Fun With Film, Digitally Speaking.
They say that the camera can add ten pounds. The thing is, I don’t need any help looking larger. I’m sure that an additional ten pounds on some people would be flattering. I know a couple of people that need to gain ten pounds, but they are few and far between and no,… it’s not you. If they can make a camera that will add ten pounds, I have to ask, why can’t they make a camera that can subtract ten, twenty, thirty or even forty pounds?
As I thought about it, I realized that even though a camera can’t make me look thinner, I knew how to edit any photo to make me look thinner.
I’m sure we’ve all heard someone say, or have said it about ourselves, “I’m not over weight, I’m just too short,” or “according to my weight I’m really six inches taller” or “I don’t need to lose weight, I just need to be taller.” Well, that’s probably true, if we could stretch ourselves taller we wouldn’t be over weight, so why not just make ourselves taller in our pictures. It’s pretty easy to do using basic programs like Microsoft Paint.
Here is a picture of me on a trip to Glacier two years ago. I look kind of wide at 240 lbs and 6′-1″
Here is the same picture. I’m the same weight, but in this picture I am 9′ tall. Thinner, right?
And finally, here I am in the same picture, only now I’m 240 lbs and I’m 12′ tall. Looking good, right?
By now you are probably wondering how you can do this. It’s simple.
1. Find the picture you want to “Improve” copy it and post it someplace easy to find, like your desk top.
2. Right click on it and click on edit.
3. Your computer will probably open your selected photo in paint. If your photo is too big to fit on the page, click on the view tab and reduce the size by clicking on the magnifying glass with the negative sign until the photo fits on the screen. If it fits on the screen, skip to #4.
4. Click on resize and when that opens be sure to make you un-check the “Maintain aspect ratio” box.
5. The “Horizontal” box should say 100 and the “Vertical” box should say 100. Now we are going to change the 100 in the “Vertical” box to 150, or 200. Be sure that you only change the “Vertical” number because if you change the “Horizontal” to 200, well here I am twice as wide. Not flattering.
You can use the “Horizontal” setting and not use the “Vertical”, but make it a smaller number than 100, like change it to 50.
6. Now all that is left to do is to close the screen, save your changes, post your new picture on Facebook and wait for the compliments to roll in.
Anyway…for what it’s worth and for the fun of it.