How to easily edit group photos

Blinking, coughing, sneezing, and other distractions can ruin a potentially fantastic group photo. Find out how to fix it up so the shot looks perfect every time.

There are about 14 million (number not scientifically accurate) ways for a group photo to go wrong. People blink, sneeze, look the wrong direction, or otherwise get distracted and the potentially perfect shot gets ruined as a result. Fortunately for any Windows user, software is available with tools to help you splice pieces of different photos into one problem-free picture.

What you'll need:

  • Windows Live Photo Gallery
  • Lots of pictures--you'll want to take the same photo a few times to make the near-perfect shot a reality.

Screenshot by Nicole Cozma

Step 1: Open the Start menu and type Windows Live Photo Gallery into the search pane. Select the program from the list that appears.

Screenshot by Nicole Cozma

Step 2: The photo gallery will show all of the content in your Pictures and Videos library (by default, anyway). Select the photos you'd like to use for splicing from the pane to the right (simply check the check box for each photo you're interested in).

Screenshot by Nicole Cozma

Step 3: Navigate to the Create tab and select Photo Fuse.

Did he blink? Hard to tell, but just in case you can use photo fuse to fix the picture. Screenshot by Nicole Cozma

Step 4: Select an area in the photo that you'd like to change. The software will attempt to look for similar sections in other photos and offer them as choices to replace the selected area. This is why you'll want to have several editions of the same moment.

Screenshot by Nicole Cozma

Step 5: Click on the Save button in the top left to save your perfect picture.

Repeat step 4 as many times as necessary to remove all of the blemishes from your group photos. The more shots you have of a particular moment (at least five if you can manage them), the easier it will be to generate a better picture.

 

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