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Digital Media Production Guide : Images and Photo Editing

This guide highlights various software and tools you can use to create digital video projects

Finding Images

The following websites provide copyright-friendly images you can use freely as long as you follow the terms of use provided by the owner of the image. Just remember that sometimes it's actually easier to take a photo of your own than it is to search and search for exactly what you want!

    Creative Commons image search
A hub that allows you to search various search engines for images and photos that you are free to share, use, and build upon.
                                                                     
Flickr advanced search
Find photos taken by amateur and professional photographers. To find images you are allowed to use and change, select the Creative Commons option before searching. More about Flickr image searching
Google Image advanced search
Use the "Usage Rights" option to search for copyright-free images and photos.
morgueFile
Find free high resolution stock photos "for use in all creative pursuits."
Wikimedia Commons
Find good-quality images and photos, as well as video, audio, and other multimedia files, that you are free to use. More about Wikimedia Commons
IgniteMotion.com IgniteMotion
Free motion backgrounds (videos), free for commercial or personal use.
drstockphoto.com Dr. Stock Photo
Royalty free stock photos and images released under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Editing Images

The spectrum of image and photo editing - both in terms of skills and tools available - is wide. But don't be intimidated! You don't need to be a professional or spend hours editing to achieve a professional-looking photo. There are many easy-to-use but powerful tools available, some of which are below. A small amount of editing with these tools can really do a lot to improve an image or photo, especially one you've taken yourself, so investing the time to learn one of the free tools below is well worth it.

                                          Adobe Photoshop CS4
The standard in photo editing. Photoshop is used by professionals and offers many advanced features. WOU provides access to this specialized program via the terminal server. Need help connecting to the terminal server? Here's a PDF with screenshots on how to do it.

                                                                     
GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program)
An open source downloadable program for photo editing and retouching, image composition and image authoring. The most advanced free tool out there. The library has two books available on using GIMP, check them out here.

Pixlr
A web-based tool with three levels to choose from: Pixlr-o-matic is the most basic and can only add effects, overlays, and borders to photos, Pixlr Express provides a way to quickly and efficiently tweak a photo for the less experienced, Pixlr Editor provides seasoned photo editors with advanced editing features.

Fotoflexer
An advanced web-based digital photo editor. Retouch photos and add effects, fonts, shapes, doodles, distortions, and layers

Aviary
A series of downloadable apps for your computer, tablet, or smartphone. Offers sophisticated features in a very user-friendly interface that even the most inexperienced photo editor can use.
PicMonkey
A web-based tool that is simple to use, but offers fewer advanced features. Add effects, do simple editing, and create collages.