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Both Mac and Windows have basic image editors which you can use to modify images, as discussed below.

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We have also found that the free site ?http://www.picnik.com provides easy access to the most common photo editing tools.

Resizing and Cropping on a Mac

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Basic image editing for the CMS comes under 2 headings:

Basic image editing tools are pre-installed on all Mac and Windows computers:

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Pixlr

a free, online image editor

Image Templates
custom templates for use in Pixlr or Photoshop

Libris
USM Marketing's Image Library

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Resizing (Back to top)

Resizing generally means scaling an image to a smaller visual size (and, by association, a smaller file size). In the CMS, this is usually done to fit a particular region on the page (such as for ?Slideshow Slides), as well as to avoid extremely large images which would increase page load times.

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Cropping (Back to top)

Cropping is cutting off parts of an image to fit pre-defined dimensions.The following table shows a full image and a cropped version.

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In some cases, such as Slideshow Slides, images are both resized (to fit a minimum or maximum width or height) and cropped (to make sure the final dimensions are exact).

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The Basics: On a Mac (Back to top)

Apple's Preview program (on your computer at Macintosh HD -> Applications -> Preview) is a simple, but very capable program for not only viewing files, but for performing some basic graphic editing, too. A good help link from Apple is at:
http://support.apple.com/kb/ht2506

On this page, under the "Viewing and working with images" section:
http://support.apple.com/kb/ht2506#images

youYou'll find instructions for resizing and cropping a graphic file entitled "Resize an image" and "Crop an image" under the "If you want to - Do this in Preview" table.

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The Basics: on Windows (Back to top)

If you have Microsoft Office 97-XP, the Microsoft Photo Editor provides a functional, if not user-friendly interface. The link below details each of the functions of the tool, including cropping and resizing:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/169938

If you have MS Office 2003 or newer, Photo Editor has been replaced with Picture Editor. The link below provides instruction for this tool:

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/help/CH001000117.aspx

Finally, MS Paint comes with all versions of Windows. The most recent version is documented here:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Using-Paint