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Video Caddy

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Know How to Convert Your Holiday Pictures into a Video -http://www.videocaddy.com/blog/how-to-convert-your-holiday-pictures-into-a-video/
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Rinus Alewijnse

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To my opinion, also G+ editing needs a perspective tool.
Surroundings which can be overseen with your head right-up, often can not be photographed with your camera pointed to the (invisible) horizon, causing the well-known trapeziumlike distorsion like in the upper picture - especially with a wide-angle lens. And this distorsion even may cause the famous Pisa-tower pointing in the opposite direction :-)
So, it is clear that we often need a simple perspective tool (besides straightening and cropping) to get the much more impressive and natural result shown in the lower picture. 

Be aware that this is already a rather extreme example and to my experience about 33% of my pictures need this correction, often just a few degrees because “not quite right” is more worse then a steep perspective where you also need to hold your head directed up- or downwards, just like your camera. 

So, having such a correction tool in the G+ editor will solve the problem of needing complicated software outside G+ and sofar I did not find any nice solution for editing in the cloud. 

Remark: wide-angle lenses always almost always cause some pincushion distorsion too which needs to be corrected before starting the perspective correction. 
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In the mobile world, this editor is named "Snapseed" and the new version 2.0 now contains a Transform-button which makes possible some perspective correction. But the designers clearly have no idea how to do that, so I have to search for better feedback-facilities to make clear how that should be done: back to school I am afraid. 

But this makes clear that we can expect such an update for our G+ editor also - so I am curious. 
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Jaime R. Garza

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I'm using Debian jessie 64 bit and the Photo Edit doesn't work. I always get: "The photo editor could not be loaded..." According to the info Linux is supported, and I was not able to find any infos about this. UPDATE: I'm using Chrome Stable.
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I'm using Linux Mint Debian Edition 64 bit, and it works perfectly well now. 
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Irmeen Amin

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Photoscape Intuitive Effect Tutorial For Photo Editing
http://goo.gl/upDGhC
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Thanks for sharing that +Irmeen Amin 
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Rinus Alewijnse

Questions about Desktop  - 
 
Does anyone has the same experience with Windows Vista + Chrome: the editor worked from its birthday in September 2013 and somewhere in Februar 2014 it will not start anymore, saying that this Windows version is not suitable.
But apart from the regular Windows- and Chrome-updates, nothing is changed, apart from one non-related addition of the new Google+ Autobackup software (6,8 MB only). 
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You better should say: "strange company", because too many seem to have system-related problems without simple solutions.  
Also see https://plus.google.com/u/0/+JoshHaftel/posts/8CDR3mLfMmE 

That there are less complaints here (but also no appraissals), simply means that there are not many users who are using the editor in their daily workflow on their cloud as should be done for every new photoseries uploaded to the autobackup album on G+ 

So, at the time my Vista becomes outdated, the G+ editor may have gone also, simply because of too low popularity on G+. What can we do about that?
Not very much I am afraid / Rinus
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Eric Schaeffer

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Is there a way to change the black background in the G+ photo editor to gray or white? Sometimes when editing a photo the "white" parts of the photo seem very bright until I post them on G+ where the background is white and light gray then the light parts in the photo seem dark. Normally I like the black background in the editor but I'd like to see my photos against a lighter background while I'm editing sometimes. Is the a way to change the background and then restore it to black? Thanks
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The normal background in a photoviewer which is also used as a photo-editor should be middle gray (128) - like in Picasa-desktop. 
Every designer should know that. 
That is different from the background during a slideshow: that is always black (unexposed parts of your screen). 
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Larry Bradley

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So, it's jan 8, 2014 and the new editor still does not work in G+ or anywhere else for that matter. Does not work in Chrome on my Windows 8.1 machine, my Ubuntu Linux machine, my Samsung Chromebook or on my LG 980 Android smartphone. What am I missing? 
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this is july 10 and I am having problems and still cna't find an answer
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Michael Banks
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Use Google+ for Simple Batch Editing

Here is something I was just playing with. It really did a great job and too literally 3 Seconds.

I uploaded underexposed photos and I selected all of them and put auto enhance on high and they turned out nice in seconds. 
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+Michael Banks : Since some weeks, it is also possible to copy an paste your edits over to another image, using the Google+ Photo Editor :)

Look for the 'Edits' button, which is left of the 'Done' button.
When your photo has some edits, there is a copy button. After clicking that one, go to another image and paste those edits onto the photo.
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This community is dedicated to discussing the use and best practices when you are using the Google+ Editing Tools whether it's photos to videos and even Auto-Awesomes.

Allen “Prisoner” Firstenberg

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No updates to the editior, but access to new editors. Sorta. Beware the caveats.
 
Photos and Drive - Still a Huge Gap Between Them

By now you've certainly heard everyone talking about the latest nail in Google+'s coffin: Google Photos are now available in Google Drive. (See http://googledrive.blogspot.com/2015/03/photosindrive.html if you haven't.)

