I love using Photoshop to create graphics. However, when I was new to graphic design, due to it’s cost, using Photoshop was out of the question. I actually learned how to design by using free or low cost image editing programs.
In this post I’ll be sharing 5 free image editing programs. I hope today’s blogging tips help you create beautiful graphics for your blog.
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I got my start on Paint.NET. Paint.NET is a free image editing program that runs on Windows. This software is perfect for new designers who don’t need a ton of features.
I used to be iffy about online image editors. I assumed that they wouldn’t be any good. That is until I discovered PicMonkey. PicMonkey allows you to quickly, and easily create, and edit graphics and images. Effects that take time to create in Photoshop, can be done with the click of a button in PicMonkey.
Canva is another excellent online image editor. What I like the most about Canva (and what separates it from PicMonkey) is the large collection of premade layouts along with the library of free and paid images, illustrations, and other elements. This makes creating graphics a breeze.
Back when I was looking for free image editing programs, Gimp was often recommend. It was supposed to be an alternative to Photoshop. I didn’t care for Gimp then. I found it to be confusing and difficult to use.
From what I’ve heard, Gimp has made some nice improvements over the years. If you decide to give Gimp a try, I would say don’t download it thinking you’re getting an alternative to Photoshop, because you’re not. What you’re getting is a free, open source image editing program.
Pixlr is an online photo editor. If you’ve ever used Photoshop, then familiarizing yourself with Pixlr will be a piece of cake.
If you visit their website, you’ll notice that you have the option to use the Pixlr Editor or Pixlr Express. The Pixlr Editor is more advanced, and allows you to work in layers. Pixlr Expess, is for quick edits. With Pixlr Express, you can add borders, overlays, etc. with one click.
Pixlr has a mobile and desktop version. If you want an image editing program that’s easy to use, and features a good amount of image editing tools, I recommend you try your hand at using Pixlr.
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