How Be A Good Photo Editor Without Photoshop?

Everyone wants to be good in what he or she does. To become the best is impossible without particular knowledge, certain skills and much practice. What if you want to be the best photo editor without Photoshop knowledge?

Photoshop is undoubtedly an extremely professional and complex tool to study. But nowadays a lot of other tools available online completely free can allow you to be an excellent photo editor even without it. Wanna know how? Here we go.

A Routine of a Photo Editor

If you are a person who is a specialist in charge of illustrations in some periodical or at website, you often need to urgently handle the pictures, and to install Photoshop I may be neither possible nor desirable at the eleventh hour, even if you are well familiar with the tool and have excellent skills using it.

Newspapers, magazines and websites always need photo illustrations, just like they need photographers or designers, and copywriters. However, an editor not only is looking for photos, collects them, edits and proofs, but it’s a person who is involved in the process of an article creation, builds a number of illustrative ways to explain the idea of the text and gives it an additional meaning, emotional content and so on. An experienced photo editor has a well established communication and management of photographers environment, works with them, formulates the tasks for them.

Well, if you call yourself an expert, you probably know that a photography and a photo editing are the two essential components of photojournalism. The higher the level of each of them, the better the result is. And a good photo editor contributes to the photographer much.

Editor evaluates the quality of the images, is involved in the post production of the product, in other words, co-sponsors and manages editing and photography.

Unfortunately, in modern practice, photo editors may sometimes be refereed to ordinary photographers, moderators or illustrators. Although the level of a professional photo editor presupposes much more. He or she must have not only the taste and erudition, but also know a lot about the art of photography, enjoy imaginative thinking, understand the laws of fine arts and design and be able to use modern tools like Photoshop, etc. Sometimes even graphic designers, designers with a good education in the humanities that work as editors but do not use Adobe Photoshop are prejudiced. There are at least a few ways out of this situation to prove they can be the best even without much Photoshop obsession.

9 Free Editors to Process Photos Without Photoshop

In fact, many of us are faced with the need to process variety of images in variety of life situations. As a rule, Photoshop program is needed for the most basic image editing options which is not quite cheap and not cheap. That is why there are programs that allow professional photo editing without spending time and money on Photoshop. If you occasionally need to crop the photo, or make a collage, there are many free alternatives (software and online services), that will do even if you are a professional. In order to make your life easier, we will talk about 9 most popular free editors for processing photos and being a good editor without Photoshop.

1. PhotoFiltre

This is an excellent and pretty universal editor for the Windows operating system. If you’ve ever used Photoshop, you will notice the similarity of its user interface and PhotoFiltre. This editing software is suitable for both the beginners and advanced users. Despite some “cut-down” set of features, PhotoFiltre can replace Photoshop easily. Of course, this excludes the editor user control for some tools, but leaves enough room for playing with color, saturation and other effects. If the number of possible filters will seem clearly insufficient, there is an opportunity to expand them by connecting additional plug-ins (you can find them on the website of the developer on demand).

Advantages: levels, a lot of color correction and light / shadow options.
Disadvantages: layers, appropriate tools settings.
Comparative characteristic: if Photoshop gets a 10, PhotoFiltre then gets 6.

2. Photoscape

This one is a free photo editor, performing standard features to view and edit images. Most likely, this program will be much sought after by the female audience, thanks to all kinds of filters, frames, etc. You can create interesting collages and postcards. In Photoscape, you will find one of the simplest interfaces you’ve ever seen. Therefore, even a 6-year old child can deal with it easily.

Advantages: it takes up little space on your hard drive, batch photo processing, simplicity.
Disadvantages: suitable for basic, non-professional operations mostly.
Comparative characteristic: if Photoshop gets 10, then Photoscape receives 5.

3. Paint.NET

It is impossible to ignore such amazing graphics editor as Paint.NET. After analyzing the huge amount of readers’ comments on various forums and sites dedicated to photo editing, it’s possible to come to the conclusion that the Paint.NET is a real find. Despite the fact that a step-by-step installation of Paint.NET is a real bore, this editor still can compete with Photoshop at the proper level. By installing this program, you can adjust and create gradient layers, use a large assortment of effects and filters. Even a novice user will cope with the instrument panels and palettes which are very similar.

Advantages: layers, full-featured toolbar levels.
Disadvantages: sophisticated color correction, and certain tools.
Comparative characteristic: if Photoshop gets 10, the Paint. NET receives a solid 8!