Like everyone else, I was initially thrilled with the news. We've had the ability to have photos in Drive show up in Google+ Photos for a while now through a weird one-way bridge. Now the bridge goes both ways. Sorta. Kinda. Not quite. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

I started playing with it... and after only 15 minutes I have to give the Google Drive and Google Photos team credit. I didn't think they could have made the Photo management experience any worse... and they did.

By default, your photos will show up in a new area in Drive, not a new folder. I assume there is a technical reason for this, because I can't think of a possible UX reason for this. It will only serve to confuse people for no obvious reason. I'm confused about it, thats for sure, and I feel like I know what's going on. But there are lots and lots of places that tell you that you can just press one button, and they'll all show up in a folder under My Drive.

There is no indication why you would want to keep them in the separate area. No indication what other side effects this might cause (will this folder get synced locally if you have that? Help doesn't say). Just lots of suggesting that if you want to move the files around, you need to do this. So I finally did. The full list is there still... so it isn't clear at all what I've now gained. I guess I can click on a photo and see what folder it is in? And... um... do some other metadata editing? Maybe? No clue.

But now I can organize my photos. Right?

Well... not quite. The help says, many times, that although deleting a photo will delete it in both places... moving it around in Drive won't move it around in Google+. I assume that the previous bridge will still work... so now I'll have these strange albums named "03" with the drive logo and no other useful information. And I can't edit or manipulate a Photo Album from Drive... just a Drive Folder. Which sorta shows up in Photos as an Album. Kinda.

I can already see that the help forum is going to get a pile of new questions, because this makes no sense to anyone that tries to use both. It really feels like this is a hack to make AutoUpload show up on Drive. A well-intentioned hack, and one that I will likely make some use of... but definitely a hack. It does not feel easy and intuitive to use. And it feels like it will be easy to do the wrong thing - like delete images you didn't want to delete.

What does this add to the photo management that Photos has desperately needed? Nothing. What Picasa, Aperture, and Lightroom provided was the ability to manage thousands of photos in ways that transcend simple folders. Drive certainly could be the basis for real photo management... but this bizarre split doesn't make me feel very optimistic that they will ever get to that point without lots of kludges. It would be great to see dynamic virtual albums, album ordering, quick flagging, integration with YouTube and AutoAwesome, and a good staging system for Stories. But this shows how far there is to go to actually get to that point.

Are there advantages to this new feature? Certainly! I don't have to download-upload things constantly. And we get the advantage of the other editing tools that Drive gives us access too. I think it is great that the two teams have provided this. It is the next step in seamless integration of different Google tools and I hope we take many more steps soon.

But right now... there are huge seams... and they are very visible... and they're only held together by a very thin thread.
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It is not so bad Allen, but that fully depends on your contents on G+. If you have 99 neat albums since 2010 with correctly dated pictures which merely are shared with the same group, you get at least the possibility on your Drive to make a main folder for that group with a growing number of subfolders without the need anymore to send a new link for every new album. 
However the problem starts when you also have quite a lot albums with "technical rubbish", because you can't exclude these for becoming visible in the "all photos overview" and these are also "downloaded into arbitrary month-folders in arbitrary yearfolders. Of course can delete this rubbish from G+, but it may have a special goal on websites etc. 

Or when you have (like me) a lot of historical albums with digitized prints without correct dates: they go everywhere and already have a lot of work everyday to get them moved to my own folderstructure. So, even if a series is housed in a G+ album for 1970, they will end on my Drive in arbitrary folders a few years back, because then they were scanned and saved. 

They also promose that my older pictures will come soon, but until now I did see recent changes only. However, that is forgivable, because they start at April 1 :-)

So (as usual) the youth at Google has no idea about building collections, even if you have neat filenames like 1970-123. 
Rinus
 
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Rinus Alewijnse

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One trial again to blow some life in this extremely silent community, because much too less people seem to have any idea about normal photo-editing apart from some special effects or distorsions. 

Therefore this everyday example below: the top picture is the original from my reasonable compactcamera, uploaded to G+ in 2048x1536 px size. Almost nothing wrong with it ("nice and peacefull"), but a little bit dull and a little bit detached. And the basic edits on G+ can do a lot: often a little bit of straightening (in this case the roof of the barn), a little bit of cutting at left and in the rather dull sky to retain the 4:3 ratio of the original, some additional brightness and contrast and sharpness for the yellow flowers and you get the fresh and attractive picture below which still has enough pixels to be fine (1936x1440).  

And this can be done with almost all pictures: I always say: you can do two things with a picture: throw it away or improve it - often just slightly - sometimes a bit more. But if you want the mill only, you should have zoomed-in with your camera to make that close-up. 

Of course, I could have done this normal editing-work in Picasa before uploading (and if possible, you always should prefer that), but if you are restricted to the cloud by copying selected pictures from your Autobackup to a normal album to be shared - you perfectly can use the good G+ editor for surprising your family with better pictures then the "raw-originals" from your mobile or tablet.  

