If like me you arent a Photoshop genius or even novice… here are a few free and paid for simple tools you can use to edit, change, animate and make any image, advert or collage

Before and after editing… even Miss Jolie needs it

Being in Marketing I have had to learn Photoshop, Gimp e.t.c and as brilliant as these programs are, sometimes, for personal or business use,you just want a simple way to make your pictures prettier add text or animation, create a collage, scrapbook paper, cd covers, adverts and even change them up to look vintage, hand drawn or brand relevant. Budgets and time constraints in SMEs in and large corps don’t often allow for agency and graphic design use  – plus briefing these kind and helpful folk doesn’t always give you the results you want.

And we all have those days when we so wish the old adage the  camera “never lie’s” was a complete load of…. rubbish because you could swear the pimple or wrinkle in the pic was not their when the photo was taken and you certainly did not think it would look like a flashing strobe light, you did not invite to the picture party!

For all the above there are simple solutions on the web. Ones that don’t require you to have done a ten year course on graphic design…. ones that are so simple and easy to use you may even become addicted and pull out every photo ever taken, fire that ad agency and never look back!

Free Programs and some with free trials…..

1. Picasa http://picasa.google.com/

Free photo editing software from Google, now with name tags.

Picasa is free photo editing software from Google that makes your pictures look great.
Sharing your best photos with friends and family is as easy as pressing a button!

2. Windows Live Photo Gallery 2011 http://explore.live.com/windows-live-photo-gallery?os=other

Share photos and videos online

Share photos and videos online

  • Save time by publishing photos and videos directly from Photo Gallery to your favorite social networking sites like SkyDrive, Flickr, Facebook, and YouTube.
Find the photos you're looking for

Find the photos you’re looking for

  • With new search features and tools like face recognition, finding photos in your collection is easier than ever.
Make photos look great

Make photos look great

  • Make your photos really stand out with powerful and easy-to-use editing tools that you can use to edit dozens of photos simultaneously. Clean up photos, remove blemishes, fix red eye, and more.

Photos made fun

Import photos from your camera, organize them into albums, and edit them so they look their best. Use powerful photo tools to create stunning panoramas, movies, slide shows, and more. When you’re ready to share, publish your photos and videos to your favorite websites like Facebook and Flickr directly from Photo Gallery.

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3. http://www.photoscape.org/ps/main/index.php

Photoscape is a fun and easy photo editing software that enables you to fix and enhance photos.

Key Features

  • Viewer: View photos in your folder, create a slideshow
  • Editor: resizing, brightness and color adjustment, white balance, backlight correction, frames, balloons, mosaic mode, adding text, drawing pictures, cropping, filters, red eye removal, blooming, clone stamp
  • Batch editor: Batch edit multiple photos
  • Page: Merge multiple photos on the page frame to create one final photo
  • Combine: Attach multiple photos vertically or horizontally to create one final photo
  • Animated GIF: Use multiple photos to create a final animated photo
  • Print: Print portrait shots, carte de visites(CDV), passport photos
  • Splitter: Slice a photo into several pieces
  • Screen Capture: Capture your screenshot and save it
  • Color Picker: Zoom in on images, search and pick a color
  • Rename: Change photo file names in batch mode
  • Raw Converter: Convert RAW to JPG
  • Paper Print: Print lined, graph, music and calendar paper
  • Face Search: Find similar faces on the Internet

4.Zoner Photo Studio FREE - Home http://free.zoner.com/

Zoner Photo Studio 13 FREE View, edit, manage, and share your photos

Organize your photos fast
  • Powerful but easy to use
  • Correct red eye, blurring, and other defects
  • Organize photos—all information is stored in pictures,
    you can freely use it in any other program
  • Create 3D pictures, contact sheets, calendars,
    greeting cards and more
  • Photo Managing

    Find, browse, and view your photos fast—never lose a picture again.

    photo manager

    • Download pictures easily
    • Get organized with Sort Pictures
    • Quickly find any photo
    • Describe and tag your pictures
    • Geotag to show where you took your shots

    Photo Editing

    From simple touchups and one-click fixes to fancy creative work, it’s all here.

    photo editor

    • Quick Fix – fix it all in one click
    • Remove red eye, wrinkles. And other editing functions
    • Add cool effects
    • Fix exposure problems fast
    • Sharpen blurred pictures

    Photo Sharing

    We know sharing is the point, and you’ll find lots of ways to do it.

