Saturday, 28 May 2011
Free Tools Challenge #14 - PhotoFiltre
In the Free Tools Challenge #14 we explored PhotoFiltre.
I almost skipped this challenge. With Picasa, Picnic and BigHugeLabs, did I really need another image editor? And one that needed to be downoladed at that?
I did download it out of curiosity (download link here). I stared at it, but it didn't seem appealing at first. Then I started playing with it.
You can never have too many image editors at your disposal.
Having an image editor in your computer (rather than online) makes it easier to manipulate a large number of images without having to upload/download them all the time. PhotoFiltre can do a lot of things other image editors can do (crop, resize, cut, copy, paste), but it also offers some really cool effects of its own. They are called the 'filters'.
The 'masks' are an interesting replacement for traditional picture frames:
You always need images in a TEFL classroom. Using a tool like PhotoFiltre lets you create exactly the kind of image you need. Cutting, copying and pasting parts of images is particularly useful:
PhotoFiltre can be used to illustrate idioms and vocabulary in general. PhotoFiltre images can be an interesting conversation prompt. What is the chair doing in the middle of the bridge?
You need an interesting image for a ghost story? No problem:
Or maybe you want your students to peep through a keyhole and tell you what they see:
I hope you have enojoyed this very brief overwiev of PhotoFiltre. If you have any questions, I will be happy to answer them (or at least look for the answer together with you). I have just started exploring this tool myself.