Saturday, April 21, 2012

Photo Editing Fun!

I have all these vacation pictures that I would love to show you....
But I wouldn't do that to you!
I like you too much to bore you like that!

But how's this for sneaky?
I will show you some of the photos....
and show you a couple of photo editing tools you can use for free or almost free!

I never used Picnik....or at least not very often...
I know that lots of you did...
and
But now "the Picnik" is over.....and I bet some of you are trying out other photo editing sites.

Read on to see couple of really nice options that I think are every bit as good as Picnik...
Oh...and you will get to see some of our vacation pics too....tee hee!



I would never say that I am an expert photographer.
I would like to be....but like with lots of things....
I don't have the patience to learn something like PhotoShop...or the desire to spend the money buying it!

So....I did a little research and found these options:

FotoFlexer  is a FREE on line photo editing site that is really great....

It has lots of options and you can upload and then save your edited photo without any sign up...nice.

And the best thing is that it is a lot like Picnik-

Here is an example of an unedited photo.....
This is taken of the condo from across the harbor.



Here is the same photo with just a click on Autofix and a crop...


Every morning we watched as a couple of fishermen took this little boat out....and caught lots of fish!  This is the snapshot....


Cropping and enhancing color was simple....as was adding text.  


This shot of a street fruit stand is the original.
I added a boost of color and and an edge effect to get this!

I took a look at the editor that Piknik is suggesting as a replacement.  It is called PicMonkey.
It looked okay, There are a bunch of options....but the really fun stuff looks like it will eventually need a purchased upgrade.  You can use the upgrades now...but I couldn't tell how long that would be available.

The original
 Cropped, sharpened and color enhanced with PicMonkey.
 With a drop shadow frame
I did a post a while ago about Free Websites for Photo Effects.  It might be worth your while to take a look!

In that post I highlighted the iPad APP PhotoForge2.  It costs $1.99....but I really like it.
I have added the Picassa App to the iPad too.....so all my photos are right there when I want to use PhotoForge.

From This....
 To this!

I could probably sit here all day and play with photos....but I have other stuff to do!

I know there are lots of other options out there....

I would love to hear other suggestions from any of you about your suggestions for photo editing!
If you have any....add your comments! I will enjoy looking at them....as I am sure other readers would too!

I think the thing to do is just pick one and get good at that one!
Hmmmm....don't you just hate having to make decisions!



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