I have to say that here at TeleVox, I’m pretty comfortable. I have a nice comfy chair, a computer that doesn’t give me problems (most of the time), and lots of surface area for all my junk. I even have a Mac set up in a small conference room / studio for all my recording and video editing. The one thing I don’t have is a good image editing tool like Photoshop. Don’t get me wrong, TeleVox has always been really good about making sure their folks have all the necessary tools they need to execute tasks. But the way I see it, I could put in a request for expensive software and waste money…or I can look at alternatives that work almost just as well and won’t cost anyone a single penny. Yay for me, right?
So my "go-to can’t-live-without-it" tool I use for all my image editing is this nifty web-based editor, Pixlr. It has two applications in its suite, Pixlr Editor and Pixlr Express. I’ve used both before in the past but find that Pixlr Editor is what I use the most for all of my cropping, color adjusting and retouching. If you’ve had any experience at all using image editors in the past, like Photoshop, you’ll find Pixlr to be a piece of cake to use. If you have no experience, you might have to spend some time learning what everything does and practicing.
You can see in the example below, on the left I started out with just a simple picture I took with my Nikon Coolpix point and shoot. I uploaded the image into Pixlr, cropped it, airbrushed it, added noise, gave it a vintage look and gave it a slight vignette.
Not bad for a free image editor…although it might take a few tries to get it looking right. And of course if you have a nice big image to work with, you end up with much nicer results.