Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Make Your Pictures Prettier - For FREE

At first glace this post may not seem to fit with the direction and purpose of Beautiful Blog Designs, but it does so bear with me.

Everyone knows, or should know, that adding pictures to your blog posts really helps gain the reader's attention and sometimes helps explain crafts, tutorials and more. Everyone on the planet knows about the Pioneer Woman, right? Her pictures are amazing, entertaining and educating. Her shots used for her recipes help take the mystery out of cooking. Or, what about A Soft Place to Land? She has wonderful craft ideas and always share several pictures so that her readers can see the craft, step by step.

Now, before adding those pictures to your posts, make sure they look as good as they can. Regardless if you use a point and shoot camera or a DSLR, editing your pictures can make a world of difference. A hugely popular program is Photoshop, but it comes with a huge price tag. A stripped-down version of it is Photoshop Elements, which is much more affordable.

Now, if you don't have a editing program, no worries. There are several free ones you can use online (do a Google search and you'll find many). One that come highly recommended is And before you fuss about not having to learn how to use it, there is an excellent post at TidyMom about it today. She describes how she edits her photos, makes collages and adds words to pictures.

Do you use a free online editor? If so, I'd love to hear about it. Leave the program and the address and I'll add it to this post.

Here are some recommended by BBD readers:

Thank you, SueAnn, Elizabeth and Emmy for taking a moment to share with us what works for you.


TidyMom said...

Thanks for the shout out Amanda!! I agree great looking pictures make our blog posts SO much more inviting!!

slommler said...

The use of good photos really opens up your blog! Adds so much to the text. I use Photoscape. It is a free program. I just Googled photo editing software and found so many offered. Photoscape is pretty user friendly

Elizabeth said...

I use Paint Net, but I will check out these other ones too!!

Emmy said...

GIMP is a great program! It is not an online one, one you download.. but it is pretty much a Photoshop program, people even make plug-ins for it and it is free!!!

Dandy said...

I'm a little embarassed to say that I own Elements and haven't installed it yet. I don't edit my photos and I know I should!

☼¨`*•.♥RocĂ­o♥.•*¨`☼ said...

iDownload it the lightroom 2 free 30 days trial and then iBought it for $110 bucks on ebay! iLove it and iProcess my pics there then iUpload them to picnic and flick!

Wendy said...

I definitely need to look into one of those free sites and read the tutorial from TidyMom. My pics are just not "popping" like they used to. (I'm sure a better camera would probably help in my case, too. And a better photographer. LOL)

A.J. said...

I use Photobie Design Studio & & PhotoPlus SE (free from Serif)

Thanks for the other great programs as well.

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