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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 February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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