    Share Photos

    • Turn your pictures into panoramas…
    • …or even 3D pictures
    • Share fast on Facebook or Flickr
    • Create cool postcards
    • Quick, impressive calendars

Hornil StylePix

With StylePix, you can also become an expert.

Hornil StylePix is a graphics editing program that allows you to draw pictures, edit photos and more.

StylePix is an compound word, which contains the word “Style” and the word “Picture”. As you like, “StylePix” therefore means “Style Picture”. StylePix helps you to create nice pictures easily and quickly. If you don’t use the image editor or think it is difficult to use try StylePix. You can also become a graphic designer with a variety of tools and an intuitive user interface.

arious editing tools

With StylePix you can easily do following:

Draw pictures (Brush, Spray, Clone brush, fill, gradation fill), Resize photos, Rotate photos, Color Correction, Type text on the photo, Synthesis photos, Cut, copy and paste photos, Sharpen/Blur photos, Remove red-eye, Remove dust, For more details, click here.

Hornil StylePix is recommended to following people. You can also become an expert.

DSLR Users, Power bloggers, web designer, graphic designer

StylePix supports 53 languages. And It’s free. And It’s only just 2MBytes. Also supports portable version that can be used in USB flash disk.

6.http://www.photoperfect.com/photoperfect-express.html

Semi-professional or professional photographer?

Check out the pro-version of our software: PhotoPerfect, which combines the simplicity of one-click optimizations used in PhotoPerfect Express with the power of a full range professional photo editing software.

Learn more…

System requirements

  • Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7
  • 43 MB of available hard-disk space
  • Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor
  • min. 256 MB of RAM
    (512 MB recommended for XP, 1 GB for Vista and Win 7)
  • optimized for screen resolution of 1024×768 or higher
PhotoPerfect Express

Enhance photos like a pro – the easy way

Do you want to maximize the potential of your photos without spending hours in front of a computer? Do you want to be taking photos, instead of learning the intricacies of photo editing? Do you want to see the full potential of your photos with a simple click and choose the optimization you like best?

PhotoPerfect Express is the solution for you:

  • image enhancement with just 3 simple steps
  • stunning results without any technical knowledge
  • five powerful image optimization methods
  • intuitive visual user interface
  • expandable functionality through
    • in-depth fine tuning
    • fully automated batch processing with superior results
  • freeware (download here)

PhotoPerfect Express is a professional quality, yet easy-to-use program for achieving your photos´ greatest potential.

Seeing is believing – try this interactive demo

Click on the demo below and work your way from “Step 1” to “Step 3.” Just toggle/click through the five available optimization methods and see the enhanced results immediately. Step through the sample pictures to see how easily PhotoPerfect Express optimizes your pictures.

7. http://www.magix.com/us/free-download/photo-designer/

MAGIX Photo Designer 7

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The free software for your image editing!

The free alternative to classic image editing programs

Optimize your digital pictures the way you usually do: adjust color and brightness, correct image sharpness and lighten precisely defined areas. With just a few clicks, you can crop, rotate, mirror, and edit your photos in detail. You can even turn your photos into paintings or fun caricatures in no time using the included artistic effects.

Edit your pictures – for free and without any previous knowledge!

The ultimate free photo editing software!

PhotoPlus Starter Edition is the amazing free digital photo editing software from Serif. This version is 100% free and is yours to keep sodownload it now and start editing and enhancing your photos.

Check out these amazing features

  • Import and edit common image file formats
  • Straighten photos and crop to common print sizes
  • Repair old and damaged photos
  • Remove red eye, smooth skin, whiten teeth and more
  • Remove unwanted objects from pictures
  • Adjust levels, curves, brightness, contrast and more
  • Paint and blend with artistic brushes

Download FREE Now

http://www.serif.com/free-photo-editing-software/lrg-intro-flash.swfView the system requirements
* Review refers to PhotoPlus X4

9. Portrait Professional image editing software http://www.portraitprofessional.com/?gclid=CL3Kge27rKoCFYQOfAod4DkZWw

The Ultimate Fast, Easy Photo Editing Software

Portrait Professional is new portrait airbrushing software that has been “trained” in human beauty. Exceptionally fast and easy to use, and capable of the highest quality touch up, it lets you improve your photos instantly, just by moving sliders.

With this easy photo editing software, it’s incredibly fast for any photographer to enhance the face and hair of the subject.

Download the free trial and see for yourself what it can do.

