My Favorite Photo Editors

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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.

1) PicMonkey

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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!

Before:

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After:Free Photo Editor

Edited on PicMonkey:

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2) Microsoft Office PowerPoint

Microsoft-Office-PowerPointYes, 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.

Before:

Free Photo Editor

After:
Free Photo Editor

Created on PowerPoint:

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3) Picasa

free photo editorPicasa 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.

Before:

Free Photo Editor

After:

Free Photo Editor

Created on Picasa:

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I hope you

got some inspiration, 

have a great time trying out these photo editors,

and enjoy enhancing the lovely moments you’ve captured. 

7 Comments
  • allie

    Reply

    Thanks for the PicMonkey rec, I will look into that. I don’t have photoshop either- if you aren’t using it for work or school, then why spend so much $ on it. I used it in school, definitely nice to have, but not a necessity to my life. 🙂 Apps I love on my ipad/iphone- Snapseed, Instagram (of course), and Impression (add words). Nice post.

    • Anna Dunk

      No problem! I haven’t heard of Snapseed or Impressions. I’ll have to check those out. Thank you! 🙂

  • pouringmyartout

    Reply

    I couldn’t live without Photoshop. It beats the heck out of reality. But good post.

    • Anna Dunk

      Thanks! I don’t doubt that it is incredible… it is just expensive and takes some time to get used to. I plan on getting it soon, so we’ll see. 🙂

      • pouringmyartout

        You can play with it for your whole life and not learn it all. I am a computer moron, and I just kept poking away till I could stick my head in funny places. Good luck.

        • Anna Dunk

          Thank you! I’m keeping my fingers crossed…

          • pouringmyartout

            Buy an old version. It will do all you need it to, and cost a lot less.

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