However: there is one serious drawback which should be corrected by NIK: when the edited picture (even as slight like in this example) is downloaded, the jpeg-quality is too much compressed resulting in files which are (on average) about 2-3x smaller then the uploaded ones - even taking the normal loss due to some cropping into account.
The same problem occurs when the pictures were just auto-enhanced only.  
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Good to hear, but now the rest of the world :-)
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Denis Maguire

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the crop function is no longer displayed in google+ photos meaning i can't edit my photos.used to be available and has disappeared. any ideas? i am using a samsung chromebook
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No problem on my Samsung-Chromebook either, but you probably mean the cropsymbol next to the thrashbin right-up. 
But I understand the problem: they were busy with updating this function, because now you come in the more extended G+ editor where you also can change the angle of the picture and that is often needed before cropping.
So, your cropbutton is improved. 
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Jeannene Melikidse

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Not sure where to post this...I have windows7, on chrome and have been editing off and on for months with no problems.  About 2 days ago I got message "editing tools stopped temporarily" try again...sometimes I skip pictures and it works again..so it seems to be off and on.  Any ideas?
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Apart from speed, the G+ editor is much better then Picasa3, because that is hardly improved since 2005. And your sharpness-impression is true, because G+ has an additional slider called "Structure" which enhanced the contrast of details. 
But Matthias can explain these differences much better (I am just reffering to the basic edits only - not funny filters like HDR). 

Happy digitizing (I also have many old stuff). 
Rinus
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Irmeen Amin

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Vintage Effect Tutorial For Photoscape Editing
http://goo.gl/RxXmIs
Welcome To My Website, Here You Get All Editing Effects.These Effects are used in Photo scape and Photoshop. As Always we come up with new effects and tutorials for our viewers.Today We are Introducing Vintage Effect Photoshop Tutorial. In This Tutorial "Vintage Effect Photoshop Tutorial" .
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This community is directed to editing in the Chrome-browser with pictures already uploaded to the G+ service - eg straight from your mobile. 
So, your tutorials are not very applicable to this special situation and the available function in the G+ editor. 
But if you step-over to the Snapseed-editor in Androïd or iOS, you can make tutorials which also are applicable for the G+ editor - at least most of them. 
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Matthew Bucken

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Photo Discovery in G+

Trying to find a good place to post this question.  I'm looking for tips / suggestions for photo organization / discovery in g+.  

I would love layer on top of g+ photos a service like everpix (now shutdown) or picturelife ( https://picturelife.com/ ) which focus on discovery within your photo library for those of us that don't tend to go back and explore the archives.  These services give things like photos from this day in history from your account.  Photos on a theme (landscape, interesting people, last spring,  etc etc).  Seems all the data is there in G+ but not sure if I can get to it.

Any suggestions or thoughts?  

Thanks!
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+Matthew Bucken Searching for a specific date or month or year is no problem: type 2013/12/31 or 2013/12 or just 2013. But I don't find any syntax for a specific period (from ... till ...). 

Searching for facetags is not possible unless it are persons with a G+ account. But I can't check this, because I prevent facetags on G+ in order to prevent approval-mails to these persons. 

When searching for themes, just type descriptive words like "mountains". In the official Google Blog of October 29, 2013 they told: "In addition, finding your photos is actually fun. We now recognize over a thousand different objects—from sunsets to snowmen—so you can just type what you’re looking for, and find matching items in your library". 

I understand your the importance of your goal, but I don't think it is realistic to expect much more facilities on G+: if users are too lazy to type meaningfull keywords and descriptions, it will stay impossible to carry-out effective searches.
G+ is merely for fun, not for scientific archiving.
But I hope that I am wrong and I wish you good luck to find good solutions  / Rinus
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Michael Banks
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Here's something I created last week. 
Here is a quick showing of CREW Collaboration Forum. The forum is where any club on Georgia Regents University campus can collaborate with CREW in planning e...
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A question about #autoawesome  - is there any thoughts about being able to select photos from an album and the choose an autoawesome treatment for those photos (sort of like semi-autoawesome)?

For instance, I have been fooling around with #autoawesomemotion  in my commuting on the Brisbane CityCats, and tried to do a sequence where the ferry was first reversing from the dock, then accelerated away from it.  Autoawesome only created a motion GIF from the later few shots of the sequence.  In my idea, I'd upload photos as per normal, but I'd then have the opportunity to "force" the inclusion of shots not included in the fully auto version.

I've also had limited success with  #autoawesomepanorama , even when I've used a stitch assist function on my camera, my idea would alleviate this issue.

My dedicated Autoawesomeness album (http://goo.gl/2h8OI9)
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+Mark Graveson That is a request that I hear a lot and a lot of people want. I would personally welcome it as well, but no word of that would ever happen. The best I would suggest you do is to give feedback requesting this feature. 
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Rich purcell

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Is there anyway of getting the movie option?
I'm on a g2 rooted running 4.4.2
It was there as standard on my nexus 5. There's nothing there on this. Installed latest version of g+
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Currently that device isn't supported.
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Steve Vance

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Do you think we'll be able to edit on Windows 8.1 anytime soon? It seems like a no brainer that it should have been in the works. It's not as if Microsoft just dropped 8.1 out of the blue. It's dumb stuff like this that stifle innovation and keep us using industry standard software.
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Bugs come in all shapes and sizes, but no +Steve Vance I have no clue when. Just continually check and see can you. For some it works. 
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