I love iPad video editor apps like iMovie and Splice, but sometimes all you really want to do is quickly throw some photos together in a slideshow, save it as a movie, and share it with others. In this past, this has undoubtedly taken more time than it should, but Quik for iOS changes everything. With this free app you can create a professional looking video with music and titles in almost no time at all. Here’s what you need to know.
How to Create Video Slideshows With Quik for iPad
1. Start by tapping the Create button and selecting the images and/or videos that you would like to include. Tap OK when you are ready to move on.
2. A video will immediately start playing with the media you selected automatically matched to an upbeat music track. If you like it, then you’re done! Click Save to share your video. To explore more options, keep reading!
3. Tap the paint bucket icon in the top right-hand corner of your screen to choose a new theme. Scroll horizontally to see all the themes that are available. Each one has a selection of filters, fonts and animations that will give your movie a unique and stylish look. Tapping twice on a theme will let you fine tune the effects.
Earlier this week, Twitter introduced Stickers – a new way to add personality to the images you share from your phone or tablet. Stickers may see whimsical, but they are a fun way to add interactivity to images and they are yet another way you can edit photos before publishing them online. Why bother? Knowing how to use images correctly in tweets is useful because according to Twitter’s own stats, tweets with photos have seen a 35% increase in visibility and retweets. So, in this post I am going to show you how to use Twitter Stickers, as well as some other useful tips and tricks related to editing and sharing photos on mobile devices.
How to Use Twitter Stickers
The first thing to know is that, as of today, Twitter Stickers only work on the iOS and Android versions of the official Twitter app. Once you have that idea cemented in your mind, the rest is very easy.
Tap the compose icon in the top right hand corner to begin your tweet
Next, tap Photo to capture a new image or swipe up to choose one from your device
Tap the smiley face to see the stickers that are available to you
Browse the categories of stickers by tapping the icons on the bottom toolbar
Tap a sticker to add it to your photo
Resize or re-position the sticker by pinching or dragging
Add more stickers by tapping the smiley face in the bottom right-hand corner
To remove a sticker, press and hold on it, then drag it to the trash can
Once you have added stickers to a tweet, they inherit a visual tag. Other people can tap on your Sticker to see a timeline of tweets by other people who also used that sticker. You can also search under the #Stickers hashtag to see creative examples like the ones below:
How to Edit Photos in the Twitter App
You may already have a favorite photo editing tool for your mobile device, but if you don’t, or you just want to make some last minute adjustments, the Twitter app can help. Editing tools are available by tapping the pencil icon on an image after you have added your photo(s) to a tweet. You will then see a number of options that will let you tweak the image to your taste.
Magic wand: A one-click fix for lighting and color
Filters: A selection of color adjustments to add style or mood to an image
Crop Tool: Resize or rotate and image for your tweet
Once you have made the adjustments you need, click Save to store the settings. Note that your original photo remains as it was before. Only the photo you tweeted includes the image adjustments that you make in the Twitter app.
5 Top Twitter Photo Tips
Twitter displays images best when they are in a rectangular 2:1 ratio. Images that are sized 1024×512 pixels will often work best, but apps like Canva and Adobe Spark Post can size images automatically so that they will look their best on Twitter. You can also use the wide crop in Twitter’s photo editor (see above) to get a similar effect.
You can tag up to 10 people in a photo without sacrificing any characters from your tweet. Simply tap the Who’s in this photo? link to add the names of others you would like to notify about your tweet. This is great for tagging people in a photo, but is even better for notifying others about your tweet when you run out of characters in the tweet body.
If a picture is worth a 1000 words, what is a GIF worth? Sometimes these animated images are all you need to say exactly what is on your mind. The GIF button is right next to the camera icon in your tweet composer and can be used with Twitter.com or mobile devices, but you can’t tag people in a GIF.
You can add up to four images to a Tweet. Each photo can be edited and each photo can have stickers on it. You can reorder images by removing them from a tweet and selecting them again in the order you want them to appear. Photos can be up to 5MB and must be in the GIF, JPEG or PNG image format.
GIFS and photos can also be sent in a direct message to other users. However, there are some restrictions. Stickers can not currently be applied to photos that are sent in a direct message, and you can only send one photo at a time.
At first glance, the Photos app on iOS does not look to have changed that much in recent software updates. However, if you dig a little deeper you will soon find a lot of useful shortcuts for managing photos on your iOS device. For this post I am going to give a shout out to Fraser Speirs (@fraserspeirs) and Federico Viticci (@viticci) because of their recent episode on this very topic over on the Canvas podcast. Some of these tips I had known about before, but a couple were brand new to me, so here are the best of the best.
In the past, when people have brought me their iPads and asked if there was a quick way to remove multiple photos and videos at once, I would have said no. However, I now know better. There is still no option to “Select All” but there is a faster way than manually tapping individual photos. Here’s how it works.
When you are in the Camera Roll, tap Select in the top right-hand corner of the screen, then select multiple photos (or videos) by pressing and dragging your finger across the screen to select multiple items. Alternatively, you can press and hold on a photo or video on the far left of the screen and drag your finger down the left-hand side to select entire rows at a time. Once you have selected the ones you want to delete, tap the trash can to remove them.
The Recently Deleted Album
Speaking of deleted photos and videos, did you know that they are not deleted immediately? Photos and/or videos that you choose to delete are moved to a special album called Recently Deleted. They will stay here for at least 30 days, just in case you have a change of heart and decide to restore them to the camera roll. However, if you so choose, you can navigate to this album and delete the contents manually at any time. Simply tap Select, and then Delete All.