Many people like this photo editor very much. Today, GIMP is available for most operating systems (Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, etc.). Since its start (launched in 1995) GIMP has taken its place among the competitors, and even surpassed Photoshop in some ways according to the numerous users. The interface is clear and simple. This is an editor that allows you to easily cope with such tasks as: program formation, the development of animations, image processing, preparation of graphics for WEB-pages, registration of printing products and many other things. Not bad, huh? GIMP is almost nothing to criticize, because there is simply no better free Photoshop alternative at the moment than this one.

Advantages: the”lighting” effect, a complete set of brushes.
Disadvantages: Adjustment layer, some preview moments.
Comparative characteristic: if Photoshop gets 10, GIMP receives 11! Since it provides the users with 90% of Photoshop features completely free. Fair enough.

5. Aviary

Meet the brand new editor online. Aviary is an editing software for devices based on Android, which offers basic options and the ability to import photos from photo sharing site such as Flickr, Picasa, and a variety of social media sites, such as Facebook. Editor offers four applications with fun ‘bird’ names. Before downloading one of them, you need to decide: what with and how you want to work. If you need to prepare a photo for a social network, choose a simplified version of Photoshop – ‘Phoenix’, thanks to which you will be able to use a tone correction, insert text, overlay different layers, etc. The remaining 3 applications are suitable for those whose interests are not limited to basic ways of photo processing. Vector Editor ‘Raven’ will help in the creation of drawings, lines and diagrams. ‘Peacock’ is characterized by its developers as a “visual laboratory” and looks pretty interesting. But you run the risk to get lost in a variety of settings and elements. Finally, ‘Toucan’ is useful for the graphic design. With this editor you can find the right color palette for the site, and even evaluate the accessibility of the site (!) especially for people with different forms of colorblindness. Choose and test what you like!

Advantages: toolbar, filters, keyboard shortcuts.
Disadvantages: it depends on the type of application.
Comparative characteristic: if Photoshop gets 10, the AVIARY Phoenix – 9, AVIARY Peacock – from 2 to 8 (depending on how much time you can spend studying the editor), AVIARY Raven – 5 and AVIARY Toucan – 6.

6. Splashup

This is another member of the online editors family. Generally, Splashup interface is similar to the Photoshop interface. However, it should be noted that the service functionality is considerably inferior to Photoshop. But if you want to quickly process images without clever effects, Splashup will do. This editor can be called ‘Photoshop: Light version.’ Very light version.

Advantages: not overloaded with unnecessary menus, work with layers, cross-platform.
Disadvantages: the levels, vibrations.
Comparative characteristic: if Photoshop gets 10, then Splashup gets 7.

7. Cinepaint

This is a GIMP close relative, primarily focused on the image editing for films and animation. And it is worth noting that in this area Cinepaint is excellent. Besides, Cinepaint is a powerful image editor. In general, there is much to work with.

Advantages: much-improved interface (as compared with GIMP), a lot of different interesting effects.
Disadvantages: a small number of filters.
Comparative characteristic: if Photoshop gets 10, then Cinepaint gets 7.

8. flauntR

This is perhaps one of the weakest competitors of Photoshop. Despite the quite considerable number of functions, this editor has still not enough instruments for a more “serious” image processing. But if you’re just starting to learn the basics of editing, try flauntR. You can create a themed compositions, emulate surfaces and materials and understand the other decorative effects.

Advantages: ease of use.
Disadvantages: the toolbar filters.
Comparative characteristic: if Photoshop gets 10, then flauntR gets only 4.

9. FotoFlexer

This fast online service for image processing causes only positive emotions. The plain editor is perfect for basic operations, such as creating collages, simple image editing, etc. Of course, it cannot be compared to Photoshop, but it’s simply due to the fact that its developers never pursued such idea, indeed.

Advantages: ‘magic stick’, Liquify, and other easy-to-use filters.
Disadvantages: settings, “brush” equivalent.
Comparative characteristic: if Photoshop gets 10, then FotoFlexer receives 5.

Of course, there are many other software solutions you can come across on the web, designed especially for photo editing, and which can help you in your every day photo editor’s routine for both individual and professional use and still make a good editor of you.

