Welcome to the fourth thing in 12 Things SWKLS 2019. This month we’re going to be learning about basic picture editing. This may be a review for some of you, but you should still learn something from this month’s topic.

In this lesson you will learn:

  • Image editing basics
  • How to make basic adjustments to your images to improve quality
  • How to fix common image editing issues
  • Tips on sharing photos online
  • Tips on printing pictures

The activities for this lesson are due August 31 at 11:59 pm central time and are worth 2 credit hours.  Estimated work time:  1-2 hours.

If you would rather complete an alternate topic, please go to the alternate topic page and pick one from the list.  You are also welcome to choose past topics or topics from the first rounds of Things.

If you get stuck and need help, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Exercises:  (Due August 31, 2019 at 11:59 pm CDT)

  • A computer with a browser.
    • A tablet or other internet enabled device will also work for most of these activities.
  • An Internet connection.
  • Images or photos to edit (optional)

Activity 1: Complete the Image Editing 101 Tutorial from

  1. has a great tutorial on image editing.
  2. There are 7 parts to the lesson and a Quiz.
  3. Click the continue button at the bottom of each page to continue each lesson.
    1. The lesson will have you use a free online image editor. You’re welcome to use your favorite image editor or the one suggested in the lesson.
  4. Finish all of the lessons and complete the quiz.
  5. Go to Image Editing 101 to get started.

Activity 2: Wrap-up

  1. Post a comment below answering the following:
    1. What did you learn?
    2. What did you like and not like about the Pixklr x online photo editor?
    3. Is there another photo editor you prefer?
      1. Note: One of our free favorites in the office is It’s free, but is not browser based and will need to be installed.
    4. How do you see this helping you in the future?
  2. Reply to at least one other person’s comment below.
  3. Register for 12/2 Thing 4.  

Bonus Activities:

Note: If you want to learn more, try out these lessons from

  1. Digital Photography
  2. Photoshop Basics (you will need Photoshop for this)
  3. Beginning Graphic Design
  4. Creativity

10 thoughts on “12/2 Things SWKLS 2019: Thing 4

  • July 2, 2019 at 11:59 am

    I learned a couple of new terms – among others, “Lossy” and “Lossless”. I hadn’t realized that Word, Powerpoint and Publisher had as many photo editing options as they do – I knew about cropping and shapes, but didn’t realize they had the other editing options. I also didn’t realize the difference between Contrast and Brightness – and till get them confused!

    • July 2, 2019 at 12:05 pm


      I had heard the term lossy and lossless, but didn’t really understand them too well. This lesson helped me with those terms quite a bit. I always forget that PowerPoint has so many picture editing options. I know a few people who make posters in PowerPoint. I never thought of using it in that way until recently.

      • July 5, 2019 at 10:45 am

        I had never heard of lossy and lossless. I just work on a photo until it looks better to me. It’s nice to have words to cover the tricks!

    • July 3, 2019 at 11:36 am

      I didn’t know those terms either. I was glad to learn about the MS Office editing as well.

    • July 11, 2019 at 3:23 pm

      Lossy and Lossless were new terms to me! Yes! Contrat and Brightness confussed me as well! That’s the only question I missed! But to me they go together and aren’t really separable!! If that makes sense!!!

  • July 3, 2019 at 11:35 am

    This was very helpful to me, especially since I took photos of all the summer reading children with an unfamiliar camera. Now I can adjust the photos if I need to. I also didn’t know about the free apps that I can use. I write newspaper articles and often get photos given to me from Facebook and now I can do some of my own adjustments if needed. I enjoyed this immensely!

  • July 5, 2019 at 10:43 am

    I didn’t realize you could oversharpen a photo in order to print a better copy. Interesting.

    I like the Pixlr Editor. It seems to have a lot of options I could use quite easily. It is definitely easier to use than PhotoShop (which I have never been able master).

    I usually edit with picmonkey, but Pixlr could better help me with one of my trickiest editing tasks: blurring specific faces out of photos. Any editing tool is useful in a setting where more than one person is taking photos, like at the library. I crop and color-correct images quite a bit at work.

    • July 15, 2019 at 11:26 am

      I am always trying to print photos that don’t quite turn out how I like. I will try this and try and over sharpen a photo to make it possibly better. Who knew! I’m glad to learn a few more tricks to try.

  • July 11, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    I take lots of pics but have NEVER tried to edit any picture!! WOW! This is a great lesson! I have learned a lot…too much to type out !!! I think I now need a 12 things lesson over paint!! or at least a handy dandy cheat sheet (HINT! HINT! Miss Janelle) it is so cool but oh! my! there is so much too it!!!
    THANKS fo much for putting together this lesson!!! Love it!!! Just need more time now to play around with it 🙂 I’m excited!!!!

  • July 15, 2019 at 11:40 am

    This was a fun lesson for me. I learned there is more to editing other than just using the quick apps like Instagram ect. I like the Pixlr editor on my iphone because I am always pulling out my phone and taking pictures. I am going to use it way more now that I know more about it!! I want pictures that people think “Wow, who took that?!” Just wish I had more time to sit and play with it too!


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