myTOOLBOX: Free photo-editing tools to create great visuals for your blog

We are naturally drawn to an image we see first before the text surrounding it. According to ragan.com, content with visuals get 94% more total views and visual content is 40x more likely to be shared on social networks.

Sometimes, the right pictures are hard to find and as I’ve learned the hard way, it’s not every picture on Google you can grab and use- you’d be getting sued one too many times if you’re not careful! Also, not everyone have access to professional photo editing tools like Adobe Photoshop. So, for my benefit also, I am putting the web links of sites, where I can find great images and also freely edit and transform these images with gorgeous effects!

You Can Find Images ⇓


Stumble on great images on the  Creative Commons-licensed images.

Stumble on great images on the Creative Commons-licensed images. http://search.creativecommons.org/

This Flickr search tool that allows you to search through photos. Make sure you choose the right license and give credits to the photographer.

This Flickr search tool that allows you to search through photos. Make sure you choose the right license and give credits to the photographer. http://compfight.com/

Edit Your Image to Suit Your Needs


Transform your photos with fast, easy, gorgeous effects. Create your own monogram, invitations, place cards, and show off your unique style.

Transform your photos with fast, easy, gorgeous effects.
Create your own monogram, invitations, place cards, and show off your unique style. http://www.picmonkey.com/

For more tips on photo editing check out PicMonkey’s free tutorials ⇒Here and beginner editing tips ⇒Here

I decided to give it a go with my own image which was not a very clear image! Using PicMonkey was almost addictive and if you have no direction, you can actually waste a lot of time tweaking and re-touching but, I think the more I use it, I’ll get familiar with tools. One disappointing thing though is that, some of the awesome editing tools on PicMonkey are not for free but the free ones are awesome in their own way- not complaining!

See the picture I edited below and added text.

Original Picture- Painted Calabashes- Artist, Lanre Ogulende

Original Picture- Painted Calabashes- Artist, Lanre Ogunlende

calabashes

Edited with PicMonkey

Edited again with PicMonkey

Edited again with PicMonkey

My friend, Nubianwaters, just showed me what she did with PicMonkey. Image was also gotten from PicMonkey! Beautiful!

nubianwaters

 

Picasa

Manage, edit and share your photos with ease. http://picasa.google.co.za/

Here is another image editing tool recommended by fellow blogger, des choses à dire, Picasa. 

I tend to go for Picasa when I want to play with my photos without too much hassle. It’s easy to use. You have to download the software and its FREE! It’s very user-friendly and comes in very handy especially for watermarking and resizing.  Murielle, des choses à dire

Check out her watermarked pictures ⇒Here. Merci Beaucoup Murielle!

Click on the image to download (I just downloaded it!) and learn more about Picasa’s features ⇒Here

Resize your image properly


REMEMBER: Review the fine print hiding somewhere and give credits to the owner of the photographs you are using.

Click on the images to go to the site.

Suggested Reading:

1. Entrepreneur- How to Avoid Copyright Trouble When Using Online Images (Infographic)

2. Who is Hosting This?- Secrets of Killer Blog Posts: Images

3. Ragan.com- Infographic: Why Visual Content Is Better Than text

 4. Social Media Examiner- Visual Social Media: How Images Improve Your Social    Media Marketing

credits: Ragan.com, Artist- Lanre Ogunlende

About thedesignbender

I'm living my portfolio life as an, entrepreneur, storyteller, interior designer, blogger, social media and content management consultant, a motivator and a researcher. At the moment, I work with entrepreneurs to develop and refine their company's vision, strategy, and business model. I also manage and create stories for their social media platforms, so that they can build their company’s brand, extend their reach and influence their audience in a powerful way!

There are 13 comments

      1. murielle

        Thanks for putting up my link! What I like with all the photo editors is that an average photographer – like me – feels like a professional…

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      1. murielle

        Yes. I did. Then I upload my photos on there without sharing them online. It’s easy to use, you can also add a watermark and it’s free. I have looked for other ways but I came back to it because it’s user friendly.

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