Finding and Editing Images Online


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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 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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Finding and Editing Images Online

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