Three free photo-editing programs

Matthew LaPorte, Co-President

Photo editing can be time-consuming and there are only so many hours your students can dedicate to working after school. And while we all wish that our students could afford the best photo-editing software there is on the market, that is not always the case.

But if your student journalists are dedicated enough to continue working from home, here are a few alternatives that might be able to get the job done (or at least a good chunk of it).

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With the look and feel of Adobe Photoshop, Pixlr has many of the features that a publications student is looking for, including the “Wand Tool” to cobb out photos. While the functionality may not be as perfect as Adobe Photoshop, it is one of the best free services for photo-editing currently. And, for any schools that do not have access to the Adobe suite, this will open up new opportunities for their program.


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Similar to Pixlr, FotoFlexer offers many of the same design tools, but with a simpler interface. Users can complete many of the more complex editing processes, such as “curves” by just adjusting a simple diagonal curve to reach the desired tone/contrast.



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If your students are taking photographs using their iPhone or Samsung Galaxy, then suggest they also download the Adobe Photoshop Express app (available for Android and iOS). Completely free and easy to use, this may eliminate waiting to see if the student can “edit” a mediocre photo to repair it. Instead, see if you can fix it right away and if not, take another shot!


About Matthew LaPorte

Matthew LaPorte is the current adviser of the Southwest Shadow online news site and The Howl yearbook at Southwest Career and Technical Academy. He is also the co-President of SNSJ. One of his goals as a founding member of SNSJ is to help create a network of students and advisers who can share their expertise and share the benefits of participating in scholastic journalism in Southern Nevada. When he is not working, Matt enjoys heading off to The Pearl or to The Joint to relive his teenage years rocking out.