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Manipulating images

Manipulating images involves changing them in some way. You can use software to do this digitally. This can be used as part of the development of ideas process or to create actual final images.

There is a large range of photo editing software available, including Adobe Photoshop, Corel Paint Shop Pro, GIMP and Paint.NET. You can achieve a range of effects, such as:

  • applying filters, including sepia tone or textures
  • increasing or decreasing contrast, colour saturation or converting to black and white
  • cutting out parts of an image and assembling them back together
  • cutting out sections to create patterns
  • adding text
  • layering images and changing the opacity

Completed images can then be printed on different types of paper.

Creating images

You can also create images from scratch by using a mouse or graphics tablet to draw on a computer.

It's important to document the development of your ideas when you manipulate or create images. You could do this through annotated screen shots.

Remember to save your work regularly - it's good practice to keep a back-up of your work on a USB memory stick or a CD.

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