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
Or you can select a photo in Windows Explorer and select open with Windows Live Photo Gallery
In this case I have two photos:
Photo #1 – Hand in front of mouth
Photo #2 – Other toddler looking away
In Windows Live Photo Gallery I then select the group of photos I want to fuse by ticking their checkboxes
I then select the Create tab and click Photo Fuse
You then get asked which do you like best, click the one you prefer
I then select the region I want to change
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…
This is a really great & simple way to touch-up your photos rapidly.