Archive for April, 2015

How to edit photos online for free without Photoshop

Did you know you can edit photos without the need of expensive photo editing  software?

Pixlr is a cloud based photo editor tool available for free (assuming you have an internet connection) and intended for non-professionals, but it has some advance editing capabilities very similar to what Photoshop has to offer. It can now be used on smartphones and tablets as well.

A little history on Pixlr (thanks to Wikipedia)

It was founded in 2008 in Sweeden by a guy caned Ola Sevandersson but in 2011 it was acquired by a well known American software corporation called Autodesk.

Okay so why use this?

Simply it allows you to edit photos for free while giving you many options available in other professional photo editing software.

As a graphic designer I use all kinds of software, multimedia applications and tools. for photo editing I mainly use Adobe Photoshop. But a cloud based version of Photoshop now costs $19/month (about $228/ year give or take). You can also buy a copy of Adobe’s Photoshop Elements for a PC or MAC for about $70. Unless you are using Photoshop as a professional or you have a passion needing photo editing as your hobby its a little hard to justify spending that amount of money.

People want free stuff. No one really wants to pay for this stuff? So basically Pixlr is for those who just do not want to pay for photo editing software or simply cannot afford it… but let me give you another example.

I was once helping out a friend and I did not have access to my computer. He did not have any essential graphic designer tools installed on his computer. He wanted help editing some old photos of his, so the first thing that came to mind was Pixlr. I pulled it up very quick on his browser made the edits and had my friend watch in awe. He did not realize this tool was available and free!

He now tells me he uses the Pixlr anytime he has to edit a photo and has gotten quit good at it too.


In conclusion what I’m trying to say here is that you do not have to have hundreds of dollars worth of software to edit a photo. The tools are out there. Pixlr is one of many.

Go ahead give it a try:

Pixlr editor

Thumbtack helps you find new customers and grow your business.

If you are in need of a service or you are a professional looking to grow your business, then I would recommend you sign up with Thumbtack

A day does not go by where for one reason or another I have to get on Google and search for something. The question really is who doesn’t do this in this day and age?

Have you ever heard of Thumbtack?

Hire a local professionalI came across this great services when my company was looking for a professional photographer to take some corporate head-shots.
It’s basically a website where customers can go looking to hire professional to help them accomplish their personal projects. They have to answer a series of specific questions about their needs. Then Thumbtack reviews the request and sends it to the appropriate professionals that have signed up for the service with those particular skills. These professionals then bid on the project and the users gets to choose.

It is a great idea and I have used it several times since then as a customer. I have now signed up as a professional as well, which helps me generate leads for all my freelance work.

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Searching through bookmarks made easy

If you use bookmarks when browsing, Dewey is an app you must have

If you are like me you may have over 100 cool pages bookmark on your browser with the idea that down the line at some point you are going to need to use that blog article as a reference. But searching through bookmarks seems to takes longer than actually going back on Google and searching for the website all over again.

Well worry no more!

Searching through bookmarks made easy

About a year ago I came a across this very cool app that I now use on a daily basis on Google’s Chrome Browser (which I find to be the best web browser out there right now). The app is called Dewey. It’s a quick install and easy to use interface. Just type the keyword and it will find your bookmark for you.