Posts Tagged ‘photos’

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 BigHugeLabs — Picture Toys

Big Huge Labs — is a website which takes pictures and morphs them into many different applications.  A relatively new development has been the creation of education accounts.  One must provide proof of being an educator (School ID scanned) but after that it is possible to create student accounts which do not require email addresses.  Some of my favorites are listed below.

Trading Card – they provide the template in order to create your own trading cards.  The template is much like Magic the Gathering, Pokemon, and YuGiOh format.

Motivator Create your own motivational posters for an occasion.  You could even use it as a literary device.  A picture saying a thousand words.

Magazine Cover –make your own magazine cover! Journalism and English would be traditional applications, but you could also use them for an element in Science.  You are only limited by your own creativity and the creativity of your students.

Captioner – Add comic book style captions to your photos!  There are many places one can add captions to photos but this is an ideal and easy to use creator.

There are many many more templates on the site but these are a few of my favorites.  Leave comments on how you might use these in your classrooms/learning commons.

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