Saturday, April 9, 2016

Thing 14: Media Tools

I was excited to take a look at the different media tools in Thing 14. I often find myself in the position of impromptu graphic designer/public relations person, and I can use all the help I can get!
The first thing I tried was Quozio.  I have tried Quozio (or something similar) before, and generally find it to be a little generic.  I typically want to include a quote over my own image, and use PicMonkey to accomplish it, but this was fun for a quick quote.
I wanted to try Flipagram, as I have an Instagram account for our library, and I think it would be a neat way to spice up our feed, but my Apple Store needed me to update my payment info and my wallet was not available.  It's on my list of things to do later!
I tried out Clipping Magic and it is awesome! I often find myself in need of an image with a transparent background and one area I am lacking skill in is advanced image editing (Photoshop is a mystery to me!).  This tool is fantastic and fast!  I can't want to put it to use.
I installed Awesome Screenshot in my Chrome browser and it looks promising as well.  It quickly does several editing things that I typically have to do manually after a screengrab, and I think it will save me some time and steps.
I did try to check out Canva, but it crashed the Chrome browser.  I'll give it a shot another day--it looked neat.
I really liked the 23 Tools and Resources to Create Images for Social Media list.  It has links to several tools that I will use in the future.  I often find myself googling the appropriate size ratios for images for Facebook, Twitter, etc., and the Social Image Resizer Tool and Omnicore’s Social Media Cheat Sheet will make that much easier!  I also like Pictaculous to help me determine which colors will work well with an image.  Can't wait to play with that one a little more!
Another thing I've been meaning to check out is Google's (now free) photo editing software. Another day! (http://www.openculture.com/2016/03/google-makes-its-149-photo-editing-software-now-completely-free-to-download.html)

2 comments:

  1. Terrific! You really did a lot of exploring. So glad you posted about it all here. I haven't really looked at the Google photo editing stuff yet either. Looks great, but I suspect it's more than I need.

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  2. Thank you so much for your link to the Google Nik Collection! I find myself editing photos more than I usually want to...and this looks fantastic! I can't wait to use it!

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