Posts tagged photo editing software
Blogging Tips & Tricks #1
How and where to get FREE photo manipulation software

One of the things you will use the most once you start blogging is some sort of photo manipulation software. Some of you are blessed to have things like Photoshop or Lightroom, but for those of us who are not yet to that level, or haven't saved enough funds yet, there are several great FREE programs WE can use!
I will cover four that I know of and have used to some degree. 

Here are a few I know of and their links:


  • With this program you can edit photos, videos or vlogs, make collages, etc. A lot of people us this program for all their blogging purposes. I have it, but I haven't taken much time to navigate through all it's options but from what I have seen, it is a great resource. You can host all your images on it as well.  
 To get Picasa just click on the link above and download it to your desktop. If I remember correctly it immediately starts uploading all your pics to it so that you can work with all of them on the program.
{I have never used this one to make a header or anything for my blog, so I can't tell you too much about this one.}

This is another great and free option. You can create an account for free and even upgrade for a small fee, where you will have even more options.
Have you seen the cute pictures with the rounded corners? 
Like this..
These rounded edges are something you can create in Picnik. 
Here is a quick tutorial on how to get rounded edges...

- Upload your photo 
- Go to the CREATE tab
-Go to FRAMES tab
-Choose the size
-Save & Share

It's that easy. You can figure all the other features really easily as well. From lightening or darkening your photos, adding stickers, or changing the visual effects, it is very user friendly! 
You can also make a header in Picnik, but I will be covering that in a future tutorial as well as how I made mine.

Go play and see what your options are! I highly suggest this program if you are just starting out with your pictures. It is pretty clear cut and their aren't so many options that it is overwhelming.

The one I like and use the most is

You can download this for FREE to your computer and use it for all kinds of things. It is similar to Photoshop and has tons of tools, all of which I am still learning to use. But once you know how to do the main things it is pretty easy and VERY helpful!

Here is the basic outlay

With this program I do all my photo manipulation. It has so many tools. I am loving the brushes for designing, the options for making buttons (I will show you all about these in an upcoming tutorial) and editing my photos.
If you guys would like a more in depth tutorial on GIMP (at least my knowledge of it) please let me know in the comments.

Also most of you most likely have a photo host by this point, but if you don't you will need one to make buttons or add certain HTML images to your page. I use

If you don't know, Photobucket is is a site where you upload your photos and then can get HTML codes or direct links to your them.  You then are able to  place them around your blog, mostly in your sidebar. You can also edit your photos in this, re-size as well as make collages. You might be able to even make a header there, although, I have never tried that. I only really use it to host my photos.  Most people, in my estimation, are familiar with photobucket or some kind of photo hosting site, but if you are not I can also go into this in more detail.
(again let me know in the comments).

So these are a few things to get you started!!
Next week I will cover:
How and where to get FREE fonts for your blog or software