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This week’s post is from Ashley who writes at A Lady Goes West.
You don’t have to be a blogger to enjoy taking, editing and sharing photos. I’m definitely far from a professional when it comes to photos, but I do have a few free tools that I rely on regularly.
It can be overwhelming when you see how many options there are out there for photo-editing, especially if you’ve never done it before. So today, I’m sharing some totally free resources you may be interested in trying out yourself. Because, hey, it’s fun to play with pictures and add some funny text. And I bet you’ve always wondered how people do some of the things they do to photos. Right?
MY FIVE FAVORITE FREE PHOTO APPS AND WEBSITES
And this list is by no means exhaustive, but features those tools I use the most frequently …
1. PICMONKEY — FOR ADDING TEXT TO PHOTOS AND CREATING GRAPHICS USING MY LAPTOP.
I even taught my own Mom how to use PicMonkey, if that gives you an idea of the ease of using this site. While you can upgrade to a paid version for more functionality, I stick with the free options. I add text, filters, shapes and shading to photos, as well as create my own graphics. (For instance, all of my workouts images are created using PicMonkey.) You can even make collages of nearly any size or shape. Totally free and only online. Once you’re done with your creation, you can save it in any size you want to your computer. Voila.
2. FRAME SWAGG — FOR COLLAGE-MAKING ON MY IPHONE.
If you aren’t near a computer and want to quickly throw together a collage of moments, combining multiple photos into one, this app works great. You can even change the color of the borders and make a few graphic modifications on Frame Swagg. This one is very easy to use, because it pulls photos right from your Camera Roll on your phone with one click. You can upgrade to get additional collage formats, but I’ve always been happy with the free ones. I mean, you can’t beat this collage of my little Rudy, right?
3. SQUAREADY — FOR CONVERTING PHOTOS TO A SQUARE SIZE ON MY IPHONE.
Have a vertical or horizontal photo that is too good to cut off into a square to make it fit intoInstagram‘s standards? Just download Squaready and you can turn nearly any photo into a square with a white border. I learned about this one from some gals on a trip to Key West a few months ago and have used it a ton since then. It’s not as easy to use as the other apps, but once you get it, you’ll be converting photos in just seconds. Like this one I made of my friends and me at a recent NBA Finals game.
What are Ashley’s other two favorite free photo apps and websites? Click here to read the rest of her post and find out!