Showing posts with label Image Editing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Image Editing. Show all posts

Monday, September 10, 2012

Graphic Springs - Create Simple Logos

Graphic Springs is a free tool for creating your own custom logos. I gave it a try and found it was quite simple to use. To create a custom logo just visit Graphic Springs, select an icon, then enter the text that you want to appear with your logo. You can change the size of your logo and font by simply clicking and dragging them to expand or contract. When you're happy with your logo you can download it from Graphic Springs.

One small issue with Graphic Springs is that in order to download you have to Tweet, Like, Digg, or Tumble the site to get the full-size logo image. Otherwise you can grab the smaller version of the logo.

Applications for Education
If you have students creating individual blogs or websites as digital portfolios, let them customize the look of those pages by using Graphic Springs to create a custom logo for it.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Create a B-Roll Media Gallery for Your Classroom

Credit: Alexkerhead
Whenever I run workshops on creating videos I stress that the best way to avoid any worries about copyright is to have students use their own video clips, images, and sounds in their projects. But often this is not feasible because you don't have enough time in your class schedule for kids to go out and capture or create all of the media they might need. One solution to this is to teach students to search for Creative Commons licensed works. Another solution is to have a gallery of B-roll media that your students can choose from.

To create a B-roll gallery you and your students should be taking pictures, recording videos, and capturing audio throughout the school year. Do this for a couple of school years and you will build a useful gallery of B-roll media.

Tools for creating a B-roll gallery:
This list can get you started, but it's just the tip of iceberg when you consider how many web and mobile apps are available to you and your students.

Aviary's Mobile image editor is a free app for iOS and Android devices. The Aviary mobile app allows you to quickly crop images and add effects to your images. What I like about Aviary's mobile app is that unlike Instagram you don't have to register or join any social networks.

To capture quick audio recordings try AudioBoo for Android and iOS devices.

To organize your gallery of B-roll media try using DropItToMe to have students contribute to a DropBox folder. If you're working in a Google Apps for Education environment use shared folders in Google Drive.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Aviary to Close Their Advanced Suite

For the last two years I've been a big fan of Aviary's advanced suite of online image editing and sound editing tools. Aviary's Myna and Roc music editors have been featured in many of workshops and presentations over that time. This evening I received an email from Aviary informing me that they are shutting down their suite of online image and sound editing tools. The closure will be effective on September 15. You can read the whole email here.

Off the top of my head I can't think of another free, online sound editor that is as robust as Aviary's Myna tool. I will be on the lookout for a replacement though and will share it when I find it. If you have a suggestion, please leave it in the comments.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

MarQueed - Share and Discuss Images

MarQueed is a new tool for organizing collections of images, sharing those collections, and discussing the images in those collections. The basic idea of MarQueed is to provide tools for highlighting elements of pictures and drawings for others to see. You can upload an image to MarQueed then draw on it or attach a text box to it. For example, if I had an image of a cell I could upload it to MarQueed then label parts of it for my students to see.

You can share MarQueed images or keep your images private. Likewise you can create private and public collections of images. You can add images to your collections by uploading them or by clipping them from webpages by using the MarQueed bookmarklet.



Applications for Education
One way that a teacher might use MarQueed is to upload an image of a cell then label parts of it for students to see. Or upload the image, share it with students then ask them to label it. 

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Try Aviary's Awesome New Mobile Image Editor

Last night I received an email from Aviary announcing their new mobile image editing tool. Aviary's new mobile image editor is available as a free iPad app and as a free Android app. I installed it on my Android tablet this morning and gave it a try. Overall, the new Aviary Photo Editor is impressive.

Using the Aviary mobile image editor you can add Instagram-like filters to your images. There are twelve free filters to pick from. The Aviary mobile image editor allows you to crop your images, adjust color saturation, adjust image brightness, adjust the contrast, and flip the orientation of your images. The free app also gives you free tools for drawing on your images, adding text to your images, and adding stickers to your images. When you have finished editing your images you can save on your device, send them out as emails, or share them to Evernote, Google+, Twitter, Picassa, Facebook, and many other social networks.

Applications for Education
The Aviary mobile image editor is a great tool that students can use to crop and enhance images that they want to use in slideshows and videos. I always encourage the use of your own images in presentations, especially presentations that will be shared online, to avoid any worries about attribution.  The drawing and typing tools in the Aviary mobile image editor could also be used by students to create and enhance simple picture stories.

