You don’t have to be a blogger to enjoy taking, editing and sharing photos. I’m definitely far from a professional when it comes to photos, but I do have a few free tools that I rely on regularly.
It can be overwhelming when you see how many options there are out there for photo-editing, especially if you’ve never done it before. So today, I’m sharing some totally free resources you may be interested in trying out yourself. Because, hey, it’s fun to play with pictures and add some funny text. And I bet you’ve always wondered how people do some of the things they do to photos. Right?
My five favorite free photo apps and websites
And this list is by no means exhaustive, but features those tools I use the most frequently …
1. PicMonkey — For adding text to photos and creating graphics using my laptop.
I even taught my own Mom how to use PicMonkey, if that gives you an idea of the ease of using this site. While you can upgrade to a paid version for more functionality, I stick with the free options. I add text, filters, shapes and shading to photos, as well as create my own graphics. (For instance, all of my workouts images are created using PicMonkey.) You can even make collages of nearly any size or shape. Totally free and only online. Once you’re done with your creation, you can save it in any size you want to your computer. Voila.
2. Frame Swagg — For collage-making on my iPhone.
If you aren’t near a computer and want to quickly throw together a collage of moments, combining multiple photos into one, this app works great. You can even change the color of the borders and make a few graphic modifications on Frame Swagg. This one is very easy to use, because it pulls photos right from your Camera Roll on your phone with one click. You can upgrade to get additional collage formats, but I’ve always been happy with the free ones. I mean, you can’t beat this collage of my little Rudy, right?
3. Squaready — For converting photos to a square size on my iPhone.
Have a vertical or horizontal photo that is too good to cut off into a square to make it fit into Instagram‘s standards? Just download Squaready and you can turn nearly any photo into a square with a white border. I learned about this one from some gals on a trip to Key West a few months ago and have used it a ton since then. It’s not as easy to use as the other apps, but once you get it, you’ll be converting photos in just seconds. Like this one I made of my friends and me at a recent NBA Finals game.
4. BeFunky — For editing and sharpening photos on my laptop and iPhone.
This one is totally new to me, and I learned about it while Googling “how to make a photo less blurry.” True story. I came home from the gym with a cool shot of me and a fellow instructor, but of course, neither of the photos were in focus. I downloaded BeFunky app and it certainly helped the photo sharpen. Super easy to use as well. After finding the app, I realized there is a BeFunky website for photo-editing as well, which you can access for free, and I’ll be trying that one out very soon.
5. Dropbox — For storing and sharing photos on my iPhone and laptop.
When you find yourself taking and storing a lot of pictures, you need a way to transfer them from the phone to the computer, back to the phone. I’ve been using a free version of Dropbox storage for a long time. Sometimes I have to clean out my inventory, but I’ve always stuck to the free version without the need to pay for additional space. All I do is upload my phone photos to my Dropbox, and they magically appear on my laptop, available for editing. Of course, Internet connection required.
And just like that, I’m armed and ready to play with photos at all times. Perhaps too armed and playing with photos too often. But whatever. If you want to see some of my photo skills in action, be sure to follow me on Instagram.
My photo-sharing challenge for you
That’s it for today, my friends. My challenge for you is this: Take a photo today and share it. If you’re not someone who usually posts anything on social media, maybe you just text that photo to a friend or family member for fun. Nothing brightens my day more than receiving an unexpected photo-text from somebody. So get out there and share the moments, people!
And I’ll see you back here tomorrow for some more favorites in the form of “Friday Favorites.” Have an awesome Thursday!
Questions of the day
How often do you share photos on social media?
What are your favorite photo apps or websites?