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Creating at Cline Library

Your complete how-to guide for enjoying the Cline Library's MakerLab and multimedia Studios.

Editing Photos

Once you have shot your digital photos the next step is to edit them. Editing photos involves manipulating pixels in the digital image in order to correct issues or add an artistic flare. Common editing techniques include: adjusting brightness and contrast, correcting shadows and highlights, removing camera smudges and errors, retouching portraits, adding decorative elements and filters. 

The industry standard photo editing program is Adobe's Photoshop, but a free alternative is GIMP. Read more about these programs below.

Adobe Photoshop

Photoshop is a powerful raster (pixel-based) image editing program used to edit photos, create graphics, and design eye-catching works of digital art. Photoshop is an ideal program to use if you want to change the color/contrast of a photo, remove errors or unwanted features, retouch portraits, create collages or layer photos together, or create hand-drawn elements. Photoshop is available on all Cline Library computers or through the NAU remote apps at

Need to learn how to use Photoshop? Click the image below to view a Udemy Photoshop training course (available to NAU affiliates). 


Preview of Udemy "Adobe Photoshop CC" course


Do you want to edit photos from your personal computer but don't want to spend a lot of money on Photoshop? Then GIMP is perfect for you! GIMP is a free and open-source raster graphics editor used for editing and manipulating photos and free-form drawing. The best part about GIMP is that it is completely free to use and is a great replacement for Adobe Photoshop. You can download GIMP for free from

Need to learn how to use GIMP? Click the image below to view a Udemy GIMP training course (available to NAU affiliates). 


Preview of Udemy "GIMP" course