by Lisa McGrimmon
This week is all about digital photo editing software and apps.
You may have some great product shots, but your work isn't finished yet. You can fine tune your images with a little photo editing. Plus, you'll need to crop and resize your images to best suit its intended use.
If you're working on preparing photos for juried art show applications, the organizers will likely have specified files sizes and image dimensions they want you to send. If you're posting product shots on your website or Etsy shop, you'll also need to use specific dimensions. And if you're posting to social media, it seems every social platform has its own set of best practices for image sizes, and you might want to add some clever text or graphics to the photos you use for social posts.
Phew! The photo editing never ends in my house. I bet it's the same in your studio, too.
I've experimented with a lot of desktop image editing tools and mobile apps, both free and paid. They all have their pros and cons, and some are better for certain uses than others. This week I'm sharing with you my favorite photo editors for various jobs.
There's plenty of photo editing software out there. Your biggest problem getting started might be sifting through all of the choices to find the right tool for the job you need to do. Here's how to choose the right tool to edit a photo based on the job you need to do, your skill level, and your budget.
There were big changes to PicMonkey in late 2017. Most notably, it's not free anymore. However, it is quite affordable, it includes a lot of very useful features, and it's easy to learn. Here's what you can do with PicMonkey plus tips for deciding if it's the right digital software for your needs.
If you want to do your image editing on your smart phone or tablet, these apps will help you make your images look great.
Canva offers some smart, easy to use options for editing images. It's not the best choice for editing photos for craft show applications, but it's worth considering for preparing your social media posts. Here's what you can do with Canva.
Here's some more information about some of the most popular image editing software.
You can only do so much with even the most powerful photo editing software. You must first begin with great photos. Here are my two favorite resources to help craft business owners develop better product photography skills
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