We’ve been ruminating..
However, we’re pleased to report that we’re recovering 😉
Which online photo editing software is the best for our subscribers and readers of this Blog?
For the last 6 months we’ve been asking people who sign up for our free video tutorials to tell us.
What do you want to learn?
A large number of people have responded with:
We want to know how to make Facebook Posters
Just to clarify the meaning here as we were confused at first.
A Facebook Poster is an image that you put on your Facebook wall that has a message/a quote/ a picture of your dog – you get the idea.
As opposed to a Poster comprising a single sheet of paper that you would put on the noticeboard of your local Village Hall ( that’s a typically British quirk, by the way).
Mind you, having just written that, I guess they are both pretty much the same.
I digress. Many of you who have been with us since we started out on this adventure know we are great advocates of Inkscape (the free vector graphics editor programme) and of Gimp (the free photo editing programme).
However, when you are first starting out in your business we don’t think you need to shell out that sort of money to be able to make your own professional looking images, not to mention the programmes can be pretty intimidating.
That’s why we promote and suggest using these 2 free programmes.
But we’ve been thinking a lot about what people are looking for..
We do know however, that some of you have found that there’s quite a learning curve with Inkscape and Gimp, even with our tutorials to help you on your way.
Also, if there are fairly big gaps in between using the software, it’s just too easy to forget how to use it – perhaps some of you can relate to this?
We’ve thought long and hard about this.
And decided that as we want to help as many of you as possible to make your own incredible looking images, we should look for software that is:
- very simple to use,
- doesn’t require any special skill (including having a memory like an elephant)
- is quite intuitive
- is free to use
- on-line/ or you have to download it – we were divided on this one!
- and has the depth of functionality for us to be able to show people more than just the basics of photo editing, for those of you who want to. More of this in a moment.
There are lots of online photo editing software programmes
They are mainly intended for people who want a quick, easy and cheap way to make basic fixes, add cool effects and filters, and share photos almost instantly.
They really shouldn’t be compared with the traditional desktop tools such as Gimp, Inkscape and Photoshop as they just don’t have the same features.
However, there are some programmes that have a fair range of functionality and just do the job.
We’ve narrowed these down to 3 contenders:
In all honesty, all three are pretty similar. That is:
- None of them require registration
- They are Internet based and therefore you don’t need to download any software
- They are free to use and the ads aren’t really intrusive
- They all offer similar retro,artsy effects/textures.cosmetic adjustment tools and so on
But there are some subtle, but important differences which we’ve highlighted here:
The Bottom Line
We felt that all 3 programmes performed well, however we decided to choose ipiccy to work with because it just has that extra functionality that gives it more depth and flexibility whilst at the same time being easy to use.
For those people who do want to create their own simple images from scratch as well as use existing photos – and we know there are many of you – and not have to learn another programme, this was by far the best option.
Being able to remove a background, being able to undo an action and previewing changes were also valuable features we liked. We get asked about how to remove a background. A lot.
We felt that it is an all round excellent tool for both novices and more advanced users alike. We hope you get to like it too.
What about you?
Do you find the ‘get in, make a few changes and get out’ type software suits your needs best, or do you like to have a bit more control and flexibility? What’s your favourite photo editing programme? Let us know in the comments.
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