5 Free Websites to Enhance Images

Writing a blog post isn’t what it used to be. A lot more work goes into blogging than typing text into box and clicking “publish.” get blog post checklist buttonFree tools, like this awesome blog post checklist, and good planning make it easier, but since Pinterest plays a major role in content sharing these days, if you don’t have a stellar image within your post, it’s toast. Think about it, how many successful blogs do you read that don’t include gorgeous images to break up the paragraphs? They do that for a reason- it sells. Great images drive traffic and shares to our sites. What blogger doesn’t want that? 5 Free Sites to Enhance Your Photos #blogtips #photography | JellibeanJournals.comToday I’m going to introduce you to my top five free websites for image enhancement. Each site has a particular strong suit and can be used alone, but many times I incorporate design elements of two or three of these sites together to create one image. I’ve listed each photo enhancement resource with an example photo in order from my absolute favorite to the site I use least. My hope is that you find a new free photo enhancement website that you didn’t know about and discover how to easily design pinworthy photos that stand out from the crowd.

Canva

Canva just recently launched to the public. I’ve been a member for about four months and consistently use this site to design the most pinworthy images. It’s my #1 pick for designing photos that look great on Pinterest. Not only can you add text and graphics, but you can import your own images to pre-made templates. Yes, I said templates- templates made by graphic design pros. They already look awesome, so you don’t have to try hard to create attractive images.

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Of course, if you want to try your hand at design, Canva allows for that too. Say, you can even switch things up in their pre-made templates. Change backgrounds, add text holders, even include stock photos you can search for and pay for right within the website. The design facets of Canva are so awesome I could ramble forever. Let’s just say you can design social media photos, documents, business cards, blog graphics, collages and more.

Pinwords

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This is a fun site for instantly adding Pintest-friendly text to photos. Pinwords specializes in fun word tape, fonts, and lettering to make photos pop. I’ve had tons of fun with it.

Pixlr

heart-header1.pngThis site has more than one photo editing application. I tend to use Pixlr Editor. It’s like a free version of Photoshop. I love that I can create images with transparent backgrounds, free transform shapes, use all fonts within your PC, and layer images. I won’t lie, it’s got a big learning curve, but it’s been the place I’ve designed 90% of all my blog headers over the years.

Fotor

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Fotor is another newbie free photo editing site that’s similar to Picmonkey, but better! I like Fotor because you have the ability to add text to your images using all the fonts available on your computer and you can select the font colors from the photo using a dropper tool. Of course, Fotor has some pretty spiffy fonts to choose from, but I love having a cohesive blog design and creating images with similar fonts to what my layout uses. The only downside is that once you make an edit to a photo in Fotor, it saves it and most of the time you can’t go back to anything other than the original photo- a frustrating quirk that I’ve emailed the company about.

Picmonkey

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When Picnik sold out to Google, I almost cried. Picmonkey soon filled in as Picnik’s replacement, and most of you are probably using this site to enhance photos, add graphics, and text. Don’t get me wrong, I use Picmonkey too, but don’t like how many of their graphics, tools, and fonts are now only available for paid subscribers. I like free. Now you know where you can go to polish up your pretty pictures and rake in the Pinterest referrals like it’s your job. If you liked this post, please take a second to share it with your friends. Learn how to enhance blog photos and rake in Pinterest traffic like it’s your job! {Tweet this!} Of course, primping photos alone won’t drive mad traffic to your website. Great blog design, effective planning, and top-notch content are extremely important pillars of a successful blog that we have to constantly be improving. In fact, just recently I redesigned my entire site with Genesis Framework and the Foodie theme that I absolutely love. Have you noticed? What do you think? I’d love to hear your opinions in the comments below. Check out these posts to maximize your Pinterest influence even more!

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    • Jelli says

      Thanks, Jen! I sure hope you have as much fun discovering new places to rock your photos. Just a warning, once you start with Canva, you’ll be hooked!

