6 Helpful Photo Editing Tools for the Non-Designer

6 Helpful Photo Editing Tools for the Non-Designer

Editing photos can be a bit daunting sometimes, especially for the non-designers of the world.

So, we decided we better share some helpful resources for anyone who finds Photoshop a bit too complex and/or expensive. After all, visual content is more compelling than plain text — so the better the visuals, the better the content.

Here are a few useful tools that make it easy to edit photos in a variety of ways: overlaying text onto photos, stitching photos together, creating collages, and more.

Top 6 Online and Mobile Photo Editing Tools

There are many tools you can use to edit photos. While Photoshop gives you the most control and polishing options, it also it also comes with a hefty price tag and a high learning curve.

We scoured the web to find a few easy-to-use but still effective tools that give you great results. Here are our top six.

1. InstagramQuick photo editing tools

We’ll start with the most popular.

Instagram has really stepped up its photo editing game in the past couple of years. The app that used to offer a handful of overdone filters now gives users a larger selection of more professional options. Also, you can now add text through the “Stories” feature. The creative potential is limitless!

Here’s a photo I snapped of Catherine on her big day. I edited and added text in fewer than 30 seconds.

Props to the ‘Gram for keeping users in the app for better editing. If you rely on Instagram for your business, consistent and quality photos can help you grow your Instagram following.

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2. Over

Over is an app for iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. It allows you to add beautiful typography and artwork to photos on your Apple device.

Create text over your images with Over.

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This one is my personal favorite, and I use it almost exclusively. While VSCO offers Lightroom presets available for purchase, its app comes with a fantastic variety of free presets — with more available for purchase within the app itself.

VSCO is more than just an editing app, though; its mobile platform also serves as a “community for expression.” Users can create photo journals and follow other peoples’ collections.

Choose from a variety of professional-level presets with VSCO, or have more control with the custom editing tools, like you see here:

Editing Photos with VSCO

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4. Canva

Canva is an free, online tool for basic photo editing. But when you create an account, you’ll have access to create much more content, such as flyers, brochures, infographics, calendars, resumes, presentations, and more.

A free Canva account also gives you added photo editing tools, like frames, stickers, and text.

I quickly edited this photo of our newest employee, Pat, without creating an account. My editing options included an array of filters, plus cropping and resizing.

If you are looking for a more powerful option for creating visual content and willing to spend some money, you can always look at Canva Pro.

Edit photos for free with Canva  Canva is a free online photo editing tool.

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5. iPiccy

Another online tool that gives you a variety of photo-editing options is iPiccy.

iPiccy offers a great deal of photo editing tools, and it’s pretty easy to use, too. You can see in the screenshot below all the easy-to-understand text creation tools that allow you to really customize your text.


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6. Fotor’s Photo Stitching Tool

Do you ever find yourself wanting to stitch a few photos together to make a nice photo collage . . . but the mere search for such a tool ends up being a painful process?

Fotor’s Photo Stitching tool makes creating photo collages easy and painless. If you have a few photos and five minutes, you can create a beautiful image that looks professional.

You can see how easy the tool is to use. This collage took me mere seconds to put together.

Create a photo canvas!

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Wrapping It Up

There are probably hundreds of other great tools for photo editing, but these are the ones I have found to be most helpful and easy to use. I hope that they are just as helpful for you!

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