Do not forget to consider and use Picnic, Pixen, Pixia, ChocoFlop, Krita, iPiccy and others. It’s hard to say if they are worthy of professional editors attention, but a detailed description, and use would improve your skills and enrich your knowledge anyway. You might get bored as there’s nothing special, except their capabilities similar to FotoFlexer, Splashup etc., but still they are not Photoshop to learn and use. So, go ahead! Now that you know even more Photoshop alternatives, it will be easier to be a good photo editor and cope with your daily editing routine!

Some Days Are Just Special

I went fishing today, and even though I didn’t get a bite, I had a wonderful day. My brother and I chose to visit our local reservoir, located deep in a pristine mountain environment, surrounded by virgin forest. As I sat on the shoreline, I was amazed, almost hypnotized, by the beauty and majesty of the moment.

Being a weekday, there wasn’t anyone else there. The only sounds were that of nature, as the wind whistled through the trees, the ducks and geese honked at each other for no apparent reason, and the eagles screeched at the earth below as they circled the water looking for their next meal. The emotion of the moment was peaceful, reflecting the kind of serene calmness only nature can provide. It makes you feel like you are a part of something special, something magnificent.

While living on the island of Guam for almost forty years, my wife and I raised tropical birds, just so we could feel the same connection to nature. We used to sit in our aviary, watching our birds intermingle with one another, communicating with one another, staking out their territory, protecting their young, competing for food.

Sitting on that shoreline, it was like having my own aviary, only the birds have a lot more room and are living in their natural environment. Though I didn’t see it today, I have sat on that very shore and watched an eagle dive into the water and surface with a fish in his talon. It’s the kind of natural site you might see on the National Geographic channel. Like most folks, I have seen sites like this on television and I’ve seen amazing photographs of natural scenes not unlike the one I witnessed today. There is a big difference, however, in seeing something on television or in a photograph and experiencing it firsthand. Back in my younger years, when I was traveling around the world, visiting such exotic places like India, Afghanistan, Thailand, Indonesia, Greece and China, my grandmother once said to me, “I don’t have to visit these places, I can just read about them.” I just laughed, knowing that there is really no comparison. Seeing a two-dimensional photo or video doesn’t come close to the three-dimensional experience of being there. As I sat on that shoreline today, I could feel the experience, feel the magnificence of the moment, and feel my own existence as being a part of the world around me.

The tropics have an abundance of natural beauty as well. From the sparkling turquoise ocean, with underwater visibility of 200 feet and coral so colorful it makes a rainbow look bland, to the gorgeous sunsets and sunrises, the beauty of the tropics is breathtaking. After growing up in Southern California and living my adult life on Guam, I never did experience the full breath of the four seasons, nor have I had the opportunity to share my daily life experience with the kind of wildlife found here in Oregon. Like a child I get excited to see raccoons in our cherry tree, deer roaming fearlessly around our property, hawks and eagles soaring overhead, and herds of elk gathering in an open field. I hope the newness and excitement I am currently enjoying living a country lifestyle never goes away.

I know a lot of city folks travel to the country, or the tropics, or to the mountains in order to experience the kind of nature those environments provide. I believe people go on such vacations because they need to feel their connection to nature. It’s a healing kind of experience. Placing yourself in the heart of a natural environment is like a meditation for your life. It draws you closer to who you really are. With the boost of inner-energy you get from your vacations in nature, you are refreshed, revitalized, and ready to tackle the challenges of the man-made jungles of city life.

I have always chosen to live in natural environments, and visit the city for the kind of fast-pace excitement it has to offer. When I visit the city, it’s like going to an amusement park. Everything is moving fast. Everyone is deep in their worlds, rarely taking the time to look up and say hi. I enjoy the experience, but can’t wait to return home. I love waking up each day and looking out the window of my home and seeing natural beauty all around. Whether it’s a mountain forest or tropical jungle, I feel at home in the bosom of nature.

I grew up in the city, but chose to live a rural lifestyle throughout my adult life. For some, the rural lifestyle is a slow lifestyle, a boring lifestyle. For me, mankind’s true nature is aligned with nature, though we are more than capable of behaving in unnatural ways.

One of the best parts of a rural lifestyle is our annual garden. To find help in growing your garden organically, please visit my blog and website at

Good Parrot Care Makes For Happy Parrots

Parrots have long been an attraction for people in the wild and as pets. They are an absolutely magnificent species and their range of colors, size and individual characteristics are admired by different parrot lovers.One thing that parrot parents need to be sure of is their parrot care. Owning a parrot is no different than owning any pet, they need to be looked after correctly so that their health is maintained at all times.

