Have you ever had the need to quickly resize, crop, or edit your images to either send to a friend, upload to a website, or social media, and don’t want to invest money in buying a program or tool to do so? There are actually a lot of options out there to get what you need done, but the problem is, which one do you use?
In this post, I’m sharing my three top picks for editing all your photo and image needs.
My first pick is a very simple tool you can use on your desktop. It’s called PhotoUtils and it’s completely free!
This site is the easiest and quickest to use, and it’s the one I suggest to go to for a quick fix if you have a simple editing need. I keep it in my favorites on my web browser making it easy to go to and use when I need it.
Sometimes, all you need is to quickly resize an image so it’s smaller to email to a friend or co-worker, and this tool will do the trick!
Here’s what this site can do:
Here’s a peek at what it looks like to edit an image in PhotoUtils:
PhotoUtils also has a cheat sheet of all the social media image sizes for you to help remind you what size an image needs to be on a particular site. It’s super easy, super functional, and I highly recommend this very basic site for a simple quick edit need on your desktop!
But what do you use if you need something with more options?
Then I suggest Canva (the free version)
Canva is a very popular site. You may have already heard of it. It’s got everything! This is the go to site for the majority of bloggers, social media influencers, and just about all professionals that do business online.
The reason why so many people like Canva is because of their fabulous templates.
Anyone can go in to Canva, upload their images into one of Canva’s templates, edit it, add text, (and an assortment of other options) and then have their final image or graphics look like it was done by a pro.
This is just a small selection of some of the templates they offer:
What you would do is scroll through their templates and then choose the one you want. Then, click on it, and it will pull up the template in their editor for you to customizes to your liking, and you can customize everything!
At first glance, Canva can seem a little overwhelming.
My best advice is to go into the site and play around with it to get to know its functions.
Most people who use this site find a favorite template to use over and over to make their logos or social media posts. They come up with an easy repeatable system using the colors, text, template size, and more in order to make their graphics on brand.
If you’re looking for something to help you customize your image posts and graphics this is the site for you! You can also use it on both desktop and on mobile.
However, when it comes to fixing up an image on mobile my favorite app is A Color Story.
This is my go to app on my iPhone, and all I use is the free version. Make sure you look for it in the app store.
I love it!
Here’s how I like to use it:
- Pull up any image under albums.
- Then choose to crop or rotate it.
- Next I choose tools, and under tools I go to adjust.
- There I like to use curves to lighten the image by pulling the middle of the curve diagonally to the left, and intensifying the colors a tiny bit by pulling in the bottom dot to the right.
- If the image is a little blurry you can use sharpen to bring it into focus.
Occasionally I need to use exposure or bright to touch up a photo, but usually I can get by with the steps above to fix up my images to my liking.
I’ve played around with all the settings in both this app, and other platforms like photoshop, and have learned I like to do the least amount of touch-ups as possible to make my images look good. It took me a long time and many, many, many, hours of editing my images to come to this realization about myself.
It’s so easy to get caught up with all the bells and whistles each platform has to offer.
It’s also all to easy to get caught up with what other people are making.
Stay True to Yourself When Editing Images
I had to make and re-make my photos and images over and over to get to the best version of me. I always try to follow my gut on these things, and in the end I want to present something that feels authentic to me to the world. It’s ok if it’s not the best just as long as it represents me in the end.
Find out how you like to edit your own images to best represent you just by experimenting with all the options on these sites and apps. Maybe there’s a particular filter you like, and will add to all your images. Or maybe you discover a font to always use, and it becomes part of your look.
The only way you’re going to know how best to edit your photos is to experiment, play, and have fun with all the functions, and options these platforms have to offer.
Give them a try and let me know how it goes!
If you have another site or app you prefer to use I would love to hear about it.
Please share in the comment section below:-)