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Photoshop, while the standard for photo editing software, isn’t the only badass on the block. There are two (and totally FREE) options that I’d like to share with you.

The first software is a download I’ve mentioned before. Paint.NET does all the Photoshop basics without the hefty price tag. If you need simple editing software, this is a great place to start. I’ve used it to create my header, buttons, and modify all of my photos on this blog.

But just in case you are concerned about downloading extra software (ahem, should you really be on this blog at work?), there’s a fun site I stumbled upon that allows you to do fun effects without the pesky downloading step. All you have to do is upload a photo, make your modifications, then export the photo back to your computer.

The only downside is that the BeFunky watermark will be on the bottom right of the pic (unless you crop them out, which I later did). With this software, I was able to take a picture of my house…

And turn it into a pencil sketch…

… make it “Gouache”

… and even age it.

With these effects, you can make tons of interesting artwork for your own home. I plan on taking this photo:

And turn it into our holiday Christmas cards.

What about you? Do you have any other sites that you like to use for photo effects, or are you a Photoshop Phanatic? If you provide a link in the comments below, please note whether your suggested site is downloadable, free, etc.

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  1. Photohop all the way. <3

    Although those are great options for others who don't want to buy PS.


  2. I use Picasa (free) and Photoshop Elements (around 60 bucks) for photo editing. There is another site I use if I want to use more funky effects, but I can't remember the name (and the link is on my home PC).

  3. That's awesome! I use Sumo Paint a fair amount (http://www.sumopaint.com/home/) and if I remember correctly all you have to do is register so you can save your images – you can also download them onto your computer. Very Photoshop-esque, since I'm cheap and won't spring for it. :)

  4. I use http://pixlr.com/editor/. It's the exact same format as Photoshop, but online as a website – you can download images to work with, upload and save them in several formats. It's awesome and FREEEEEE.