Week 6: Digital Imaging

This week we talked about digital image editing (cropping, retouching, resizing, etc.) and the various programs used for that.

  • Adobe Photoshop is the best known image editing software and has many powerful features. It is available on both Mac and Windows, but very expensive. Thankfully, there are many free alternatives:
  • GIMP offers most of the basic features of Photoshop but uses a very different user interface, so it may be confusing to people who are used to Photoshop. It’s an open source program and available for Mac, Windows and Linux.
  • Pixlr is an online image editing service and has an interface very similar to Photoshop. Since it is web-based, it can be used on any operating system.
  • Picasa is more of an image organizing program, but offers editing and retouching functions, too. It’s made by Google and available for both Mac and Windows. It is especially useful for batch resizing/editing images!

Until next week!


Image Sources: adobe.com, gimp.org, pixlr.com & picasa.com

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