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3 Photo Editing Tools to Bring You into the Social Media Limelight

3 Photo Editing Tools to Bring You into the Social Media Limelight

Editing photos for social media is an art form that’s becoming increasingly popular, both among personal users and among photographers looking to sell images across digital platforms.

One of the challenges specific to editing for social media is that your images will only have a fraction of a second to stand out. Think about the way you browse Facebook or Instagram – you probably swipe through images quickly and only pause if something looks interesting.

If you need to create attention-grabbing images with a Mac, then here’s the software you’re going to need.

Photolemur

One of the challenges you’ll face in generating great social media photography is maintaining consistency. Having a distinctive visual style works well for both personal and commercial users, but where do you start?

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Photolemur is a drag-and-drop app for Mac that allows you to automatically add a distinctive style to batches of photos.

The technology reads the images you upload, finds areas for potential enhancement, and then applies changes. You can then amplify or reduce the changes with a simple slider.

Although this isn’t a traditional photo editing suite, it is a great starting point for showing off your artistic eye and releasing batches of consistent, beautiful imagery.

This isn’t the answer if you’d like to become a professional social media photographer, but it is an easy way to explore photographic enhancement and get more likes online.

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Photoscape

If you’re looking for a bit more creative freedom, then Photoscape is a great starting point. This solid suite allows you to:

  • View images as stacked thumbnails
  • Experiment with the Page, Combine, and Splitter features
  • Edit the image brightness, tone color, and so on
  • Create GIFS, capture your screen, and convert files
  • Print according to a set of popular templates.

For a free software program, Photoscape has a great range of options. You’ll need many of them to become a great social media photographer.

The editing range makes it worth considering – although Photoshop and similar programs offer slightly more depth, Photoscape does deliver more than enough to stamp your style on the social media space.

One issue with the software is the UX (User Experience). The circular navigation is a little jarring, and it takes a little getting used to.

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If you are looking for an affordable, simple way to access the powerful tools you will need to stand out on social media, then this might be for you.

Luminar

If you have any kind of editing experience, then you know exactly how important precision is, especially if you are looking to drive business on social media.

Luminar is arguably the best software out there if you’re looking for precision and control when editing photography, regardless of the end publishing platform.

Developed over 10 years ago by a team of experts, this program is the best $70 you’re likely to spend as a photographic wizard. With its more than 300 features and tools, you can create works of art regardless of your editing experience.

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The suite is best understood as a digital darkroom, but because it’s based in advanced technology, it adapts itself to suit your needs and style. The program understands your style, knowledge, and approach, and it will prompt and teach you how best to use it for your desired effect.

Stand-out features include:

  • Basic filters
  • Layering
  • Film and color conversion
  • Filter masking
  • And even Touch Bar support.

Add to this a fantastic website and support, and it’s clear to see why this is such a popular choice.

Time to stand out

Although each photographer and designer has his or her own approach and needs, these programs are the best way to use your Mac to make magic.

Featured photo credit: Pexels / RawPixel via pexels.com

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Last Updated on May 14, 2019

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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