Photo Fun!

This page will help you learn how to edit and display digital photos. These instructions apply to Windows PCs only.

How do I transfer photos from my camera to my computer?

  • Create a folder on your desktop where you can save your pictures.
  • Your camera probably came with a USB cable. Connect one end of the cable to your camera and the other end to a USB port in your computer. Turn on the camera. Windows' Scanner and Camera Wizard will open. Follow the instructions to transfer your pictures.
  • If you camera has a memory card and you have a memory card reader, you can remove the card from the camera, insert it in the card reader, and plug the card reader into a USB port in your computer. Click here for instructions on transferring photos using a memory card reader.

How do I edit my photos on my computer?

  • If you want to do complex editing, you will need Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Photoshop Elements. Elements is the "simplified" version of Photoshop, but both programs have a steep learning curve.
  • Your computer probably has the Microsoft Photo Editor or the Microsoft Picture Manager. You can find it by clicking on Start>Programs>Microsoft Office Tools. These are basic photo editors that will allow to crop photos, eliminate "red-eye," lighten or darken photos, and compress photos.
  • GIMP is a free photo editor that is installed on PESD computers. You can also download it for free on your home computer.
  • Picnik is a free online photo editor. You have to create an account to use Picnik. Both GIMP and Picnik have artistic photo-editing features beyond just the basics.

How do I display my photos?

  • Microsoft Photostory is an excellent tool for creating multimedia slideshows. It is a free download, and it is already installed on most PESD computers.
  • Flickr is an online tool for storing and sharing photos. After you create an account, you upload photos from your computer to Flickr so other people can see them on the Web. Flickr is one of many Web 2.0 tools that utilizes tags as a way to identify and locate specific content. You can upload six photos at a time. However, you can download the Flickr Uploadr to upload large numbers of photos simultaneously. (You must create a Flickr account to download and install Flickr Uploadr.)
  • Splashr is an online tool for creating attractive displays of Flickr photos. You will need the latest version of Flash to see the displays.
  • Scrapblog is a multi-featured tool for creating online slide shows. You will also need the latest version of Flash to view Scrapblogs.