New programs for creating and editing blog images – Alternatives to Photoshop Part 3

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!

AFFINITY PHOTO
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!

Update March 2016 – The Affinity suite of applications are coming to Windows! Sign up here to be notified.

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 2015the end of 2016.

Affinity - Photoshop Alternatives for editing Blog Images

GRAVIT
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.

Gravit - Alternative to Photoshop, Image Editing for Blogging

CANVA
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.

Canva - Graphic Editor for BloggingCanva - Graphic Editor for Blogging

PICADILO
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.

Picadilo - image and graphic editor

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.

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  1. Holly on

    Paint.net (not to be confused with paint) is another amazing free resource. It’s like a slightly more dumbed down version of GIMP/Photoshop. I still use GIMP for more advanced things. But for day to day photo adjustments (brightness, lightness, curves, levels, healing tool, canvas resizing, etc.) it’s fantastic and a lot quicker to use.

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  2. Karen on

    Your blog is always so helpful. I am definitely going to check these out. I have never even seen Photoshop in action, but I would like to learn. It seems pretty complicated. These will be great baby steps. I currently use PicMonkey, but it is a bit limited. But not complaining, because the price is right 🙂

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    • Elaine M on

      Hey Karen, how are you? Long time no talk! Thank you, glad you found this post useful. PS is awesome, but can be quite overwhelming at first. There’s loads of free / cheaper alternatives that do have the same main features – they aren’t as limiting as PicMonkey or Canva but aren’t as complicated as PS.

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