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Image Manipulation and Organisation for Beginners


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Beginners guide to the basics of photo manipulation using Photoshop Elements 13, organising images for easy retrieval and the do's and don'ts of using third party images including the basics of Creative Commons licencing.

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Image Manipulation and Organisation for Beginners

  2. 2. PowerPoint Slides used for a training workshop for Forestry and National Parks and Conservation Service Staff (Curepipe, Mauritius | 11 September 2015) Under the UNDP/GEF Protected Area Network (PAN) Project: Expanding coverage and strengthening management effectiveness of the protected area network on the island of Mauritius
  3. 3. Images for reports, presentations, infographics, posters, etc.
  4. 4. Text and images to maximise impact
  5. 5. Workshop Objectives To introduce participants from Forestry and NPCS to: • Some do’s and don’ts of using third party images • Simple image organisation principles to ease retrieval of photos • The use of photo manipulation and organisation software (Photoshop Elements 13)
  6. 6. The use of third party images Just because something can be downloaded it does not mean that we are free to use it! Dear Sir, I warn you that you have NOT my agreement to use my photographs for your website or for any other work, including nonprofit works. And if, despite of my refusal, you decide to use my photos, then I'll be forced to take legal actions to prevent you keep using those images, on which I have intellectual property. Copy Right and Copy Wrong
  7. 7. Creative Commons Whenever you snap a photograph, record a song, publish an article, or put your original writing online, that work is automatically considered “all rights reserved” in the eyes of copyright law. In many cases, that means that other people can’t reuse or remix your work without asking for your permission first. John Mauremootoo
  8. 8. Creative Commons If you want to give people the right to share, use, and even build upon a work you’ve created, consider publishing under a Creative Commons license. A CC license lets you decide which rights you’d like to keep, and it clearly conveys to those using your work how they’re permitted to use it without asking you in advance. Sander van der Wel
  9. 9. Creative Commons The six Creative Commons licences Plus public domain
  10. 10. Creative Commons The pitfalls of a CC licence How to licence your photos under a CC licence
  11. 11. Sources of third party images
  12. 12. Sources of third party images Using the following search tools will ensure that you will find nearly all images available for download (with various degrees of restriction on their usage). Google images – Search for images > search tools > Usage rights. Labelled for reuse with modification is the most inclusive form of licence. Pixabay – Free Images ( Over 450,000 high quality photos, illustrations, and vector graphics. Free for commercial use. No attribution required. Flickr ( Everyone has heard of Flickr and with over 5 billion images online, they certainly have a good collection of free images available. Search for the Creative Commons Attribution. Everystockphoto ( - This search engine indexes images from all the major free sites. These come from many sources and are license-specific. You can view a photo's license by clicking on the license icon, below and left of photos. Membership is free and allows you to rate, tag, collect and comment on photos. Freeimages ( - Freeimages have one of the most sophisticated websites of the stock agencies offering free images. They also have a substantial collection of stock photos that must be purchased. MorgueFile ( - A sizeable collection of images which are all very straightforward to search and download. RGB Stock ( - A pretty decent collection of free stock images which are all available to use free of charge provided they are being used... Stock Vault ( - A fairly small collection of free imagery, clip art, logo templates & textures which isn't available in lots of different sizes. ArKive ( - The ultimate multimedia guide to the world's endangered species. Includes endangered species videos, photos, facts & education resources. Most of the photos are copyrighted. You can contact the copyright holder to ask them if you can use the photos.
  13. 13. Organising Images
  14. 14. Enhancing images To organise and enhance your photos • Removing blemishes • Straightening sloping horizons • Removing red eye • Cropping • Getting rid of distractions • Removing a background • Sharpening photos • Blurring a background • Creative cutting • Some simple effects • Creative cutting
  15. 15. Removing blemishes Straightening sloping horizons Before After
  16. 16. Removing red eye Before After
  17. 17. Cropping
  18. 18. Getting rid of distractions Before After
  19. 19. Getting rid of distractions Before After
  20. 20. Removing a background Before After
  21. 21. Sharpening photos Before After
  22. 22. Blurring a background Before After
  23. 23. Some simple effects Before After
  24. 24. Creative cutting Before After
  25. 25. Now What? Practice, Practice, Practice & if you have problems There will be a YouTube Tutorial to solve them