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Photo Editing Basics with ImageBlender


This page provides tutorials and tips for basic image editing and some additional resources related to saving and using images from the Internet. Some of the resources below connect you to free images and/or low-cost subscriptions for noncommercial use.  Make sure to read the copyright notices and guidelines at each site carefully to see what permission is required, if any, for the images that you may be interested in. In addition, the Instructional Technology Dept. also provides training and support for more advanced photo and image editing tools such as Adobe Photoshop and Macromedia Fireworks. Check the Professional Development page for upcoming sessions for ImageBlender, Photoshop or Fireworks.

Tech4Learning's - Recipes4Success Training Series for ImageBlender 2.5: Discover the Artist Within*, Painting a Self Portrait*, and Create a Storybook* (Just click on "Training Materials, then Show Recipes...also you might check out their "Snacks")!

Online Tip Sheet: Graphics/Images Searching Tips

Online Tutorial: Retrieving Internet Graphics

Concept Page: Image File Formats - What's up with Gif's, Jpeg's, and such?

Concept Page: Office 2003 Image File Formats - What image formats can I use with Word, PowerPoint...

Where can I find out more about copyright and fair use?

The Associated Press Photo Archives - The Photo Archive is an electronic library containing the AP's current photos and a selection of pictures from their 50 million image print and negative library. It is made available in this format to schools K-12, colleges and universities and public libraries by AccuWeather, Inc. Thanks to Plano ISD Learning Media Services for making this fee-based resource available for our staff and students. As this is a subscription service, it can only be accessed from a PISD networked workstation.

The Pics4Learning collection consists of thousands of images that have been donated by students, teachers, and amateur photographers. Unlike many Internet sites, permission has been granted for teachers and students to use all of the images donated to the Pics4Learning collection. - For resources and information on Royalty free images and Photo library

Classroom Clipart - A source for free clip art, pictures and illustrations

Icon Mania - Part of Kid's Domain, Icon Mania has a sampling of clip art collected from several different sites as well as original art. Specific instructions are provided on downloading and fair use.

ImageBlender - Software that gives that provides the tools to create fancy images and text effects for multimedia projects, presentations, and Web pages.

Plano Independent School District Publications, Video, Internet Consent and Release Agreement

* Thanks to our friends at for the use of the handouts marked with the asterisk!

This page last modified November 12, 2010

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