Who Needs A Good FREE Image Editing Program?

Last Update: October 19, 2014

My background before I got into Sales, was Photography. I did the Fashion Photography for a couple of major NYC department stores, for many years. I had a studio, a studio manager, assistants, stylists, makeup artists, hair dressers, propman, layout artists, copywriters, art directors, advertising executives, darkroom staff… and the person that could make everything I photographed look better, My Retoucher Mike.

Mike could and did save my butt, more times than I’d like to admit to. I did what I could to make Mike’s job easier (believe me I wanted to keep him happy) because I couldn’t do Mike’s job. I didn’t have the skills… Until Photoshop.

Or should I say Adobe Elements, which came Free with my first printer. I could do things in Elements that Mike could only dream of, way back when. It wasn’t long before I enjoyed editing photos more than I enjoyed taking photos.

Every photo can be improved with an Image Editing Program… every. I don’t care how many years you’ve been taking photos, or how many you take, or how much you spend on a camera. Without an Image Editing program, you’re not showing your photos in their best light.

So, I graduated from Elements to Photoshop, the industry standard in 1999. For years I told people that Photoshop was my favorite video game, it still is. I love it. Photoshop may be overkill and not cost effective for most folks.

That’s okay, there are Free alternatives that will do everything most people will ever need to do; GIMP, PicMonkey and Pixlr are all Free programs I have tried. When my friend Ed needed an image editing program I recommended Pixlr.


Why Pixlr?

Nothing to download. Nothing to sign up for. Easy to use, and there’s a ton of YouTube tutorials on how to use every aspect of it. What more could you ask?

If you don’t have an image editing program, or even if you do. I’m going to suggest you watch this video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Mb28NbXBKw&list=PLaqnh-55CF7SXBDkzy-BlaN3JYMZtbD1g&index=1

If you like what you see, go to https://pixlr.com/

Click on Pixlr Editor, and you’re off and running.

Please note, there is nothing you can do to mess up your photos in Pixlr.

I’m not going to tell you it’s easy to use, you’ll determine that for yourself.

Here’s 30 video tutorials to learn anything you could possibly want to know about using Pixlr.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLaqnh-55CF7SXBDkzy-BlaN3JYMZtbD1g&src_vid=tDas1dfPVL0&feature=iv&annotation_id=annotation_744696339

If that’s not enough, you’ve got me. You can ask me any questions here or PM me…. okay?

Oh the image above, it’s Photoshoped, but I could have done it in Pixlr.

Phil

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Kathy331 Premium
I've used Photoshop for years. I remember applying a filter then going to cook the dinner while I waited for it to process!
I'll have a look at Pixlr Editor, looks like a good programme. :)
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BrooklynPhil Premium
Kathy it has the BP (BrookynPhil not British Petrolium) Seal of Approval. ;^)
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Kathy331 Premium
That's good enought for me!
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tomtitty006 Premium
A good article but I have a lot of things to do at the minute.I bought myself a panasonic video camera a while ago,I take photo,s and video,s when out with the dog.I know that there are 100,s of other things the camera can do but for now I am happy that I am able to put my photo,s on the laptop and they do come out very good quality.
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BrooklynPhil Premium
If you're happy, I'm happy for you.
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mrpeter Premium
Yes, I've been using it for a while on my phones and chromebook, it's very good!
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BrooklynPhil Premium
Yes, I was using it for a while before I decided I really needed Photoshop CC. Pixlr, does everything a normal person would need... free
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Jim-WMP Premium
Thanks for sharing Phil
Will check it out.
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BrooklynPhil Premium
My pleasure Jimmy, it's good to know it's there...right?
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SowAndReap Premium
I love products where I don't have to download. Thanks for sharing:)
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BrooklynPhil Premium
Me 2. Thanks for looking.
Do you need an image editing program?
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SowAndReap Premium
No not at the moment. Maybe down the road.
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