June 18, 2015

Blogging tips: Photo Editing Tools

Blogging tips: photo editing tools, what to use to edit your photos

One of the things I look for in a blog is good photography. The equipment you use is not always the most important when trying to get clear, bright photography. We'll all have to admit that DSLR pictures usually come out better than pictures taken with your phone, but with good lighting and some editing, you can get a pretty good picture taken with your phone. You can check out my previous posts on White Backgrounds to use for blog photography or Other backgrounds which are just as pretty and maybe even more interesting.

I've used a lot of different photo editing tools and thought I'd share some of them with you. Seeing as blogging is a hobby for most people, you might not want to invest a lot into what exactly you use to edit your pictures. For this reason, I have a few options of what you can use and you'll be able to pick which works best for you.

This is a photo editing solution which I think is used by a good number of bloggers. It is an online photo editing tool which makes it accessible from anywhere with an internet connection, and it has a free version. You can Edit, Touch Up, Design from scratch and make a collage. The editing section gives you options to crop the image, play with the exposure, colour and sharpness, apply an effect, add text, add a frame, add texture to your image and lots of other features. The basic version is free but some of the features are only available in the Royale version which costs  $4.99/ month or $33/year which isn't a lot so if you need these additional features then I think it's worth the pay.

Gimp is a free photo editing software that can be installed on any laptop. Visually it is very similar to photoshop and lets you do a lot more editing than picmonkey. It allows you to create an image or edit a photo using layers and curves, manipulate the colour, resize the image, add text, overlay and what not. I've used this previously and it's a great alternative, maybe just not as cool.

Pixlr photo editing tool

I came across this tool a while back thanks to the lovely Danielle from Miss Sunshine & Sparkle. I gave the Pixlr Editor a go right away as it looked amazing and I wasn't disappointed. Pixlr is a photo editing tool which is available as Pixlr Express, Pixlr Editior, Pixlr Mobile and Pixlr Desktop. The express is a web app which allows you to do some quick editing while the Editor version allows you to do a lot more by working with layers, levels, curves, exposure, image resizing, filters and so much more. It is basically an online version of photoshop and it is free. The mobile version of Pixlr is called Autodesk Pixlr and is free in the App store. It is great for editing images for instagram on the go. Lastly, Pixlr Desktop which has the same features as the Pixlr Editor but is a software which needs to be downloaded in order to be used. It has all the same features and works offline just like photoshop but is much more affordable at $1.99/month or $14.99/year.

I'm not sure I need to tell anyone what photoshop is. Depending on where you work on your photos and if you are willing to invest quite a sum of money in this hobby, you might or might not need photoshop. I've been using photoshop for editing all my photos {personal photos, blog photos and photography shots} for as long as I can remember. I like working with levels, curves and layers, and I have gotten so used to it that I find it very easy. I also love that it gives me the option of working on blog photos even when I don't have internet. 

If you'd like to know more about any of these tools, let me know and I'll work on putting together another post dedicated to that of interest to you.

What do you use to edit your pictures? Any other options you'd recommend?

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