13 BEST EDITING TOOLS FOR YOUR BLOG PHOTOS

Nov 09 2014

Want to spruce up your blog photos with a little bit of editing? Here is a list of 13 BEST EDITING TOOLS (Paid + FREE) for editing your blog photos!

One of my favorite things to do every night just before sleep, is settle down with photoshop and a cup of cranberry tea. Heaven. I have tried many editing tools and here is a round up of the best ones for you!
Paid : Adobe rules this section. Photoshop, Lightroom and Photoshop elements are great editing softwares which can be used to perform basic to very advanced edits on photos. You can try them all free for 30 days and if you are interested, they have a monthly paid subscription.
  • Photoshop  is an extremely powerful tool and has unlimited capabilities for editing photos. It is best for editing one photo at a time.
  • Lightroom cannot do some of the complex editing Photoshop is capable of. But Lightroom is the tool for you if you want to edit hundreds of photos together as it helps to  organize, edit and manage a bulk of photos in an effective way.
  • Photoshop elements is a toned down, combined version of Photoshop and Lightroom, best for people just starting out.  It has a user- friendly interface and is much easier to use.
To edit photos for blogs, any of the above softwares work well. If you are lucky to have access to any of these, go ahead. Otherwise..
Free : I get free access to Photoshop through my university, but if not I would just be as happy with the free editing tools that are available, because trust me, they can do everything you need.
  • GIMP and Paint.NET : Perfect alternatives to Photoshop, with all the advanced features wrapped in. Their ease of installation is a plus!
  • Picasa is a relatively simple editing tool by Google, extremely easy to use and organize photos, thereby making it perfect for beginners.
Online : If you want to avoid the hassle of downloading and installing softwares, there are some amazing free online editing tools which allow you to upload your images, edit and download them.
  • Pixlr is the perfect online alternative to Photoshop, and has a similar interface with all the advanced editing options too.
  • Photoshop Online tools: What better than Adobe providing an online alternative to Photoshop, that too for free? This has all the editing features that you will ever need along with some fun effects too.
  • Picmonkey and Fotor are the best online tools for beginners. They are so simple and easy to learn that you can be a  pro in very little time.
Mobile devices : There are a ton of fantastic apps for mobile devices like phones and tablets for editing on the go. With beautiful and easy to use interfaces, these apps make editing an enjoyable experience that you can lose yourself in.
  • VSCO has basic editing options along with lovely filters that you can use to beautify your photos.
  • Afterlight is great for editing photos and has a lot more filters than VSCO to experiment with.
  • Pixlr Express is a mobile version of the Pixlr online tool and is perfect for creating collages on mobile devices.
Uh, that’s a whole lot of tools and you might just need one or two, but who ever said no to a lot of options. Enjoy!
What are your go-to photo editors? Have a warm cosy Sunday! 🙂
 
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  • GIMP was my lifesaver before I got Photoshop. It is amazing how much it can actually do for a free piece of software. x

    • Yes exactly, it is such a blessing for people who dont have access to photoshop! Thanks for reading ! xx

  • GIMP was my lifesaver before I got Photoshop. It is amazing how much it can actually do for a free piece of software. x

  • Love this post! Great options and quick simple explinations. Will have to try some of the online options a go.

    Rachill // http://sweetsomethingsnz.blogspot.co.nz/

    • Thank you rachill! 🙂 Let me know which ones you liked! 🙂 x

  • Love this post! Great options and quick simple explinations. Will have to try some of the online options a go.

    Rachill // http://sweetsomethingsnz.blogspot.co.nz/

  • I love PicMonkey, it’s so easy to use! xo
    http://www.seekmyscribbles.com

    • Hi sweety! I agree, i love i too! x

  • I love PicMonkey, it's so easy to use! xo
    http://www.seekmyscribbles.com

  • Great post! I love Paint.net and I think it’s really easy to use but results are great!
    Manca/ invisibly-perfect.blogspot.com

    • Thanks manca! I agree, it is a great tool xx

  • InvisiblyPerfect

    Great post! I love Paint.net and I think it's really easy to use but results are great!
    Manca/ invisibly-perfect.blogspot.com

  • Photoshop is too complicated for a noob like me haha, but I really like Picmonkey and Paint! I also use Photoshop express which has the basic features I want but doesn’t have all the other advanced stuff which is perfect for me 🙂

    Sheri | Behind The Frames

    • I know its pretty complicated, but you can get used to it sheri! Thats great photoshop express works for you xx

  • Photoshop is too complicated for a noob like me haha, but I really like Picmonkey and Paint! I also use Photoshop express which has the basic features I want but doesn't have all the other advanced stuff which is perfect for me 🙂

    Sheri | Behind The Frames

  • I use photoshop for everything and love it, but the free alternatives are great too!

