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Helpful Tools You Can Use to Edit Images on Your Website

Tuesday - October 23rd, 2012

Written by: Tristan Pelligrino

Helpful Tools You Can Use to Edit Images on Your Website

One of the things we usually include in a custom WordPress theme is the ability to add/display images. We work with our clients to identify areas on their website to easily add images and other media. Overall, images can really add a personal touch to your website.

Although adding images to a website is very easy, we often find that the most difficult part is properly sizing the image. How many times have you gone to a website and seen an image stretched to fit into a certain space? In addition, the total file size also should be considered and it’s important to reduce the file size for the web. If you upload a 9MB photo your visitors aren’t going to appreciate it (especially if they don’t event wait until it downloads). So, it’s important to have a quick and affordable solution to modify images for your website. What many don’t realize; however, is that there are plenty of free, competent options that can be downloaded or used right on the web. Here’s a short list of helpful tools to use for integrating images on your website.

GIMP

The first thing you will notice about GIMP is its highly customizable interface, allowing you to keep your toolbar however it is convenient for your needs. GIMP offers basic features such as allowing you to enhance photos by sharpening the image or changing its colors to add a more professional feel. The program also allows you to remove details and touch up blemishes or other issues. GIMP supports several tablets and various USB and MIDI controllers. Several file formats can be worked with in the program.

Paint.NET

With an intuitive interface that is easy to master, it is no wonder that so many people use Paint.NET. The tabbed interface shows a thumbnail image of the photograph you are working with, making it easier to switch to exactly what you need without having to remember the name of the image. One of the fastest image editors available, Paint.NET support layers and allow for special effects such as sharpening and removing red eye. The 3D preview makes it easy to rotate images and zoom in to exactly where you need to be. An unlimited history allows you to make changes to work that you have already done. Paint.NET offers an active community with lots of tutorials and plugins to use.

Pixlr

With an interface that is very similar to the popular, but expensive, Adobe Photoshop, Pixlr allows for you to edit your images right on the web. The interface, which supports layers, offers various features, such as sharpening, blurring and halftone filters, the ability to easily rotate and crop and images and several different preview of your image to show you every possible detail. Pixlr is available in many different languages, making it popular worldwide.

Splashup

A unique interface that also closely resembles Photoshop, Splashup allows you to share your images directly to Facebook, Flickr and other popular websites. You can view your images in layers and even blend them together, as well as apply filters such as colorize and enrich. Splashup supports the use of brushes, allows you to edit text on your images and even has a feature that captures pictures from your webcam.

editor.pho.to

If you are looking for something even more basic, editor.pho.to is the way to go. The interface provides very simple editing capabilities. Easily crop and rotate images, remove red eye and apply basic text or artistic effects. editor.pho.to is perfect if you are in a hurry and do not want to add a lot of special effects to your image.

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