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On the road? At an Internet Café? Using someone else's computer? Your office can't afford Photoshop? Here is a overview of a few of the different image editing and creating tools available to make …

On the road? At an Internet Café? Using someone else's computer? Your office can't afford Photoshop? Here is a overview of a few of the different image editing and creating tools available to make quick edits in your web browser. Note - 1) you'll probably have to mix and match tools to complete your task; 2) not all online tools are compatible with all platforms or browsers. Plan on tinkering a bit to get what you want.

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  • 1. Finding and Editing Images Online P. F. Anderson Health Sciences Libraries August 14, 2007 © 2007 Regents of the University of Michigan. All rights reserved.
  • 2. Overview
    • Image Search Tools
    • Web 2.0 Image Sharing Tools (Flickr)
    • Online Image & Photo Editors
  • 3. Google Images
  • 4. Yahoo Images
  • 5. Wikimedia
  • 6. Other Image Search Engines
    • A9
    • Altavista: Image Search
    • Ask: Picture Search
    • Ditto
    • DogPile
    • PicSearch
    • MORE: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~pfa/pro/8fold/taskpics.html
  • 7. Online Photo Sharing & Image Hosting - More Images to Find
    • Flickr - best known, free & fee options, public
    • DropShots - free, private, no advertising
    • Picasa (Google) - sharing from your hard drive (P2P)
    • SmugMug - ~$40/yr, includes cropping and limited online editing
    • WebShots - largest, public, fee-based ($2.49/month)
    • Many more:
      • Wikipedia: Photo Sharing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photo_sharing
  • 8. Flickr
    • Account types
      • Free, with limited uploads
      • Fee, personal accounts
        • Inexpensive - around $15 USD/year
      • No corporate accounts, yet
  • 9. Flickr: Find Pictures
    • Search all of Flickr
    • Search your account
    • Search images in a group on your topic
  • 10. Browsing Tags in Flickr
    • Tags are freeform and self-selected
    • Check a variety of spellings, phrasings, capitalization, and punctuation for the same concept
    • Watch for popular terms
    • When tagging your pictures, use a variety of spellings and terms to aid in discovery.
    • Browse:
      • http://flickr.com/photos/tags/_______
  • 11. Flickr: Find Communities & Groups
    • Search for a group by keyword
    • Search: DENTISTRY, find:
  • 12. Flickr: Find Communities & Groups
    • Search for a keyword, find a picture, find a group that collects those types of images.
    • Search for: GASTRIC MUCOSA, find:
  • 13. Flickr: Build Communities & Groups
    • Start a group on a topic that interests you
    • Search for images that fit; look for a range of interesting images
    • Invite people to join and add their images
    • Invite partner(s) to help moderate group to keep it on target
    • Thank those who add good images, to build a reward system.
  • 14. Flickr: Build Communities & Groups
    • Why? (NOTE: These are true for Web 2.0 communities in general)
      • Market and promote your resources
      • Link back to your online resources
      • Broaden recognition of your expertise among new groups
      • Broaden awareness of range of resources available
      • Discover new persons interested in your topic of interest
  • 15. Flickr: Build Communities & Groups
    • Example: History & Art of Dentistry, http://www.flickr.com/groups/dentalhistory/
  • 16. Flickr: Build Communities & Groups
  • 17. Flickr: Favorites & Comments
    • Commenting & marking an image as a favorite (favoriting) is one way to build good feelings in the community and build relationships.
    This is the most popular image in the dental history pool, with 688 views in less than 3 weeks.
  • 18. Flickr: FYIs
    • All new accounts temporarily restricted from being accessible via Flickr search.
    • Accounts may be blocked from searching if focus is not real-folk photos (negotiable).
    • ‘ Blocked’ photos still accessible via groups and photostream.
    • Some image restrictions apply:
      • Copyright,
      • Image ownership,
      • Sexual, nudity, graphic violence,
      • Or otherwise not family-friendly.
  • 19. Online Image Editors
    • Fauxto
    • GIFWorks
    • Graphita
    • Phixr
    • Picnik
    • Pixenate (Pxn8)
    • Recrio
    • Snipshot (was Pixoh)
    • XMG Image
    • Mashable: 90+ Online Photography Tools and Resources: http://mashable.com/2007/06/23/photography-toolbox/
  • 20. Fauxto
    • Fauxto.com
  • 21. Fauxto
    • Image editing view
  • 22. GIFWorks
    • http://www.gifworks.com/image_editor.html
  • 23. GIFWorks
  • 24. GIFWorks
    • Output view (saving)
  • 25. Graphita
    • http://www.graphita.com
  • 26. Graphita
    • Doodle edit view (add arrows)
  • 27. Graphita
    • Caption edit view (add text)
  • 28. Graphita
    • Save file view - make objects, prints, send to desktop or photosharing service.
