I often get asked how I edit my photos & videos for social media. So, today I wanted to take a moment and share my processes with you. 🙂
First, I want to share my set up.
PHONE SET UP
I use my phone to take my photos (& videos). It’s a Samsung Galaxy J7 for those that are curious. I have my phone holder clipped to a magazine file on my desk.
I have also clipped it directly to my desk but find that this works better for me.
(You can find quite a few of these on Amazon. This was a gift, but there are similar ones like this one.)
This is a lettering piece I recently shared on my Instagram. The pen in this photo is the Pentel Fude Touch Sign Pen and the paper I use (which I love as much as that pen) is HP Premium Choice LaserJet paper. These items are also mentioned in my previous blog post: Starting with the Basics of Lettering.
I’ll be using a free online site to edit my photo called PicMonkey. It’s fantastic and very user-friendly. There is a free version and a paid version that they call Royale. I do have a Royale membership but I will be sharing the editing process using the basic free options they have available. On this site, it’s easy to see what you can use because they’ll have a crown next to the options that are only available under the Royale membership.
Now for the tutorial. 🙂
STEP 1: GO TO PICMONKEY.COM & OPEN YOUR PHOTO
Go to PicMonkey.com and open your photo by hovering over “Edit” at the top of the screen and choosing the option where your photo is to be uploaded from.
I will be uploading from “Computer”.
Here’s what it looks like now. On the left you’ll have your options to choose from. Today we’ll be using; Crop, Auto adjust, Exposure, Rotate, and Save.
STEP 2: CROP
Crop your photo to your liking. My go-to cropping is a square shape after years of having to use that shape for Instagram. Now I just do it out of habit. 🙂
Click Apply and you’ll now have your cropped photo.
STEP 3: AUTO ADJUST
Now click on the Auto adjust button that is at the top of all the editing options (just under the words Basic Edits). This should help with different aspects of your photo for a clean and crisp look.
Not sure if you can see the difference. But here’s a side by side.
**There are times that there will be a HUGE and unwanted change by using the auto adjust feature. Just undo it (use the little backward arrow at the bottom of the screen under your photo). Then make changes manually.**
STEP 4: EXPOSURE
Now, I adjusted some of the options under Exposure. I can sometimes just click on the Auto Adjust option under Exposure to get a good outcome, but for this photo there were no automatic changes that happened. So, I manually did them.
I moved the sliders to the right and put the Highlights up to 30 and the Contrast up to 20. I love rich and bright colors. But, feel free to move amount up and down to get a look that you prefer.
STEP 5: ROTATE / STRAIGHTEN
Another thing you can do to get a more “stylized” look is to rotate the photo at an angle. I used the Rotate option and just “straightened” it a bit. As you can see, I moved the slider to the right until it got to 9.49. The number is totally not important. That’s just how far I moved it until I was happy.
STEP 6: WATERMARK
Once you’re happy with your outcome, you can add a watermark. To do that, just click on the Type option on the left that looks like a Big T and little t. From there, choose a font you like (I chose Special Elite) and click Add Text. This will add a box to your photo where you can type out anything you like. I typed in my Instagram handle and chose a bright pink color so it’s easy to see for this tutorial purpose. (Most of the time I choose a color that tends to blend well and I will lower the opacity using the Fade option in the additional Text window that pops up.)
Then just change the size and move it to where you’d like.
(You’ll notice I changed it later to my website address since I’ll be using the photo for this blog post.)
STEP 7: SAVE
Now that you’ve added your watermark, you can save it.
You can save it to your computer or even to places like Dropbox or One Drive.
Just click on the arrow to the right of “Save to my computer” for more options. Other things you can change on this screen is the File name, Quality, and Dimensions.
I almost always change the File name and will change the quality at times if I feel it needs to be done.
As always, there are so many more things you can do when editing photos. Check out all the different options and see all the awesome things you can do.
This is just the very basic way I’ll edit my photos.
If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below.
To see how I edit my videos, check out Part 2!
*** These are my personal opinions and statements. I am not being paid or endorsed by any company mentioned in this post, in any way. ***