Image Editing

Clients often ask me, “Can I make edits to my own graphic files?” Here is a dodgy kind of answer… it depends wholly on your knowledge and skill with image editing programs. However, I have a few suggestions for ways in which you can give your own editing a try!You may, for example, run into an instance where you need a specific size file (ex: 400 pixels wide x 200 pixels). In this case, you will need some form of editing software (or a graphic designer) to resize a file.

If you want to try you own image editing, I recommend several different options:

Pixlr

Pixlr

1. The absolute easiest (and free) route is the online photo editor PIXLR. You can resize and specify pixel size.

Photoshop Elements
2. Adobe Photoshop Elements is around $150. This will allow you do to very minor editing. You can edit use PSE on your iPad or tablet which is pretty incredible.

GIMP, Free image editing software

Gimp (GNU Image Manipulation Program)

3. There is also a free image editing software made to mimic Photoshop called GIMP. I find GIMP a little difficult to navigate because of the complex editing tools provided but I’ve known several clients that quite like GIMP.

Adobe Creative Suite
4. If you want to use the software Graphic Designers use, the Adobe Creative Suite is the appropriate software bundle. Adobe Illustrator will specifically edit EPS and AI files (which is how most logos are created).

With all of these products there is of course a learning curve as there is when tackling any new software before becoming proficient, but if you are up for the challenge, have fun!

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