5) Dimensions: Here is where I do more cropping. Now I am considering what in specific I need the image for. If it is for Etsy, I don't care about the dimensions because Etsy will allow you to adjust that within their sight. For another marketplace site or my own website, I may require a square image depending on how it shows best on the site.
Website catalog image thumbnails might look best square, while my homepage image may need to be rectangular. Here you can play around with various sizes as needed by choosing crop and moving the crop area around until you have the right parts of your photo included in your crop area. Again, PhotoScape makes it super easy to see your dimension figures as you are cropping and then you can select the whole crop area and move it to where you want.
6) Sharpness: Next I sharpen my image. PhotoScape gives you the option to select varying degrees of sharpness 1, 2, 3 etc. I usually use level two or three maximum. If I need any higher than a three, it means that I did not get a sharp enough focus with my camera. Adding too much sharpness in the editing at this point will only make the photo look harsh, so I don't recommend it.
There is a whole lot you can fix when you learn how to edit photos, however there is only so much you can do to repair an image that is too out of focus.
7) Brightness: If the photo does not have enough light, you can add brightness as well. PhotoScape has the option of adding brightness with three levels to choose from, low, medium and high. I usually add medium brightness and sometimes I will repeat that step again, adding medium brightness a second time.
8) Contrast Enhancement: Now that the image is nice and bright, you can add contrast to your photo. This will counteract any loss of depth and correct any washed out effect that may have occurred from brightening the image. Select low, medium or high contrast depending on the results you see. This will really add definition to your photos.
9) White Balance: The white balance option will take away that blue cast that you may see in your photos when you photograph your jewelry on a white background.