Guide to the Image Editor in My Drive

 

 

Bookmark provides you with a sophisticated image editor in My Drive.

 

This guide will cover the following:

 

  • How to use the photo editor in My Drive

  • Photo editor tools overview

 

 

How to use the photo editor in My Drive:

To open a photo with the editor, click the editor icon below the photo you want to open.
 

 

A close up view:


When you click this icon, the image editor will open with your image. Across the top of the editor is the toolbar, with icons for each tool.
 

 

 



Click the icon for the editing tool you want to use and apply to your image. There are more tools you can see by clicking the arrow on the right, next to the Save button.

 


When you click on an editing tool, the toolbar will change to show you what you can do with that tool. Let’s do an example using the Crop tool on an image from the Nicole & Dave template:
 

 

 


The toolbar will open the cropping options, and a grid and grab-buttons will appear at the corners of the image:



The Crop tool gives you a lot of different options for cropping your image. You can click on one of the presets in the toolbar, enter your own pixel dimensions by clicking the Custom button and entering your width and height dimensions, or you can click and drag any of the corner buttons to crop your image.

 

Once you’ve cropped out part of the image, you can click and drag on the image grid to move it around and reposition it on the part of the image you want to keep. For example, below I’ve chosen to click on the 9:16 preset. The editor gives me this:


The editor positioned the 9:16 window in the center of the image. That might not be what I want, so now I can click anywhere on the window to drag it to the left, framing the couple better.

 

Tip: the “Original” pre-set in the Crop toolbar is useful for starting over.
 

Apply changes:

Once you’re happy with the editing you’ve done, whether cropping, or using any of the editor tools, you need to click the Apply Button in the top right of the editor window:

 

 


You will exit the tool, and be returned to the main editor window, where you will see your altered image. Note that your changes have not yet been saved.

 

From this screen you can do a number of things:

 

  • click the magnifying glass to zoom in and take a closer look at your image

  • click the “undo” arrow at the bottom right - this will undo everything you applied in the last tool you applied. If you’ve used several tools to change your image, you can click “undo” repeatedly to keep undoing each tool one by one. You can click “redo” beside it to reverse the undo.

  • click any of the other editing tools to apply more changes to your image.
     



Save changes:

When you are finished editing your image click the big blue SAVE button at the top right of the Photo Editor tool bar:
 



Your edited image is now saved as a new file at the top of your image folder. The editor will give your altered image a new image name by adding “_copy” to the image name. For example, if your original image name was couple.jpg, your edited image name will be couple_copy.jpg.

 

You can rename your image by clicking the pen icon under the image thumbnail in the My Drive folder.


 

Photo Editor tools:

Here is a brief description of the various tools found in Bookmark’s Photo Editor:

 

Enhance:


The Enhance tool provides you with some specialized enhancing filters that you can apply to your image. Click the filter’s icon to preview it on your image. Click the icon again to remove it. Remember to click Apply in the top right corner to accept the filter and apply it to your image.

 

 

The Enhance toolbar:

 

Effects:

Effects is where to go to find an assortment of filters for your image

There are two subcategories of effects: Signature and Classic.

In the editor, click either one to open that stack of filters. The editor will use the image you’re editing for the toolbar thumbnails.

 

Signature effects are:

Classic effects are:

 

When you click on an effect, it will preview on your image, and the effect icon will change to show a slidebar. For example, after clicking the Lucky icon, it looks like this.

 

Click it again to open the slidebar, which you can use to adjust the intensity of the effect on your image:
 

 

Frames:

The Frames tool provides a variety of different border styles to frame your image.

There are two categories of frames: Original and Bohemia.

In the editor, click either one to open that stack of frames.

 

Original frames are:

 

Bohemia frames are:

To preview the frame on your image, click the frame thumbnail in the toolbar. Remember to click Apply in the top right corner to add the frame to your image.

 

Overlays:

Overlays are other images that are layered on top of your image to create an effect such as a border or color overlay.

There are two subcategories of overlays: Original and Boom

In the editor, click either one to open that stack of overlays.

 

The Original overlays are opaque (your image is hidden beneath), and either black or white:

 

The Boom overlays are translucent (your image shows through) color blocks :

To preview the overlay on your image, click the overlay thumbnail in the toolbar. Remember to click Apply in the top right corner if you wish to add the overlay to your image.

 

Stickers:

Stickers are a fun way to mark up your image, but don’t over-do it (unless you’re an eleven-year-old kid, in which case, go for it!)

There are two categories of stickers, Original and Signature. Each category has more stickers that you can see by clicking the arrow at the top right of the tool bar.

