28.11 2017 02:37h
28.11 2017 02:37h

How To (Easily) Edit Your Images Without Photoshop

Three alternative ways to make your pictures look like professional jobs
by @Laura Andrea Kell

There's no denying it, photoshop can be a hassle to download and learn.

It's expensive. It takes up storage space on your computer. And while many professional photographers, retouchers and graphic designers will happily edit your images for a fee, not everyone wants to wait for the turnaround.

Whether you want to do it on the fly or in the comfort of your own home, there are plenty of easy (and free) ways to “touch up” your images without Photoshop.

After all, if you want to take your career as an influencer seriously, you need to ensure your Instagram feed looks professional!

We've rounded up the three (free) methods for editing images, without the help of Photoshop. Check them out below and give them a try yourself. And if you're looking for more freebies check out "The 10 Best Free Tools For Middle East Influencers".

Canva

Canva is a free graphic-design tool that you can use from the comforts of your web browser.

Many experience bloggers and Instagrammers love this tool. It's easy to play around with, especially if you have zero experience editing images on a computer.

If you’re looking to edit an image for a specific social media platform, Canva will automatically give you a choice of presets for your preference of platform (i.e. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.)

Users can then overlay text, icons (similar to “stickers”), shapes and borders onto their images, and can choose from fifteen different filters. Editing the saturation, brightness, intensity, etc. is also possible with Canva – however, you won’t be able to retouch specific areas of your image (i.e. “photoshop out” small details or blemishes).

Canva also has educational modules on its website (under the Canva “Design School” tab) and tutorials, in order to help its users with the basics of graphic design. Check them out if you’re looking for tips on choosing fonts, images and colors for your graphics.

Canva might be too basic for those users that have experience with Photoshop, but for someone with zero graphic design experience it’s a great beginner’s tool.

Check out Canva HERE.

MacOS’ Preview and Photo

If you own an Apple product, you will have access to Mac’s built-in image editing software.

Both Preview/Photo (Macbook or Desktop) and the Photo app (iPhone or iPad) allow users to edit their images within the respective application – that’s right, you can do more than just view your images with these features. Both are often overlooked by users, and are pretty decent alternatives to Photoshop.
How do you access the editing features of Preview and Photo? It’s pretty straight forward.

For Preview, tap or click Markup to edit or add to your image. Under the Tools menu, you will be able to find options that allow you to adjust the color and size of you image. You can also export your images in various file format.

And with your iPhone’s Photos app, you can play around with automatic enhancement feature (automatically edits your photo), special effects filters and color parameters. You can also edit out red-eyes and minor blemishes, before uploading your image to your favourite social media platform.
Not bad for a free, built-in app.

The bad news? You need to own an Apple product in order to access the editing tools. 

Access MacOS' Preview and Photo app on your Apple devices. 

Snapseed

Snapseed is a free photo editing app for your smartphone. It’s available for both iOS and Android, and is one of the most versatile photo editing apps on the market. Some professional photographers have been known to use this app for retouching on the fly, so if you’re looking for pro results Snapseed is the app for you.

Overall, it’s an excellent option if you want to achieve professional editing results for your images, without the help of Photoshop. The app boasts over thirty-two editing tools to choose from – including a Double Exposure filter (for combining photos) and the ability to save Stacks (i.e. layers) of edits applied to an individual photo. And if you’re sick of Instagram’s filters, Snapseed has eleven different ones you can choose from. You can even create your own filter, by saving it as a “Look”, and then reusing it on future images.

One of Snapseed’s most impressive feature is Expand. This feature expands the area surrounding the subject, guessing what it might look like, and uses this data to make the canvas larger. It’s very similar to Photoshop’s Content Aware Fill. It works best on images shot against a plain or abstract background.

Snapseed users can also directly share their edited images on their social media platforms. Once you’re finished editing an image, click “Export” and then “Share”. You will then be able to select whether you want to post it on Instagram or Facebook. You can do the same with Snapchat, if you would like to directly send the image to a friend.

The downside? It might be “too professional” for some users. Snapseed doesn’t have any stickers you can overlay on images and there aren’t any “gimmicky” features.

Download Snapseed for iOS HERE and Snapseed for Android HERE.

What is your favourite way of editing your photos?

Let us know in the comments below.