Looking for a tool to edit your blog photos or create graphics for your blog? I’ve done two posts in the past listing a lot of image editing tools and programs that you can use online or on your computer without having to purchase Photoshop. There’s been some new ones since writing those posts so here are a few more options, including a new favourite of mine that I’ve been loving this week!
Starting off with my favourite here – Affinity is a new image editing program by Serif that is built exclusively for Mac. Serif already have a range of Adobe alternatives for Mac + Windows but this new release is much more powerful. As it’s brand new the speed of the program compared to Photoshop is really noticable. It has all the features of Photoshop, like layer masks, filters, adjustment layers, etc. and is compatible with PSD files. If you’ve used Photoshop before then using this is the same idea despite the different design. The tools are the same but there are small differences that take some getting used to. The beta version which was released Feb 9th is available for free here and later on it will be available on the App Store for approximately £39.99 / €49.99 / $49.99 with no subscription. I’m really excited about the full release and may just make the move from Photoshop!
There’s also Affinity Designer (Adobe Illustrator alternative) for £39.99 / €49.99 / $49.99 available here with a trial version available here and Affinity Publisher (Adobe InDesign alternative) is in the works for
Gavit is a really simple image editing tool, it has just the necessities which means you won’t be able to edit photos too much but you will be able to create graphics. Gavit has a beta version available here for Mac, Windows, Linux and Chrome here as well as being available online in your browser. The full version was supposed to be released in December 2014, but has now been moved to March 2015 as the team further develop the program and focus on the browser app.
Canva is another online editing tool that is aimed at graphic work for Bloggers. It’s really simple to use with a lot of presets to customise. Canva have templates for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Blog Graphics, Photo Collages and more as well as the option to use custom dimensions. Once you select the size of the graphic you want, you can choose from a number of premade layouts, text and backgrounds that you can customise or design your graphic from scratch. You can save your design online, with a private option, share it directly or download it to your computer. In my opinion, I feel like Canva is the modern version of PicMonkey, which is a long time Blogger Fav. So if you like PicMonkey I bet you’ll love Canva! It is available here.
Picadilo is an online editor with basic editing, photo effects, retouching, textures and stickers / shapes. Perfect if you need to quickly adjust images. Available here.
XARA PHOTO & GRAPHIC DESIGNER 10
A windows only editing software for retouching photos and creating graphics. Features include colour correction, photo filters, graphic shapes, etc. Available for $90 / £70 / €70 here with the option of a trial.