edit photos with ease

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!

How To Edit Photos With Ease To Make Them More Interesting And Engaging

before and after photo editing tool pictures, making your images more engaging on facebook

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.

Image Editing Programs

  • iPhoto – A program for Mac that enables both image storing, editing and great sharing with Facebook profiles, but not pages.  In addition to this you can make basic edits and enhancements to your images.  This is the first point of call, storage location and catalogue for all my images.  I make all my basic edits here, such as rotating, straightening, cropping, enhancing and retouching.  I especially love the effectiveness of the automatic “fix red-eye” function which works a treat.  This program requires no training to use and comes free with every Mac.  I am a Mac girl, so unfortunately for some, I can’t personally recommend a PC equivalent.  If you have a PC photo editing program that you swear by, feel free to tell us about it in the comments below.
  • Adobe Photoshop – Whilst I am fortunate enough to have Photoshop and the rest of the CS5 suite for use at times when I need to create powerful images to a professional standard, this is not a program I would recommend for the occasional user, as training is required to be able to use the full capabilities of this program and it comes with a price tag to match.  However, it would be remiss of me not to mention this as an option for the more hard core photographers or designers of this world.

On-line Image Editing Tools

  • picmonkey – An easy to use yet powerful on-line editing tool that makes your photos look fabulous.  There are countless number of effects, fonts, shapes, and frames to tweak your images with.  Picmonkey is free to use (no need for registration either), although you can upgrade to gain some additional features if you like, but I think the free version offers more than enough.
  • imikimi – An online creative community where millions of people throughout the world gather to create, re-mix and collaborate on their digital self-expressions in a fun and easy way.  It’s as easy as selecting a frame, photo and then sharing.  There is also an app for mobile devises so you can edit images on the go.  I use this mainly if I want a unique or themed background, as some of the choices are amazing.

Image Editing Apps

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 DipticFX Photo Studio HD,  imikimiInstagram, MagicHourPhontoPhotoGene, 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:

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.