Free Photo Editors

Everyone loves something for FREE, and while checking out some free online photo editors, I thought that I would share them with you so you too can enjoy playing around with your photographs!

The first one is BEFUNKY.  This online photo editor has a lot to offer and I have spent lots of time on it playing around with all sorts of different effects like a simple Sepia, Black and White and to some more dramatic effects like Cartoonizer and much more.  I am in photo editing Heaven with this website!

For an example, I wanted to show you a before / after photograph that I did in this photo editor.

Before (Original Photograph)

CLOUDY SKY LOGO

After (With a Grunge Effect)

BeFunky_Grunge Sky Logo

What do you think?  Pretty neat, eh?  I have been having so much fun playing around with this photo editor and there is much more to explore as I have only just grazed the surface of what I can do.

The next free photo editor is called LUNAPIC.  Lunapic takes a little bit more time to master, but within no time, you will be creating some interesting effects.  They even have a plethora of animation effects, and one of the most interesting effects that I found was called Mirror & Copy.  This mirror effect does exactly that…it makes a mirror image and copies your image.  Not all photographs that I picked for the mirror effect did not look good, so choosing the right photograph to mirror sure does make the difference.  Check out the photograph below that I made a mirror image and see for yourself!  (Check out the clouds above the building…doesn’t it look like some sort of dragon?)

This is called Mirror & Copy Effect

OFFICE BUILDING MIRROR EFFECT1

This is called a Thermal effect

NIKITA THERMAL EFFECT1

My current photo editor that I use is called PICMONKEY.  I have been using PicMonkey for awhile now (ever since they closed down the PICNIK website…and I cried when they did) and all of the photographs on my blog posts are done in PicMonkey.  PicMonkey is a free photo editor as well, but you are limited to all the cool effects, as you need to pay for a subscription to gain access to all the effects.  I was going to do an upgrade on this to gain access to all the effects, but since I have found a few more free editors, I might not have to.

So, there you have it, three new free photo editors that you can play around with to your hearts content.  I will continue to search for more editors and will post my findings for you.  You can thank me later!  🙂

How To Add A Watermark To Your Photographs

BLOGGING TIPSDON’T STEAL THAT!  “That’s Mine”.  It happens every day. Someone steals your photograph and uses it as their own.  Shame on you!  Being a photographer, you work hard. You strive to get the best shot. You slave sometimes over your computer to tweak it until it is perfect.  It takes hours, some times days.  You take pride in the work that you do and above all, you don’t want someone to just swoop in and steal your work.  It happens.  We’re not happy with it.  But there is a way that you can safeguard your photographs on your blog or your website.  Simply, place a Watermark on each and every photograph you take and upload to your blog, otherwise, you are leaving yourself wide open to the possibility of someone stealing it.  That’s the last thing you want to happen after all the work you put into taking a great photo, right?

BLOG TIP NO 3HOW TO ADD A WATERMARK TO YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS:

Head on over to PicMonkey and click on Create A Collage.  Let’s get started!

 

 

STEP 1: Click on Create A Collage

STEP 1 CREATE A COLLAGE

STEP 2: A collage of three panels opens

STEP 2 COLLAGE OPENS UP

STEP 3:  Hover mouse in corner of one of the three collage boxes.

Click the “X” to remove one of the three cells.  Now you have 2 cells.

Click the “X” again in the 2nd box until you only have 1 cell left.

STEP 3 CLICK TO REMOVE CELL

STEP 4:  Now that you have only one panel showing, click on the Background button (which looks like a paint pad).  Check the box for a “Transparent Background”

STEP 6 CLICK TRANSPARENT BACKGROUND

STEP 7 TRANSPARENT

STEP 5:  Click Save.  Name your file.  Save your file as a PNG, not a JPG.

STEP 9 SAVE AS A PNG

STEP 6:  After you have saved your test watermark to your computer, go back to PicMonkey and click on Edit Photo.  Open up your test watermark with the transparent background.

STEP 10 EDIT PHOTO

STEP 7:  This is where you will begin to create your Watermark design.  Click on the “P” for Text.

STEP 11 CLICK THE P FOR TEXT

STEP 8:  This is the fun part!  In PicMonkey, you have lots of free fonts to play with, so have fun.  Click to Add Text.  A text box opens.  Type what you want for your watermark.  Hint:  You can add more than one text box too for your watermark with different fonts too!  (for my example, I used two text boxes with two different fonts)

STEP 12 ADD TEXT

STEP 9:  View what your watermark will look like.  If you don’t like it, you can change it at this point.

STEP 13 CREATE YOUR WATERMARK

STEP 10:  Crop your Watermark.  Click on the Crop button and crop around your Watermark as close as you can without damaging your text.

STEP 14 CROP WATERMARK

STEP 11:  Once you have cropped your Watermark (as shown above in my example), you need to Save it again, and make sure you save it as a PNG and not a JPG.  Your Watermark is now ready to be used on any of your photographs.  (Note:  You can use this new Watermark over and over again)

STEP 12:  Open a Photograph that you want to add your Watermark to.  (Hi Nikita!)

STEP 16 OPEN PHOTOSTEP 13:  Click on Overlays

STEP 15 OPEN PHOTO ADD OVERLAY

STEP 14:  Click on Add your Own Overlay, which is going to be the Watermark file you just created.

STEP 17 ADD YOUR OWN OVERLAY

STEP 15:  Your new Watermark will now pop up on top of your photograph.    You can resize your Watermark just by dragging the sides of the box around the Watermark.  Place your Watermark where you want on your photograph.  Make sure it the the size you want, and you’re done!  Now, just  save your photograph and you have now locked in your Watermark on your photograph permanently.

STEP 18 DRAG SIDES OF WATERMARK TO RESIZE

Here is the finished photograph with its new Watermark!

NIKITA LOOKING UP

You will not have to go through all of the steps above to add a Watermark to a photograph.  I know what you are thinking, phew!  Once you have created your Watermark & have saved it, all you will need to do is open PicMonkey, edit photo, click on add overlay (which will be your Watermark) and place your Watermark where you want it on your photo.  Save photo.

I just wanted to be as detailed as I could to give you the dirt on how to create a Watermark for your photographs.  It is important to protect your work.  It is important to protect what is yours.  It is important to stop others from stealing from you and using your photographs as their own.  It ends here.  Now, get going and protect what is yours!  You will thank me later.

And, as always, if you get stuck in any of these steps, let me know and I will be more than happy to assist you!

If you missed the first two blog tips, here they are:
TIP No. 1:  How to Add Tickers to your blog
Tip No. 2:  How to Create an Animated GIF