So you have your blog, you have your copy but you don’t want to shell out the cash for a photo editing software just so you can resize, crop or do minor editing to an image?
Luckily there are several FREE and easy to use resources.
WordPress has a built in image editor!
That’s is right. You can edit your images directly from the media library! To learn how to use this feature, hop over to WordPress Support and follow these easy to use directions.
Pros: You can crop an image right there in wordpress, saving you time and stress.
Cons: Sometimes seems to read the previous older file. Only basic editing capabilities- Cropping, Rotating, Flipping and Resizing. You do not have a saved copy of the image.
Photobucket, as decribed by Photobucket, “is the premier destination for uploading, downloading, sharing, linking and finding photos, videos and graphics. Host all your images and videos for free, then share them by email or on social sites like Facebook, Twitter and MySpace. Your free Photobucket account can store thousands of photos and hours of video.”
Pros: Can give you access to more methods of sharing. More options for editing that the WordPress Image Editor. It has the ability to add text, adjust image contrast and sharpness, special effects, decorative features, animations and even layers.
Cons: You have to either use the photo code to embed the photo on your blog, or download the edited photo and then uploaded to wordpress.
Picnik- closed April 2012 As described by Picnik, “Picnik makes your photos fabulous with easy to use yet powerful editing tools. Tweak to your heart’s content, then get creative with oodles of effects, fonts, shapes, and frames.” Cons: To get all the bells and whistles you will have to upgrade from your free account to $24.95 per year. Same cons as Photobucket, you have to either use the photo code to embed the photo on your blog, or download the edited photo and then uploaded to wordpress.