Photo Editing of Yarn Stuff

Yesterday was spent without yarn in my hands and strangely, it felt okay. That’s not to say I avoided yarn completely. Instead, I worked on photos for my Bonny Knits business. I’ve been wanting to do this for a while but wasn’t sure what apps or programs would be best. Photoshop is the obvious one, but it’s too expensive for my needs.

Thanks to a fellow fiber friend, I discovered PicMonkey and started playing around with the free Basic version. It has a good variety of effects, overlays, themes and fonts for free, which is great. The biggest flaw is how slowly it runs on my computer, and I’m not sure how much to blame on the site and how much on my laptop. When there’s nothing else open on my computer, I can use it without too much frustration. Here are a couple of early attempts. yodaHeartbeatLoveHatSadly, this one has a wee typo (should be ‘shop’, not ‘shops’) and I couldn’t go back and edit once I saved. It would have to be re-done completely. I don’t know if that’s something that’s different in the paid services, but it would be nice to keep the images in a library and edit them easily.

Then I tried Foto Editor Lite, another free app, this time on my phone. There were some different filters that I liked a lot, ones that seemed to alter the background without changing the focus of the photo too much. The text was easy to add and alter, but the app crashed a few times while I was editing text, and I’d lose everything I’d done. Still, I liked it well enough for a quick edit of photos on my phone that I could then easily post on Twitter or Instagram. IMG_4889

Then I moved to the iPad and played with LiPix, another free app. It’s easy to use with a ton of variety in frames and shapes. You can alter the colors yourself to get just the right shade. It has just as many filters as Instagram, if not more. Adding text was simple, with great options for color and font. There were stickers you could add, which were fun, probably not something I’d use for this kind of thing but great for personal photos. I think this might have been my favorite of the three. It was easier for me to work on the iPad than the phone, it didn’t crash once, it had a ton of variety for free, and the photos were easy to save and share. IMG_0348IMG_0349There you have it, if you’ve been looking for ways to spice up your photos but like me, didn’t know where to start. I’m looking forward to all the fun images I can create!

7 thoughts on “Photo Editing of Yarn Stuff

  1. Photos are hard. This is the one area of my business that I struggle with most. Admittedly, I have not put that much time into educating myself on photography. I also need lots of practice time. You have inspired me to spend more time on this. 🙂

  2. Photos, especially some shades of yarn, are very hard to take and get accurate colors. Your exploring and comparing the different free editing programs is priceless information. Thank you! I may have to change from using my microsoft picture editor on my desk-top 🙂

    • Oh my gosh, I know! Red and black are the WORST! I’m on a Mac, so I often start with iPhoto to clean up color/crop etc, then take the photos to the fun apps for tweaking. Please share if you come across any other good programs!

  3. I love the first Yoda pic with the speech bubble – that’s brilliant! This is a area I have been experimenting with too although I haven’t looked much into the editing side yet. I’m going to have a look at PicMonkey and I have also heard that Picasa is quite good. I think I may be lost for hours playing around with all the fun effects!

    • Thank you! I do have fun with my Yoda hats. 🙂 I’ll check into Picasa, and I also heard about Gimp this morning, so I’ll be looking into that too. Only drawback is that it takes me away from the actual knitting!

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