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Digital Tools and Media for Research and Content Creation   Tags: digital, how_to_guides, media, multimedia, research_methods, social_media  

This interdisciplinary guide provides resources to support research and creation of scholarly digital projects and presentations.
Last Updated: Jan 24, 2014 URL: http://libguides.library.cofc.edu/multimedia Print Guide RSS Updates

Images - Desktop Publishing Print Page

Online Creation and Editing Tools

Remember to read the user agreements when signing up for online apps!

Image Editors

To find out more about the online image editors listed below, read lifehacker 5 Best Online Image Editors by Jason Fitzpatrick.

Online Creation Tools

  • Aviary
    A free suite of online creation tools that include photo-editing, logos, web templates, filters, color palettes, screen capture, audio editing and music creator.


What is GIMP?

What is GIMP?

Gimp is a free photo editing program similar to Photoshop.  GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring that works on many operating systems. 

Where can I find it?

GIMP is available on all student computing computers at the Addlestone Library.  If you would like to download the program to your own computer:

Tools and Interface

Tools and Interface diagram

How do I use it?

There are a number of great video tutorials available on YouTube that will help you learn how to use GIMP.  Below is a tutorial on the tools available and the software interface.  Other helpful resources include: 


Finding Images

Search these sites to find images to use in your projects (instead of Google Images)

Make sure to check the Media and Archives tabs in this guide for additional resources!


Additional Open Source Tools


An Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator.  Vector graphics are a complement, rather than an alternative, to bitmap graphics. Each has its own purpose and are useful for different kinds of things. Raster graphics tend to be better for photographs and some kinds of artistic drawings, whereas vectors are more suitable for design compositions, logos, images with text, technical illustrations, etc. 
For more information, visit the Inkscape FAQ.


An Open Source desktop publishing program. It supports publishing features, such as CMYK color, separations, ICC color management and versatile PDF creation.  Visit the Scribus website for documentation including How-Tos, Tutorials, and articles on just about any aspect of desktop publishing and Scribus on their wiki.  For publication examples created with Scribus, visit the list of the Scribus success stories.  The Wikipedia Bookshelf Project is a great example.  The project is creating a core set of public outreach materials designed to help new contributors understand the specific culture of Wikipedia, using Scribus.  Click here to review the material produced so far.  Some of the Scribus files are also available (click here).


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