Also known as “Kelsey’s Rachet Media School”
Welcome. My name is Kelsey, and I am your Professor. Sit back, relax, and sip your coffee while I show you how to my favorite picture editing apps and how to use them to edit your pictures like a total pro. Or something.
1. I take pictures with my trusty iPhone 5s. The camera is only so-so, and my photography skills are even less than. So make sure you have plenty of natural light, and also make sure to take at least 15,000 pictures at different angles. At least one of them has to be in focus, right?
2. Then import picture into the editing apps I keep on my phone. Depending on the picture I will do the following:
ALWAYS: Edit it in my favorite picture editing app called Afterlight. Here I will crop slightly, rotate it, adjust the brightness, exposure, shadow, highlight, or temperature, depending on what is needed. I always boost the contrast to make the colors pop.
THEN, if the picture has a lot of white space, I will then import the newly edited image into another picture editing app called Snapseed. Using the “Selective” tool you can adjust the brightness in individual areas by swiping left or right across the screen. Just click and place the little circle on the area you want to edit. You can also adjust the size area that you are editing by pinching the screen and zooming in or out. This can help make white backgrounds brighter, and be super useful if your lighting is uneven or heavily shadowed.
3. Then, I email the picture to myself from my phone so I can import it to my computer.
4. After downloading the image onto my computer, I then open the image on PicMonkey.com.
Here is where I do final resizing and cropping to fit my blog format, tweak brightness, exposure, highlights, and contrast a bit more as needed.
If it is a relatively simple image, like shown below, I add the writing using the text option. I always make sure I am using the same fonts, and same colors that go with my blog theme. When finished, I save the image to my computer and then I’m done!
5. However, if it’s a more complicated image, like a chart, or something I want a more detailed design on it, I will then open the image in Canva.com.
Canva has a ton of free options to create more complicated designs on images. For example, I used the tools on Canva to help create blank blank blank, as shown below.
What’s especially great about Canva is that it has a ton of templates already created for free. If you ever get stuck and need an idea, it’s really easy to grab one of their pre-made images and adjust it to your brand.
Once I create an image that I am happy with, I name it and download it as a PNG file. And voila, you have an image for your blog post.
See, now wasn’t that easy? Only 3-5 different picture editing apps, and two different electronic devices, and you got yourself a snappy image. Only a little complicated, but all totally free online photo editing — which is my favorite part.
Anyone else use these apps, or would be interested in a tutorial on any of them? Let me know! I not only use them for my blog, but also to create the marketing material for my day-job, so it really can be used to make great images if you take your time. It would really pay off to become comfortable with these websites and all they can do.