The other day I was at the Midwest Genealogy Center, and I scanned about 30 negatives creating JPEG digital files from them. (They have a very cool specialized scanner for this specific purpose.) The negatives were from a family archive and dated back to 1944-1945. It was like stepping back in time to a film noir scene.
Excited about my accomplishment, I ran home to look at my files only to be frustrated by mistake. I scanned about half of the negatives as “negatives” without inverting the black and white image. This is what I ended up with.
Irritated at the prospect of having to go back and re-scan these negatives, which takes time, I searched the Internet for a solution. And lo and behold I found the most wonderful website. It is pixlr.com/editor. It is a free, online, photo editing website. Normally, I would have to go to a product like Photoshop, which isn’t cheap, or enlist the aid of a graphic artist or photo editor to fix my mistake. Or as I mentioned, I would have to go back and re-scan the images.
I can’t tell you how unbelievably easy this was. I had figured out the site and “inverted” all of the images in about 20 minutes. I simply clicked “upload image from computer,” which brought up my “negative” image. Clicked “adjustment,” then “invert,” and voila, my image was righted. Then I saved the image back to my computer. Rinsed and repeated with the rest of the images. Here’s the above picture “inverted.”
It seems like you can do just about anything you like with this photo editor. You can change the brightness or contrast (image too dark or light?), crop the image (cut out Uncle Larry), rotate, and much more that is way over my humble image management knowledge base.
And you know the best part about this site? You don’t have to create an account. You don’t have to create a username and password. You just click and go!