Social Media Solutions For Small Business
Image after editing
Sourcing the perfect unique image to accompany a post on one of your social media platforms or blogs can often be be a difficult and time consuming task. Perhaps the image you have sourced through an on-line image bank looks great, but you would prefer the man to be looking surprised because he sees your 50% discount sign rather than because there is a polar bear on its hind legs about to attack him. However the only other alternative you have is one that looks like you took it on your iPhone with your finger half over the lens (because you did). Never fear, there are tools available to turn both of these images into professional looking images that suit your purpose, whilst making them more interesting and engaging. However, even better than that – these tools are both affordable and easy to use!
Image before editing
There are countless number of tools available to help you make your images look more interesting. It’s amazing what a difference something as simple as a border can make to an image at times. Combining images, applying an effect and adding text can completely transform an image and increase engagement levels.
Do you like the one I made? “Can you guess my 3 favourite business tools?” My favourites image editing tools are the basic ones that cost little (or nothing) and require minimal effort and training. Here are some of the tools that I use to help create more interesting and engaging photos for use in my business. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list and I would love to hear of any additional tools that you use in the comments below.
There are countless apps to edit your images straight from your mobile device that are either free to use or less than a couple of dollars. For image editing, I prefer using a combination of image editing apps on my iPhone or iPad rather than any of the free on-line image editing tools as you can manage so much more.
I regularly play with different apps and find myself mostly using Diptic, FX Photo Studio HD, imikimi, Instagram, MagicHour, Phonto, PhotoGene, ScratchCam or TypeDrawing. They all vary slightly in their functionality and I use different apps depending upon the effect I am after at the time. Image editing apps are great for making the images you take on your mobile devices look like they were taken by a professional. I love the applications that allow you to add text so that you can include a call to action within the image itself.
Having said all this, there are people with far more experience on what is good and what is not when it comes to mobile photo editing apps, so here is a selection of what the experts have to say:
I have saved the best for last. If you are the kind of person that looks at photos and thinks “how did they do that?” or is just after great ideas and recommendations of which apps are good for which effects, all the secrets have been revealed in Cynthia Loudon’s How Did I Do That? – Step By Step Instructions For Creative iPhone Photography. You can download it for FREE here.
Have you used any of these or other programs, on-line editing tools or mobile apps? Which would you recommend? Tell us about it in the comments below.
Excellent post! Very informative, thanks so much!
Glad it has been of assistance to you. I hope you are able to create some interesting and engaging pictures with this information.
Thank you for this post, I have been struggling with images for far too long and trying to avoid having to learn PhotoShop as I don’t really have the time to do that justice. This gives me some new and very appealing options.
Lets hope your struggle is over now and you can enjoy making interesting and engaging photos instead. Be warned though, it is a lot of fun experimenting so you might not be able to stop yourself from spending lots of time creating images, but it will be play time!
Thanks for pulling all this info into one spot. I never think about editing photos to make them stand out more. I think this might be faster than spending the time searching for the right dramatic impact!
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