I've never done much photo manipulation, except to clean up or make bad pictures look better. So, experimenting with these 2 photo image editors was new for me.
I started out with this picture.
This is our neighbor's cat, who likes to stalk birds and rabbits in our yard. And lounge around like she owns the place. :)
First, I used Pixlr. I tried a few of the Filters and Adjustments. I really liked the Default options that I could use to quickly see all the different things I could do to my photo. I ended up turning my pretty kitty evil.
I accomplished this look with Adjustment - Curves - Color Negative.
Then I tried Aviary. I found it more difficult to use than Pixlr. That may be because it has so many more features. I did manage to get into the Filter Layer in Peacock. I tested out a bunch of the effects and morphed my cat into this crazy thing.
It looks like a kaleidoscope effect, but it's called Inversion.
In the end, I did like using Aviary. But, I really had to read the instructions to learn how to use it. Pixlr was much more intuitive. I could just click and play around to teach myself how it works.
These free image editors are a great resource for libraries. They're a fun, easy way to jazz up program posters and fliers - just take a plain photo, change it with an interesting effect, and watch your patrons do a double take.