Free Ways to Improve Your Photo Editing Skills


    Consumers today are all for aesthetically pleasing web design and social pages, and the primary way to achieve this is through exceptional photography. The photos you use for your business should be professional and of high quality while representing the essence of your brand.

    But what if you can’t afford a fancy photographer who has all sorts of photo editing tools at their disposal? Even if you’re not an expert, you don’t want to be a total noob. Don’t worry. You can invest in the latest photo editing software, but you still need to learn how to use it. There are free ways to improve non-experts’ photo editing skills, if you know where to look.

    Free trials exist for a reason: to try out software or a program before deciding to buy it. For small businesses that don’t want to spend large amounts of their budget on photo editing but want to learn the basics, free trials are key. They allow you to learn more about editing, by doing, without paying a cent.

    However, to benefit from such trials, you’re going to need to know how to use these sometimes very complicated programs. Start by watching free, online tutorials that explain everything about the programs you’re using. You can find free self-help articles and how-to videos on nearly every photo-editing software out there, which will teach you how to use the built-in tools, how to make sense of what looks like a complicated interface, and some small projects to get you started so you can see what’s possible.

    For Photoshop alone there are tons of free online resources. Here are a few worth checking out:

    • GFCGlobal
    • Adobe
    • Envato Tuts+
    • Design Stacks

    When you sign up for an Adobe Photoshop trial, you also get access to Adobe’s large database of its own tutorials. The company doesn’t want you to be lost when you get started. Check out the company’s online resources but also the tutorials in the program itself. That goes for most photo editing programs out there.

    If you enjoy the program after your trial run, you can purchase it with the reassurance that it will benefit your needs. If not, you’ll at least have learned more about the art and can apply it with free photo-editing applications. There are even some available for smartphones, like VSCO and Snapseed.

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