Click here for the free Aviary iPad app.
Click here for the free Aviary Android app.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Cropp.me Makes Image Cropping Easy

Cropp.me is a beautifully simple web tool for quickly cropping your images. Cropp.me is a little different than a lot of the other services in this market. What makes Cropp.me different is its smart auto-crop option. If you choose this option, Cropp.me will auto-detect the focal point of your images and crop accordingly.

Cropp.me allows you to upload and crop up to five images at the same time. You can crop your images to one of nine predefined sizes or you can specify a custom size.

Applications for Education
Cropp.me could be a good tool for students to use when they need to resize and center images to use in their slideshows and videos. As I learned from Ken Shelton, proper image cropping and centering can make a world of difference in the visual quality of slideshows. Cropp.me does not require you to register in order to use the service.

H/T to Lifehacker.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Try Zoom.it to Display Large Infographics in Small Spaces

Over the weekend I had someone ask on Twitter how I make infographics display in small space on my blog. The answer is that I put the images inside a Zoom.it display. I wrote about Zoom.it eighteen months ago and have republished that content below.

Zoom.it is a neat application for displaying large images in blogs, wikis, and websites. Zoom.it creates a display of your images in a format that allows you to zoom in, zoom out, and scroll around a large image. To use Zoom.it your image does need to be hosted online somewhere (Flickr and Picasa work fine). Then to create your zoomable image just copy the url of your hosted image and paste it into Zoom.it. You can then share your image by giving people the direct link to it or embedding the image into your blog or website. Check out my zoomable image below.


Applications for Education
Zoom.it could be a useful tool for displaying large images that students have captured with a camera or created by hand in an art class. If students are doing work with textures and you want to be able to displayed their textured work online, a high resolution image is necessary. Unfortunately, large high resolution images are hard to display on most blog, wiki, and website pages. Putting that high resolution image into Zoom.it will make it possible to see the textured details of a high resolution image.

Monday, April 16, 2012

PicMonkey is Like Instagram on the Web

Earlier this morning I was asked for a list of alternatives to Picnik for editing and adding effects to photos. I had this list handy, but I have another good photo editor to add to the list. I learned about PicMonkey from one of Jim Sill's Tweets last week and I finally gave it a try this morning. My initial impression is that it is a lot like Instagram except that it functions on the web instead of as an Android or iOS app.

To get started using PicMonkey you can upload an image by simply dragging it from your desktop to the PicMonkey editor. From there you can change things like saturation, contrast, size, and sharpness. You can then add custom frames and special effects like "Polaroid style" to your images. Want to add text to your images? PicMonkey provides a slew of font styles for your use. And if you have just one tiny part of an image that you want to enhance or obscure, PicMonkey gives you tools for that too.

Applications for Education
PicMonkey doesn't require any kind of registration in order to use all of the photo editing tools. That lack of a registration requirement makes it perfect for use with students that don't have email addresses. If you want students to experiment with editing images for use in slide or other presentations, PicMonkey could be just the tool you need.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Seven Alternatives to Picnik

Last week Google announced another round of service and product closures. The popular image editing tool Picnik was included in the list of services that they're shutting down. I've had a few people ask me for recommendations for alternatives to Picnik, so here's a short list of alternatives to explore.

Aviary offers the most complete set of image creation and editing tools of all the services on this list. Aviary provides tools for editing the colors, size, shadows, and other effects of existing images. If creating images from scratch is what you want to do, Aviary can accommodate you too. Aviary provides tools for creating logos, working with vectors, and creating free hand illustrations. If you are a Google Apps for Education school, Aviary can be added to your suite of services to allow students to save their works within their Google Apps accounts.

Picozu is a free online image editing tool. Using Picozu you can touch-up existing images or you can create new images from scratch. In the Picozu editor you will find tools for adjusting color saturation and clarity. The editor also includes tools for creating images containing multiple layers. And if you want to include text in your image Picozu has options for that too. Picozu offers the option to register and join their community or you can use the editing tools without creating an account. If you do choose to create an account you can save your images on Picozu and add them to the community albums. If choose not to create a Picozu you can save your images to your computer, send them to your Facebook account, or send them to your Dropbox account.

Picfull is a free online photo editing service. To use the service just upload a picture and select an effect to add to it.  Picfull offers eighteen basic sets of effects. After you select an effect you can customize it to your liking. When you're finished altering your photo you can download or share it via Twitter, Facebook, or email.

Pixlr offers a great set of image creation and editing tools. Pixlr offers web-based image editing tools as well as image editing tools to use on Android phones and on iPhones. Pixlr also has Firefox and Chrome browser extensions for creating screen captures.

