With social media moving so quickly, it feels like you’re forever creating content. If you’re not a professional graphic designer, you’ll want to find a free image editor that’s easy to use. So, I’ve put together a quick guide to free image editors, depending on what you want to use them for.
Adding a Filter
We’ll start off simply with adding a filter to your images. The simplest free image editor app is probably already on your phone – Instagram. Not only are there loads of filters to choose from, you can also use the app to do simple edits to your images, such as adjusting brightness and contrast.
The only real downfall to Instagram is that it a mobile-based app, so you can only use this editing feature on your phone. But that still makes it a quick and easy editing tool to use. There are constraints with image sizing. Though, if you’re looking for a really simple editing tool, you probably don’t need to worry about that too much.
Making a Collage
Collages are great for blogging and Pinterest, and to be honest they can be done using MS Paint if you really wanted. But if you’re looking for a tool to make it simple, here’s a bit of advice, look at what everyone else is using.
BeFunky was recommended to myself by the guys at a blog I used to write for. The great thing about it is, as it’s a website, you don’t need to download anything onto your phone or computer. It has three options, photo editor, collage maker, and designer. The collage maker is so easy to use. You just create your own collage from scratch, or use one of their layouts.
You can add graphics and pattern, or just create a basic collage. The sizing is in pixels so you can fit your collage perfectly onto your blog post. There’s just so much to do with this free image editor, you could sit and play with it all day.
Like many free things in life these days there is an option to upgrade to a paid version. But I’ve managed to work just fine with the free version.
Looking for Something More Mobile-Friendly?
If you’re looking for a free image collage maker for your phone, it’s back to Instagram, or rather Instagram Layout. This is another ridiculously simple app to use. You just click on the images you want, then choose the layout. You then have the option to post it to Instagram or just save it to your phone.
When you click onto your gallery through Instagram, you’ll see the option to create a collage, this will take you to your app store to download Layout if you haven’t already got it.
Resizing an Image
We’re back to BeFunky. Is there anything this website can’t do? Well yes, it’s a bit of a pain to use if you’re creating graphics, but we’ll get onto that later.
BeFunky’s free image editor means you can easily resize and rotate images, crop photos, or even add a pretty frame. I also forgot to mention earlier, you have the option of saving your image to your computer, Google Drive or Drop Box, or posting it straight to Facebook.
Creating a Graphic
If you like to get comfortable with one website, then you can create graphics using BeFunky. But I find its designer option to be quite limited, even if you upgraded to the ‘plus’ version.
So instead let me introduce you to Canva – everything you need to create cover photos, headers, ads, infographics… I could go on. Like BeFunky, it is a website with the option to download you finished images to your computer.
But the best thing about this website is that it has done all the sizing for you. You just click which type of image you want (like Twitter banner) then start creating. There are so many options, yet they still give you the choice of creating your own custom-sized image.
Once you have chosen your sizing, Canva has loads of premade layouts you can edit or just steal bits from. They also have quite a bit of free stock photos and graphics. If you’re insistent on spending your money, you can purchase individual images – but it’s not worth it as you can upload your own.
I have found this to be the best all round free image editor. It’s so easy to use, with a bit of work the graphics look professional, and it’s not full or annoying adverts or popups. Also, you create an account, Canva saves the images you create, just in case you lose them or want to re-edit them later.
So Now You Have Your Free Image Editor…
It’s time to get creating. Set aside some time to create your graphics for the next few days and make them all in one go. You can either schedule them in through the week or save them for when they’re needed.
If you’d like to learn about creating Flat Lay Images, check out my last post!