Working with Images

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Using images you did not create

Creative Commons Images Resources

A list of where you can find Creative Commons images.

Finding Images Available for Public Use

How to find photos and clip art on websites where permission has already been granted for use by the general public.

Permissions Tracking Sheet (Word Document)

A handout for students. Use this chart to track progress in obtaining permissions.

Creating your own images

Digital Photography

Digital Photography Basics

This page provides links to online tutorials that explain how digital cameras work, show you how to select a digital camera, and how to take better pictures.

Kodak Tips and Projects Center

Get "Top 10 Photo Tips", "Photographing People and Animals", "Tips for Camera Phone Pictures", "Interactive Demos to Improve Picture Taking", and much more. If you are creating a TRIO Quest PhotoEssay or images for TRIO Sites, you need to check this site out.

Working with Images using programs already installed on Your Computer

These pages provide information on how to transfer images to your computer and use commonly installed software.

Working with Images on a Mac in iPhoto

Find out how to use iPhoto -- a program that may already be installed on your mac as a part of iLife 08.

Working with Images in Windows XP

Find out how to transfer images from your digital camera to your PC, or download free software to create slideshows with music and narration.

Working with Images in Windows Vista

Find out how to use the free tools in Windows Vista to organize and edit photos.

Free Photo Editing Software

A FREE online photo editor that provides 2GB of FREE photo storage plus FREE Tutorials! Students and Staff can "tweak, rotate, tint, and touch up" photos, and save them to a FREE gallery which you can keep private or share. This is a great source for beginning PhotoEssay contestants to learn about photo manipulation, but also great for anyone to "fix up" images for a PhotoEssay entry.
Requires a simple sign in process with a valid email address. Once signed-in, click the Online Editor, then Help, then How-to-Videos for many valueable tutorials.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you plan on using any images that you've created or modified here in your PhotoEssay, you must download the images to your local computer and place them into your entry.


Paint.NET is a free image and photo editor for Microsoft Windows. Even though it is very easy to use, it offers many powerful features including transparency, layers, blending modes, and an unlimited undo history. It is often used as a free alternative to Adobe Photoshop.


The GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) is a free graphics and image editor for Windows and Mac. It is very powerful and flexible, but may take a little more effort to learn. It offers a fll range of image editing tools including laters, masks, and color adjustments and can be extended by usign a huge variety of plug-ins. It is often used as a free alternative to Adobe Photoshop.

Preparing Images for the Web

Optimizing Images for the Web

Tips for optimizing images for the Web, including how to preview the download speed and reduce the file size of an image.

Saving Image for the Web in Photoshop

When saving for the web, it's always important to consider the quality of the image, and the size of the image in order to provide visual clarity without slowing performance. This tutorial will teach you what you need to know about saving images for the web.

The Comprehensive Guide to Saving Images for the Web

This article will focus primarily on the diverse features of Photoshop's "Save for Web & Devices" command along with some best practices related to saving images that are optimized for web use.

Compressing Images in Microsoft Word 2003

Is your TRIO Quest PhotoEssay too big to upload? This page will show you how to compress images within a Microsoft Word 2003 document.

Preparing Images with Microsoft Photo Editor

Find out how to prepare images for the Web using Microsoft Photo Editor – an image editing program that may be installed as part of Microsoft Office.

Using Image Editing Software