Pixlr Editor is Pixlr's most full-featured image creation and editing tool. You can create drawings from scratch using the pencil and coloring tools that they provide. Pixlr Editor also has options for uploading images or importing images from other places on the web. The selection of creation and editing tools is huge. There are options for making multiple layer images, dozens of filter settings, and of course tools for cropping and resizing images. Your images can be saved to your computer or you can send them to Flickr, Picassa, Facebook, or you can save them in a Pixlr account.

Pixlr Express is a simple tool for quick resizing of images and color editing of images. If you already have an image on your computer or in an online album that you just want to touch-up a bit, Pixlr Express is the tool for you.

Pixlr Grabber is Pixlr's screen capture tool. You can install Pixlr Grabber in Chrome or Firefox. Using Pixlr Grabber you can capture your screen, crop the screen image, and print what you like. You can also send the image to Pixlr Editor for further editing options.

Pixlr-o-Matic is the Pixlr's mobile app for Android and iOS. With the app installed you can take a picture and apply a variety of neat effects to the image. You can also use Pixlr-o-Matic for simple cropping and resizing before sending your picture to a friend or to an online album.

FlauntR is a suite of free, web-based image editing tools. There are five tools included in the FlauntR package. In EditR you can touch-up your digital photos. StylR allows you to apply digital effects like backgrounds and frames to you images. PicasR gives you the ability to blend colors, effects, and images. TextR can be used to add text and banners to your images. And PrintR provides a postcard, poster, and printing service (you do have to pay for the printing). Once you've registered for FlauntR you can easily transition between each of the editing services within the suite. To transition between services simply click on the tabs at the top of the page, you're not required to log into each service separately. The images you edit can be sourced from your computer, Flickr, Facebook, or the web. You can also choose images from Picasa, Bebo, or use the sample images provided by FlauntR.

GooEdit is a free image editing tool that operates as a Google Chrome extension. GooEdit allows you to edit images without having to leave your browser. You can add outlines, flip images, resize images, and do other basic image editing tasks in GooEdit. If you need a simple image editing tool for your students, give GooEdit a try.

Psykopaint is an image editing tool that uses the color schemes in your existing images to provide you with a custom palate of colors for  touching-up your images. You can also use Psykopaint to draw on an image. To use Psykopaint just upload an image and begin editing. You can adjust the color saturation of an image, blur the edges of your image or the objects within your images. Psykopaint provides a good selection of brushes and color blending tools to get your image looking exactly the way you want it to look.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Picozu - A Nice Free Online Image Creation and Editing Tool

Picozu is a free online image editing tool. Using Picozu you can touch-up existing images or you can create new images from scratch. In the Picozu editor you will find tools for adjusting color saturation and clarity. The editor also includes tools for creating images containing multiple layers. And if you want to include text in your image Picozu has options for that too.

Picozu offers the option to register and join their community or you can use the editing tools without creating an account. If you do choose to create an account you can save your images on Picozu and add them to the community albums. If choose not to create a Picozu you can save your images to your computer, send them to your Facebook account, or send them to your Dropbox account.

Applications for Education
If you're looking for a nice tool for students to use to create images for their digital presentations, Picozu is worth giving a good look.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Pixlr - An Excellent Set of Image Editing Tools

Pixlr is a great set of image creation and editing tools that I recently discovered. Pixlr offers web-based image editing tools as well as image editing tools to use on Android phones and on iPhones. Pixlr also has Firefox and Chrome browser extensions for creating screen captures.

Pixlr Editor is Pixlr's most full-featured image creation and editing tool. You can create drawings from scratch using the pencil and coloring tools that they provide. Pixlr Editor also has options for uploading images or importing images from other places on the web. The selection of creation and editing tools is huge. There are options for making multiple layer images, dozens of filter settings, and of course tools for cropping and resizing images. Your images can be saved to your computer or you can send them to Flickr, Picassa, Facebook, or you can save them in a Pixlr account.
My Pixlr Editor drawing. Clearly, I'm not much of an artist.
Pixlr Express is a simple tool for quick resizing of images and color editing of images. If you already have an image on your computer or in an online album that you just want to touch-up a bit, Pixlr Express is the tool for you.

Pixlr Grabber is Pixlr's screen capture tool. You can install Pixlr Grabber in Chrome or Firefox. Using Pixlr Grabber you can capture your screen, crop the screen image, and print what you like. You can also send the image to Pixlr Editor for further editing options.

