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Contents Tool Factory Workshop Deluxe Inserting Digital Photos
Grade: K-12
Required products: Tool Factory Word Processor V2
Get a digital camera and start taking pictures! Your students will really come to life when they see their faces on the screen. Your digital photos are NOT going to be in the bank. The bank contains clipart that shipped with Tool Factory Workshop. To insert one of your own digital photos, scroll down the toolbar and find the "Picture" Icon. Here’s how:

1) In the upper left of the toolbar is a left and right arrow. Click, click, click...the right arrow until you see the "Picture"icon (it looks just like the #2 bank button).
2) Click the "Picture" icon.
3) Browse your drive and locate your digital photo.
4) Click on the photo name.
5) Click "Open". The photo will typically appear in the upper left corner of your page.

*TIP* If you click the cursor onto the page before you insert a picture, it will insert the picture right over top of the cursor. This will save you from scrolling to the upper left corner of your project to find your new picture.

Now here’s a tip that you’ll use all the time if you are a Windows XP user. When you click the “Picture” icon, you’ll automatically get the browse window. In the upper right corner of the browse window is a tiny icon that will allow you to view your pictures as thumbnails. Click the last little icon on the right, and a list appears. Select “Thumbnails”. Now you can see thumbnails of your digital photos, as you are browsing for them.

The reason this is so handy is that a digital camera will automatically name pictures “001.jpg”, “002.jpg”, “003.jpg”…and if you didn’t rename your photos prior to building your project, it’s going to be a hassle to find just the specific photo you are looking for. With thumbnail viewing, you don’t have to rename your photos because you can see them as you browse.

The quality of digital cameras gets better every year. In fact, an average digital camera will tend to take pictures that are higher quality than your computer can display. You’ll notice this when someone emails you a photo, and it is so large that you only see the subject’s ear! You end up scrolling to see the entire photo.

The file sizes on these large photos can be very big. As you start to build projects with them, your computer’s memory (RAM) fills up rapidly, and we’ve all experienced it…the inevitable CRASH! You can avoid this by resizing your photos before you build your project.

Every digital camera we’ve ever seen comes with a CD that contains image editing software. Go hunt under your bed, find that CD, and install it! Now use that software to open up your photos which you will use in your project. Browse the menus for IMAGE>RESIZE. Usually the software will allow you to type in a width. We recommend 300 pixels wide for school projects.

*Important* Make sure you do a FILE>SAVE AS and rename your new smaller photo. Don’t just do a plain SAVE or you overwrite your original higher-quality photo. You may want the really big file later for blow-ups.
Downloadable Worksheets
  • Print the step-by-step instructions
    Mac users: To download, ctrl-click on the worksheet and choose "save link to disk"
  • Clip Art Station
  • Click images to enlarge