Basic Photo Editing

There are many applications available for editing photos. PhotoShop is a well-known app that professional photographers use on a daily basis, but it's not necessary for a beginner to use this application. In fact, there are so many choices in photo editing software today, many of which do more than basic editing, yet are well-suited to the novice. We will share a few here today.


Why use iPhoto to edit photos?
  • Turns so-so photos into great photos.
  • It is the default photo app on your laptop, so it's at your fingertips already.
  • Remove red-eye with a click.
  • Adjust exposure, brightness, and contrast.
  • Crop to frame your subject.
  • Add one-click photo effects such as converting color photos to black and white, giving them a classic sepia tone, adding a vignette border, and more.

iPhoto is a pretty intuitive app for editing photos. Open a photo and click the Edit tool at bottom of screen. You will see these choices:



Why Use Picnik (by Google) to edit photos?
  • Fix your photos in just one click
  • Use advanced controls to fine-tune your results
  • Crop, resize, and rotate in real-time
  • Tons of special effects, from artsy to fun
  • Astoundingly fast, right in your browser
  • Awesome fonts and top-quality type tool
  • Basketfuls of shapes from hand-picked designers
  • Works on Mac, Windows, and Linux
  • No download required, nothing to install
  • All this for free, but if you want even more choices, you can upgrade to Picnik Premium for only $24.95 a year!

Picnik is a pretty intuitive program to learn. It is organized with tabs.
  • Home- upload photos here.
  • Library - where the photos you upload are stored if you have registered for a free account (not necessary to regisiter to use the app though)
  • Edit - for basic editing such as auto-fix, rotate, crop, resize, exposure, colors, sharpen & Red ey
  • Create - where you do the fun stuff such as add effects, text, stickers, touch-up, frames, advanced, seasonal
  • Save & Share - allows you to save to your computer and/or share with Flickr, Facebook, Picasa Web Albums,Twitter, etc.
  • Click here to go to Picnik!

Picasa & Picasa Web Albums

"Together, Picasa & Picasa Web Albums(by Google) make it easy for you to organize and edit your digital photos, then create online albums to share with friends, family & the world.... Picasa is free to download, and Picasa Web Albums provides 1 gigabyte of free storage -- that's enough space for 4,000 wallpaper-size photos."

Important note: Before you can work with Picasa and Picasa Albums, you must have 2 things:
  1. You must have a google account (your Collegiate Cougle account is NOT considered a "google account."
  2. You must download the application, Picasa, from Google. Download Picasa for the mac here.

(Please see link in sidebar for more on Picasa as we already did a LS Tech session on this.)