A picture is worth a thousand words, so an easy to use photo editor is ….well, priceless. I’m one of those save-your-pennies-so-you-can-spend-your-dollars kinda gals, which is why up until recently, GIMP was my photo editor of choice. It was free and though it seemed crazy compared to my Microsoft Paint days, I was pregnant with my first son and had plenty of time to fiddle with it. Suddenly, the words layers and opacity became my new best friends. I still have a TON to learn, but I was satisfied with the little tricks I knew and enjoyed tinkering with them. So after setting up my Facebook page, Twitter account and Pinterest profile I decided I need to work on creating a nice logo or profile pic.
With a little research before hand, I learned two helpful tips:
It’s wise to add your copyright to the pic info or as a watermark. If you can’t find a character map, pressing alt while typing 0169 should do the trick for PCs, and alt (option) g for Macs users. Might sound like common sense, but learning how to make the © symbol was pretty awesome for me 🙂
PicMonkey.com is AMAZING and FREE!!! Now they do have some premium editing options if you register for their “royal” plan, but you can still do a lot with the free options and it is super user friendly. It also looks like an easy way to make printables to offer your readers (that’s right, FREEBIES are on the horizon!)
Many of you probably already know these tricks of the trade, but I thought I might as well share what I am learning as I go along in hopes that it could bless someone (either to learn something new or remind them they aren’t the newest kid on the block 😉 ). What about you? Any pearls of photo editing/blog wisdom? Perhaps you have some Pic Monkey design tips or creations you’d like to share in the comments. I’d love to hear what you think of the logo too. Thank you!