There are many image manipulation tools available for teachers, or their pupils, to use. Many of these for free. Some require software to be downloaded and many are able to be used online. Schools use images in so many ways – both in print form and for use on websites, blogs, or elsewhere.
Here are some of the free online tools which, depending on the task, might be found to be useful. As with all online tools if thinking of using with pupils a teacher should check out these tools to ensure their suitability. Some tools have online galleries of created work and so caution would always be required:
- create your own images from scratch (painting, drawing or using shapes) or use the effects filters with existing photographs – site includes tutorial video. Also has neat variable symmetrical lines to use when creating images.
AnyMakingapply a series of effects to your photographs or use one of the editing tools, all online.
www.dumpr.netupload a photograph or use from an online source and then apply many effects.
Photoshop Express Editor is an image editor with a comprehensive suite of tools and effects. Just upload your image and get started. there are tutorials on the site too.
www.ImageChef.com Embed your text in an image of your choice with imagechef.com
- choose from a bank of images and add your own text to make it look like it is part of the original image
Word Mosaic created using http://www.imagechef.com/ic/word_mosaic/
GifMagic is a site which lets you upload an existing animated gif (or add a link from one already online) and then edit it or apply various effects/add text.
Pizap http://www.pizap.com/ Add fun effects to your photographs
PicMonkey has a whole host of tools for editing images, all online, for free. You can also apply a wide range of effects and borders.
http://aviary.com/tools/image-editor – Phoenix image editor from Aviary suite of tools – includes extensive video tutorials
http://www.pixlr.com/ Pixlr has two different online versions, Express (which quickly lets you resize an uploaded image, crop it, and apply any number of effects – including kaleidoscope illustrated here), and Pixlr Editor which is fully featured including multi-layers (so you can edit each layer independently).
http://www.blockposters.com/default.aspx – upload your photograph and enter how big you wish to print your image, and blockposter will divide the poster up into segments to print out one segment at a time and join together – any size – great for classroom walls.
www.lunapic.com can be used to create animated slideshows with a variety of transitions from your own images, or animations sich as rolling dice or rippling water. And it has an image editor to let you vary animations and edit images further.
www.juxio.com/beta/index.php Juxio – upload your photographs, choose a template, then create a poster of your images
http://www.funphotobox.com/ Fun Photbox lets you add many effects to your photographs as well as create an animated gif image for uploading onto webpage or blog.
http://www.getloupe.com/ Loupe is a free online tool which lets you create a collage of several images in a shape chosen from templates. The images can either be selected from your PC or can be from a website, an online storage space or from images which appear when you enter a search term in the serach box. When the images chosen appear on the list you can then de-select those not required. Collage images created can then be downloaded.
PhotoFunia – has a wealth of choices for manipulating your images. You can choose from a range of imaginative backgrounds into which your image will be automatically inserted (e.g. as part of a painting, wall display, book cover, television screen, shop front and many, many more). Many of these are animated. In addition there is a wide range of filters to apply to each image from jigsaw, broken glass, sepia and many more. There is also an animated gif created where you can upload a series of images to make an animated image. This site also has apps for mobile phones with seveal of these features.
Here are some of the programs installed on all PCs in all Falkirk primary schools:
• Picassa 3 – free from http://picasa.google.com
• Microsoft Windows 7 Paint – included with Windows 7 operating system
• Microsoft Windows 7 Snipping Tool – included with Windows 7 operating system
Microsoft Office Picture Manager – included as part of Microsoft Office – useful to resize an image or to crop an image.
RM Colour Magic http://www.rm.com/shops/rmshop/product.aspx?cref=PD1105
ComicLife – www.complasq.com