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Which Photo-Editing Tool is Right for You?

Posted on Feb 16, 2015 by Solutionreach

    Reviews, Breakdowns, & Comparisons


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    First impressions are pretty significant, wouldn’t you agree?

    One key to having a successful online presence is visual appeal. When people visit your site for the first time, you need to be able to grab your audience’s eyes to keep them on your page. While there are instances where you will want professional help with your web graphics, many times, it is a simple task to polish an image and get it online. All you need is access to digital photo editing tools and a few tips on how to use them well.

    There are tools like this abundantly available, free or cheap, both in the form of web browser and desktop application. The main trick is sorting through which tools will work best for your situation and needs. Everyone knows about the top-of-the-line Adobe Photoshop, but not everyone wants to shell out for its hefty price tag. That’s why I’m here to help!

    Last week I promised a thorough rundown of photo editing tools available to you, and here I am! Having one of these programs in your back pocket can allow you to take charge of the visual spread for your online presence, whether that’s creating a logo or decorating a quote to post on social media—not to mention allowing you to save on your bottom line.

    Here is my list of number software picks, followed by an organized list of other good options for you to explore. Happy editing!

    Number One Picks

    Web Based

    Pixlr Banner

    Pixlr - This is one of the best online photo editors out there- it looks a lot like Photoshop. It is great for online images, but don’t use it for large prints. The program supports JPG, PNG, BMP, TIFF, and PXD. As a bonus, Pixlr also comes in multiple languages and has a mobile app. This is an excellent option for producing images for social media and other online image needs.

    Windows Desktop Free

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    GIMP – This is a free open source software that easily parallels Adobe Photoshop. It is compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. The only catch with open source software is that you have to willing to search the Internet to find how-to articles, and the only support you’ll find is from different online communities that use these programs. Thankfully, this particular program has a robust community of users, and therefore, good support.  Also, like any software that is of professional caliber, there is a bit of a learning curve. However, taking a little time to learn to use GIMP will allow you to create beautiful, internet-ready images to keep your website, messaging, and social media presence looking polished.

    Windows Desktop Paid

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    Corel PaintShop Pro X7 ($63.99 flat) – Paintshop Pro wins out because it will get you the most bang for your buck. Adobe Photoshop and Serif PhotoPlus are excellent programs that are difficult to match in quality and ease of use, but Corel offers a program that can keep up and offer you the tools you need to make yourself look rather dashing online!


    Mac Desktop Free

    Krita Banner

    Krita – Krita is every bit as good as GIMP, just not as well known. Like GIMP, it’s compatible with Mac, Windows, and Linux; the interface will appeal to Mac users though. Enjoy! This program is a treat.

    Mac Desktop Paid

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    Pixelmator ($29.99 flat) – Compared to the other desktop softwares I listed for Mac users, this one takes the cake in being the most cutting edge and giving you the most value for your dollar. The alternatives I listed are all good options, but you will find that Pixelmator has everything Acorn, Sketch, and Aperture have, along with a beautiful, easy to use interface. Top-notch web images, here we come!

    Don’t forget to browse these other awesome options!

    Web Based Photo Editing Software (Mac and Windows Compatible)
    Free

    Pixlr
    Sumopaint
    iPiccy
    Photoshop Express
    PicMonkey
    Photoshop Online

    Windows Photo Editing Software (All Desktop Based)

    Free
    GIMP
    Krita
    Cinepaint
    Paint.NET

    Paid
    Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom ($120/yr)
    Serif Photoplus X7 ($99 flat)
    Corel PaintShop Pro X7 ($63.99 flat)
    SumopaintPro] ($40/yr)
    PicMonkey ($33/yr)

    Mac Photo Editing Software (All Desktop Based)

    Free
    GIMP
    Krita
    Seashore
    Chocoflop

    Paid
    Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom ($120/yr)
    Pixelmator ($29.99 flat) 
    Acorn ($29.99 flat)
    Sketch ($79.99 flat)
    Aperture ($79.99 flat)


    Sources:
    http://www.sitepoint.com/5-free-web-based-photoshop-alternatives/
    http://fieldguide.gizmodo.com/the-best-photoshop-alternatives-that-are-totally-free-5974500
    http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/12-free-photoshop-alternatives-145697
    http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/11-free-alternatives-softwares-to-adobe-photoshop/
    http://www.creativebloq.com/photoshop/alternatives-1131641


    About the Author:





    Eden Moss is a prized asset at Solutionreach. As an expert on our service and the platform features, Eden ensures that new Solutionreach users have the information they need to get up, running, and improving their practice as quickly as possible. Eden’s expertise has helped countless practices customize the platform to meet their unique goals and maximize the success of the Solutionreach service.




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