In the editor, click either one to open that stack of stickers.

 

The Original stickers are:

 

The Signature stickers are:

 

Click a sticker to add it to your image. Once on your image, you can drag it around, rotate it, and resize it. You can add multiple stickers to your image. Remember to click Apply to affix the stickers to your image before exiting the sticker tool.

 

Orientation:

The Orientation tool allows you to rotate your image clockwise or counter-clockwise, or to flip it to a mirror image either left-to-right, or top-to-bottom.

 

The Orientation tools are:

The Rotate arrows rotate your image by 90 degrees in the direction indicated. To rotate your image by less than 90 degrees, use the slidebar that the Orientation tool places on the top edge of your image. This is useful for giving your images a slight tilt.

 

Crop:

The Crop tool allows you to cut off unwanted edges of your image. This crop tool is limited to rectangular selections.

 

The Crop toolbar offers  you some presets you can click on to crop your image.

Or you can click and drag the corner buttons on your image to select the area to keep. You can also drag the crop window over your image to highlight the desired area.
 

Resize:

The Resize tool allows you to change the size of your image without deleting any of it. Sizing is determined in pixels. When you enter a new value into either the Width or Height box, the tool will automatically adjust the other dimension to keep the same width to height ratio.

If you want to have full control of both Width and Height, click the lock icon. Be warned that your image may become distorted if you do not keep the same ratio of width to height as the original image. Click the Apply button to complete the process.

 

Lighting:

The Lighting tool allows you to adjust the Brightness, Contrast and Highlights on your image with a handy scroll bar:

 

Color:

The Color tool allows you to adjust the Saturation, Warmth and Tint of your image with a handy scroll bar:

 

Sharpness:

Use the slide bar in the Sharpness tool to adjust the clarity of your image. Slide the button to the left to make it blurrier, or to the right to make it crisper.

 

Focus:

The Focus tool causes everything outside of a designated area to be blurred, contrasting with the focused area inside the designated area.

There are two choices for determining the shape of the focused area: Circle and Rectangle.

Click the shape icon you want to use, then drag it on your image to achieve the desired size and positioning.

 

Vignette:

The Vignette tool adds a border to your image with blurred edges. Drag the Vignette window to the desired position on your image, and adjust the blur with the slidebar.

 

Blemish:

The Blemish tool allows you to correct blemishes on subjects in your image, by blurring the treated area with the surrounding color.

 

You can select the circular brush size. You can place the target over the image and then click your mouse, or click and drag on your image to treat a larger area with the Blemish tool:

 

Whiten:

The Whiten tool allows you to whiten areas of your image with a brush tool.

 

You can select the circular brush size. You can place the target over the image and then click your mouse, or click and drag on your image to treat a larger area with the Whiten tool:

 

Redeye:

The Redeye tool allows you to remove the redeye effect from subjects in your images.

 

You can select the circular brush size. To correct redeye, place the target over the affected area and then click your mouse to treat your image with the Redeye tool.

 

Draw:

The Draw tool allows you to draw freehand on your image using your mouse pointer.

 

You have a selection of brush sizes:

 

You can click any of the color buttons to change the color of your brush or choose a custom color by clicking the drop-down arrow beside the color wheel icon.

 

There is also an eraser tool, should you need it.

Click the eraser button to change your brush to eraser mode. You can choose any brush size. Click on a color to change it back to drawing mode.

 

Splash:

The Splash tool displays your image in grey-scale, and then allows you to add the color back into selected areas, creating a “splash” of color. You have the choice of a Free Color brush or a Smart Color brush, five brush sizes and an eraser tool.

 


Text:

The Text tool allows you to caption your image using adjustable text boxes. The editor places a text box at the center top of your page, but you can move it by clicking and dragging it, and rotate or resize it by clicking and dragging the button in the bottom right corner of the text box. To remove the text box, click the X in the top left corner.

 

There are over 50 font styles in the drop-down menu beside Arial Black. You can click any of the color buttons to change the color of your text, or choose a custom color by clicking the drop-down arrow beside the color wheel icon.

 

Add additional text boxes by clicking the + Add Text button.

 

 

Meme:

The Meme tool allows you to caption your image with Meme-style all-caps text at the top and / or bottom of the image.

 

Type your captions into the boxes, and it will immediately appear on your image.

 

Using our sample image of a swan:

(Disclaimer: the swan in the photo is not actually a Trumpeter swan)

 

This concludes our Guide to the Image Editor in My Drive.

 

Other guides you might be interested in:

Uploading and organizing images in My Drive

How do I rename an image on My Drive?

 

 

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