New Portrait Professional 10 now even better!

  • Greatly enhanced easy face beautification function
  • Improved automatic ClearSkin2® skin regeneration
  • New, more intelligent skin defect touch up brush
  • More and better face controls
  • More and better ‘one click’ automatic preset enhancements
  • Now available as a Photoshop®, Lightroom® and Aperture®plug-ins, Studio edition only
  • Many other improvements

What Can It Do?

  • Fix skin blemishes such as spots or pimples
  • Reduce and/or remove wrinkles
  • Remove grease, sweat or shine from the skin
  • Subtly reshape all or any aspect of the face
  • Enhance the eye and mouth shape color and sharpness
  • Smooth, recolor and thicken the subject’s hair
  • Adjust the lighting on the face
Here are a few simple things I have done … obviously cannot share my trade secrets and adverts, etc 🙂
CD Covers for CD cases the blonde “jojo” has lost

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Collages for Desktops, blogs, websites, phone Wallpapers, letters and more … stunning as you can add pics that actually mean something to someone as a card on a gift or a simple letter to say thank you.

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John Waller – snippet of his Biography, battle and victory over depression through Jesus , and one of his songs from “Fireproof” the movie

I am a “strong” Christian…. never believe when someone says that they are faultless and sinless because they are “believers” believe me we all sin everyday in varying degrees. The most poignant thing about John Waller’s testimony is his triumph over what the medical world describes as an incurable mental disease “Bi-Polar” … he was healed of this almost dramatically and has take a turn for God in his life to worship, honor and share our Father’s amazing love with the world. No judgement just love. If he can be cured of manic depression my anxiety and any of you out their suffering with mental “disorders” as doctors would say, their is not only hope of healing their is proof. Its just a matter of asking and believing, praying and serving.

John Waller

John Waller Biography from Facebook Page … click here to like http://www.facebook.com/johnwaller?sk=info 

From his early days leading the critically acclaimed band According to John to his impactful ministry as a solo artist, John Waller has continually used his gifts as a singer and songwriter to inspire, educate and encourage the body of Christ. With such powerful songs as “The Blessing” and “While I’m Waiting,” Waller articulates what it means to live a God-centered life in a turbulent world.

He continues to do so on his new album, “As For Me and My House” a potent collection of songs buoyed by Waller’s insightful songwriting and compelling voice. “I don’t think I could write a record in any less than a year or two years because you really have to walk with the Lord and you have to experience life and allow the Lord to teach you something. The title track is, to me, the heart of this record,” Waller says of “As For Me and My House”, which joyfully declares “we belong to the Lord, and we will not give our hearts to another.”

“I’ve been parallel to the children of Israel in a lot of ways,” Waller says of his life. “I suffered with depression for so many years. I was in bondage for years and then the Lord set me free about seven years ago. He healed me and taught me a lot about blessing and speaking life. Many of the songs on my first solo album came out of that. The Lord has given all of us so many promises that are ours for the taking; yet there is a battle to lay hold of what God has promised us.”

A devoted husband, a loving father and a fierce believer in God’s word, Waller pours a torrent of emotion into the songs on “As For Me and My House”. “This album has promises. It’s about the clarity that comes when we remove anything that takes the place of God,” he says. “There have been a lot of idols in my life in the last couple of years—one being music. Wanting to make it and be established as a Christian artist became an idol in my life. I came to a place where I said, ‘I’m done doing that! I’m done building my kingdom, Lord I give it all to you. I just want to build your kingdom and I don’t care how that looks.'”

The talented Georgia native first caught the attention of the Christian music community as frontman for According to John. When the group disbanded, he and his wife Josee felt led to move to Colorado where they helped launch Southlink Church. Though he had given up his aspirations as a recording artist, he began writing songs at Southlink that led to new chapter in his ministry when he signed a deal Beach Street Records/Provident Music Group. His major label debut, “The Blessing,” introduced a wider audience to Waller’s music and gave him a national platform. He followed his debut solo album with “While I’m Waiting,” a powerful project that included the poignant title track, which was featured in “Fireproof,” the No. 1 independent film in 2008. Waller’s song was the only song in the film played in its entirety and its powerful message resonated strongly with audiences.