    Maddy, xo // UNSTITCHEDD

    • I know, free alternatives always come in handy! 🙂

  • I use photoshop for everything and love it, but the free alternatives are great too!

    Maddy, xo // UNSTITCHEDD

  • I use Photoshop for pretty much everything now, but before that I liked Photoscape. It’s also a free editor and it’s really easy to use with a lot of effects and possibilities.

    Anatea’s Bookshelf

    • Oh i hadnt heard of photoscape, thanks 🙂 I ll try it xx

  • I use Photoshop for pretty much everything now, but before that I liked Photoscape. It's also a free editor and it's really easy to use with a lot of effects and possibilities.

    Anatea's Bookshelf

  • Amy

    For a long time I was using PicMonkey and whilst I think it is good now I have got the hang of Pixlr I absolutely love it! 🙂
    Amy x

    • Pixlr has more advanced features, love both amy x

  • Amy

    For a long time I was using PicMonkey and whilst I think it is good now I have got the hang of Pixlr I absolutely love it! 🙂
    Amy x

  • Great posts, so many good examples! I recently start using Lightroom, I barely know how to use it to be honest but it helps me brighten my photos if I need to or add a bit more vibrancy to the colours (it’s all I really use it for at the moment) x

    Beauty with charm

    • Thank you alina 🙂 ha ha , i am sure you ll learn more soon sweety! xx

  • Alina Bostan

    Great posts, so many good examples! I recently start using Lightroom, I barely know how to use it to be honest but it helps me brighten my photos if I need to or add a bit more vibrancy to the colours (it's all I really use it for at the moment) x

    Beauty with charm

  • Sam

    Photoshop is my favorite! I’ve also used GIMP in the past which is just as good 🙂

    Sam | http://www.thatsfetch.com

    • 🙂 Agreed! Bow down to photoshop , thanks for reading! x

  • Photoshop is my favorite! I've also used GIMP in the past which is just as good 🙂

    Sam | http://www.thatsfetch.com

  • I use Photoshop for mine, because I used to use it for making a comic, but I also use PicMonkey for making a “start of post” collage sometimes because it’s completely brainless. Trying to do the same thing in Photoshop would likely kill me. 😛

    • I know doing some very simple things in photoshop can take a really long time! Its a nightmare. I love picmonkey at such times x

  • I use Photoshop for mine, because I used to use it for making a comic, but I also use PicMonkey for making a "start of post" collage sometimes because it's completely brainless. Trying to do the same thing in Photoshop would likely kill me. 😛

  • I use Photoshop, Pixlr, Picmonkey and on and on.. I never use the same photo editor for a long time I love to experiment with different platforms and effects 🙂 Lovely shares I was not aware of a Photoshop online xx

    Mary Bloomy

    • Ah thanks mary! glad you liked it. Experimenting with different ones is fun! x

      • Helps a lot when we have a guide like this to find the editor that suits best for us 🙂 xx

  • I use Photoshop, Pixlr, Picmonkey and on and on.. I never use the same photo editor for a long time I love to experiment with different platforms and effects 🙂 Lovely shares I was not aware of a Photoshop online xx

    Mary Bloomy

  • autumn

    I need to try Photoshop Online! I wasn’t aware such a thing existed…

    • Its pretty good, hope you like it! xx

  • autumn

    I need to try Photoshop Online! I wasn't aware such a thing existed…

  • I use a mixture of VSCOcam and Photoshop, but it’s really interesting to see some of the other tools available out there! Thanks for sharing.

    average adventures

    • So welcome toni! 🙂 Let me know if you try out any xx

  • I use a mixture of VSCOcam and Photoshop, but it's really interesting to see some of the other tools available out there! Thanks for sharing.

    average adventures

  • I love photoshop, I used it daily at college and university. Unfortunately now I have no access to it so I’m definitely going to give some of your suggestions a try!

    Sophie Leigh x | sophhskii.co.uk

    • Ah yes there are so many alternatives to photoshop here, hope you like one of them sophie! x

  • I love photoshop, I used it daily at college and university. Unfortunately now I have no access to it so I'm definitely going to give some of your suggestions a try!

