Five versatile photo editors that won’t break your budget
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In this visual and social age, pictures are one of fastestrnmeans of grabbing attention. And with Facebook clamping down on post reach,rnmarketing your business on social networks almost requires images to be included.
When you need to post images, you’ll probably want to editrnthem — and you may not want to shell out the coin for the likes of Photoshop. Butrnwhat photo editing software can you add to your toolbox without have to spendrnmuch (or any) of your budget? Luckily, there are plenty of options. Here are myrnfive favorite affordable photo editors.
Note: This gallery is also available as an article.
Pixlr Editor is the more robust tool in the Pixlr lineup. It offers plentyrnof features to entice those looking for a powerful editor they can use fromrnanywhere u2500 which, in the end, is one of the few caveats to using Pixlr: It’s anrnonline-only tool. But that does not detract from its features and usability. Inrnfact, for an online tool, Pixlr is impressively customizable. Of course, thernability to customize means you must have an account. Like the tool, the accountrnis free.
You can save images to an online image library within your account. Yourncan also save images to local storage, Facebook, Flickr, or Picassa. The arrayrnof filters included with Pixlr is impressive and can take care of just aboutrnany need you have for image manipulation (blurs, Tilt Shift, Night Vision, andrnmuch more).
Photo Editor by Aviary
Photo Editor by Aviary is a solid entry forrnthe Android platform. With the free version you get some quality effects andrntools, and from the in-app shop, you can purchase new effects, frames,rnstickers, and overlays. Don’t let the fact that Photo Editor contains framesrnand stickers turn you off. For a mobile image editor, it can do what you needrnto get done.
PicMonkeyrnis an online editor that offers the same types of features found in mobilernapps, but also lets you add text, do minor touchups, resize/rotate, createrntexture overlays, and more. The interface is incredibly easy to use, but itrncan’t work on mobile browsers yet (it requires Flash). A mobile app is in thernworks, but there’s no release date at the moment.
PaintShop Pro has often been hailed as the one true alternative to Photoshop.rnThere’s a reason for that. It’s powerful, it offers a more traditionalrninterface and feature set, and it doesn’t cost nearly as much as Photoshop. Yourncan purchase the full version of PaintShop Pro X7 for $63.99 or PaintShop PrornUltimate for $79.99.