Graphic Editing For the Non-Techie

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  • don ’t be intimidated! -- explore the graphic editing software you ’re using -- anyone can be creative; it ’s a learned practice look at movie posters, old advertisements, read design blogs or design books
  • uses for contrast adds visual impact defines the image better black-and-white reproduction beware over-saturation (colors too bright) pixelation or noise (image becomes “blocky” or blurry) brightness
  • have trouble keeping your hand steady when you ’re making detailed edits?
  • don't be intimidated: only use what you need! lots of tutorials online (linked on website) the basics crop contrast/brightness editing: eraser, pencil, & magnifying glass text (aka, It's Better to Import Into MS Word!) text boxes word art

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  • 1. Graphic Editing for the Non-Techie(Using Photoshop or Free Programs)Starr HoffmanLibrarian for Digital CollectionsUniversity of North Texas LibrariesTechNet 2010Decatur, Texas05.14.2020
  • 2. Overview rules of thumb basic graphic editing skills pros & cons of Photoshop basic Photoshop tools alternatives to Photoshop where to find resources
  • 3. Rules of Thumb don’t be intimidated! seek creative inspiration two best tools: 1. crop 2. contrast / brightness don’t use more than three fonts
  • 4. Basics: Crop crop: the best tool you’ll ever use  crop to the relevant area  create a portrait image  create an avatar  crop for interest  crop to eliminate busy background  crop to hide image problems look for this icon:
  • 5. Basics: Cropvarious uses for this image…  Facebook profile photo  Twitter avatar  website banner image
  • 6. original (cropped)Basics: Contrast & Brightness uses  add visual impact  image definition  better black/white reproduction  background beware…  over-saturation  pixilation / noise
  • 7. Refined Image Editing the secret to detailed edits:  the right tools  magnifying glass  pencil / brush  eraser  zoom in  individual pixels
  • 8. Adding Text text boxes  set border to: none, 0, no color in MS Word  text layout: “in front of text” use fonts wisely  no more than 3 fonts  easy-to-read? sans-serif serif vs.
  • 9. Tips & Keyboard Shortcuts create “perfect” shapes & lines  copy  hold down “shift” key  control + C  hold shift while moving cursor  paste  create: squares, circles, straight  control + V lines  cut  control + X  select all  control + A
  • 10. Photoshop: Pros vs. Cons pros  free tutorials & help guides  well-known  powerful, versatile features cons  expensive  may be overkill
  • 11. Photoshop Basics use what you need online tutorials the basics  crop  contrast/brightness  editing: eraser, pencil, & magnifying glass adding text  text boxes  word art  import graphics to MS Word
  • 12. Photoshop Beyond the Basics explore! some useful tools:  magic wand  lasso  clone stamp  filters  layers
  • 13. (Free!) Alternatives to Photoshop Photoshop Express  GIMP  browser-based (online)  desktop-based  Windows or Mac (download)  Windows, Mac, or UNIX  free effects, filters  http://www.gimp.org/  https://www.photoshop.c om/  Paint.net  desktop-based Picnik (download)  browser-based (online)  Windows, Mac  Windows or Mac  http://www.getpaint.net/  http://www.picnik.com/
  • 14. Need More Help? ask me!  Starr Hoffman  Librarian for Digital Collections  UNT Libraries  starr.hoffman@unt.edu  940.565.4150 find my presentations & CV here:  http://geekyartistlibrarian.wordpress.com find more info about graphic design here:  http://librarygraphics.pbworks.com/