December 12, 2014 / Fall 2014 / Online Design

By Design with Online Design: Photo editing with Aviary

Written by Elizabeth Braden, CJE

Online Design’s new photo-editing capability comes from Photo Editor by Aviary. The editing features appear as a bar across the top. Take a quick tour of Aviary in Online Design now!

1. Go to the Images area of Online Design and click 
on an image you have there. At the lower right are 
five buttons for working with images, including Edit 

2. Click on the Edit Image button. A task bar will 
appear along the top. Use the left and right arrows 
on the bar to scroll through the editing choices.

3. Removing Red Eye – Scroll to and click the Redeye button. Five round brushes will appear at the top. Select the one closest to the size of the red spot in 
the eye; you can move it over the eye to check the size and change brushes if needed. Click over 
the eye to make the red eye disappear. To keep changes, click Apply in the upper right.  You can always click Cancel on the left to undo your work.

4. Brightness/Contrast – Like Levels in Photoshop, these 
two buttons enable you to make these adjustments by sliding the dot on the bar left or right.


5. Color fixes – The Blemish tool is similar to the Spot Healing Brush in Photoshop. It works like the Redeye button for removing spots. The Whiten tool can whiten teeth and other dull spots. Under 
Enhance is a Color Fix button that may also help improve your images.


6. Spot color – The Splash tool will give images a spot 
color effect. When you click on Splash, a color 
photo will turn black and white. Along with five 
brushes are the Eraser, Free Color and Smart Color 
buttons. Free Color allows you to paint color 
anywhere on the image. Smart Color samples the area you hover over, and when you click the mouse to paint it tries to paint only those areas with similar 
shades of that color.


Be sure to play with all of the tools so you know the amazing photo-editing options you have at your fingertips.

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Elizabeth Braden, CJE

Elizabeth Braden, CJE, is the former editor of Idea File magazine. Before retiring, she was a copywriter for Walsworth Yearbooks for more than 15 years, writing articles for various marketing materials, and proofreading copy for the Yearbook and Commercial divisions. Her career included reporting and editing for United Press International and editing for Knight-Ridder Financial News. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Media News from the University of Tulsa.