Statistics show people are much more likely to be engaged when you use photos in social media and on your blog, but trying to find photos that don’t look like stock images and represent your brand can be difficult. Here are some tools that will help you to keep your posts fresh and personal without hiring a photographer or graphic artist.
PicMonkey is a great free tool that allows you to edit, retouch and create collages out of your photos. I recommend using it to add post titles to your images; this creates a cohesive feel to your blog and makes images easily “pinable” for Pinterest. If you want to take your branding to social media, PicMonkey also helps you create images that fit into Facebook’s cover photo specifications.
Ever wondered what Mona Lisa would look like with your face on it? Montagraph allows you create a montage of two photos. A fun way to add some personality to your blog!
In addition to the typical effects, Ribbet allows you to turn photos into pencil sketches, add stickers, and choose from a number of different overlays. It’s a simple way to personalize your photos while keeping them professional.
Picasa is a blogger favorite, as it takes advantage of Google’s “I’m Feeling Lucky” button to automatically optimize your photo’s color. Of course, this won’t be perfect every time, but it’s a great place to start for beginner photo editors.
Glossi helps you create professional standard digital magazine. While it can be used to create a single graphic for the feature image of your blog posts, it’s also a great way to create content that you hope will be widely shared, like “how to’s”, manifestos, and short eBooks.
Pixlr is one of the most popular online editors in the world and for good reason! Its clean interface allows you to create professional looking photos in a few simple steps.
7. PicLab HD
PicLab is an iPhone and Android app that I couldn’t help but include as it’s an easy way to create the motivational shareables that are all over the internet. In addition to adding text in a variety of fonts, you can also add filters, artwork, and other design elements.
What are some of your favorite photo editing tools?