Getting Images Ready For a Blog

Paint.Net is a powerful free piece of image manipulation software that is easy to use with students of all ages. I use it to manipulate and optimize digital photographs with students for their blogs. The procedure below is the resource I give to all the students to introduce them to image manipulation software.


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Method - I have the students seated in pairs at a computer with a copy of this procedure. I then work through the printout step by step introducing the interface and explaining the steps involved. Once finished, the students then work together on another digital photograph to get it ready for a blog. Next I get these procedures glued into a book and the students work on their own digital photographs.

Tips & Tricks:

  • Get the students to store the procedure in a book or folder
  • Don't let students back into the computer room unless they have the procedure with them - stored appropriately ;)
  • Remind them that procedural texts are read one step at a time IN ORDER :)
  • Get them to open the procedure and work through it rather than whining that they don't know what to do ;)
  • Verbally praise those students who have organised their procedures and are working through the task step by step
  • Artworks are a good place to start when doing image manipulation.
  • Remind the students again that procedural texts are read one step at a time ;)

Getting An Image Ready For A Blog
(What's in the Print Out)

NB You must own the academic property and copyright to any images you place on our blog!

1. Place the photographs you need into a network folder that you can access :)
2. Start Paint.NET
3. Open your photograph - File / Open / find your image.
4. Use the 'Rectangle Select' tool to select the area of the photo you require.
5. Crop Image - Image / Crop to Selection
6. Manipulate the photograph to suite your purpose i.e.

Colour Correction or Enhancement

-Experiment with these tools - Adjustments / (auto-level, Black and White, Brightness and Contrast, Curves, Hue and Saturation, Invert Colours, Levels or Sepia

Artistic Expression

- Experiment with the tools above AND the effects section. Always Avoid Clichés!

7. Resize the image - Image / Resize / width = 250 pixels to 400 pixels

8. Save Image for the Internet - File / Save As / JPEG / Rename something short and identifiable / Save / Move slider so file is between 10 and 20K / OK