7-14: Cooking with Images

Image Generators and Editors

What are image generators and editors?

An image generator is exactly what it says- it’s a program or web application that generates images. They can range from the simple – laying text over an image to create a funny picture or illustrate a joke – to the more complex, such as animated3D gif. Image editors again do exactly as they say: allow you to edit images.

Why should I use them?

Image generators make your life easier – they do the work for you.

  • In a nutshell they make your images and text come alive – be more interesting,  eye catching and fun
  • They are great for creating engaging messages
  • Your “new” images can be used in Library or University documentation: LibGuides, procedures,  posters, signs, promotional material, etc.

The use of image editors is pretty obvious, particularly for those of you who don’t have access to Photoshop or a similar in-house tool. They allow you to crop, resize and do lots of other things to photos and images you’ve taken or created.

Where can I find them?

You’ll find a long list of image generators by doing a simple search on Google. Some examples:

  • Image Chef – (travelbug4eva’s favourite) – allows you to create word mosaics, banners, “wanted posters” and lots more with a one stop shop of ways to give your creations fun and personality!
  • Wordle – is a powerful web application that generates amazing word clouds.
  • Card Catalogue Generator – something for the more old-school among you.
  • Generator Blog – features hundreds of the best (and worst) image generators.

Image editors are harder to find and they’re generally much more complex than even the best image generator.

  • Aviary is a powerful online editing suite – that offers various editor for free, but some more advanced features need a subscription.
  • Picnik is a photo-editing tool that is nicely integrated with FlickR, Face Book and Picasa.
  • flauntR is a free, online editor that does printing and slideshows – does require registration to use it.
  • Splashup looks and works in many respects like Photoshop.
  • Snipshot lets you make basic alterations to an image online, including cropping and resizing – you need to register and pay to use this.
To Complete Thing 14
  1. Create an image using an image generator. You can create using Image Chef or from another generator that you’ve found.
  2. Either right-click on the image and save it to your computer, or follow any instructions that comes along with the generator telling you how to add the image to your site.
  3. Add the image to your blog.
  4. Post on your blog how you think you could use Image Generators in your work for the Univeristy.

1 Comment »

  1. awemethyst Said:

    Good grief I’m having fun! Which means I’ve lifelong learnt. This is something I can use.

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