As you continue to grow and build your new blog, you’ll probably be looking for the best image editing software to make sure your pictures look amazing in every blog post. As we’ve already mentioned, visual imagery is a huge part of promoting your blog on social media. It is a must to have the right tools to edit, add watermarks, and resize your images as needed. This list will give you a great list to begin with that can fit into any budget.
Best Image Editing Software For Your Blog
Adobe Photoshop: If you are serious about photography and learning the professional end of image editing, Photoshop is the premier tool used by most professionals. There are many options in the Adobe Suite that can fit into your budget, so don’t worry about it being too costly. There are some for as little as $120 per year, and others that can cost thousands to purchase all software and licensing. The benefit to using Photoshop is that you truly have the best quality products as well as a seemingly unlimited suite of tools. However, the cost can be prohibitive, so for many this isn’t an investment made until later down the road.
PicMonkey: One of the most popular image editing software programs used by bloggers is PicMonkey. In fact, this is one we often use ourselves. This software is all available online, and has dozens of options in basic image editing, font overlays, image overlays, sizing, collage abilities, and more. They also have released an app in 2016 that is available to use on the go. The cost is as little as $4.99 a month to upgrade for some of their specialty features.
Canva: Another popular image editing software that is online, is Canva. It offers much the same features as PicMonkey, with a few unique options that many bloggers love. One of the best features is the ability to purchase royalty free stock images directly through Canva for only $1 per image. This is huge when you don’t have the right image for a blog post, but don’t want to take chances of the one you find online being too costly or not free for use. The $1 charge is easy to manage, and the great overlays and options in the program make it very popular.
Gimp: This image editing software is a free download that works with most operating systems. It takes a bit more work to use, and obviously doesn’t offer some of the bells and whistles of those mentioned above, but it is functional for basic image editing. It does offer the ability to use any fonts you have on your system, and even allows you to work with creating layers of images to create similar overlay looks as the other programs. While not as easy to use as some, being free and having many regular updates makes this a favorite for those on a limited budget.
These are my top picks for image editing software to use for your blog. While there are many different options in the photography world, these are our personal favorites for the reasons listed above.