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Image Editing

What is Image Editing?

It's said a picture is worth a thousand words, but what if a certain picture isn’t quite saying the right words? This is where image editing comes in. Image Editing is the process of digitally altering the way an image looks either to make simple corrections in size, dimensions or color, repair an image that has been damaged, or to create complex composites that combine a variety of elements to stretch the imagination!

Both here at Smith College, and across the world, the go-to image editing application is Adobe Photoshop. Photoshop is an extremely versatile and powerful program that can let you manipulate or create any image to suit your needs.

What is Image Editing Used for?

Image editing is used for a variety of reasons of across campus such as:

Some examples of what you might want to utilize image editing for may include:

How to Get Started

Adobe provides many tutorials to help you learn your way around Photoshop at, however if you are just starting out using Photoshop, has some of the best in-depth courses for beginners such as the Photoshop Fundamentals course found here:

The Center for Media Production also offers workshops and help sessions for those interested in using Photoshop. Come visit us in the basement of the Alumnae Gymnasium, or contact Dan Bennett at

Revised March 3, 2015