How To Manipulate and Edit Photos

Contributor: Stefani Allegretti. Lesson ID: 13108

Interested in learning how to manipulate images with programs like Adobe Photoshop or even Microsoft Word? Then you're in the right place! Let's learn about basic photo-manipulation processes!


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Auditory, Kinesthetic, Visual
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High School (9-12)
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Manipulating images can be fun! In fact, it's a lot like creating a piece of art, such as a painting or a collage. You are using your imagination to create something new by moving different parts of an image around, changing the size of the image, or changing the hue or saturation. Sometimes, you can even take parts of one image and add them to another!

In this lesson, you'll learn about basic techniques used to manipulate images.

Before you learn about different ways to manipulate images, it's important to understand ethics in this digital age. So, it is highly recommended you check out our lesson found under Additional Resources in the right-hand sidebar first.

Now, let's begin this lesson with one of the most common photomanipulation processes: cropping.

Cropping an Image or Picture

When you crop an image, it means you are "cutting" a part of the picture out from the original picture. You can simply crop the outside of the picture or a specific section of the picture, or you can crop the picture into a specific shape like the example below.

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You can also crop part of the picture and add it to a totally different background, but we'll get to that later in the lesson. For now, watch this video about cropping an image in Adobe Photoshop.

How To Cut Out An Image In Photoshop CC-Tutorial from Helpful DIY:

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You may not have access to Adobe Photoshop, but you can crop images in most programs. Let's take a look at cropping an image to a specific shape in Microsoft Word!

How to Crop a picture image to a shape in Microsoft Word from Tish Alford:

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Adjusting Hue & Saturation

Another photo-manipulation process is adjusting the hue and saturation of an image. The hue of a photograph or image is the color or shade, while the saturation is the intensity of color.

example of saturation manipulation

Adjusting the hue and saturation of a picture can be done in many programs, including MS Word and Adobe Photoshop. Let's first look at how to adjust the hue and saturation of a photo in Adobe Photoshop.

How To Adjust Specific Color With Hue and Saturation | Photoshop Tutorial from Clipping Path Servicce:

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Adjusting the hue and saturation of an image in Adobe Photoshop is more advanced than in programs like Microsoft Word, but the basic results are the same. In this next video, you will see how to adjust the hue and saturation of an image in MS Word as well as other editing options.

How to Edit a Picture in Word from Excel, Word, and PowerPoint Tutorials from Howtech:

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Background Manipulation

The final basic photo-manipulation technique we are going to learn about in this lesson is how to manipulate a background in Photoshop.

example of background manipulation

This process is similar to making a collage. You can actually cut out part of an image from a digital photo and add it to another! Let's watch How to Change Background in Photoshop CC (Transparent) from CreativeSalek:

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