The 5-megapixel camera on the Samsung G600 can take great quality photos, but among all the high specifications, Samsung hasn’t forgotten that camera phone users like a bit of fun too, and the camera application comes with enough effects, frames and clipart to brighten up any party!
Adding frames while taking a photo
After activating the camera by holding down the camera/shutter key on the right-hand side of the phone, open the photo options by clicking the left softkey (the icon above it looks like a pointer opening a menu). Here you’ll find all the options for improving your images – shooting mode, resolution, flash, white balance and so on.
You can scroll through the options using the navigation buttons. Press the up or down nav keys (left or right if you’re holding the phone sideways) until you find the Frames option (the outline of a head in a frame) and click the left softkey.
The Frames screen will appear, showing all the frames available in a grid. To select a fun frame, use the nav keys to highlight the frame and click the left softkey (next to the tick). When you’re returned to the viewfinder, the frame will be in place. All you have to do is position your image within the frame, or your friend’s face within the disco wig or Groucho glasses, and click the camera capture key or centre nav button to capture the image.
Adding frames, effects and clipart to a saved photo
If you didn’t give your friend a Santa hat while taking their photo, don’t worry. You can add frames, clip art and effects like colour tints and warping to a saved image.
To access your saved images, from standby mode, click Menu, highlight My files and click Select. Images should be highlighted by default, if not highlight it and click Select, or just press 1 to open it.
Highlight My photos and click Select or press 1. Your photo gallery will open. Use the nav keys to highlight the photo you wish to edit, click Options, highlight Edit and click Select. The selected image will appear on screen.
To enter edit mode, click on Options and press 5 to select Edit. The title at the top of the screen will now read ‘Image editor’.
Click Options to view the Image editor options. Expand an option by highlight its name and clicking Select, or by pressing the corresponding number on the keypad.
Available options are:
Effects – Filter. Apply different tones to your image or sharpen or blur the photo.
Effects – Style. Make your image look like a cartoon image or a sheet of frosted glass or apply spotlighting or mirror effects.
Effects – Warp. Distort images by applying one of 10 weird filters. Great fun with your friends’ mugshots.
Effects – Partial blur. Blur part of a photo by using the nav keys to move the blurred section around the image, choosing Options–Resize–Select to change the size of the blurred area.
Adjust – Auto level. Compensates for poor lighting conditions by balancing tone and colour across an entire image.
Adjust – Brightness. Change image brightness using the left and right nav keys.
Adjust – Contrast. Change image contrast using the left and right nav keys.
Adjust – Colour. Alter the colour levels to add warmth using the left and right nav keys, toggling between colours with the up and down nav keys.
Transform – Resize, Rotate, Flip. Changes the size or orientation of a photo.
Crop. Use the nav keys to move the section to crop around the image, choosing Options–Resize–Select to change the size of the crop marquee.
Insert – Frame. Use the left and right nav keys to scroll through the frame options. Click Select when happy with the frame.
Insert – Image. Import an existing image into your photo. Once imported, you can move it around the original photo with the nav keys, choosing Options-Resize-Select or Options-Rotate-Select to enlarge or rotate the image.
Insert – Clip Art. Eyes, noses, hats and hair to add to your photo. Highlight an item, press Select twice to add it and move it around the photo using the nav keys, choosing Options-Resize-Select or Options-Rotate-Select to enlarge or rotate the item.
Insert – Emoticon. Add smileys and other icons to your photo. Highlight an icon, press Select twice to add it and move it around the photo using the nav keys, choosing Options-Resize-Select or Options-Rotate-Select to enlarge or rotate the icon.
Insert – Text. Superimpose up to 20 characters of text onto a photo. Type your text using the keypad, and press the centre nav key and Save to add it. Move the text around the photo using the nav keys, and press Options to resize or rotate using the nav keys, or change the style and colour of the font.
When you’ve finished editing your photo, click Back to leave Image editor and you’ll be prompted to save the new image. Click Yes, and you’ll be asked to add a new photo name. Choose Options-Save-Select to save the image. Your old image will still be in your My files folder in its original form.