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
- Create an image using an image generator. You can create using Image Chef or from another generator that you’ve found.
- 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.
- Add the image to your blog.
- Post on your blog how you think you could use Image Generators in your work for the Univeristy.