Ever ask, “how do you edit a photo?” There are many reasons you would want to edit a photo. Here’s how to edit a photo online so you can protect your students when sharing your teacher-blog, keep your traffic and make your blog more beautiful.
As teachers, it is a must that we edit any photos taken of our classroom activities or classrooms to protect our students – especially if they are under the age of 13. The simplest rule to follow is to block out any evidence that makes a student recognizable and editing your photos is a sure-fire way to do that. Another reason you might want to edit a photo is to add your watermark (your logo) onto it.
One of the most simple ways is to use an online-editor like PicMonkey. It’s free and you can accomplish both blocking student faces and adding a watermark. It has more features like cropping, improving the quality and re-sizing photos for your blogging needs. I’ll be showing you some tips below using screenshots from PicMonkey.
Kinder-Craze has a good example of blurring student faces as her preferred method and includes a video tutorial on how to do that.
Step 1. Block Student Names and Faces
I recommend using the shapes tool in most circumstances even though no one likes to have big black circles in their photos. Why then? It does an excellent job of removing all noticeable features. The shapes tools is found on the side tool panel.
Tip! Pay attention to the background of your photos to be sure there are no first and last names visible. Use the blur tool for making names unrecognizable.
Step 2. Crop Unnecessary Portions
You can crop using the basic edits tool bar. You can edit out portions of your photo that don’t help make your point. As you take more photos, work on being aware of what you’re capturing in the background and you’ll have to do less editing in the long run. Photos truly help your readers understand your point and make your teacher blog more beautiful.
Step 3. Add Your Watermark
You can add your watermark by using the text tool. Choose a font that you want to use to brand yourself (and keep it so your photos can be consistent). You can give it a more transparent look too by changing the fade percentage.
If you want to try something other than PicMonkey to edit your photos I can recommend PhotoScape. It’s a free download. It’ll take a little longer to learn how to use than PicMonkey but the “batch” features are my favorite. It allows me to add my watermark to a set of photos all at once. I like to work smarter if I can! These tips will help you edit your photos, protect your students and help you keep your traffic.
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