Take a seat and grab a coffee. I’ve got a confession to make.
I don’t have Photoshop. As a matter of fact, I don’t have any any professional quality design programs or photo editors. Adobe Photoshop is expensive, and to be completely honest a little bit intimidating. I feel like if the two of us were in a room together, Photoshop would be giving me that squinty-eyed, sideways glance that makes you feel two inches tall and that you did something wrong.
I plan on venturing out, wielding a mean mouse and keyboard , to tackle the entire Adobe Suite fleet, but for now, I wanted to share some of my favorite (and often FREE!) ways I edit my photos and create graphics.
My sister introduced me to PicMonkey a few months ago, and after I saw some of the photos she edited using it, I had to try it out myself! PicMonkey is a FREE photo editing website that will let you make collages (Need an awesome blog banner or cover photo, anyone?!) and add really cool effects to your photos. No registration required, and no fees, unless you want access to some of the upgraded stuff.
It has amazing focal features like focal black and white and focal focusing. Check out my little buggy friend after being cropped, Orton-ized, and Focal Zoomed!
Edited on PicMonkey:
Yes, you can stop rubbing your eyes now. It reads PowerPoint. (I have the 2007 version.) It is often the forgotten photo editor, but you can really do so much with it! I once made an image on it for a client to put on facebook, and they liked it so much that it actually got published in the newspaper!
PowerPoint will let you rotate images, stack images or text, add shadows, add transparent boxes on top of your images, and so much more. It’s great for creating infographics! The trick with using PowerPoint is that you really have to be creative and know how to use the functions. Have an idea of what you want the final product to look like before launching any sort of design assault.
What’s the easiest way for me to save my images as a jpeg or png file? Screenshot. If you have both of these, PowerPoint and Screenshot/Snipping Tool, you will be ready to make graphics that are enviable by designers!
Here’s my buggy friend again on a… flash card? You get the idea.
Created on PowerPoint:
Picasa is a photo organizing website, but a ton of editing capabilities are included, and it is pretty user-friendly. You can boost the colors of photos, or adjust the tones individually, give photos a Polaroid look, round corners, and make custom sized collages.
You have to download and register for this one, but it is definitely worth it because it stores your photos online, doubling as a backup service. If anything happens to your computer, your photos will still be safe.
Created on Picasa:
I hope you
got some inspiration,
have a great time trying out these photo editors,
and enjoy enhancing the lovely moments you’ve captured.