    • Jelli says

      I’m so excited to see what you think about the 4 sites that are new to you. Like I said before, Canva is 100% addictive- so beware! My next project there is to create a new FB cover image. Mine’s way outdated. Thank you for stopping by, Chelsea!

    • Jelli says

      Think with my affiliate links in mind, haha. Glad to point you toward some new photo places. I know I’d told you about at least 2 of these, but I’m happy you’re checking out some others. Thanks for stopping by, Gabby.

  1. says

    THIS is why I joined the Blogelina Commentathon, to find blogs like YOURS! I am so pumped to start reading your past and future posts. I’ve been at the blogging game for awhile now, but have just started attempting it on a more professional level, instead of just for personal reasons. These tips help so much, as I am constantly trying to improve my photos, I totally agree with you: the more photos, the more I am allured! Thank you for such a wonderful post packed with great information.
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    • Jelli says

      Lindsay, we’re in the same boat! I blogged for almost 4 years with no intentions or know-how for growing or monetizing my site. These photo sites will definitely steer you in the right direction as far as enhancing blog images. Thank you so much for stopping by! I’m so glad you learned something here tonight. Hope to see you around soon.

    • Jelli says

      Thank you, Bren. Always happy to share a little bit of what works best for blogging taken from my own experience. Hope you and your friends find a new favorite image enhancement site to start of 2014 with some awesome pics that bring loads of traffic your way.

    • Jelli says

      Clint, are you referring to adding text to the status update or to the photo itself? I’m just learning the ropes of G+ and I’m certain its capabilities are far beyond my current knowledge. Can’t wait to hear back. You’ve intrigued me! Thank you for stopping by today.

      • says

        You add it to the photo.

        So when your in your account click the box like your adding a status update. Then click on the photo icon and upload a photo. Once the photo is uploaded, under it you will see the “T” click that and you can add text to the top, middle, and center of your images.

    • Jelli says

      Yay! I can’t wait to hear about the traffic jam at your site once you pair great images with your already-fab content, Jeanie. Even just one image that’s Pinterest-friendly can skyrocket your post shares without a doubt. So happy to help you out and can’t wait to see you around again soon. Thank you so much for stopping by to love on my article.

  2. says

    LOVE LOVE LOVE and totally booked mark to come back and explore again. I have been looking for a better way to edit my images. I can’t wait to get started, once the kiddos head back to school after break. See you again soon

    • Jelli says

      Thanks so much, Jen. I’m so glad you found some new places to rock your photos. Can’t wait to meet you back here again soon. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. says

    Thank you for sharing these sites as I do not know of most of them but I knew as a blogger I needed to find some so I will be looking into all of them as I plan on kicking my blog up a step and to do this I need good pictures and these sites will help me with this.
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    • Jelli says

      You know, Janet, you just added to my list! I’ve never heard of Ribbet.com but will definitely check it out. User-friendly dashboards are definitely something I look for in an image design site. Thank you for stopping by.

    • Jelli says

      It’s true, PicMonkey is great, and when I’m in a pinch I use it too. I just find it to be a little lackluster, especially when it comes to fonts. It’s a little limited in that area, but still tons of fun. My favorite thing is when they come up with new seasonal edits. “School U” is my favorite section by far.

  4. says

    Awesome! I had checked out PicMonkey and decided the same-too many paid features. I’m excited to try PXLR Editor…I’m currently using my trial version of Photoshop…If this offers the closest results, I’m excited. There is a learning curve on Photoshop too, so I guess it would make sense that a ‘free cousin’ might take some getting used to, too.
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    • Jelli says

      Yay! I’m so glad you went over to try it out. So fun, right? I swear I go there for one image and wind up designing and designing. So happy you like it.

    • Jelli says

      Cole, once you get the hang of a couple of these other sites, you might find them even better than Picmonkey. I hope you give them a whirl and see what you think. Thanks for visiting.

    • Jelli says

      These sites can definitely help. If you’re just looking to make color/exposure changes, stick with Fotor or Picmonkey, but if you want to add text you could try these and/or Pinwords. Hope you get some great sales going!

