digital images

Q2 Image Magic Editing

Editing Activity Introduction

In this Quest, you will explore and use one or more free image editing resources to enhance a photo or image. Select the picture you already downloaded in Quest 1, or use an alternative if you prefer. 


  1. For this Editing Activity, download or make a copy of “10.Q2 Image Magic Editing Activity” document.  

  2. Follow the directions in the document.  You will try some of the editing features in one or more of the image editing sites listed:

      • iPiccy  - iPiccy is a very user-friendly editing application (image files: jpg or png).
      • Pixlr - Pixlr has a more detailed menu of options.
      • Canva Online Photo Editor is easy to use. We suggest taking a tour of the features when offered. If your teacher has created a class account in Canva, follow the directions to log in.

View an example on the right of edits made with these three image editor resources of an image for science class: topic: Exploring Other Worlds.

Last steps of the assignment:

After completing this activity, find a classmate who used a different editing site than you did and share what you discovered as you edited your images.

  • Have your classmate try to guess what you are trying to communicate in your edited picture.
  • Compare and contrast the features of the different editing sites you used.
  • Are there changes or improvements you would make based on your sharing?

Check with your teacher about submitting your completed Image Magic: Editing Activity.

Examples of edits created with iPiccy, Pixlr, and Canvas online photo editor:

Screenshot of mountain image edited in iPiccy and PixlrScreenshot of edits made to the mountain image with Canva

Learn about the rule of thirds and some apps that help you edit photos on your cellphone from this Smartphone Photography Training site.

MITECS  Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students, and

ISTE Standards for Students

1. Empowered Learner
c. Use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways
d. Understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies, are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies

2. Digital Citizen
c. Demonstrate an understanding of and respect for the rights and obligations of using and sharing intellectual property

6. Creative Communicator
a. Choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication
b. Create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.
c. Communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations