You can get a lot of help today editing your photos to make them even more perfect. I do like the saying “garbage in – garbage out”, though, so it is still important to try and take good photos before using any software. But, sometimes, you end up with unwanted background or junk on the sides and since editing programs are so easy to use, you may as well fix the photo properly.
There are lots of online photography editing programs out there and others that you download to your own computer. The nice part about downloaded programs is you can store everything on your hard-drive and come back to a project whenever you like. With online programs, you may not be able to change something once you are done because they do not save anything. You’ll have to choose which is the best option for you.
I should also mention that if are doing any photos in a professional capacity, in other words for payment, you should invest in a paid program such as Photoshop or Corel and learn how to use the software efficiently. If need be, take a course online or at your local community college.
#1 – GIMP:
The GNU Image Manipulation Program is many years old and great for touching up photos. It comes in several languages and is heavily documented, so you can find answers to problems when you are not sure how to complete a task.
#2 – Paint.NET:
This is NOT the Paint program that comes installed on Windows operating systems. It is a stand-alone product that has extensive features to make some nice artwork. You can manipulate your photos, add appropriate text, color pic to get the best design, and it allows you to save in all formats.
#3 – Serif PhotoPlus Starter Edition:
I’ve seen many professional photographers say they have used this program and like it very much. One of the features is restoring old photos, so if you have some from when you were a child or some old black and whites, this may be very helpful.
#4 – PicMonkey:
From what I can see, you use this program online. But one thing that caught my eye are the super visual effects. You can really spice up your photos with some neat features. I’ve never used it but the effects are professional and it has many features to choose from.
#5 – Fotor for MAC:
This appears to be an online program, although, the site says you can get it in the MAC store. Not all the features are free, but you should be able to do some nice work, just the same.
What To Do with Your Finished Photos:
Once you have found a good photography editing program and manipulated your photos, you might like to put them in fancy albums, greeting cards or even fun slideshows. Kizoa is free and I have made many slideshows from this program. It is online, but they let you save your work to continue at a later time and you can also save your pics to be used in another project. It is really plug-and-play with the pieces, so real easy to use.