The ability to add layers to an image – text or another image – separates basic image editing tools from the more advanced applications like Photoshop. Pixlr is like Photoshop in your browser. It’s truly amazing what this free online tool can do, including adding layers of images and text, replace color, transform objects, and so on.
This no-frills, lightweight photo editing software is a terrific little tool for PC users. Fotographix feels like a stripped down version of Photoshop with only the features and tools that you need. At under one megabyte it won’t hog your memory or hinder performance. Features include resizing, color correction, cropping, brightness and contrasts adjustment, special effects like night vision, blur and sharpening, and so much more. And of course, layering.
The default Preview application for editing images on a Mac is not as robust but performs basic editing functions sufficiently. I use this tool just about every day. You can crop, adjust the color and size, rotate and a few other basic functions. You can also annotate an image with text and shapes. Most of the time, this is all you’ll need. Bonus: It has a useful “Signature” feature that allows you to record and attach your signature to documents.
These tools will help you to up your blog post image game without too much fuss. There’s almost no learning curve and won’t cost you a dime.