Do you enjoy taking photos on your DSLR or smartphone but want some way to make them better?  Perhaps you get images online for your PowerPoint presentations but want to edit them somehow.  The team at GCF has created a great tutorial to walk any beginner through image editing basics.  Topics covered include:

  • Software options
  • Making basic adjustments
  • How to fix common problems
  • Printing
  • Sharing photos online

You can get started on the tutorial here.

An Alternative to Photoshop

If you’re already familiar with these concepts, but are looking for the right tool to use, there are better options than Paint (simple), Photoshop (expensive, complicated), and Gimp (free and complex, but not intuitive).  The tutorial mentioned above references Pixlr, which has a full-featured web app and a simpler lite web app.

Pixlr Express

For those looking to do quick, simple image edits, look no further than Pixlr Express.  All image manipulation is done “in the cloud,” and images can be uploaded or pulled from a URL.  Adjustments are cleanly grouped with icons that will meet the needs of the vast majority of people.  Additionally, there is a collage option to create your own composition of images – handy for creating grids or layouts of images.

Pixlr Express

Pixlr Editor

The Pixlr Editor is a full featured image editor that attempts to rival Photoshop.  Their layouts are similar, as are the features.  Pixlr Editor has layers, adjustments and tools – many of which mimic Photoshop.  All editing is done through the web service.

Pixlr Full

Pixlr Desktop

The Desktop edition offers similar potency as Pixlr Editor, except with the stability that comes from a locally-installed program.

A more thorough comparison of the apps, including mobile versions, can be found here.  Or, give them each a try!