It’s fair to say, Instagram has opened up a whole new era of photography. People who were once not bothered by taking photos have now become budding photographers taking pictures of everything from selfies to landscapes showing that you don’t need to attend photography courses to take a good picture, all you need is the camera in your hand and a good filter!
Nearly every photo in my phone album has a filter on it, but yet ones taken on my camera? Not a single one. Why? Because I don’t have any photo editing software on my computer and with photoshop costing around $10 a month, I am no where near professional enough to be able to justify purchasing it.
So if you’re an amateur or like me enjoy taking photos for pleasure but want to edit your photos on your computer without the professional costs, where do you go?
The free online photo editing software that requires no sign up!
Pic Monkey is pretty straight forward to use. Simply hit the edit button and upload the picture you want to edit and you’re away!
I started off with a picture of the office seagull that I took in a rush and was of pretty poor quality
And after about 5 minutes of fiddling round with the crop button, brightness and shadows, I turned the picture into this
Not too bad ey?
Next I decided to put a little bit more effort in and wanted to check out the filters.
There’s a lot of choice of filters in Pic Monkey. You can add your kind of Instagram style filters such as sepia, black and white etc, you can add graphics (you can add moustache’s to people’s faces!), there’s even an option to ‘touch up’ your photos. This is a lot like Photoshop in the sense that you can get rid of wrinkles, make yourself skinnier, hide those blemishes etc. But the one filter that I wanted to play around with was the Comic themed ones!
The result was pretty cool!
Pic Monkey is a fantastic free service and it does have a 30 day free trial for its Royal option which does offer an add free editing service at $33 a year (a fraction of the photoshop cost).
It’s pretty straight forward to use (the above pictures took under 10 minutes to achieve) and also has an option for you to create cards, banners and collages, fulfilling all the needs in photo editing software.
So if you’re looking for a way to edit your photos on your computer for free – Pic Monkey would be our recommendation!
Keep checking our blog for some more tips and tricks!