Archive for the ‘image editor’ tag
Android and iOS: Aviary, already offering a great image editor for your web browser, now has an app for your mobile phone. It provides an extensive toolset for improving your photos, plus some fun add-ons that you can purchase for a few bucks. More »
Android: Though Android has no lack of photo editing apps, you often must choose between tons of features, and ease of use. Snaptastic stands apart as a powerful editor with an elegant UI. More »
This guest post is by Jo Gifford of Cherry Sorbet Creative.
Blogs that look great attract the attention of the reader, it’s as easy as that. Your content might be amazing but if your blog has a terrible aesthetic you are missing out on a slice of magic to make people enjoy their stay.
In 2011 visual social media platforms like Pinterest and insta.gram exploded in use, signalling a trend towards lifecasting in a more visual way, which applies to the blogosphere too; readers want your pages to look interesting. The more they stay on your site and engage, the prettier those stats look too.
This post gives some simple and easy ways to create and generate original and eyecatching imagery for blogs, without needing to be a designer. So, let’s get looking good:
Love it or hate it, instagr.am is a fantastic way to create eyecatching imagery for use on a blog, all from your mobile. I use inkstagram, which uses my instagram sign in to produce an easily scrollable stream (instagram itself is a little limited in image access). From there, I click on an image and copy the URL to add into the blog post. At this stage, the SEO savvy among you will want to make sure your image title and alternative text is changed to something relevant.
2. Screen grabs
Screen grabs of images or text can make an easy collage tool. If your screen is full of images, text, maybe a mindmap of work in progress, consider capturing the screen and taking it into an image editor for a vibrant and personal illustration for your blog.
I love to use Picnik, an online image editor which is currently free in premium form until April when it is fully taken over by Google Creative kit. Both Picnik and the new Creative Kit in Google + allow images to be re-sized, effects added (including saturated and lomo effects), the inclusion of frames such as polaroids, and the addition of text too. This makes them great alternatives to Photoshop and are free resources online, so are easily accessible.
By editing and creating your own images you can have a fabulous looking blog post without worrying about Creative Commons licences or the dreaded copyright, and you needn’t be a designer!
Polyvore is a website used mainly by the fashion blogging world, but has useful features for all bloggers. Simply create an account, and go to “create a set”. You can then literally drag and drop a multitude of images including useful things like notebooks, post it notes, coffee stain and paint splash effects, alongside all sorts of images. Add text in some great fonts too by dragging and dropping text.
Once the set is finished you can click the “publish to WordPress” section; before you go ahead with it, simply copy and paste the code and add to your html section in your post. Polyvore automatically includes links to the products in the set, but you can deselect the check boxes to have code without the links. Voilà, original, fabulous imagery with a footprint on another site to boot!
There are some great apps available to help you make collages for post inclusion. I currently use Picframe for iPhone and iPad which allows photos from your library to be added into collages. You can drag and drop, re-size and alter frame edges and effects, and also export to instagr.am to add a filter and share in your stream or on Flikr.
I also use a desktop application collage maker for larger and more complex collages—there are myriad options available and a quick google search will provide some free collage resources for you. I happen to use an Apple App store called Collage Maker, and I find it to be really handy and effective.
It’s great to take a camera put and about with you if you have one. I use a Nikon D40 to snap away at places, signs, buildings and all sorts of interest. You never know what might appear that has relevance to a blog post you are writing, and you can always crop in, edit the images and form as part of a collage. Using a digital SLR allows a igher resolution to zoom in and crops parts of images not so easily done with iPhonography.
Creative commons images are images licensed by the creators to be used with a attribution link. You can search for images using the Creative Commons search tool, which may produce some exciting work you have permission to include on your site. Remember to attribute where necessary though.
iStock is a fantastic and inexpensive library of images that are perfect for bloggers. Images and illustrations are purchased in block of credits, and web friendly images can be very cost effective indeed for the odd post here and there.
So, go forth and get creative! Your readers will love you, I promise.
Jo Gifford is a designer, writer, blogger and founder of Cherry Sorbet Creative. Working primarily in the beauty, fashion and lifestyle industries her work spans graphic design for print and web, social media management and training, copywriting and editorial for on and offline publications. You will find her blogging as Dexterous Diva, on Twitter both as Dexterous Diva and Cherry Sorbet, and on Linked In.
Originally at: Blog Tips at ProBlogger
Adobe will officially launch its Photoshop Touch iPad app at the Mobile World Congress on Monday, months after Android users first got their hands on the app.
Adobe has certainly seen its fair share of trouble with Apple, mostly centering around issues with Flash, and it suffered a major black eye when it gave up on developing Flash for mobile devices. But with apps like Photoshop Touch — which genuinely seem geared towards giving tablet users something new and compelling, instead of just recreate the desktop experience — it seems like Adobe finally understands what mobile users need.
Adobe announced Photoshop Touch and its suite of companion Touch apps back in October alongside the unveiling of its Creative Cloud service, which will enable users to store, share, and collaborate on documents stored on Adobe’s servers. Now the flagship app in Adobe’s new tablet ambitions, and a core part of Creative Cloud, is will be available to iPad owners for $9.99 on the iTunes App Store.
Photoshop Touch briefly appeared on iTunes in Australia and New Zealand today, before it was quickly pulled by Adobe.
Like its competitors, Photoshop Touch is a tablet image editor with support for layers and plenty of effects. But what sets it apart is an exclusive feature dubbed the Scribble Selection Tool, which lets you easily extract objects by scribbling on the screen with your fingers. It’s the sort of innovation that tells us Adobe finally gets mobile (or so we hope).
Adobe says that the other iOS Touch apps will hit later this year when Creative Cloud launches (the Ideas app has already been released for the iPad).
Android: We’ve covered the free Aviary online image editor several times—it is robust enough to work for most people who want to tweak their photos but don’t require a full version of Photoshop or GIMP. They’ve just released a plugin for Android that brings the same functions to your phone or tablet so now you don’t have to transfer the image to your computer before editing. More »
Corel’s new AfterShot Pro software runs on Windows, Mac, Linux(!) and offers a $99 package for managing photos including RAW handling, image editing, and quick library management.
AfterShot is a digital photography workflow app like Aperture and Lightroom. It’s chock full of goodies like a complete RAW workflow, flexible management, advanced non-destructive editing, robust metadata tools, batch processing, and integration with the image editor of your choice.
Corel is claiming breakthrough performance with the software being fully multithreaded and optimized for multi-core and multi-CPU machines. A fully functional demo is available at Corel.com, the full product is priced at $99.99 which puts it in between Aperture and Lightroom in terms of price – a nice place to be.
Chrome: If you have a web site or business, or just want a logo to identify yourself on social networks, Logo Maker is a Chrome add-on that gives you a canvas you can use to add and scale an image, apply text under it, and then export it as a PNG that you can add to your web site or upload as a profile pic, all without installing an image editor. More »
This week’s top 10 Apple posts included a wide mix of topics such as Siri’s data usage, a review of Acorn, a hands-on with Pixelmator 2.0, the iPhone 4S’s potential battery issues, a Siri outage, where the Mac Pro is going, and more. Need to catch up? You’ve come to the right place.
“Siri, how much data do you gobble up in a month?” Ars investigates: Siri, the virtual assistant built into the iPhone 4S, requires an active Internet connection in order to perform tasks for you. In today’s data-capped world, might that push you over your monthly data limit?
The seed of something great: Acorn 3.1 reviewed: Looking for an inexpensive image editor on the Mac? Acorn falls just short of greatness, but it’s still an excellent app for casual designers.