Good photography can make or break a blog these days. I talk about the importance of photography to bloggers in this post.
But photo editing can be a bloggers worst nightmare. How do I get my pictures to look as awesome as all the ones I see on Instagram and other blogs?
There are many factors that go into making a great photo. No amount of photo editing can save a bad photo.
But once you have the photo you think is a winner, photo editing can help you finish the project. And, of course, you need a solution that won’t break the bank.
Here are my top suggestions for photo editing for bloggers:
Here are the ones I’ve used myself:
I love the Photoshop/Lightroom combination for photo editing. This comes from my photography and digital scrapbooking background. You can get both of these programs from Adobe for $9.99/month which is a great deal! I started using Photoshop back when you had to pay several hundred dollars for each version and download the program to your computer from the disc each time. Adobe Creative Cloud awesome and I love how easy it is to get updates and stay current with the latest versions.
I understand that Photoshop and Lightroom have a big learning curve. It takes a while to learn these programs, but they give you so much more opportunity to do whatever you want with your photos. I think it is worth it to learn.
Here are resources to help you learn:
Photoshop courses (affiliate link) @ KelbyOne (membership costs $19.99 a month for unlimited classes)
Photoshop courses (affiliate link) @ CreativeLive (free if you watch in real time)
Adobe Photoshop Tutorial: The Basics for Beginners by Mister Ninja Boy on YouTube
I learned of this program after I became a blogger. It is great to use for graphics and PDFs if you don’t know how to use Photoshop. I use it for font and graphic ideas. You can make Pinterest graphics, social media graphics, ebook covers and PDFs easily on this program. It is fairly easy to use and understand. There is a free and paid version. If I didn’t use Photoshop, I would use the paid version of Canva. With the paid version, you can save your fonts and colors to use each time for brand cohesiveness.
Here are resources to help you learn:
Canva for Entrepreneurs @ Kate Danielle is a great, free course that walks you through Canva and how you can use it for your business.
I first heard of this program from Becky Higgins for digital scrapbooking. She swears by PicMonkey in editing her photos. PicMonkey used to be free, but now it is a paid product. If you are used to using the free version, it would probably be worth it to pay the fee to make it easier on yourself.
I love Adobe, so I was excited to hear they have a program similar to Canva to make graphics and edit photos for bloggers.
I use this photo editor on my phone for a quick edit before I put something on social media. It has fun filters and can get your photos edited quickly.
Here are some that have been recommended to me by other bloggers, but I haven’t used myself:
As of now, these are all free to get started, but then some have upgraded accounts for more features.
My first recommendation would be to learn Photoshop/Lightroom if you can. If that doesn’t work for you, try these other suggestions to get you started editing your blog photos. Editing your photos (even minimally) can make a big difference on how professional they look on your blog.Click to see 12 frugal photo editing sites for bloggers on a budget and get started today. #editClick To Tweet
I hope this list helps you find the right photo editing program that works for your needs and budget.
What program do you use for photo editing? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks!
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