    Sophie Leigh x | sophhskii.co.uk

  • Lucy APotOfVintage

    I am definitely a beginner when it comes to photo editing so my best friend is pic monkey at the moment, great post!!

    http://apotofvintageplease.blogspot.co.uk/

    Lucy xx

    • Thank you lucy! i love picmonkey a lot too, its a life saver! x

  • Lucy APotOfVintage

    I am definitely a beginner when it comes to photo editing so my best friend is pic monkey at the moment, great post!!

    http://apotofvintageplease.blogspot.co.uk/

    Lucy xx

  • Yes exactly, it is such a blessing for people who dont have access to photoshop! Thanks for reading ! xx

  • Thank you rachill! 🙂 Let me know which ones you liked! 🙂 x

  • Hi sweety! I agree, i love i too! x

  • Thanks manca! I agree, it is a great tool xx

  • I know its pretty complicated, but you can get used to it sheri! Thats great photoshop express works for you xx

  • I know, free alternatives always come in handy! 🙂

  • Oh i hadnt heard of photoscape, thanks 🙂 I ll try it xx

  • Pixlr has more advanced features, love both amy x

  • Thank you alina 🙂 ha ha , i am sure you ll learn more soon sweety! xx

  • 🙂 Agreed! Bow down to photoshop , thanks for reading! x

  • I’m not a fan of having many different things to edit my photos. At the moment, I’m happy with using photoshop and just trying to work out how best to use it. It’s quite a task when you have limited background in that kind of thing, I think.

    ~ K

    • As i said we all just probably need one or two of these, but its good to experiment until you find the right one. Nice you are working with photoshop!

  • I'm not a fan of having many different things to edit my photos. At the moment, I'm happy with using photoshop and just trying to work out how best to use it. It's quite a task when you have limited background in that kind of thing, I think.

    ~ K

  • The Beauty Residence

    Very interesting! I always struggle with my pictures as my Nikon D90 is hard to work with to get the result desired (lighting, focus, etc) x
    thebeautyresidence.blogspot.com

    • 🙂 Ah! I am sure one of these editors should help you fix the lighting problems 🙂 x

  • The Beauty Residence

    Very interesting! I always struggle with my pictures as my Nikon D90 is hard to work with to get the result desired (lighting, focus, etc) x
    thebeautyresidence.blogspot.com

  • Its pretty good, hope you like it! xx

  • Ah thanks mary! glad you liked it. Experimenting with different ones is fun! x

  • I know doing some very simple things in photoshop can take a really long time! Its a nightmare. I love picmonkey at such times x

  • So welcome toni! 🙂 Let me know if you try out any xx

  • Ah yes there are so many alternatives to photoshop here, hope you like one of them sophie! x

  • Thank you lucy! i love picmonkey a lot too, its a life saver! x

  • As i said we all just probably need one or two of these, but its good to experiment until you find the right one. Nice you are working with photoshop!

  • 🙂 Ah! I am sure one of these editors should help you fix the lighting problems 🙂 x

  • I actually love picmonkey for some fun but have never got round to photoshop, mainly because I don’t think I am clever enough to use it! xx

    • oh come on jess, of course you are clever to use it! The first time with photoshop is actually daunting but you ll get used to it. But i love picmonkey as much, it is such a great tool! x

  • I actually love picmonkey for some fun but have never got round to photoshop, mainly because I don't think I am clever enough to use it! xx

  • Another Paint.net fan. Excellent! I like Gimp too, but for everyday it’s Paint.net all zee vay.

    • Hi holly!! absolutely, both are brilliant in their own ways! By the way, any sephora splurges during the 20% sale? 😉 x

      • Wait what’s this 20% off sale?! I haven’t seen any mention of it anywhere. Do tell :3

        • its the annual VIB sale at sephora, are you a VIB? Then hurry and go get some stuff. The sale ended yesterday but the coupon code is still working online x

          • Oh poop, I’m not VIB. That’s okay though. Saving my pennies.

          • Ah then don’t bother 😉 Lucky you, you saved a lot more pennies 🙂 Ha ha! Hope you are having a great week!

  • Another Paint.net fan. Excellent! I like Gimp too, but for everyday it's Paint.net all zee vay.

  • Helps a lot when we have a guide like this to find the editor that suits best for us 🙂 xx

  • rae

    Great little round up! I def. use a lot of these softwares and programs already 🙂

    rae of love from berlin

    • So nice to hear that rae <3 thank you so much xx

  • rae

    Great little round up! I def. use a lot of these softwares and programs already 🙂

    rae of love from berlin

  • oh come on jess, of course you are clever to use it! The first time with photoshop is actually daunting but you ll get used to it. But i love picmonkey as much, it is such a great tool! x

  • Hi holly!! absolutely, both are brilliant in their own ways! By the way, any sephora splurges during the 20% sale? 😉 x

  • So nice to hear that rae <3 thank you so much xx

  • I agree, GIMP and Picasa are great free photo editing tools.