  • 29. Graphita
    • Output view
  • 30. Phixr
    • http://www.phixr.com
  • 31. Phixr
    • Phixr editing view
  • 32. Picnik
    • http://www.picnik.com/
  • 33. Picnik
    • Picnik editing view
  • 34. Picnik
    • Picnik editing view & example edits
  • 35. Pixenate
    • http://www.pixenate.com/
    • Pixenate homepage
  • 36. Pixenate
    • Pixenate edit view and example
  • 37. Recrio
    • Recrio.net
  • 38. Snipshot
    • URL: http://snipshot.com/
    • Highlights : edit extra-large images (10 Megs)
    • Imagetypes: GIF, JPG, PDF, PNG or TIF
  • 39. Snipshot
  • 40. Snipshot
  • 41. XMG Image
    • URL: http://www.xmgimage.com/
    • Highlights :
      • Saves versions of images
      • Can edit multiple images simultaneously
      • Easily integrates with social sites
    • Concerns:
      • I was unable to log in after creating account, and was unable to get help without logging in (perhaps not Mac-friendly?)
  • 42. XMG Image
    • Homepage
  • 43. Overview of Feature Comparison
    • Draw an Arrow
      • Graphita
    • Layering Image Editors
      • Fauxto; Recrio
    • Nondestructive Editing / Multiple Undos
      • GIFWorks; Picnik; Pixenate; Recrio; Snipshot; XMG Image
    • Edit Multiple Images at Once
      • Recrio; XMG Image
  • 44. Overview of Feature Comparison
    • Import from Web
      • Fauxto, GIFWorks, Graphita, Phixr, [Picnik], Pixenate, Recrio, Snipshot
      • Pixenate has bookmarklet that makes this very fast
    • Upload
      • All, but only if image meets specifications. Might need to adjust before uploading.
    • OCR
      • Phixr
    • Transparency
      • GIFWorks
    • Zoom
      • GIFWorks; Fauxto; Phixr; Picnik; Pixenate
  • 45. Filetype Conversion I = filetypes that can be imported; X = Filetypes that can be saved na na na na na na na XMG Image IX IX IX IX IX Snipshot na na na na na na na Recrio I IX I I Pixenate IX IX IX IX IX IX Picnik IX IX X IX IX Phixr I I I Graphita I GIFWorks IX IX IX IX IX Fauxto TIF PNG PDF OCR JPG GIF BMP
  • 46. Online Image Tools to Convert Filetypes
    • CoolUtils: Free Online Image Converter: http://www.coolutils.com/Online-Image-Converter.php
      • BMP, GIF, ICO, JPG, PNG
    • Image Convert: http://image.doc2pdf.net/
      • BMP, EPS, GIF, JPG, PDF, PIC, PNG, PS, RGB, TIF, XPM
    • Online Tools: Image Converter: http://www.online-utility.org/image_converter.jsp
      • BMP, DIB, EPI, EPS, GIF, JPC, JPG, PCD, PCX, PDB, PDF, PGM, PCT, PNG, PSD, SVG, TGA … and more …
  • 47. Online Image Tools for Captioning & Annotations
    • Caption Bubble: http://www.captionbubble.com/
      • Add cartoon-style bubbles to caption photos
    • ImageBling: http://www.imagebling.com/
      • Photo annotations
    • Graphita: http://www.graphita.com/
      • Casual & fun photo editing, including captions, bubbles, icons / objects , words, doodles
  • 48. Online Image Tools for Diagrams
    • Gliffy: http://www.gliffy.com/
    • Depictr: http://www.depicter.com/
      • Vector graphics
  • 49. Online Image Tools to Resize Pictures
    • Resize2Mail.com
    • Resizr.com
    • Shrinkpictures.com
  • 50. Online Image Tools for Mindmapping / Brainstorming
    • Bubbl.us: http://bubbl.us/
    • Mindomo: http://www.mindomo.com/
    • Mindmeister: http://www.mindmeister.com/
    • More:
      • Shambles.net: Mindmaps / Concept Maps: http://www.shambles.net/pages/school/mindmaps/
  • 51. Online Image Tools for Other Special Tasks
    • CleVR: http://www.clevr.com/
      • Create panoramics
    • Improve Your Images: http://www.improveimages.com/
      • Photo correction (color balance and light adjustment)
    • Picture2Life / Edit Your Picture: http://www.edityourpicture.com/
      • Make a collage or animated GIF.
  • 52. Cautions
    • Import/Upload filesize limits
    • Limited number of filetypes supported
    • PDFs usually import first page only, when supported
    • Always work from a copy
    • Mix and match tools
  • 53. More Information
    • Digital Inspiration: Online Photo Editors Compared: GIFWorks, Phixr, PXN8, Pixoh: http://labnol.blogspot.com/2006/06/online-photo-editors-compared-gifworks.html
    • Frantic Industries: So long, Photoshop - 6 online image editors reviewed (Fauxto, Picnik, Picture2Life, Preloadr, PXN8, Snipshot): http://franticindustries.com/blog/2007/02/03/so-long-photoshop-6-online-image-editors-reviewed/
    • Mashable: 6 Online Image Editors Compared (XMG Image, Phixr, Pixenate, Pixer.us, Cellsea, Graphita): http://mashable.com/2007/08/03/online-image-editors/
    • TechCrunch: Online Photo Editing Overview (Fauxto, Picnik, Picture2Life, Preloadr, PXN8, Snipshot): http://www.techcrunch.com/2007/02/04/online-photo-editing-overview/
  • 54. Questions?
    • Patricia Anderson, pfa@umich.edu
    From: XKCD.com