Recently Microsoft announced that the new Windows 10 operating system will no longer include Microsoft Paint. The first tool many graphic designers and digital artists used is quickly becoming a memory of the past. That being said, here are 5 free tools to lessen the gravity of the news. These tools are bound to become your new best friend while helping you create dynamic blog photos, website images or images to post on social media! Take a look at all the highlights that may help you enhance your hotel social media strategy!
PicMonkey This tool is a Jack of all trades. Uploading your photos is simple and you have the option of editing as much or as little as you’d like. From cropping, rotating and simple color balance tools, it does a little bit of every. All the basics are covers and each tool is super intuitive to use. My favorite part about this program is the array of effects & textures you can superimpose on each image. On the right picture, these pre-designed templates can boost the appeal and bring life into a simple photo.
Ipiccy If you are looking to get creative with your layouts this is the tools for you! Choose from many layouts including ones with basic designs, ones centered around a large image, or more elaborate “jigsaw” designs. The premade layouts make it effortless to plug and chug when it comes making unique collages to catch the eye. The best part about this is that the dimensions are full customizable! That’s right, you can choose your layout and adjust the dimension to fit any platform you’d like. Tweet it, post it, pin it; no problem!
Canva Canva is one of the heftier tools out there that does not require a plugin or download. This tool comes with beautifully pre-made laid out designs which include photos and text. Select your media and customize the already beautiful design to fit your needs. You can change the font, photo, add or remove graphics like lines and shapes, create an intricate layout and you can even adjust the color on your photo in the same platform! This tool will make you look like an experienced graphic designer while having little to no experience. It’s a trick you should keep up your sleeve!
Luna Pic One of the tools that allows your imagination to run wild is Luna Pic. It has lots to offer to the point that it may be a bit overwhelming. Although all the tools are pretty straightforward to use, the selection of tools and effects is vast. With this in your back pocket, you can draw on you images using different brushes, add an array of effects or even place watermarks on your photos. The design of the site is little bit outdated but don’t let that fool you. If you have a clear idea of how you would like to edit your picture this tool probably has a preset to make that vision come to life.
GIMP If you are looking for a powerful free tool to take the place of expensive PhotoShop, take a look at GIMP. To use this tool you must download the software but it comes with advanced editing tools comparable to those of PhotoShop. This tool can be used for more complex photos editing projects like creating a design, working with layers and so forth.
If you are in the market for a robust software that can handle large projects you should also consider Affinity Photo. Although it’s not free, it’s very similar to PhotoShop and GIMP. Unlike GIMP, this interface is much faster and has less lag time. Compared to Photoshop, the one-time $49.99 software purchase comes with unlimited updates available upon release which make you appreciate the low fee when compared to similar software or subscription services.
If you are looking to save some cash but want to make the most out of the free tools available to make your photos stand out on any platform, these free photo-editing tools are a great place to start. There are even many YouTube tutorial showing your step-by-step instructions on simple and complex projects.