Saturday, 16 July 2016

3 Awesome & Free Photo Editors

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So, first up: I'm not a big fancy photo editor expert. It's been nearly two years since I set up my own corner of the internet, and I've been and done it all in those two years to get to where I am today. In the last six months I've been a lot more confident not only in the content I'm producing, but in the photos too, which is something I thought would never be achievable for me. In today's post, I want to tell you about three photo editors that are super easy to use, creative, and produce great results, all whilst costing you not even a single penny!

PICASA 

Picasa is the editor I prefer to use the most when it comes to text. When I'm branding and watermarking my images, I find it much easier to use Picasa. It's a fast, simple editor that comes with all your basic colour-correction and lighting features, but also has some cool effects that might appeal to you and may be worth checking out. There's not just you standard black & white and sepia, but also comic book style and soften features which are really fun to play about with, even if they don't suit your blog style, you don't have to keep them! I may have a theme with my blog photographs and I edit them in the same way, but I often experiment with filters and effects just for fun! (Is it nerdy that I find that fun? Probably). 

I find Picasa runs faster on my laptop than my other editors, which is part of the reason I use this for my text branding and watermarking. The other part however is how easy it is to make your watermark more transparent, and how easy it is to adjust all your texts' sizes and angles. Another feature I use religiously on this photo editor is the 'Retouch' button. I often find myself needing to tidy the edges of my lipstick, get a hair out of my eye, remove lipstick from my teeth or hide a spot that my concealer has started to fade over, and it takes some patience to grasp but once you do, it's a really easy and convenient feature to use, and probably my favourite that the photo editor has to offer. Pro-tip for using it: the smaller your brush size, the better! 

RIBBET

You may not have heard of Ribbet, but it's basically the exact same as PicMonkey except you don't have to pay for a basic membership. It's free, easy to use, and has some really fantastic features. I always put my photos through Ribbet first to adjust my exposure and temperature levels. Adjusting all the sliders makes things really easy. For a whiter smile, it's worth mentioning the Teeth Whiten feature in the 'Touch Up' section. It's what I use to achieve a Hollywood smile in the photos where you can see me smiling (well, that and tooth whitening strips).

I also use Ribbet to add the small border to my Instagram images, and it can be used to add overlays like the transparent circle I used to use in my 2015-2016 blog branding.

PIXLR

Ah Pixlr. The only photo editing app I've ever downloaded and not deleted after a few days. I really enjoy using Pixlr. It's been on my phone for over a year now and it's a fantastic way to edit photos on the go. That said, it's rare that I ever edit on my phone these days, especially because pretty much all the photos I take are on my Canon now. However, Pixlr has a web version, yay! I didn't know this for ages and was pretty chuffed when I discovered it! 

Pixlr is home to tons of awesome effects and fonts, and is certainly for the more creative. I mean, yeah, I'm creative, but my blog and its photos are clean, simple, minimal. Pixlr on the other hand has shit tons of fantastic overlays and effects (like grungey scrapes to make a worn photo, taped edges and space overlays that are like bokeh but space, lol), as well as cute stickers (the kawaii ones are my fave, SO CUTE). This is a very fun editor to play around with and experiment with, even if it's just in your spare time. I love to do this, even whilst knowing these photos won't be going anywhere near my blog!

What are your favourite photo editors to use? 

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