Editing Your Digital Photos

Learn how to do some basic photo editing using Pixlr.com, a free online photo editor that has many Photoshop type tools. (You may need to install Adobe Flash to use this editor). Explore the handout and tutorial by clicking on the button above.
We all have some photos that can use some "tweaking" to bring out better detail.

There are a FEW basic photo editing tools that you can learn to use to manage 95% of your pictures. It's amazing how a really poor picture can be improved with a little skills practice and a basic photo editing toolbox to help you.

We will cover tools such as the Free Transform, Clone, Healing Brush, Cropping, Color Balance, Brightness/Contrast, Levels, Free Distort and both the "Burn" and "Dodge" brushes. Use the online tutorial above to show you how to use these tools.

Photo Editors
  • There are many different photo editors available to correct color, take out scratches & dust and such from old photographs, that go from expensive to free and in between.  Probably the most well-known is Photoshop. There is a slightly less extensive app called Photoshop Elements.


  • NEVER do the editing on an original file. Always FIRST make a copy and then edit the copy. You will look back at your edits at times and think, "I know how to make this photo look better". If you no longer have your original photo, you are editing am already poor quality photo.

  • Over time, as you open, edit, and save a photo that is saved in a .jpeg or .jpg format, you will tend to lose data with each "save". Try to do all your editing of that photo in one session, then save it, and do not change it. The quality should be fine. If you need to do edits over several sessions, save the file in a TIFF format, until you have completed ALL your edits. If you are really into photography, most pros will have you save your files in a .tiff format, which will not lose data with each save.

After clicking on the "Download" button below, a new browser window will open up. Select the photo you would like to download, and then click the download button. Downloaded files are typically saved into your "Downloads Folder".
If you select all four photos to download, they will be downloaded as a Zip or compressed file that you will have to unzip. Occasionally some PCs may experience problems in opening the Zip file if the app is outdated or not available on the computer. If problems do occur, download the files as SINGLE files.