Top 5 Free Photo Editing Tools

Free Photo Editing

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about blogging over the past few years, it’s that there’s so much more to it than just writing. Pictures are a big part of blogging. They help promote posts, are necessary for Pinterest, enable you to be active on Instagram, and are fun and helpful for social media. Not only are they helpful for blogging, they’re fun for the non-blogger too!

Here are some of my favorite free photo editing tools for jazzing up my photos!

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1. Word Swag

This is my number one favorite photo tool! This app adds text to photos in fun and creative styles! You can choose from a variety of fun backgrounds, search for pictures on Pixabay (more about Pixabay below), or upload your own. There are tons of fonts and color schemes to choose from and each font has a bunch of different formatting options Best of all, it’s REALLY easy to use. There are a handful of fonts that you have to pay for if you choose, but a majority are free.

My one gripe about Word Swag is that so many bloggers have discovered it, so everyone’s photos are starting to look the same. I’m trying to find another similar tool to mix things up a little bit and have played around with Canva.


Created with Word Swag

2. PicMonkey

This free website lets you edit photos in so many ways! You can touch them up, crop, make collages, and add special effects, text, frames, clip art, and more. There are endless features and fonts to play around with. Some fonts and effects are for members only, but there’s still a ton to choose from for free. It has tons of awesome free photo editing tools!

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Collage created with PicMonkey

3. Watermark Apps

As a blogger, I like to watermark most of my images with the url to my website. This way if it gets shared, hopefully it still brings people back to Simply Save. Also, Instagram doesn’t let you insert clickable links, so this is a way to get your url out there. I’ve been using Watermark Pro for a while, but unfortunately it’s not available in the app store anymore. There are tons of similar apps though, that allow you to create your own custom watermarks, save them, and then easily apply them to your photos.

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Created with Word Swag and watermarked.

4. Whitagram

Back in the day when Instagram only allowed square photos, Whitagram was an awesome work around. It adds blocks of color to the sides of portrait or landscape pictures so that they become square. This way you don’t have to crop your pictures into a square, because sometimes that just doesn’t work! It’s not as essential for Instagram anymore, but now Facebook has started forcing your profile pictures to be square only, so Whitagram is helpful!

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The grey area is from Whitagram to make this photo square.

5. Pixabay

I’m not big into photography, but for the most part I try to use my own pictures for Simply Save. But sometimes I don’t have a good picture to match the topic of my blog post, so I use a stock photo. I don’t want to pay for them or stress about giving credit, so I use Pixabay. The website is free, easy to use, has a ton of nice pictures, and it’s easy to search and find what you’re looking for. Like Word Swag though, I need to start exploring other options because eventually all bloggers are going to have the same pictures floating around!

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Photo from Pixabay with text from Word Swag

Free Photo Editing Tools

These are just a few of my favorite free photo editing tools, but there are tons out there! There are also tons that aren’t free. But I think you can save your money and use free tools to create some really nice quality images for your blog, personal social media, or whatever you want! Save your money and use the free ones! (By the way, the picture below was created with a Pixabay image and Word Swag for the text. ;-))

Free Photo Editing

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  1. Great article! I just started my blog and you’re right, images and pictures are essential to the success of a blog. One tool I recently discovered is

  2. Great article, and I think it is one I will come back to often. As a start up blogger free programs are essential to my work, this will come in very handy.

  3. I love PicMonkey. I also like most of the free features of Canva when I want something a particular size for a specific platform.

  4. Great tip – I keep hearing about PicMonkey I’ve got to try it. I’m always in such a hurry, I do a lot of my quick editing on my iPhone with Picsart. Pinning and saving for later, thanks for sharing!

  5. This is awesome Heather. Since I’m not too tech savvy when it comes to editing photos, for the most part I just upload my pictures untouched into my blog. I’ve always wanted to edit them a little more and add some text but never managed to make time to figure it out. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction!

  6. This is amazing! I really should start water marking my image…is there any online tools you know of? Also, I love “instasize” for what you use whitagram – as you can also make collages, add text and so on in “instasize”

    • You can watermark with anything that allows you to add text, like PicMonkey, but the apps are much quicker in my opinion, since I do most of my photos on my phone. Thanks for the Instasize tip! I’ll have to check it out!

  7. I’ve never heard of wordswag or a watermark app I’ll defintely be looking into them though. I use canva & pickmonkey they’re usually my go tos.

  8. These are so awesome! I already use a few of them! Thank you, as always, for co-hosting the #SmallVictoriesSundayLinkup with me!

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