Digital Images

Sources for Storing, Sharing and Editing Images

The Internet has made it very easy to store, share and edit pictures online. The challenge is to choose a site that will do all of these quickly and easily. Below are some standouts we would like you to try. For a majority of these sites, you must sign up for the product by establishing a login and password. Although these all are free sites, you may choose to upgrade to a premium or paid version which offers more options (e.g. storage, additional effects, groups, etc.).

Editing Images and Photos

While the majority of free photo editing programs require you to download the application and/or to register, iPiccy™ lets you do all of the editing online without creating an account. You can save your edited photos to your computer or have them emailed (requires an account to be created). There are several demo tutorials available on the web to learn about effects such as re-coloring hair, animating shapes, using smart scissors to cut an image out, or resizing.
To begin, you do not have to create an account. You just click on Get Started and Upload Photo. When you are done, you can save it or email it. This program has a very easy to use interface. Apply various effects to your image and use the Undo button to discard your changes.

pixlr

Pixlr is an online web-application developed for photo retouching and designing/drawing. Pixlr is a real alternative to Adobe Photoshop, but with limited photo retouching functions. It is web based or it can be downloaded as an app. You have the option of creating an account, but it is not necessary. Pixlr Express needs Flash, but soon will be moving to Pixlr X where flash is no longer needed. View the tutorial for assistance.

sparkAdobe Spark is an online and mobile design program that can be used on any mobile device. It is a fast, easy way  to create social graphics, web pages, and video stories anywhere for free.  Students and teachers can use existing logins. No additional accounts to manage or passwords to forget. Pick a photo, add text, and apply design filters or animations. View the tutorial for more assistance.

Mobile:  Be Funky and PicCollage are additional options for the iPhone and iPad. 


What Size Should I Use?

While searching for images, it is a good idea to keep in mind the size of the image (the number of pixels the images uses for its length and height). Small images (often called thumbnails) look grainy when enlarged. Large images (taken with multi-megapixel cameras) may make the image difficult to load and may take a lot of real estate on a screen or when attached to a document or email. This document is an example of some suggested sizes for images used on social media sites.  See Additional Resources for other options to resize images.


Model Copyright and Creative Commons

It is a good idea to take a moment to review the information on copyright and Creative Commons (Be Legal and Fair) for your work with digital images. It's important that we model digital citizenship by steering students toward the use of copyright free images. A fantastic source for copyright free images is Photos for Class. More copyright free image sites can be found In the Additional Resources section. Here is a guide to interpreting the use of an image with a Creative Commons license.


Showcase Your Images in an Online Slideshow with PhotoPeach!

Photopeach

PhotoPeach is an online slideshow maker, and using it is a snap! You can learn about it using this tutorial page. It has a lot of fun and easy features, but at the basic level, you can simply upload a few photos and select some background music to create an instant digital slide show. You can also add captions, create quiz questions on each of the slides, change the speed of the show, and manage comments.


Introduce Yourself Through a Talking Avatar!

AvatarAvatars vs. Photos

When dealing with social media and/or a personal webpage, a photo is frequently suggested as part of your account. The use of an Avatar or cartoon image is highly recommended, especially for students.

vokiConsider using Voki, where you can select and create an image and add personal characteristics (e.g. glasses, hair color, clothing, and a recorded voice). The use of an avatar can add interest, personality, and model safety for your web presence. Note: Voki is also available as an iPad app.

bitmojiBitmoji is an app where you can create an emoji of yourself based on a photo or by creating it on your own.

Things to tell your students about using profile photos online:

  • Using an avatar instead of a photo helps protect students from someone online that might use the clues in a photo, such as a school emblem, age related images (sports team), school logo or name to identify them.
  • If using Facebook make sure they turn off the feature of tagging them by photo.
  • Some school districts have rules about posting photos. Be sure to check your Acceptable Use Policies.
  • Never post party pictures online as future employers and admissions office personnel do check online.