So much of our online identity is expressed through the photos we share via sites and services such as Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram and more. Using a camera to take a picture is just the beginning of the story when it comes to photographic communication. Photo editing and manipulation via software tools such as Adobe Photoshop is such an important and widespread practice that ‘photoshop’ has become a verb. How can you begin to equip yourself with the skills to be an active, creative and critical contributor to this mode of communication? How can you unlock the full potential of your visual expression? This Educast series introduces you to a tool that addresses all of these questions called Pixlr Editor.

Pixlr Editor is a powerful free, browser based online photo editing tool. It is part of a suite of photo editing tools from Pixlr including a mobile app (covered in another Educast post). Pixlr Editor is a robust tool that rivals Adobe Photoshop in terms of its feature set. Due to its complexity, we’ll be covering it in a series of videos. To get started working with photos in Pixlr Editor, head over to http://apps.pixlr.com/editor and follow along with one of the videos of your choice in the playlist below.

Working With Photos in Pixlr Editor 9 March,2015Gabriel Peters-Lazaro

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Gabriel Peters-Lazaro

Gabriel Peters-Lazaro researches, designs and produces digital media for innovative learning. He is the media design lead and an instructor in the Media Arts + Practice Division of the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. He is a member of the MacArthur Foundation’s Media Activism and Participatory Politics (MAPP) project and is currently working to develop participatory media resources and curricula to support new forms of civic education and engagement for young people. In 2009, he helped create The Junior AV Club, an ongoing project that explores mindful media making and sharing as powerful practices of early childhood learning. As instructor of IML 500 – Digital Media Tools and Tactics, he helps graduate students from across the University harness the powers of video and new media as research tools to support their scholarly pursuits. He received his B.A. in Film Studies from UC Berkeley, completed his M.F.A in Film Directing and Production at UCLA and is a Ph.D. candidate in Media Arts + Practice. He is also an avid surfer.

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