Posts Tagged ‘art’

PostHeaderIcon Free Photo Editors

There are many options for photo editing online.  Most are free with pro versions giving you access to additional features.  Some you may be familiar with and others may be new.


I have been using picnik for a few years and it is an excellent program.  One can create an account, but this is not necessary.  At the end of the editing process, the user can re-save/export the picture to their physical computer.  There are a lot of editing options including cropping, sharpening (all the traditional editing features), recoloring, and stickers.  A lot of the premium features are within the creating tab and allow users to edit the picture (such as airbrushing and frames to name a few).  Chrome has an extension.  You can access your photos from flickr, myspace, facebook, picassa, and photobucket.


The interface has been updated since the last time I used this product.  I am happy to report that like Picnik you can import from flickr, myspace, facebook, picassa, photobucket, and the user’s computer.  I used the product to cartoonize student pictures.  This worked well during a comic unit.  Rather than have students get frustrated with the limits of mice and artwork, I was able to take photos and have students edit them.  BeFunky is an easy site to use and like picnik does not require a login to use.

Cut My Pic

Photo editors are great but sometimes all you need to do is crop an image.  You do not need a program that can do everything.  Well then, Cut My Pic is perfect for you.  Instead of opening a program on your computer, you can cut crop and save/email your photo.  Slam, bam, thank you ma’am!  The site is simple and easy to use.  However, it only uses photos which can be uploaded from the user’s computer.    If Google had a simple picture editor, it would look like this site created by goofy Japanese programmers with too much time.  (In fact I used Cut My Pic to cut the logo…was even able to add rounded corners)


Now if you are a little bit more advanced but do not have the funds or need for Photoshop, there are a few options.  One of them is Aviary.  However, Aviary is not just a photo editor called Phoenix.  It is also an audio, video, image, vector, color, and music creator/editor.  The functionality reminds me a lot of an easier photoshop (for the photo editor).  “From basic image retouching to complex effects, Phoenix delivers the key features of a desktop image editor with the simplicity and accessibility of a web-based application.”  There is a Google App for this product as well making student access a breeze.  (HTML 5 Photo Editor so it will work on the iPad!!)


Pixlr Editor is an even more advanced online photo editor.  This tool works much like photoshop (even more so than Aviary) and is free and completely online.  It does run on flash, but I would not be surprised if  it transitioned to HTML 5 soon.  It works with layers so there is a bit of learning curve if the user is unfamiliar with photoshop functionality.  There are some cool effects including the bloat and blur tools.  Like all the sites I have shared, this site does not require a login.  You can save to your computer, picassa, facebook, pixlr library (if you sign up), flickr, and (a one-click easy image sharer).  (Please note there are two versions of Pixlr:  Editor and Express Editor = Photoshop like & Express = Picnik like)  Chrome and Firefox extensions


PostHeaderIcon Kerpoof


Kerpoof is a unique little tool that does a lot of things.  I really like the fact that there is an educational account freely available and you can manage student accounts.  Creating a teacher account is very simple.  You actually create a regular account and then link that account to a teacher account releasing the Teacher tools here.  This is ideal because many sites do not understand the management aspect of using these sites with classes.

According to the website, “What is Kerpoof? The answer to that is not so simple. Kerpoof is all about having fun, discovering things, and being creative. Here are just a few ways that you can use Kerpoof:”

  • Make artwork (even if you aren’t good at drawing!)
  • Make an animated movie (really! it’s easy!)
  • Earn Koins which you can trade for fun things in the Kerpoof Store
  • Make a printed card, t-shirt, or mug
  • Tell a story
  • Make a drawing
  • Vote on the movies, stories, and drawings that other people have made

Another great part of Kerpoof is that younger students as well as older students can use it.  The buttons and such are easy to use yet are very powerful for older students.  The animation is unique and a bit easier than Xtranormal and Scratch.  The environment is safe and welcoming to students.  The pen under the picture creator is a bit more forgiving than many paint-type programs.  Interestingly, when choosing colors it works a bit like paint.  So you cannot go directly from brown to yellow.  Each click will lighten the brown until the user achieves the color and shade the user desires.  Undo is unlimited which is nice when trying to create an art piece.

Educational Link:  Overall, I like this program and it could be used for digital storytelling and any number of tasks that included artwork.

PostHeaderIcon Online Kid Art Gallery


ArtSonia is the largest student art museum in the world!  Schools can create art galleries for their students’ work.  What a wonderful way to share student work with the community and those relatives who cannot make open houses and art nights.  From the website:

Artsonia is the world’s largest kids art museum online. It’s the newest way to celebrate creativity in the classroom and get families involved in art education!
Kids develop a new sense of pride and feel like famous artists published in a museum!
Family and friends view the artwork, join fan clubs and leave personal comments for the artists.
Schools earn 15% when parents purchase custom keepsakes with their child’s artwork – a great fundraiser for your arts program!
Thousands of Art Project Lesson Plan Starters have been submitted by teachers just like you, and are available as a resource for your classroom!

In order to access the artwork you can create an account, search for an artist, or find a school.

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