Pixlr-o-Matic is the Pixlr's mobile app for Android and iOS. With the app installed you can take a picture and apply a variety of neat effects to the image. I tested it out by adding some raindrops and a "retro" border to a picture of my dog that I then sent to Beth Still. You can also use Pixlr-o-Matic for simple cropping and resizing before sending your picture to a friend or to an online album.
Morrison loves posing for the camera.
Applications for Education
As I've written many times in the past, the best place for students to get images for multimedia projects is from themselves. Pixlr offers great tools for students to use to create and edit their own images for use in video projects, slideshows, online collages, and ebooks.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Picfull - Free and Easy Online Image Editing

Picfull is a free online photo editing service that I just learned about last night. To use the service just upload a picture and select an effect to add to it.  Picfull offers eighteen basic sets of effects. After you select an effect you can customize it to your liking. When you're finished altering your photo you can download or share it via Twitter, Facebook, or email.

Applications for Education
Picfull could be useful for students who have taken their own pictures to alter them to match the theme or purpose of a multimedia presentation that they create.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Convert and Resize Images With Just One Click

Today's episode of Tekzilla Daily features a useful little program called Sage Thumbs. With Sage Thumbs installed on your Windows-based computer you can right click on an image to quickly resize it or convert it to another format. Watch the video below to learn more about Sage Thumbs.


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Applications for Education
If you work in a Windows-based environment, Sage Thumbs could be a handy tool to have installed on your school's computers. Students needing to convert formats or resize images for multimedia projects will be able to do so quickly and get back to developing quality content that demonstrates their learning.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

10 Free Online Image Editing Tools

One of the challenges students face when creating multimedia projects for school assignments is finding images that are appropriate in both content and size for the project on which they are working. Here are ten tools that students can use to alter images to fit with the goals of their multimedia projects. These tools range from simple resizing tools to an image editing suite that is trying to challenge Photoshop.

Cloud Canvas is a free online image editing and image creation tool. Cloud Canvas fits in a niche somewhere between a simple drawing tool and a full-blown image editor like Aviary. If all you need is a tool for drawing simple pictures and diagrams, Cloud Canvas has you covered. If you need to do some basic work with vectors and layers, Cloud Canvas can help you there too. If you have photos or drawings that you want to edit, you can do that with Cloud Canvas. Cloud Canvas uses HTML5 instead of Flash so you should be able to use it on the iPad. Cloud Canvas integrates with your Google Docs account so that when you save an image edited in Cloud Canvas it is saved and accessible in your Google Docs account. You can also export your images as PNG files.

Psykopaint is an image editing tool that uses the color schemes in your existing images to provide you with a custom palate of colors for touching-up your images. You can also use Psykopaint to draw on an image. To use Psykopaint just upload an image and begin editing. You can adjust the color saturation of an image, blur the edges of your image or the objects within your images. Psykopaint provides a good selection of brushes and color blending tools to get your image looking exactly the way you want it to look.

Image Embellisher is a simple tool for adding some neat display effects to your images. Image Embellisher provides you with a selection of eight special effects to use. To apply one of these effects to your image just select an effect from the menu then upload your image. Image Embellisher will then add your desired effect to your image and provide you with a new file to download and use however and wherever you like.
Imageoid is a free, simple service for adding a variety of effects to your images. To use Imageoid you just upload an image from your computer then choose the effect(s) you want to apply to it. You can combine effects if you like. If you don't like the way your image looks with a chosen effect, just click "reset" to start again. Imageoid can also be used to resize your image. Imageoid offers twenty-two effects that you can apply to your image.

GooEdit is a free image editing tool that operates as a Google Chrome extension. GooEdit allows you to edit images without having to leave your browser. You can add outlines, flip images, resize images, and do other basic image editing tasks in GooEdit. If you need a simple image editing tool for your students, give GooEdit a try.

Resize Your Image.com is a simple tool for resizing images. The directions for using it are very clear and the advertising is minimal. You can expand or contract your images in just a matter of minutes.

Shrink Pictures shrinks images that are in jpeg, gif, and png formats. You can specify the exact dimensions you want your image to be or use the percentage scale to specify the new dimensions for your image.

Pic Resize offers you the option to re-size pictures on an individual basis or re-size a batch of images at once.

FlauntR is a suite of free, web-based image editing tools. There are five tools included in the FlauntR package. In EditR you can touch-up your digital photos. StylR allows you to apply digital effects like backgrounds and frames to you images. PicasR gives you the ability to blend colors, effects, and images. TextR can be used to add text and banners to your images. And PrintR provides a postcard, poster, and printing service (you do have to pay for the printing). Once you've registered for FlauntR you can easily transition between each of the editing services within the suite. To transition between services simply click on the tabs at the top of the page, you're not required to log into each service separately. The images you edit can be sourced from your computer, Flickr, Facebook, or the web. You can also choose images from Picasa, Bebo, or use the sample images provided by FlauntR.

