Hi guys, nowdays if you’re in the blogging or YouTube world it’s almost imperative to edit your own photos. Whether it is to add an image with text to your blog post, or create a catchy YouTube thumbnail.
I use various photo editors. For most of my images and jobs I use Photoshop because I love it so much, but there’s always free sites or other editing software that are free and you can get the job done.
Let me share with you my list of 5 free photo editing sites you can use for blog images, YouTube thumbnails, or just because you like sharing photos on social media…
I’ve seen more, and more bloggers use Canva. Canva is a great editing site to edit and add text to your blog posts images. With Canva you can create images for social media, Twitter post, Facebook post, Facebook app, Tumblr graphic, Instagram post, your resume, eBook, Kindle cover, infographic, business card, and so much more! You can select one of there hundreds of available images. It has a handy search box, and you add text, backgrounds, lines, shapes, icons, and lots more to your creations.
As soon as you land on the home page it has a beautiful interface. You can select Pixlr editor or the Pixlr express. The Pixlr editor has similar features to Photoshop, and even the Tools panel is very similar. The Pixlr express section has various effects like bokeh, color correction, and you can even create collages. Pixlr is a great photo editor to use similar to Photoshop, and it even has the same keyboard shortcuts as Photoshop! Really cool 🙂
I’ve known about Gimp for many years now. I think I found out about Gimp almost at the same time I started learning Photoshop. Gimp is a free photo editing site and it’s great if you want a completely free editor. I never got around learning Gimp because it has a lot of features to learn but so does Photoshop. Gimp runs on Windows, Mac, and also Linux!
SumoPaint is very similar to Photoshop and Pixlr. If you don’t mind ads you will like SumoPaint to edit your photos since it’s a great alternative to Photoshop. With SumoPaint you can create png and jpg files. You can use SumoPaint online (in your browser) or offline. Definitely worth looking into.
Fotor is an online image editor. It has similar functions to PicMonkey. It has a lot of editing tools like basic edits, effects, beauty, frames, stickers, and text. With Fotor not only can you edit photos, but you can also create collages, and create designs. Fotor has a Chrome extension for deeper browser integration.
My favorite: PicMonkey
I love PicMonkey! I have PicMonkey saved in my Bookmarks toolbar because I use it often. I love how customizable it is, and I love to create collages with it. In fact all of the collages that you will see on my blog posts are created with PicMonkey. I like that you can add your own photos straight from your computer and you can just drag and drop to create a collage. A lot of YouTubers use PicMonkey to create their video thumbnails. PicMonkey is also great to edit photos, do touch ups, and design Facebook covers. Make sure to check out their Tutorial section and photo tips page to learn more about photo editing. I have a tutorial available on how you can add bokeh using PicMonkey. You can also sign up with them for a small monthly fee to get full access to all of their features.
This concludes my list of the 5 best free photo editors. These are so useful if you’re looking to create your blog post image, or edit your YouTube video thumbnail. What’s your favorite photo editing program? I would love to know! Until next time :))