The following is a list of basic needs for a pet parrot:

– The right size cage or aviary
– Regular cleaning of the cage or aviary so that no bacteria is going to harm the parrot
– The right type of food in their diet with consideration to the right mix of food
– Feeding at the right time for a parrot
– Water for bathing the parrot in a dish or as an alternative they do like to be misted with a spary bottle
– Water for drinking as this is quite separate to bathing water or alternatively mist spray the bird once a day
– Suitable perches for the bird, one that is the right size and tree branches are ideal so that they can pick at them as they like to do
– Toys to go in the cage for a parrot to play with so that it will not get bored
– Good perch for the parrot to use outside the cage
– Cover for the parrot when it goes to sleep at night

When the ‘basics’ of parrot care is covered the parrot owner will find that they have a very happy parrot and not only will the parrot be happy, the owner will find the parrot is more acceptable to being taught to talk and to do tricks. A stressed parrot is not going to learn. Not very different from humans really! We don’t learn well when we are stressed, either.

At first it seems like a lot of work, but once you are organized it won’t seem to be so difficult. They are reliant on the owner doing all the right things to make sure their life within the family confines is a happy one. Companionship Parrots are birds that enjoy living in a flock so in a home situation the parrot is going to consider the family its flock and for this reason it is important that there is a lot of interaction between the bird and the family. Once familiarity is built it is easy to tell when a parrot is unhappy and parrot owners can take steps to do something about that as the parrot may need toys or more company.

It is advisable that when small children are going to be around an uncaged parrot that there is adult supervision, especially with the bigger parrots. In saying that I have some lovely photos of my small children holding feed trays out to parrots and the experience was enjoyed by all.

Copyright (c) 2010 Kaye Dennan

Photography Ideas Teach Digital Photography Basics

Are you are struggling with the basics of digital photography? Taking great photos does not necessarily mean you need to have an expensive camera with special lenses. If you have purchased a digital camera in the past few years, chances are it does a lot more than just point and shoot. Here are some photography ideas to help you practice using your digital camera.

The Secret to Becoming a Better Digital Photographer

Learning how to use your digital camera takes practice just like anything else. And the more you practice using your camera, the better you become at taking digital photographs.

Practicing with a traditional film camera costs lots of money and time – money to buy more rolls of film and time to get it all developed. But with a digital camera, you take as many shots as your memory card will hold and immediately download to view the pictures on your computer screen.

There’s no doubt exotic locales will yield breathtaking photos but you don’t have to travel to far off continents to get practice with your camera. Just start in your own home or apartment.

What makes this work so well is the proximity to your computer. After shooting for awhile, move the pictures onto your computer to critique. What is the technical quality of the shot? Was it focused and exposed properly? Does it hold a viewer’s interest? See something interesting? How creative is the shot and can it be improved? Go shoot it again and come back to the computer. This quick turnaround of shooting and viewing will quickly improve your digital photography skills as you learn how your camera works.

Photography Ideas to Help You Learn Digital Photography Basics

Here are some more suggestions to experiment with your digital camera.

Shoot in your backyard or local park. My property is surrounded by staghorn sumac whose leaves turns fantastic shades of red and orange during the autumn season. One afternoon as the sun was setting low in the western sky but still shining brightly, I got a beautiful shot of the brilliant colors resembling licking flames.

Shoot in macro mode. Macro mode makes shooting small things fill up your image. Get down on your hands and knees and look around for something interesting for an extreme close-up.

Shoot pets or other animals. Go to your local zoo, aviary or botanical garden. I have three cats and they provide ample opportunities for practicing.

Shoot from inside a moving vehicle. This gives excellent practice with movement and shutter speeds. Not all photos need to be perfectly in focus – showing time and movement in your photos can be good too. This can also be practiced by standing on a busy street and panning the camera on just one vehicle. See if you can capture the car in focus while leaving the background blurred.

Shooting in the nearest big city brings many opportunities for interesting pictures. Look for light reflections off shiny glass facades. And don’t forget to bring your tripod since you’ll want to experiment with longer exposures of the city skyline taken after dark.

If you’re already a city dweller, take a drive out to the countryside for great landscape photography. Old barns, livestock, mountain peaks and pastoral valleys always make good subjects. Waterfalls, rivers, beaches and streams all present different challenges with the light bouncing off the water in different ways. Use your tripod to take timed exposure of the starry sky and look for ways to frame the moon through the trees.