Can’t find the photo you are looking for? The magnifying glass at the top of the screen will let you search through the photos on your iPad or iPhone. Simply type the name of the location you are looking for, or the date that you think it was captured, and your device will give you a page of search results based on your query. See the video below for how that works. You can search photos in iOS 8 or later.
Filter Your Favorite Photos
Ever wondered what the heart was for when viewing a photo or video? Tapping the heart marks it as a favorite, and automatically adds it to an album called Favorites. This lets you keep track of all the images that you want to access quickly or find without too much scrolling around when importing an image into another app.
Create a Folder for Photo Albums
This one is new to me, but it is kind of hidden by default so I have no idea how you would find it if someone didn’t tell you it was there. You can create folders in the Photos app to house multiple photo albums, just like you would on your home screen with multiple apps. To create a folder, open the Photos app and tap on the Albums tab. Then press and hold the “+” sign in the top left-hand folder and you will see an option for New Folder. Give your folder a name, then tap Save.
You can’t move existing albums to a folder, but you can add new albums inside this folder and transfer any images from your Camera Roll that you want to include in this new organizational system. Once you have moved everything over, you can delete your other albums, safe in the knowledge that you are not deleting any photos, just an organizational structure for them.
iCloud Photo Sharing
This is something that I experienced recently when I attended the Apple Educator Training program. We created a shared iCloud photo album that all participants could add photos and/or videos to throughout the day. Anyone who has the album shared with them can “like” or comment on anything that is added to it. This could be a great way to share learning and collaborate on photo and video projects, and to provide feedback in a virtual gallery walk style. Shared albums can even be shared as a website for anyone to view. iCloud Photo Sharing requires an Apple ID and more information on that can be found here.
Edit With Another App
The Photos app has a number of useful editing options for images, but it only does so much. What if you wanted to add a frame from Pixlr, a vignette from Photoshop Express or add some text from the Awesome Screenshot app. You can do all that from inside the Photos app. Simply tap on the photo you want to modify and then tap Edit in the top right-hand corner. In the editor, tap the three dots (see below) to choose an app that you want to borrow some editing features from. If you don’t see the one you want, tap More and toggle the switch next to the app you want to appear in this menu. Once you are finished, tap Done to return to the iOS editor.
With more and more companies harnessing the power of the web, our reliance on traditional desktop software is not always what it used to be. Photo editors are a great example of that. Photoshop is amazing, but infinitely more powerful than 90% of us need. That’s why free apps like Polarr are becoming so popular. It is available for iPhone, iPad, Android and the web, and it is easy enough for anyone to use. Here’s how it works.
The web version is available at www.polarr.co. It works in all modern browsers, as well as Chrome OS. You can upload images from your computer, or connect cloud accounts like Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive, Flickr or Instagram and grab images from those accounts. There’s even a browser extension for Firefox and Chrome that lets you open any image on the web into the Polarr editor. While this is great for free images, it does have some obvious opportunities for abuse. However, Polarr does remind you to respect the intellectual property of copyright holders.
The editor is very intuitive if you have used any kind of image editors in the past. In fact, if you have used Lightroom before, you will be right at home and be up and running in no time. It may be a little daunting for beginners, but it is easy to navigate and quick to get used to.
The left panel has a selection of image filters, as well as a History tab that lets you step back in time to reverse any edits you make. The right panel has a wealth of image adjustments. On the Basic tab you get access to sliders for temperature, tint, exposure, highlights, shadows, saturation and more. Further down, you will find a tone curve, HSL adjustments, split toning, sharpening, and other effects like vignettes and film grain.
There are also a number of tools available to help optimize your image to your liking. The cropping tool will be familiar to most people, but the radial or graduated filters are usually reserved for premium photo editors. With Polarr, you get those for free. There is even a histogram to help you see the true effect of the adjustments you make.
Not sure what the clarity slider is for? Need some help understanding curves? Fear not. Polarr has you covered. A simple help guide is available with jargon free explanations on each of the sliders and features that area available to you. There are before and after examples as well as a live preview of what happens when you apply a given effect. See the Polarr guide here.
Is Polarr good for schools? Absolutely. It’s free, doesn’t require you to set up an account in order to use it, and it interfaces seamlessly with all your favorite cloud services. It is also available for iOS and Android devices, as well as the web, so the chances are very high that you will be able to use it in some form or another regardless of your device. Here’s a video of Polarr in action…
If you are an iPad teacher and you’re going back to school, here’s another opportunity to expand your PLN and learn some new tricks – the iPadography for Educators Google+ Community. It is free for anyone to join and is aimed directly at teachers who are looking to do photo and video projects in an iPad classroom.
I started it just before the summer and it has steadily grown to include a host of great educators. In the community you can post, or read about, lesson ideas, amazing apps, iPad accessories, and more. Got a question? Feel free to post that too.
All you need to get started is a Google account and an active Google+ profile. Both are free. So, whether you are already doing great things with photos and videos in the classroom, or are just looking for some new ideas, this community is for you! It’s a space to share, brainstorm, and innovate. It’s also a great way to connect with like minded people.
The camera is one of those apps on the iPad that we sometimes take for granted. We forget it is there or don’t always use it to its full potential in the classroom. This week I am presenting at iPadU: Slide to Unlock Learning, and I wanted to highlight some of the many ways that you could use the iPad camera, so I put some ideas together and added some I had seen on the web or learned from others. The result? iPadography: Photo Projects for the iPad Classroom.
So, if you are looking for ideas for using the iPad camera in the classroom, take a look at some of the slides below, and feel free to share it with others who might be interested! You can also join iPadography for Educators – a Google+ group I created for educators looking to do photo and video projects with students on an iPad.