Aviary offers the most complete set of image creation and editing tools of all the services on this list. Aviary provides tools for editing the colors, size, shadows, and other effects of existing images. If creating images from scratch is what you want to do, Aviary can accommodate you too. Aviary provides tools for creating logos, working with vectors, and creating free hand illustrations. If you are a Google Apps for Education school, Aviary can be added to your suite of services to allow students to save their works within their Google Apps accounts.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Best of 2011 So Far - Zoom.it

Now that my school year is over I'm taking a short fly fishing vacation. The posts for the rest of the week highlight my favorite resources of 2011 so far.

Zoom.it is a neat application for displaying large images in blogs, wikis, and websites. Zoom.it creates a display of your images in a format that allows you to zoom in, zoom out, and scroll around a large image. To use Zoom.it your image does need to be hosted online somewhere (Flickr and Picasa work fine). Then to create your zoomable image just copy the url of your hosted image and paste it into Zoom.it. You can then share your image by giving people the direct link to it or embedding the image into your blog or website. Check out my zoomable image below.


Applications for Education
Zoom.it could be a useful tool for displaying large images that students have captured with a camera or created by hand in an art class. If students are doing work with textures and you want to be able to displayed their textured work online, a high resolution image is necessary. Unfortunately, large high resolution images are hard to display on most blog, wiki, and website pages. Putting that high resolution image into Zoom.it will make it possible to see the textured details of a high resolution image.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Image Embellisher - Easily Add Special Effects to Images

Image Embellisher is a simple tool for adding some neat display effects to your images. Image Embellisher provides you with a selection of eight special effects to use. To apply one of these effects to your image just select an effect from the menu then upload your image. Image Embellisher will then add your desired effect to your image and provide you with a new file to download and use however and wherever you like.

Applications for Education
Image Embellisher isn't going to revolutionize the way students create multimedia presentations, but it's still a nice little tool that students could use to enhance images for their next multimedia presentations.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Imageoid - A Simple Image Effects Editor

Imageoid is a free, simple service for adding a variety of effects to your images. To use Imageoid you just upload an image from your computer then choose the effect(s) you want to apply to it. You can combine effects if you like. If you don't like the way your image looks with a chosen effect, just click "reset" to start again. Imageoid can also be used to resize your image. Imageoid offers twenty-two effects that you can apply to your image. Below you can see the before and after of one of my images.

The original image.

The same image with the "invert" effect applied to it.

Applications for Education
Imageoid could be a good little tool for students who need or want to alter their images before including them in a multimedia project.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Put an Image Editor in Your Website

Aviary, a free image editing and sound editing service that I've featured on Free Technology for Teachers a number of times in the past, recently launched a free image editing tool that you can put into your own website. Aviary's HTML5 Photo Editor can be embedded into your own website.

After learning about the Aviary HTML5 editor from Larry Ferlazzo, I gave it a quick test. While I was able to get to operate correctly in demonstration mode, I couldn't quite get it right on my blog. I'm sure that's a result of something I'm doing incorrectly rather than an issue with Aviary. I'll continue tweaking it and post proper directions when I get it right. In the meantime, you can see what my demo looked like below.














Applications for Education
Aviary's new HTML5 Photo Editor could be a great resource to add to a school or classroom website. Students could edit their images on the same site that they frequent for assignments and information about their classes.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
GooEdit - Image Editing in Google Chrome
7 Places & Ways to Find Copyright-friendly Images

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

GooEdit - Image Editing With Google Chrome

GooEdit is a free image editing tool that operates as a Google Chrome extension. GooEdit allows you to edit images without having to leave your browser. You can add outlines, flip images, resize images, and do other basic image editing tasks in GooEdit. If you need a simple image editing tool for your students, give GooEdit a try. Learn more about GooEdit in the episode of TekZilla embedded below.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

A GIMP Halloween Project

Since tomorrow is the last school day before Halloween, I thought I should post at least one thing related to Halloween. Through Make Use Of I found a video tutorial for creating a ghost using the free image manipulation program GIMP. If you teach image editing or use GIMP for other purposes the video embedded below might be of interest to you.



If you're interested in a thorough list of Halloween themed resources check out Larry Ferlazzo's list.