I’m not too sure how long Pixlr has been around for, but it’s a recent discovery for me. It’s a little like Photoshop for beginners as it also uses layers etc. You can use the online version or install it on your browser. It is also free. Below is a little intro video. I have other lists of free imaging tools here on my wiki if interested.
I’ve been seeing a lot of good photo related stuff on the blogs that I subscribe to and they reminded me of this one, which I keep forgetting to post. Why not David Hockney yourself with Hockneyizer? It’s free.
Kind of a boring post but at school, we had some problems with our printers. Actually, the printers were fine. Teachers and students were simply printing large photo files which blocked up the printer queue. We use wireless Pharos printing, and the photo files that were usually inserted into a text document were rather large.
Photos should be resized and then inserted into a document. This may be easily done within iPhoto itself. Using Jing, our tech director created a video tutorial demonstrating how to do this. You may view this quick PD session here.
Go2Convert is a set of free web based tools that allow you to convert and resize a picture without having to install any software on your computer. It supports over 100 major image formats. Once you convert or resize an image, you can choose to copy the image’s URL or download it directly to your computer. (via SmashingApps)
Scroll half way down the page here to view other resources for Photo Imaging.
I wrote about tilt-shift before here. Another tool that I have had time to play with is TiltShift Generator. It’s easy to use, allows you to play with some of the adjustments and is web based (you can also download local versions onto your computer too if you wish). And yes, it also works on the iPhone. (BTW, my example below is not so good)
I have tried to use hugin, for stitching photos together to make panoramic ones, but found it a little frustrating. ArcSoft’s Panorama Maker 5 Pro is fantastic. The downside is that it is 79.99 USD. However, if you are cheap like me, you may have several of your photos already taken. Download the trial version and start stitching the photos together. It is very simple to use. For the image above, I used five photos.
You simply upload the photos and click next.
The photos are then processed…
…and then previewed to you.
All you have to do now is simply click ‘Save As.’
I must admit, I am now considering to purchase it. There is also DoubleTake for Mac (€17.95). Has anyone tried this one or know of others?
I’ve been meaning to give tilt-shift video a try for a while now. Click on the picture below to view an example of tilt-shift photography.
Since my school has an annual food fair in May and I have access to the roof, I thought I’d have a go. This video is only a minute long (with titles) and I used 243 photos to produce it. I used Tilt-ShiftMaker as it was the easiest and fastest way. I imported each photo individually and then put them in iMovie where I shortened the time of the photos to .15 seconds. I then merged the photos as DV and sped up the time slightly. video link here via YouTube or view with better quality here via Vimeo.
Not too sure if this is essential but thought I should share it anyway. May be of use to elementary students as it is quite simple to use and may help design comic books, greeting cards etc. (though there are more integrated options if you own a Mac). I am looking forward to their video version though. They state the following (click here to go to the site):
Upload your image and start using the cartoonizer tool to warp, sketch and color your cartoon. Add all kinds of frames, graphics and shapes to your design and then share it on your favorite social networks including FaceBook, Myspace, Hi5, Friendster and Bebo. No special art school education or graphic design skills are needed.