other toddler looking away

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In Windows Live Photo Gallery I then select the group of photos I want to fuse by ticking their checkboxes

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I then select the Create tab and click Photo Fuse

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You then get asked which do you like best, click the one you prefer

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I then select the region I want to change

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You may need to do a few regions with trial & error to get it looking good, but the result after less than a minute is…

Christmas Day 2011 075 Fuse

This is a really great & simple way to touch-up your photos rapidly.

About chentiangemalc

specializes in end-user computing technologies. disclaimer 1) use at your own risk. test any solution in your environment. if you do not understand the impact/consequences of what you're doing please stop, and ask advice from somebody who does. 2) views are my own at the time of posting and do not necessarily represent my current view or the view of my employer and family members/relatives. 3) over the years Microsoft/Citrix/VMWare have given me a few free shirts, pens, paper notebooks/etc. despite these gifts i will try to remain unbiased.
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