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Image Editing Basics

January 9, 2006

When thinking about digital images and photographs, there is an overwhelming array of options for working with photos. High-level software such as Adobe Photoshop gets a lot of attention, but for most images a simple crop or resize is all that is needed. The Microsoft Picture Manager covers many of these basic needs and is easy to use for occasional image editing. It is packaged as part of Office 2003, so if you are running Office 2003, it is already on your PC.

Picture Manager is usually located under the Start menu by going to Programs > Microsoft Office > Microsoft Office Tools > Microsoft Office Picture Manager. Picture Manager opens in a browse mode. Click on the Edit Pictures button to switch to the editing view. Alternatively, you can navigate to the picture you want to edit on your hard drive, right-click, and choose Open With..., then Picture Manager.

For more information visit the Microsoft web site, then click on Assistance, type "Picture Manager" into the search box, and click Go.

If your picture editing needs are more advanced, or if you need to edit images frequently, Adobe Photoshop Elements offers more features, but is easier to use than the full version of Photoshop. Elements is available through the CCC for WPI owned PCs. For more information on installing Elements and basic editing techniques, visit the Photoshop Elements section of the Collaboratory’s How-to Center.

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