    • Jelli says

      Happy to point you toward new sites, Jessi. I’m sure you’ll find a new fave in minutes. Thank you so much for stopping by.

  5. says

    Jelli – loved your post – will definitely be keeping this to refer to cause I like to make my own graphics even tho I’m not that good yet. I have a friend who travels to Costa Rica alot and plans on retiring there in a few years. We are Christians too. Would love to meet in person someday. Blessings to you – Tina
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  6. says

    So much to learn in this Internet world! I just set up my blog and Facebook account, but I’m sure I’ll make my way to Pinterest before long. Thanks for the tips!

  7. says

    I can’t wait to go try these sites out. I use pulmonary and now that I have my husband’s hand me down laptop I use Picasso as well. Thank you for the information :)

    • Jelli says

      I’ve never heard of pulmonary before. Thanks for adding that to the basket of editing site ideas, Crisi, and thank you for stopping by to visit.

  8. says

    Very informative post. I actually design my banners or shoot my photos on my DSLR and edit them in photoshop, but I’m finding that it is best to go outside of this at times. Especially when I have a lot of content I am trying to get out on my four different sites that I manage, all of them being blogs. I just heard about PicMonkey, from a YouTuber, and see that it is a paid site now. I don’t get that at all, really. I didn’t notice the free side of it at all when I went to the website. It only focused on the paid side. Maybe I was looking over it. I’ll have to check them out again. I do look forward to trying the others, like Canva definitely, that you’ve recommended and bookmarking your post here for later reading of the other posts. Thanks!

  9. says

    Thank you for the great post. I have been using PicMonkey and, like you, don`t like how much of their content is available, only if you subscribe.

    I am really pleased to have read this & have other photo editing options to try – what my Pinterest blossom!

    • Jelli says

      Wonderful news, Rosanne! That’s exactly what I was aiming for in this post- for fellow bloggers to head over and check out some new creative resources to really make your photos pop. Thank you so much for passing through.

  10. says

    This is great! I’m still trying to learn about pictures and how to improve my Pinterest images. Honestly right now I don’t have a lot of time to devote to blogging since we don’t have a computer at our house. We are hoping to remedy that soon though. I’m pinning this so I can come back later. :)

    • Jelli says

      Rebekah, I’m so impressed that you manage to blog without a home computer. I did this for a time, taking frequent walks to church to use the computer there, but it was very hard keeping up. Sure hope you find a new photo editor you fall in love with. Thank you so much for visiting.

    • Jelli says

      Yay! Here’s hoping you’ll think Fotor to be the ooey gooey cinnamon rolls of the photo editing sites, hehe. Thank you, Jennifer, for stopping by.

  11. says

    This are great and they are free. But if you want to bump up your editing, Lightroom and Ps are available right now for only 9.99 a month.

    I noticed a huge drop off of followers when I started shooting strictly from my iPhone and posting those photos. I am now back to the dSlr for post photos.
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    • Jelli says

      You’re right, Christine, Lightroom and Photoshop are excellent, and what a great price deal too! I almost always begin my edits in Lightroom and finish up with an editing site that can add text. Thanks for sharing the info about the savings!

  12. says

    I mostly used PicMonkey for my photos, but you’re right: unless you’re paying for it (which I can’t afford to do right now), it’s limited. I signed up for Canva just last week, but I didn’t like how many of the graphics couldn’t be used unless you paid for them. Maybe I’ll play around with it some more. I want to try Fotor as well, being that this is the second time I am hearing about it this week. Perhaps it’s worth a try!
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  13. says

    Canva! Oh my, this site has become such a useful perk for me, so glad I came across it a few months ago. My daughter usually knows the most up to date imaging sites, but I think she missed Pinwords, so now I have something to share with her. Thanks!

  14. says

    Yes,
    Creating a Content is not Enough. Getting someone to start reading your Content is the Main job.
    For this, you need to have a Catchy Title and an Attractive Image.

    Those tools mentioned above are greatly used by pinners to write headlines on their Images.

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