New Mono-Based Applications for GNOME in Fedora Core 5--Part 2 - page 4
Continuing a Look at Mono
If you want to edit a photo, select it and either double-click it, or click the Edit Photo button. The photo now becomes the focal point of the right-hand pane. Rather than working with the original photo, the first thing you might want to do is select File -> Create New Version. In the Create New Version dialog box, assign a new name that is distinct from that of the original and click OK. Once you have done this, you can use the controls at the bottom of the window to make your changes (see Figure 5).
Directly under the image, to the left, you will find a drop-down list box that says No Constraint. Selecting this box shows that you can apply a physical size constraint to the image, so that it fits on a postcard or matches one of the standard portrait sizes. Moving to the right, you reach the Crop tool. Before clicking this button, you need to click and drag your mouse to select the area you want to crop down to. Once you have done so, click the crop tool (see Figure 6). The change is automatically saved, as you can see if you look in the Name section to the left (notice that under Version it says Modified).
Next to the right is the red eye removal tool. Again, you need to select the area first--say, a box around the eye that hopefully doesn't otherwise display any red--and then click the Remove Red Eye From Selected Area button. If you need to get in closer to use this feature, use the slider bar on the lower right to zoom in and out (you can also use your mouse wheel). Unfortunately, while it did remove some of the red eye in the case of the example picture, it didn't manage to remove enough (see Figure 7). Perhaps this feature will improve as this tool advances.
There is no Undo option in the Edit menu, unfortunately. To back up to before the red eye was applied, it's necessary to switch back to a Version (in the dropdown list box) where the anti-red eye feature had not been used. So, if you are making a lot of changes, you may want to create new versions often until an Undo feature is added.
Continuing to the right, next is Adjust The Photo Colors. Clicking this button opens the Adjust Color dialog box (see Figure 8).
Slide the dialog box to the side so you can see the image, and then start moving the slider bars. Your image adjusts automatically as you change its settings (see Figure 9). If you want to go back to the original look, click Reset to undo all of the color adjustments.
Once you're happy with the color adjustments, click OK to keep them. After this button along the bottom comes Convert The Photo To Black And White. If nothing else, this can be a great way to get rid of red eye (see Figure 10).
Finally, for those who are fans of old-timey photographs, there's Convert The Photo To Sepia Tones (see Figure 11).
There are actually more features available as well, but I'll leave them to your own explorations. For example, you can send the image in email or to a printer, or you can export it to Flickr, Web Gallery, a folder, or a CD. Given that the version used for this article is only version 0.1.10, it's clear that there is still more room to grow.
Part 3 of this article series will focus on the final Mono addition to the Fedora landscape: Tomboy Tomboy.
Dee-Ann LeBlanc (http://dee-ann.blog-city.com/) is the Desktop Editor of LinuxPlanet as well as an award-winning technical journalist and technical writer. Her latest book is "Linux for Dummies 6th Edition." The dogs used in the examples are Sikari and Piyomi (http://kleekai.blog-city.com/), and they are Alaskan Klee Kai, which are essentially miniature huskies.
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