In recording “As For Me and My House”, Waller once again sought God’s direction and penned a potent collection of songs. Produced by Jason Hoard, the 11-song set is teeming with the passion and integrity that have become hallmarks of Waller’s artistry. “Jason gets what I do and we’ve been working together for so long—since According To John—and he just knows what I’m going for,” Waller says of working with the Georgia-based multi-instrumentalist. “With Jason we took each song and built it from the ground up and made sure it was built around the vocal.”

The album opens with the anthemic “Our God Reigns Here” a song Waller felt strongly about revisiting from the his previous album, which is direct spiritual warfare. “Yes” is a sonically vibrant song that reverberates with the truth of God’s goodness and positive touch on our lives. Penned by Waller, Hoard and Third Day frontman Mac Powell. “Because God is Good” is a celebration of the Lord’s grace and sovereignty. “Every believer that I know can relate to the fact that life doesn’t go the way we plan it all the time,” Waller says, “but the Bible promises all things work for the good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. Things have not gone the way I thought they would go, but God has always been good to me. It’s because God is good that sometimes life doesn’t go the way we want it to go. It’s because of his goodness that he spares us from going the way we think things should.”

“Man of the Valley” is a poignant song about the challenges that help us grow. “I love mountain top experiences,” Waller says with a smile, “but my life has really been shaped in the valley. In the desert where it seems dry and it seems like God isn’t doing anything, that’s really where He’s molding me most. I speak with authority because I have been in the valley and my story has really been written in the valley.”

Among the album’s many highlights is “The Marriage Prayer,” a beautiful duet featuring John’s wife Josee. “She’s always sang with me and when we lived in Colorado, she was on my worship team. She’s done backup vocals on my records, but this is her debut singing her own,” Waller says of the song. “I adapted it from a prayer that author named Patrick Morley wrote. I changed it around and made it fit to a song format. It’s a great song and I’m excited about people hearing this one.”

“Somebody Else’s Story” is a tender prayer that captures Waller’s heart for sharing Jesus with others as he sings “I want to be a part. I want to be a part of somebody else’s story, somebody else’s story of redemption. I want to be the one to shine the light of Jesus into their darkness. Lead me to that someone I pray. Lord I want to bring you glory.”

John Waller is a talented man who continually uses his gifts to bring glory to God by encouraging fellow believers and by introducing others to the Lord he so passionately serves. “God has definitely taught me to completely live by faith and I can honestly say that my wife and I completely live by faith in everything we do,” Waller says. “God always provides. He always comes through and one of the biggest things I’ve learned is that God’s plan for each one our lives is not going to look like someone else’s. I’m an individual and unique and God has a unique plan for me. I’ve had to learn to not compare myself to someone else and it’s hard not to do that especially in this industry. You want to measure your success by what you see others doing. I’ve learned that I’ve had to let that go and know that I am successful, but I’m successful by God’s standard and not by man.”

 

Below is the theme song from Fireproof a phenomenal and REAL movie…. no sugar coating as well as another of my fave’s. Also here is the link to view more of John Waller’s music. http://www.johnwallermusic.com/

6 slideshows to get you started with Google+

With the launch of Google+ came lots of questions. Who should join? Is it another Facebook? Do I really need to add one more weapon to my social media arsenal? Early adopters of new technologies jumped for joy and implored everyone to jump in with them. The more cautious sat back quietly and said, “hmmmmm…”. Where can we find claritiy? Members of the SlideShare community have distilled the complexities and offer answers in the following slideshows.

In “Google+, What is it and why should we take notice?” UK firm Nixon McInnes offers an overview of its features and takes an informed yet cautious approach to adopting the new service.

Ready to jump in? With this Getting Started guide from Supernova Studios of Nova Scotia you’ll be able to set up the Google+ features and quickly understand how to add your existing networks. There’s even a labeled map of the Google+ interface.

Ready to dive in a little deeper? Explore ‘Circles’ with this guide by Ross Mayfield. Having an understanding of Circles will help you differentiate between Google+ and Facebook. It will also help you understand the levels of privacy and the power of sharing within your Circles.

Okay, by now you’re getting the hang of Google+. But maybe you’re wondering what to do with it. How does Google+ fit in to your business and marketing plans? In this short but punchy presentation, Ben Gaddis makes 3 points about the importance of Google+ for marketers.

Let’s not forget the +1 button. A powerful little tool that helps you share content and improve your search ranking. This slideshow by Apex Pacific of Sydney, Australia offers instructions on how to add the +1 button, where to put it on your website and how to monitor results.

Still curious about the bigger picture? The answer lies in The Cloud…