How to edit images with the default Chromebook edit imager

The Chromebook is a fantastic device but one of the areas where it struggles is with image editing. The reason for this is because to professionally edit images you need programs such as Adobe Photoshop or Fireworks.

You can of course now get a lot of edit imaging apps from the Android App store, which makes it easier than it has ever been to edit images on your Chromebook.

If you’re looking for a basic editing tool, then you may have overlooked the built-in edit imaging software that comes as standard with the Chromebook. Sure, it only offers basic functionality but if you only need tools such as cropping or resizing it does the job perfectly.

Chromebook default image editing software

There are many reasons why you may need to edit images. Most of the time we only need to do minor editing, so it’s not necessary to use professional edit imaging software to get the job done.

If you do need to do some basic editing of images on your Chromebook then you should take a look at the image editing software that is built-in to Chrome OS. It’s perfectly easy to use for basic tasks and means you do not need to install additional software.

I personally use it on a regular basis to crop and resize images and it does the job perfectly. It’s quick and easy to use, so it takes up very little time, which is important if you need to edit images on a regular basis.

How to use the ChromeOS default image editing software

To access the Chromebooks default imaging software you first need to open your file manager. Once you have opened your file manager, find an image you wish to edit and simply double-click on your touchpad.

When you’ve done this you’re just one step away from editing your image. You should see a similar screen to the image below with the picture you clicked on being displayed.

How to edit images with the Chromebooks built-in edit imager
Once you’ve double-clicked on the image you will see a screen similar to above with your image displayed

At the top left, you will see the filename for your image and at the top right are a few icons with various options. You’ll also notice at the bottom are all the other images you have available from the same folder. You can easily edit another image by selecting it with your touchpad.

If you have a lot of images in your folder you can get an overview of these by clicking on the icon at the top to the left of the play button icon. This makes it much easier to see the images you have in the folder and you can easily select the image you wish to edit by selecting it with your touchpad.

How to edit images

Once you have selected the image you wish to edit simply click on the pencil icon from the top right of the screen. You will then be presented with the image editing options you have available, which will look similar to the image below.

The options available to edit images on a Chromebook

You will notice the icons at the bottom of the screen have changed to provide you with a selection of icons to easily edit your image. Let’s take a look at these options individually from left to right.

Overwrite original – If selected any changes you make to the image will be saved using the original filename. By choosing this you end up with fewer images being saved to your Chromebook. If you wish to keep the original file separate from the edited version, then you should de-select this option.

Autofix – This option will only be available when the image editor can see potential fixes for the image selected. If you click on the auto-fix it will make automatic changes. If you like the changes you can continue editing the image. If the changes are not to your liking then simply press the undo button.

Crop – The crop tool is really handy if you only want a certain part of an image. When you choose this option you simply use your touchpad to select the part of the image you wish to save. You can then continue to edit the new cropped version of your image.

Resize – Images come in all sizes and this option allows you to change the dimensions of the image. It provides you with the current width and height of the image. You’ll notice in the middle of these is a padlock, which is locked. By keeping the padlock locked any changes you make to the height will also adjust the width of the image to keep the same image ratio. If you want to choose your own you can do this by unlocking the padlock. This then allows you to choose both the height and width of the image.

Brightness/Contrast – The next icon allows you to adjust the brightness and contrast of the image.

Rotate – The two icons next to the brightness option allows you to rotate the image.

Undo/Redo – When you edit images a lot of the time it’s trial and error, so do not be afraid of experimenting with the image you have in front of you. These two options easily allow you to undo or redo any changes you’ve made.

Exit – This is really important. You need to ensure you press the exit option at the bottom right when you’ve finished editing your image. If you don’t you may have lost all the changes you’ve made to your image.

My edited image using the default Chromebook edit imager
I ended up with this

Ok, so my final edited image above will not win any prizes. However, it shows you can make basic changes to images without having to use any additional software. I barely used this tool a year ago but now use it on a daily basis to make basic changes. It’s so simple and quick to use that it’s an essential part of my image editing.