It’s Not You; It’s Your Software

Carefully fine-tuning the last photo to finish off a blog post, adjusting the exposure and vibrancy to be at their best, even my small tweaks can take an inordinate amount of time to get just right. Using Photoshop is definitely not my forte, and it shows in my sluggish speed and clumsy handling of its sophisticated tools, but I still try my best through trial and error when necessary. Once the finishing touches are done, a quick save, one last review of the photo and… Oh, god, what have I done?! Into my view pops some hideously mangled photo, glaringly overexposed and flat out green. This is not what I was editing two seconds ago, I swear! This must be its evil twin, set on ruining the ambiance poor little blog!

Oh, the drama. But wait, it’s not all that it seems! While this horrific occurrence has sent me scrambling back to Photoshop in hopes of fixing the mess numerous times now, it suddenly hit me that perhaps it wasn’t my lack of Photoshop skills that was at fault here, but the program itself that I was using to view the altered pictures.

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What do you know, the difference is as clear as night and day! Just because a certain photo viewer opens when you double click an image, doesn’t mean that it’s the best program for the job. So long, Windows Photo Gallery! I’ll be sticking with QuickTime PictureViewer from here on in, thank you very much! So before you drive yourself insane trying to figure out why your photo alterations always seem to go askew, perhaps you should check your programs against each other, and give your basic software a second thought.

This has been a public service announcement. We now return you to your regular programing.