Cool Sites for Manipulating Images

Part of the Cool Sites weekly series!

In the 30 Goals Challenge, I have asked you to join a project such as the 365 photo challenge. The following sites will help you add some cool effects to your images!

Picnik: photo editing awesomenessThis is one of the easiest and best tools for adding amazing effects to images! The free version offers various effects including making your photo black and white, cropping it, and adding stickers, costumes, frames, and so much more! You do not have to register. Plus, Picnik integrates with Twitbacks, Flickr, Picasa, Facebook, and more. Your students will enjoy using Picnik to make online scrapbooks, document memories, and create avatars. This is how I was able to create my newest Twitter avatar for 2010. If you’d like one, please let me know!

Big Huge Labs is a website full of tons of websites to create any effect with your photos. You can turn your images into magazine covers, puzzles, maps, bead art, cd covers, and inspirational posters. You can create various collages as well. There are 100s of effects you will find on this website, which is why I love it!

With Shape Collage you can create beautiful collage designs with your photo sets. This tool is very easy to use. Just enter the urls of your photos, then choose a shape or type in a text, and finally create! You can embed the image like I did with Second Life photos.

Use Pixuffle to shuffle the pixels in a photo and create something very artistic. You could use this tool for your students to create completely distorted images like the one I created to the left. Then have the students share with the class for others to guess what the original image was!

Picture 4For more artistic effects, try Psychopaint. This is another easy to use tool that will have your image looking like a Van Gogh or Matisse painting! Wouldn’t this be a great way for your students to have hands-on experience with the artistic techniques of this time?!

Edit your images on your Iphone by using the free Adobe Photoshops app! To find out more about this incredible app visit this post!

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell),, and on her blog,, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at


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