Introduction/Content:

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 GCFLearnfree.org

  1. GCFLearnfree.org 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 Paint.net. 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 DCFLearnfree.org.

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

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

  • July 2, 2019 at 11:59 am
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    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!

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    • July 2, 2019 at 12:05 pm
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      Sara,

      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.

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      • July 5, 2019 at 10:45 am
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        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!

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        • July 17, 2019 at 11:26 am
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          Me also, Stacey, I just keep tweaking until it looks the way I want! It is nice to have words to use!

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    • July 3, 2019 at 11:36 am
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      I didn’t know those terms either. I was glad to learn about the MS Office editing as well.

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      • July 31, 2019 at 7:10 pm
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        Editing pictures on MS Office was always tricky for me, too – like if you want to do anything other than basic inserting and resizing, forget it, but I use it more often now – particularly the WordArt.

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    • July 11, 2019 at 3:23 pm
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      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!!!

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    • August 15, 2019 at 4:11 pm
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      Lossy and Lossless were new ones for me too

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    • August 20, 2019 at 3:07 pm
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      Like so many others, “lossy” and “lossless” were new to me too. But that would explain why some programs want you to save pictures as png (lossless) rather than jpg (lossy) so you won’t lose detail.

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  • July 3, 2019 at 11:35 am
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    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!

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  • July 5, 2019 at 10:43 am
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    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.

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    • July 15, 2019 at 11:26 am
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      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.

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    • July 26, 2019 at 4:25 pm
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      I also liked the tip of over sharpening photos in order to get a better print! Definitely something to keep in mind for an upcoming wedding event!

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    • August 6, 2019 at 6:51 pm
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      I had never thought about oversharpening either. It is a good idea

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  • July 11, 2019 at 3:19 pm
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    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!!!!

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    • July 17, 2019 at 12:30 pm
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      One thing I learned was that there are many ways of editing a picture. As I was working on a picture I found out that it just takes practice to see what works on improving the picture and what doesn’t work. But the important thing was to always save the original.
      The thing that I liked about Pixklr x online photo editor that it was pretty easy to use with many options.
      I have used paint.net and publisher.
      We all take many pictures in our line of work so this will be very helpful to produce the best picture to put out.

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    • July 17, 2019 at 12:32 pm
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      I totally agree that there was a lot to absorb and practice will make it easier. Great idea about a cheat sheet.

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    • July 26, 2019 at 4:22 pm
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      Loving the cheat sheet idea! I’ve never put much thought into editing library pictures, but should probably take the time to enhance/adjust more. Patrons are a sucker for pictures of library happenings!

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      • August 29, 2019 at 2:57 pm
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        Cheat sheets are a great idea!

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    • August 30, 2019 at 11:28 am
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      I agree a cheat sheet would be great! I rarely edit any of my photos (don’t tell) and I am a novice at photography. Usually I let others take the pictures because they turn out better. This definitely will help when I need to take photos here at the library.

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  • July 15, 2019 at 11:40 am
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    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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    • August 19, 2019 at 1:47 pm
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      I agree! I am always taking pictures on my phone, need to use the editing app more. Also need to find a way to store them better!

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  • July 17, 2019 at 11:24 am
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    I have never heard of lossy and lossless, so they’re new! I’ve used the editing in Word with good results for what I wanted, Pixlr is easy to use. Don’t know that I like one over the other. I may have to try some other photo editors and then make a choice. I can see this helping me with the annual scrapbook we keep of happenings at the library. I see it saving ‘dead room’ on one photo for another great shot! It will be good for posters and flyers we put up for advertising, too.

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  • July 26, 2019 at 4:19 pm
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    I learned I needed this more than I thought! Haha! Definitely learned more of what’s behind the scenes of a great picture. Lots of new terms.

    SAVE YOUR ORIGINALS!!!!

    I liked Pixklr X, fairly easy to use but I think I might just stick to what Microsoft offers as I’ve had experience with these before and just didn’t realize I was “image editing!” Looking forward to touching up photos we might use for promotional items. Sometimes a little bit goes a long way!

