Image editing tools enable users to alter and enhance digital photos by cropping, resizing, reducing red eye, adding effects, and inserting text - to name a few. Most high-end image editing applications, such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Fireworks, are so robust that most novice users cannot make even the simplest alterations. There are many free web-based image editing applications currently available that allow users to quickly and easily modify and share their images. Free, royalty-free images are also available in Existing Multimedia.
What can I do with it?
- Capture images from a royalty-free website (or use your own images) and use an image editing application to make any necessary modifications, such as cropping or resizing to more advanced edits such as converting to sepia tone or reducing red-eye. Then share the images with your students in a PowerPoint presentation.
- Ask students to scan images of their artwork, edit in image editing applications, and post online.
- Ask students to use the tools in an image editing program to turn a photo into artwork.
- Turn a static photo into a cartoon or line drawing and can be animated with frames, text, and much more.
- Upload photos from the desktop or a website (i.e., Flickr, Facebook, etc.) and edit the photos or mix them together to create a collage.
A website that is free of cost but requires registration, BeFunky is a less dynamic, easy to use application for editing photos. BeFunky allows a user to crop and rotate photos, as well as add fun effects to make an image abstract.
Where is it? http://www.befunky.com/
Big Huge Labs
Big Huge Labs is a way to turn ordinary photographs into something extraordinary, from games to posters and jigsaw puzzles to calendars. Big Huge Labs creates templates for projects in which a user can insert a favorite photograph and customize the photo and the template to individual liking. Projects can be printed on a personal computer or a user can order a professional high-resolution print of a mosaic, poster, jigsaw puzzle, or other creative project.
Where is it? http://www.bighugelabs.com
With no required registration, Picnik allows a user to crop and resize images, eliminate red-eye, adjust color and brightness levels, and save images in a variety of formats. The ease of using this website makes it incredibly education-friendly and a simple alternative to Photoshop.
Where is it? http://www.picnik.com/app#/home/welcome
GIMP, or GNU Image Manipulation Program, provides users with free image manipulation tools. This tool is especially useful for photo enhancement, digital retouching, and image authoring. Students and instructors can make advanced changes to photos without having to purchase and download Adobe Photoshop.
Where is it? http://www.gimp.org/