Image and Infographic Resources

* This is a version of the list of resources that Carrie and Kerry handed out at their digital brown bag talk on Sept. 19, 2014. If you want, you can click here to download the original handout as a .docx file. Feel free to adapt it for your own use.   

Photoshop Resources

Descriptions of the tools – http://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/tools.html

“Official” video tutorial series – http://tv.adobe.com/show/learn-photoshop-cs6/

Lynda.com – login via My Pitt for access to a huge range of tutorials across all levels of experience.

Free Image Editing Software (Alternatives to Photoshop)

GIMP (desktop program) – http://www.gimp.org

Pixlr (online or offline editor) – http://www.pixlr.com

Paint.NET (for Windows; simpler interface than GIMP) – http://www.getpaint.net/

Infographic Generators

Worth noting: many of these generators require users to register; many exist as both free versions and premium versions that require users to pay a fee to access “advanced” features.

http://piktochart.com                                    http://www.easel.ly/

http://infogr.am/                                           https://venngage.com/

Making Accurate Charts based on Numeric Data

For quick, simple, accurate charts – a generator by Caleb Loffer – http://ceagon.com/tools/charts

For more complicated interface/more powerful data visualization – http://www.icharts.net/

Making Flowcharts (other simple infographics, too)

https://www.gliffy.com/

Thinking About Icons (and/or Metaphor and/or Branding)

The Noun Project – http://thenounproject.com/

Working with Color

Color scheme designer – http://www.paletton.com

Adobe Color CC (used to be Kuler), create schemes based on color theory principles and/or images – https://color.adobe.com

A simulator that lets you check what your images look like to someone who is colorblind – http://www.vischeck.com/

Working with Typography

Butterick’s Practical Typography – http://practicaltypography.com/

Finding (Free) Non-Standard Fonts

http://www.fontsquirrel.com/                      https://www.theleagueofmoveabletype.com/

http://www.google.com/fonts                      http://openfontlibrary.org/ 

Working With Maps

For drawing on/adding information to maps – http://www.scribblemaps.com/create/

For devising cartographic color schemes (colorblind-safe mode) – http://colorbrewer2.org/

Stylized maps (of locations you select) via Stamen Design – http://maps.stamen.com/

Websites That Often Feature Infographics

http://magazine.good.is/                    http://www.visualcomplexity.com/

http://flowingdata.com/                    http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/

http://visualjournalism.com/

Some Articles of Interest

A LONG list of relevant links broken down categorically –

http://dailytekk.com/2012/02/27/over-100-incredible-infographic-tools-and-resources/

A (very debatable) list of dos and don’ts with examples –

http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2011/10/14/the-dos-and-donts-of-infographic-design/

Books we might have mentioned to you

The Book of Trees: Visualizing Branches of Knowledge

Manuel Lima (Princeton Architectural Press, 2014)

The Best American Infographics

2013 – edited by Gareth Cook, intro by David Byrne (Mariner Books, first book in the series)

2014 – edited by Gareth Cook, intro by Nathan Silver (Harcourt, available October 14th)

The Where, The Why and the How: 75 Artists Illustrate Wondrous Mysteries of Science

edited by Jenny Volvovski, Julia Rothman, and Matt Lamothe (Chronicle Books, 2012)