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  • July 31, 2019 at 7:07 pm
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    1. Editing images in Word can sometimes be tricky, so this is a handy resource.
    2. I liked the Pixklr x ready-to-go quotes and the ability to edit those as well.
    3. I have used paint.net for years; it is a super go-to for quick cropping & has other useful features. I have 15 or so photo editing sites that I use off and on- some are free – some are paid. A good one to start with is Ribbet; I got in on the Beta when they were still a free site and got special Pro pricing that is no longer available. Kizoa is good for editing video but you can use it for images, also. I was already using it for a long time and got in on a special offer where I paid once and became a Pro-member for life. I edit something almost every day and all the site tools have their own little unique advantages; some features are exactly the same or similar, too. So I like to use different editing sites for different reasons like awesome fonts or different sticker applications. When I started editing pictures using Smart Phone apps – that was an entirely new level of editing; I like experimenting with all the different features. I dislike the “rate us” pop-ups (especially if you are a paid user) or having to watch a brief ad when you’re using a free app – but it goes with the territory.
    4. Just having this tutorial as a resource is nice, and will be helpful when assisting others.

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  • August 6, 2019 at 6:47 pm
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    It is nice to know the differences between the different picture formats.
    In high school I used Photoshop, Pixlr would be kind of interesting to use since it looks so much like Photoshop, but it would be interesting to see what limits it has compared to Photoshop
    Photoshop, in somethings, may be over kill, and unfortunately it is expensive, but it does everything.
    I may have to mess with pixlr more to see if it would be worth not messing with photoshop.

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  • August 15, 2019 at 4:20 pm
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    1. I didn’t realize that Microsoft Paint had the ability to edit photos
    2. I like how user friendly Pixlr was
    3. I haven’t had much experience with editing photos so i don’t have a preferred editor
    4. I will definitely be using Pixlr in the future for editing pics for library events

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    • August 29, 2019 at 2:12 pm
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      I didn’t realize Microsoft Paint had that ability either. This lesson was eye opening to me!

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  • August 19, 2019 at 1:46 pm
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    I loved this lesson! I love photography and get a lot of key pointers from this.

    Learning about lossy and lossless was pretty interesting. I learned about several new free photo editing apps, so I will now have to pick one I like the best. Also really liked how much several apps had to offer in their free versions!

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  • August 20, 2019 at 3:01 pm
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    This was a great lesson! I take a lot of pictures but knew almost nothing about editing. Now I know a little more – probably enough to be dangerous… The reminder to keep the original photo was a good one. I’ve gone down the rabbit hole of trying different edits & coming up with something that looked awful, sort of like an Easter egg you dip in all the colors! I didn’t know there were picture editing tools in Word, and I’ve used them since doing this lesson. I have used Pixlr a little bit and look forward to using it more in the future. I would like to experiment a little more with the effects.

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    • August 29, 2019 at 11:01 am
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      I agree with Ginger, about keeping the original copy, I will really have to remember to do that. I really like the Easter egg reference, it was so much fun to play with all the colors, I was amazed.

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  • August 29, 2019 at 10:57 am
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    This was an interesting lesson, I learned that I can do alot with photos, way more than I ever thought was possible.
    I loved the Pixklrx editor, It was easy for me to use and gave great results to the photos.
    I’ve never used another photo editor, so this was a good one for me but I may just try another to see the difference.
    This will help me for my job and putting photos in the newpaper and for our scrapbook, plus of course taking pictures of my beautiful grandkids.

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  • August 29, 2019 at 2:10 pm
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    I thought this was an excellent lesson. I learned so much. I take pictures all the time but I never take time to edit them. I learned it is a lot easier and not as time consuming as I thought.
    I learned that Pixlr has so many editing options and I love it. I will be using this in the future.
    Not sure if there is another I prefer yet, but I am going to check more out as I have time.
    Work wise I see using it to make our website and Facebook pictures look a little more professional looking.

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  • August 30, 2019 at 11:13 am
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    It was interesting to learn all the terminology for the basics of what I have been doing when editing a photo. It also helps to know about the differences in file size and clarity for jpg and png, so I can use the best file size/type when I share with other people or post online. I enjoyed using Pixlr and hopefully this will help make my photos look better in the long run. I use paint to resize things frequently, but on the iPad I just use the basic photo editor that Apple has. I will definitely try to take more time to make my photos better, and try to improve on my photography skills.

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