    • You bet they are! 🙂 Hope you are well melissa! x

  • I agree, GIMP and Picasa are great free photo editing tools.

  • Wait what's this 20% off sale?! I haven't seen any mention of it anywhere. Do tell :3

  • its the annual VIB sale at sephora, are you a VIB? Then hurry and go get some stuff. The sale ended yesterday but the coupon code is still working online x

  • Oh poop, I'm not VIB. That's okay though. Saving my pennies.

  • Ah then don't bother 😉 Lucky you, you saved a lot more pennies 🙂 Ha ha! Hope you are having a great week!

  • Wow great tips! Thank you for leaving me your blog link on twitter. I have enjoyed reading your posts and I am going to subscribe on bloglovin. Your blog is so pretty and your photography is on point 🙂 Can’t wait to read more in the future!

    -Darcy
    darcymae.com

    • So glad you like it darcy, thank you so so much for the lovely comment. It made me so happy 🙂 xx

  • Wow great tips! Thank you for leaving me your blog link on twitter. I have enjoyed reading your posts and I am going to subscribe on bloglovin. Your blog is so pretty and your photography is on point 🙂 Can't wait to read more in the future!

    -Darcy
    darcymae.com

  • So glad you like it darcy, thank you so so much for the lovely comment. It made me so happy 🙂 xx

  • You bet they are! 🙂 Hope you are well melissa! x

  • Amazing tips! I agree on Photoshop… it is my go-to! Your blog is amazing and so chic. I am obsessed!!! <3

    xx Brigette | http://www.brigetteramos.com

    • Hi brigette! That was such a sweeet comment, thank youuuuu soo much! <3 Glad you like it! Keep visiting often x

  • Amazing tips! I agree on Photoshop… it is my go-to! Your blog is amazing and so chic. I am obsessed!!! <3

    xx Brigette | http://www.brigetteramos.com

  • Hi brigette! That was such a sweeet comment, thank youuuuu soo much! <3 Glad you like it! Keep visiting often x

  • Great one! I use PicMonkey all the time, now that you mentioned all the other editing apps, I want to give them a try 🙂 Thank youu so much!

    xo
    http://www.colorsinmybubble.blogspot.com

    • Sure do, and let me know which ones you liked the most! 🙂 x

  • Great one! I use PicMonkey all the time, now that you mentioned all the other editing apps, I want to give them a try 🙂 Thank youu so much!

    xo
    http://www.colorsinmybubble.blogspot.com

  • Great post! It gives a nice overview of the things that are out there. I use Pixlr and Canva. The latter I mostly use for adding text to photos or creating visuals.

    xo
    Lore
    http://www.thesundayblah.com

    • Thank you lore, Canva is a new tool for me and i am absolutely loving it 🙂 x

  • Great post! It gives a nice overview of the things that are out there. I use Pixlr and Canva. The latter I mostly use for adding text to photos or creating visuals.

    xo
    Lore
    http://www.thesundayblah.com

  • I love Photoshop for my laptop and VSCO for my Ipad.

    • Love VSCO, its amazing! 🙂 x

  • I love Photoshop for my laptop and VSCO for my Ipad.

  • Love VSCO, its amazing! 🙂 x

  • Sure do, and let me know which ones you liked the most! 🙂 x

  • Thank you lore, Canva is a new tool for me and i am absolutely loving it 🙂 x

  • I use Lightroom for editing my photos. I used to use Photoshop, but i prefer Lightroom:) These are all great programs though, it’s about what works best for you.

  • I use Lightroom for editing my photos. I used to use Photoshop, but i prefer Lightroom:) These are all great programs though, it's about what works best for you.

  • It's really useful for some bits, isn't it!

  • What a great post, thanks for sharing! I use a combination of Photoshop and Photoscape – I think it's a matter of finding one that you enjoy using 🙂

    thefoolishobsession.com

  • Paint.net was one of my favourites. Now that I’m working on my new Mac I cannot download it anymore, so I’m searching for something new 🙂 Nevertheless, I’m a true fan of lightroom 🙂

    http://www.lovingfromberlin.blogspot.com

  • elisabetta carrara

    May I add Krita (open source software included in Calligra creative suite for linux)? it is a PhotoShop open source twin…..

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