Basic Editing on Your Computer
Users have a number of basic image editing options among the pre-existing software included on your computer.
For PC users, the Microsoft Picture Manager software provides basic tools for photo cropping, resizing, and correction for color, brightness, or contrast. The newer version of Office no longer comes with Microsoft Picture Manager, and users can instead edit pictures within Microsoft Word (or PowerPoint). In newer versions of Word, once a photo is inserted and selected, editing options can be found under the Picture Tools> Format tab.
iPhoto for Apple computers allows users to organize photos and perform basic editing functions.
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Basic Editing: Online & Free
|Pixlr is an online tool for photo editing, with 3 different options: Pixlr Editor (a standard, Photoshop-like online tool for editing), Pixlr Express (a simplified, streamlined version), and Pixlr-O-Matic (a fun tool for adding effects & filters).|
|Google Photos is a free photo editing software program offered by Google. Users can also upload, store, and share photos in Google Photos.|
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Interested in Advanced Image Editing Tools?
Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator are two excellent editing softwares.
You can find Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud (CC) v. 14 and Adobe Illustrator CC 1.0 on any campus computer. Photoshop can be used for editing photographs and videos as well as creating 3-D graphics, while Illustrator is mainly used by artists and graphic designers for vector and web creation. Not sure where to start? Follow the links below to watch videos and read documentation for more information about Adobe image editing software.
- What is Photoshop CC?
- What is Illustrator CC?
- Consult the TechBar's page about Adobe Photo Editing Help.
- Learn what's unique to Adobe Photoshop CC through Atomic Learning.
- Learn what's unique to Adobe Illustrator CC through Atomic Learning.
Free alternatives to Adobe
For those looking for a program similar to Adobe Photoshop, but without either having to pay or having to use a college-owned computer, Gimpshop is a free alternative to the more expensive Photoshop, with much of the same functionality.
Inkscape is a free professional-level vector graphics illustrator and editor, used as an alternative to Illustrator.
Creating Infographics: Online & Free
Unable to access Adobe Creative Suite on your computer? For faculty, consult these instructions from the TechBar about installing programs from the Software Center: on a PC or on a Mac. Other installation issues with Adobe Creative Suite can be directed to the Help Desk (x7440 or firstname.lastname@example.org ).
The BMC Help Desk does not provide support for all of the programs listed here. You can consult the listed links for tutorials and help using Adobe Creative Suite or other image editing options.