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Digital Foundations: Software

Online tutorial in digital humanities skills and techniques.

Digital Image Editing

There are many software options available, some free, some supplied as standard with equipment, and others very expensive. Many applications can be intuitive to use, while others can be more difficult to grasp.

Although we do not recommend any one package in particular, here you will find a selection of popular options - when you know what kind of image processing you will be undertaking, survey the available options to make an informed choice.

The Nik Collection - The Nik Collection is comprised of eight desktop plug-ins that provide a range of photo editing capabilities -- such as colour and tonal adjustments, retouching and image sharpening. Available at

Microsoft Office Picture manager- Available with Microsoft Office, it allows you to manage and edit your images.

Microsoft Paint - Although you can only really do basic editing steps with this package, it is useful for cropping, rotating and file format changes. In the past this came as standard on all Microsoft P.C.s, however, now it is available as a downloadable app.

PaintShop Pro - This product allows you to perform the more complex photo manipulation functions and to manage your files by adding descriptions. Available from

ScanTailor - This is a post-processing tool for scanned pages. It performs operations such as page splitting, deskewing and adding/removing borders. Available from

Adobe Photoshop - This package allows you to do a huge amount of editing and image manipulation. Previously available to download to your desktop, current versions require a subscription. Available at

GIMP - GNU Image Manipulation Program can be used for photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. Available at

PicMonkey - This product allows you to edit and touch up your digital images. Available at

Pixlr - This web based photo editor applies quick fixes, overlays, filters and stickers to photos. Available at


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