I love photos both in my personal life and at school. Have you seen how many pictures we have on the Montini Web Site? Picasa 3 is a simple yet versatile photo editing program that you can download to your computer. However there are a large number of online sites that you can use to create amazing pictures. Start playing around and you will be hooked. Notice how handsome my sons look in the beach picture and in the prom tux.

Photo Editing Tools

Picasa 3

This is my favorite photo editing program and it is FREE!! from Google. Not only does it give you some great basic photo editing tools but it is a whiz at organizing your photos. You will never loose them again. This is the program I use to teach the students at Montini.


Picnik makes your photos fabulous with easy to use yet powerful editing tools. Tweak to your heart’s content, then get creative with oodles of effects, fonts, shapes and frames. It's fast, easy and fun. This a great site because you don't have to download anything. Do all of the editing online and download the result. Make sure you save the altered file with a different name.



Picture2Life is a powerful, but simple and easy-to-use online image editor which also allows you to create collages and animated gif's (or animations). The Picture2Life interface has over 50 different effects and adjustments for you to choose from. Simply click on your preference, and preview the effects before applying them. You can even combine multiple images together in collage format, as they have over 200 layouts ready for you to use.


To get started using PicMonkey you can upload an image by simply dragging it from your desktop to the PicMonkey editor. From there you can change things like saturation, contrast, size, and sharpness. You can then add custom frames and special effects like "Polaroid style" to your images. Want to add text to your images? PicMonkey provides a slew of font styles for your use. And if you have just one tiny part of an image that you want to enhance or obscure, PicMonkey gives you tools for that too.

Applications for Education
PicMonkey doesn't require any kind of registration in order to use all of the photo editing tools. That lack of a registration requirement makes it perfect for use with students that don't have email addresses. If you want students to experiment with editing images for use in slide or other presentations, PicMonkey could be just the tool you need. (Information taken from Free Technology for Teachers.)


Use this site to do basic photo editing. However the exciting part of this program are the effects and animations. Add snow or lightening. The water will reflect off your picture or add three pictures to make a rotating cube. In addition you can save the fixed image in a variety of file types including flash animation and a mpg movie.


Phoenix Image Editor

From basic image retouching to complex effects, Aviary-Phoenix delivers the key features of a desktop image editor with the simplicity and accessibility of a web-based application.


Splashup is the only full-featured, free range, image editor online. Create new images, edit existing images and manipulate layers with filters. This web site is for more adventurous technology users.


Photo Editor similar to Photoshop. This program has a fairly difficult learning curve but is worth the effort.

Fun Tools for Photos

Dumpr Photo Editing

Dylan_Prom.jpgProm_rz_for_wiki.JPGDumpr is an addicting web site where you can create marvelous photos

to share with your friends. Includes rubic cube, photo to sketch , Easter egg, museum, and more.


Now with Captioner you can add comic book style captions to your digital photographs! Put words in someone else's mouth. Make an entire comic based on your photos.

Bubble Snaps

Similar to Captioner, you can add thought and speech bubbles to your pictures.


Edit your photos, add photo effects, text, speech bubbles, frames, stickers and more.

Block Posters

Upload an image from your computer and choose how many sheets wide
you would like your poster to be once printed. Once you're happy with your selection, you can download the PDF file containing your newly created images and print each one massively blown up, resulting in a huge pixel poster to stick on your wall**


AutoMotivator is for making printable motivational posters. You choose the picture, colors, and text, and we make your poster. You can even get the poster you create printed at poster size directly from with a single click.


Mosaic Maker

Use digital photographs or online images to quickly and easily create a collage that you can download and print. You can search for photos for a particular theme or browse your own collections. Then, select a layout, colors for the background and border, how many images you want to include, and start choosing your photos or entering the URL of the image you want to use. Next, simply scroll to the bottom of the page to click Create. It’s that simple! To upload pictures you will need to create a account (Information taken from Teachers First)

Image Resizing

Image Size Calculator/Converter

Convert pixels to inches (Output to Monitors/Printers) Formula: Pixels ÷ DPI = Inches

If you know the pixel width and height of an image, this section will calculate the physical size (in inches) of the image when it is printed or displayed on various devices.
To use the calculator, enter the width and height, then select the output resolution which will be used.

Urban 75-Printing Images - What File Size Do You Need?

A guide to required file sizes for printing on inkjet printers.
Image size Pixels
(Virtual Size of Scans)
Print size (inches)
at 200ppi
Print size (inches)
at 300ppi
640 x 480
3.2 x 2.4
2.1 x 1.6
1,024 x 768
5.1 x 3.8
3.4 x 2.5
1,280 x 960
6.4 x 4.8
4.2 x 3.2
1,504 x 1,000
7.5 x 5.0
5.0 x 3.3
1,632 x 1,224
3.3 x 6.1
5.4 x 4.1
2,000 x 1,312
10.0 x 6.6
6.7 x 4.4
2,240 x 1,488
11.2 x 7.4
7.5 x 5.0
2,275 x 1,520
11.4 x 7.6
7.6 x 5.1
2,272 x 1,704
11.4 x 8.5
7.6 x 5.7
2,590 x 1,920
13.0 x 9.6
8.6 x 6.4
3,008 x 2,000
15.0 x 10.0
10.0 x 6.7
4,256 x 2,848
21.3 x 14.2
14.2 x 9.5
4,536 x 3,024
22.7 x 15.1
15.1 x 10.1
5,782 x 3,946
28.9 x 19.7
19.3 x 13.2


This is hands down the easiest photo resizer on the web. Upload your picture, use a slide bar to resize and download again. The only downside is that you can only resize one photo at a time.

FastStone Resizer

This is my program of choice when I need to resize a number of photos at one time. Download the file and install it on your computer.
FastStone Photo Resizer is an image converter and renaming tool that intends to enable users to convert, rename, resize, crop, rotate, change color depth, add text and watermarks to images in a quick and easy batch mode. Drag and Drop mouse operation is well supported.

Shrink Pic Image Resizer

Shrink Pic can automatically resize images that you are sending by email, instant message or upload via your browser to your blog account. The program resizes the images on-the-fly, so there is no additional dialog or interface to deal with. The program will automatically detect whenever you attach images to an email, IM or upload them from your web browser and will replace them with resized copies - your original images are not modified. You can choose between 3 compression profiles and also choose to temporarily disable the resizing engine, in case you need to send or upload full-sized images. Shrink Pic also works with webmail and will resize any images that are sent via Gmail, Hotmail or any other web based accounts. The program can also copy a portable version to your digital camera memory card (or USB drive) that can be used without installation from another computer. If you are looking for convenient way to resize images that you are sharing with your friends or family, it won`t get any easier than Shrink Pic.

Pic Resize

One of the advantages of this resizing tool is that you can upload multiple pictures at the same time. Click on the quick re-size button and you can chose to re-size to a percent of the of the picture or designate a custom size. There is also the opportunity to add special effects. the last option is to change the file type.

My Notes on Digital Camera's on Page Flip

I am playing around with a new program called page flip. I have uploaded my computer tips page and it was created into a flip book. It was fun to try.