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Selected Area

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Move the mouse over this panel to see the current cropped area, and click on "Set Crop Area" to set it.

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How to add effects to your picture
After your picture has been uploaded, you can select the parts of the picture to apply effects to.

If you're not sure where the effects should go, try using the whole picture first:

Press "Select All" to use the whole image. A purple selection area will appear over the image, showing that the entire picture is selected.
Press "Apply". The current effect will be applied to the full picture.
Buttons quick reference

Depending on the type of image uploaded, some areas will have effects added to them, and some won't. This is because Glitterboo looks at each image and only adds effects to bright areas. This can help create more realistic looking results.

There are some scenes that work especially well with this, such as decorative lights at night, light coming through tree canopys, or the reflection of a setting sun or lights on water:

Texture examples

Generally, bright areas over a darker background will give better results. The color of the effect is taken from the color of the bright area, so for example a green light will produce a green effect in that part of the image.

Selecting effects
There are five main categories of effects:



Animals & Smileys

World & Society

Symbols & Shapes

Within each category, non-members can choose from a single set of effects. Use the drop-down menu to change the current set.

Site members can access all four sets of effects in each category. Click here for details.

Browse through different effects in each set by using the left and right arrows under the effect icon.

Press "Apply" again after selecting a new effect to see it used with your picture.

Slider controls
Intensity - Use the Intensity slider to control the strength of the effects.
Size - The Size slider will change the overall size of the effects.
Glow Effect - Create a glowing halo around the effects.
Color Boost - The Color Boost slider changes the color intensity of the effects. It does not change colors in the rest of the picture.

Press Apply after changing the sliders to see the results.

You might find that some areas of your picture have effects added where you don't want them. Simply select the Eraser brush and use it to de-select those areas. Now press Apply again and those areas will return to normal.

Other options:

Select the "Mixed rotation" checkbox to give a random rotation to effects applied. This will usually look better with geometric shapes such as Stars and Sparkles.

"Luminous effect" enhances the contrast of the entire picture and adds a soft filter, which can create a hazy, dreamy effect.

You can also use this without adding any other effects to the picture - simply click on the option and press "Apply".

Glitterboo can also animate your effects. Click on the Animation tab to see an animated preview area.

Animation tab

To change the area being previewed, click on the "Set location" text. A frame will appear on the photo, you can then click on the area you want to see an animation preview for. To download or view the full size animation, use the buttons in the download area.

Some effects can be used with different animation styles. These appear in the drop-down box. After selecting a different animation style, press Apply again to update the image with the new style.

To go back to using the slider controls panel, simpy click on the controls tab.

Download area
The download area lets you view and download different sizes of your image. This can be an animated .GIF file or non-animated .JPG image.

Select the size you would like, then press one of the "Download" buttons to process the image. When your image is ready, a link will appear. Click on the link to view or download the file.

(The "Medium" image size picture is a higher quality version of the one displayed in your browser window, so it's best to download it here). Become a site member to get access to all the higher resolutions.

Resolutions above 640x480 have more detail than the preview image in the browser window, so the high-res versions may look slightly different to the preview, but the effects will be in the same areas of the image.

Other buttons
Hide Selection

When an area of the picture is selected, it may be difficult to see what it looks like after adding effects.

Click once on the Hide Selection button to hide the purple selection overlay. You can now still change effects, but won't be able to modify the selection until you "unhide" it by pressing Hide Selection again.

The Select All and Select None buttons will also make the selection visible again.

Show Original

Use the Show Original button to compare your modified picture with the original upload.

This button will display the original as long as it is held down. Once you release the button, the image displayed will go back to the current one.

You can use the Show Original button while Hide Selection is enabled for a more accurate comparison.

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Browser compatibility
If your browser version is a few years old, you may see some slowness or flicker when selecting areas or using the "Hide Selection" button.

Use the newest version of your browser to get the best performance. For lower powered devices such as Netbooks, a modern browser such as Google Chrome may be helpful.

For Firefox or Mozilla users, there are reports that the Skype browser plugin may cause slowness or flickering when selecting areas.

Other browser plugins may also affect performance. If you believe a plugin is causing problems, try a different web browser or alternatively disable unnecessary plugins in your browser's options.

Usually upgrading to the most recent version of your web browser will resolve most issues.

Internet Explorer 6 is not supported.

Flash plugin support is not required.

Ipad and other touchscreen devices are not fully supported right now (we're working on it).