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Digital Tools and Media for Research and Content Creation: Images - Desktop Publishing

This guide provides resources to support the research and creation of scholarly digital projects and presentations.

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.

    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).

    What is GIMP?

    What is GIMP? The GNU Image Manipulation Program

    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: