Have you ever wanted to create your own unique graphics and edit images easily like a professional graphic designer does with Adobe Photoshop? The only problem is the software they use can take years to master.
WordPress users who blog to support their business really don’t have the time to learn how to use Photoshop not to mention fork out the cost of buying the software. If you are interested in a solution which is far easier to use and free, keep reading.
Editing images and creating unique graphics which you can embed into your blog posts help make your content stand out as well as paint a clear picture which also supports your text content.
So whats the best image editing software for pictures & graphics that’s also easy to use for beginners?
Solution: Paint.net is a powerful yet simple image and photo editing tool for Windows users based on MS Paint and Adobe Photoshop. If you know how to use paint and have tried to use Photoshop, you’ll find paint.net offers the best features from both and is far easier to use.
Paint.net Image Editing Software
If you are wanting to add 2 or 3 images together using layers or place images side by side, this tool provides an easy solution so your images look like they’ve been created by a professional graphic designer using photoshop.
You’ll find some handy tutorials for beginners on how to use paint.net to:
- create and edit images
- add text effects & textures
- photo touchup
- cut out image background
- side by side images
Tip: Once you’ve finished editing your images in paint.net, save it as a .png file type so you can upload it to your WordPress media library otherwise the default file type, .pdn, will not upload.
You can also use this free image editing software to:
- create banners
- make a logo
- create image layers
- create headers
- change image background
- using images in posts
Other image editing software you may find helpful are:
- MS Paint
- PaintShop Pro – Premium
- Corel Digital Studio – Premium
- Adobe Photoshop
Paint.net is like a stepping stone between MS Paint and Photoshop which also provides access to a forum providing support for beginners.
Paint.net is also a free image and photo editing software for Windows users and was originally created as an upgrade for Microsoft Paint.
Hey Brad. thanks for you help on the studio press forums. Thought I would pass along all my free turn key web design and graphic design tools I use. You may have heard of some of them. If not, hope this helps.
First of all, check this out. It has most of the resources I am mentioning below.
Pixlr – Google chrome extension much like gimp and photoshop. Awesome free graphic editor
Canva – A.MA.ZING turn key graphic design tool. Makes me look like a seasoned designer.
Infogr.am – Turn key infographics. Another gem
Google Fusion Tables – Great for visualizing large data sets
Pixabay – Stock Images, mostly free
BigstockPhoto – Stock Images
Comp Fight – Stock Images + Flickr search tool
(Checkout the stock images links from the dope list page. even better)
Designspiration – great curation of good design
Noun Project – Icons
(Checkout the icons list from the dope list page)
Session Cam – Records visitors to a website. Amazing for bug detection and user experience research.
Zopim- Best customer chat plugin
Zapier – Automate (almost) anything without building custom API’s.
Hope these help. Thanks again for all your time.
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