August 16, 2012

Screw Photoshop!

Ok. Not really. We all know that is how I make my money. Lol. But sometimes, even though I love PS, and I live it, I need a break. It's like a relationship. A...Relationshop? lol. But, have you seen the price tag? It's expensive  and not everyone can get it. And PS Elements, confuses me. A lot. Maybe it's because it's like, the little, funner little sister of PS, that after a while annoys you so bad, you are thinking about slamming your head against a wall to get her shut up....Ok....maybe not that bad...maybe.
Here is the image I am going to start with. I am going to use the programs and see what I get.

So, I want to talk to you guys about alternatives. There are some out there.
First, I am going to start with online stuff.
Remember Piknik? How we loved it all so much, then Google took it away from us. I found a site I like better. For realzies. It's called PicMonkey. And I have been using it a lot lately to edit my photos really quick for the blog. They will start charging in the future, but no date set yet.

There is also Aviary Advance. You might know Aviary from the iPhone app. But, before that they had/have this site. I think it is hard to use. It's good though if you need to up a Photoshop file and you don't have PS.

And as far as downloads I highly recommend GIMP. It's like 'Photoshop for the rest of us!'. You can seriously edit photos, and you can also draw. It's an open software. If I didn't have photoshop, and wanted to be a little serious about photography, this is what I would use. It's a little intimidating at first, but so can Photoshop. And you can get brushes and actions for Gimp for more variety like PS!

There you have it.
What do you think? What do you use?


Alexis [Living the WifeStyle] said...

Hey girl!

I'm stopping by from the GFC Blog Hop on Tuesday. I was one of the co-hosts. Thank you so much for linking up!

Hope you are having an awesome day! Looking forward to getting to know you better :)


Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

Thanks for the great tips! I have enjoyed browsing here today and have become your newest "follower" :)

N|MΛRIE said...

I've heard a lot of good things about GIMP, but have never tried it, since I have the whole design standard creative suite. My professor did recommend it, though for people who wanted to work a little at home, but didn't want to shell out for PS. Handy! Happy to find another photo lady :) Following you back now! Hope you'll stop by next friday for my find + follow hop :D

-Nicole @

Jessica said...

yes photo editing programs can be so expensive and i don't know much about them either, thanks for sharing


Britty Luna said...

Thanks Guys! Glad you enjoyed it! :D

Louise.Amabilis said...

The only on e of these that I've tried so far was Picmonkey and I didn't really like it that much, I LOVE using Pixlr express but can't wait to give Gimp a try!


LaurenLo{me}LoloLC said...

Now this is a great post! I am confused by photoshop, but I can navigate around PSE decently...I loved picnik, and I really like Picmonkey...I'll pay for when they upgrade. I'll have to check out apps now too....

Thanks for stopping by the GFC Hop this week!!