Editing photos and videos

This describes the many editing options available in the Camera, Photos and OneDrive apps on Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1. If you would like to make other edits, search the Windows Store on your PC for other photo and video editing apps, or download Photo Gallery and Movie Maker. Note that Photo Gallery and Movie Maker aren't available for Windows RT 8.1.

For more information on the apps mentioned here, see Photos app for Windows: FAQ, Camera app and webcams help and OneDrive: FAQ.

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Opening a photo or video to edit it

  1. Open the Photos, Camera or OneDrive app, or open File Explorer.

  2. Go to the photo you want to edit, then tap or click it to open it.

  3. Swipe up from the bottom edge.
    (If you're using a mouse, right-click within the app.)
    This shows the commands you can use to start editing.

  4. If you’d like to continue editing when you’ve finished with that photo, use the arrows to go to the next photo. If you’re in the Photos or OneDrive apps, you can use the back button to browse to other folders.

Cropping a photo

  1. Open the photo you want to crop.

  2. Swipe up from the bottom edge.
    (If you're using a mouse, right-click within the app.)
  3. Tap or click Crop.

  4. Tap or click Aspect ratio and pick from the preset options or drag the borders where you want them.

  5. When the photo is the way you want it, tap or click Apply.

  6. When you've finished making changes, save the photo. You can update the original photo or save a copy with your changes.

Rotating a photo

  1. Open the photo you want to rotate.

  2. Swipe up from the bottom edge.
    (If you're using a mouse, right-click within the app.)
  3. Tap or click Rotate. The photo rotates 90 degrees clockwise. Each tap or click turns it another 90 degrees.

The photo is saved automatically.

Note

  • Videos can't be rotated in the Photos, Camera or OneDrive apps.

Basic photo editing

  1. Open a photo.

  2. Swipe up from the bottom edge.
    (If you're using a mouse, right-click within the app.)
  3. Tap or click Edit.

    Default app commands
  4. Tap or click a category on the left, then tap or click an editing option on the right.

  5. Make your edits. See the following sections for more details on each option.

  6. If you want to zoom in or out of the photo, use the + and - in the bottom right or pinch and stretch your fingers on the screen.

  7. Swipe up from the bottom edge or right-click to use other editing options, which might include:

    • Undo

    • Redo

    • View original (press and hold or click and hold to see the original photo)

    • Cancel

  8. When you’ve finished making changes, swipe in from the bottom edge or right-click, then save your photo. You can save a copy or update the original photo. (You may only see one of these options, depending on the file type and permission settings.)

Note

Auto-fix

Screenshot of Auto-fix options
  1. Open the photo you want to edit.

  2. Swipe up from the bottom edge.
    (If you're using a mouse, right-click within the app.)
  3. Tap or click Edit.

  4. Choose which of the automatically enhanced images you want to use.

  5. (Optional) To view the original version of the photo or to undo or redo changes, swipe up from the bottom edge or right-click, then tap or click the option you want.

When you’ve finished editing, swipe up from the bottom edge or right-click, then save your changes. See Basic photo editing for details.

Basic fixes

  1. Open the photo you want to edit.

  2. Swipe up from the bottom edge.
    (If you're using a mouse, right-click within the app.)
  3. Tap or click Edit.

  4. Tap or click Basic fixes.

  5. Choose from these options:

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    Rotate

    Tap or click Rotate until the photo is turned the way you want it. Your changes are saved automatically.

    Crop

    1. Tap or click Crop.

    2. Tap or click Aspect ratio and pick a size or drag the borders to where you want them.

    3. Tap or click Apply.

    Straighten

    Use the dial to straighten the photo.

    Remove red eye

    1. Tap or click Red eye.

    2. Tap or click where you want to remove the red glow from. You can zoom in for more accuracy.

    Retouch

    1. Tap or click Retouch.

    2. Tap or click the spot or spots you want retouched. You can zoom in for more accuracy.

  6. (Optional) To view the original version of the photo or to undo or redo changes, swipe up from the bottom edge or right-click, then tap or click the option you want.

When you’ve finished editing, swipe up from the bottom edge or right-click, then save your changes. See Basic photo editing for details.

Note

Light adjustments

  1. Open the photo you want to edit.

  2. Swipe up from the bottom edge.
    (If you're using a mouse, right-click within the app.)
  3. Tap or click Edit.

  4. Tap or click Light.

  5. Choose from these options, then use the dial to change the setting.

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    Brightness

    Makes the image lighter or darker

    Contrast

    Adjusts the difference between the light and dark parts of the photo

    Highlights

    Adjusts the bright areas of the photo

    Shadows

    Adjusts the dark areas of the photo

  6. (Optional) To view the original version of the photo or to undo or redo changes, swipe up from the bottom edge or right-click, then tap or click the option you want.

When you’ve finished editing, swipe up from the bottom edge or right-click, then save your changes. See Basic photo editing for details.

Colour adjustments

  1. Open the photo you want to edit.

  2. Swipe up from the bottom edge.
    (If you're using a mouse, right-click within the app.)
  3. Tap or click Edit.

  4. Tap or click Colour.

  5. Adjust the settings:

    • For Temperature, Tint and Saturation, use the dials to change the settings.

    • For Colour enhance, drag the pin to the colour you want to enhance, then use the dial to change the setting. If you want to enhance other colours, move the pin and adjust the setting again.

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    Temperature

    Adjusts how cool or warm the photo looks

    Tint

    Adds a green or magenta tint

    Saturation

    Adjusts the intensity of colours

    Colour enhance

    Adjusts how vibrant a selected colour looks. This affects everywhere the colour appears in the photo and doesn’t affect the other colours.

  6. (Optional) To view the original version of the photo or to undo or redo changes, swipe up from the bottom edge or right-click, then tap or click the option you want.

When you’ve finished editing, swipe up from the bottom edge or right-click, then save your changes. See Basic photo editing for details.

Adding effects

Vignette darkens or lightens the corners of the photo. Selective focus lets you pick part of the photo to keep in focus and blurs out the rest.

  1. Open the photo you want to edit.

  2. Swipe up from the bottom edge.
    (If you're using a mouse, right-click within the app.)
  3. Tap or click Edit.

  4. Tap or click Effects.

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    Do this

    Add vignette effect

    Tap or click Vignette, then use the dial to change the setting.

    Add selective focus

    1. Tap or click Selective focus.

    2. Adjust the circle by changing its size, shape and location. What’s inside the circle will stay in focus.

    3. Tap or click Strength and set how blurred you want the rest of the photo to be.

    4. Tap or click Preview to see the results.

    5. When you’ve finished making changes, tap or click Apply.

  5. (Optional) To view the original version of the photo or to undo or redo changes, swipe up from the bottom edge or right-click, then tap or click the option you want.

When you’ve finished editing, swipe up from the bottom edge or right-click, then save your changes. See Basic photo editing for details.

Trimming a video

  1. Open the video you want to trim.

  2. Swipe up from the bottom edge.
    (If you're using a mouse, right-click within the app.)
  3. Tap or click Trim, then move the handles at the left and right ends of the time line to new start and end points.

    Time line showing trim handles
  4. When you’ve finished making changes, tap or click Save a copy to save your video.

Note

  • Videos can't be rotated in the Photos, Camera or OneDrive apps.

Deleting a photo or video

  1. In the Photos or OneDrive app, go to the folder containing the files you want to delete.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • To delete only one file, tap or click to open it, then swipe up from the bottom or right-click to see the app commands.

    • To delete multiple files, swipe down on or right-click each file, or tap or click Select all.

  3. Tap or click Delete.

If you have problems

If you have problems, like you can't see the options described here or the steps aren't working for you, try these: