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The new American Dream is doing what you love or finding and following your passion. But few of us seem to be able to find balance while doing this. Wednesday October 22nd on Twitter at 9AM PT/12PM ET, we'll be attempting to define balance and discussing the challenges of finding balance when doing what you love. Do you think we can have it all? Is there such a thing as balance?Read More
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Many bloggers post-process their images to create a unique visual brand.
Luckily post-processing does not mean you need Adobe Photoshop. Depending on what you want to do, any of number of free tools may work for you, PicMonkey, Canva, Studio (a smartPhone app), or something else. To determine which tool best suites your needs, read the comparison of Adobe Photoshop Elements, PicMonkey, and Rollip by Lexy of The Proper Pinwheel. And, for those curious about how Adobe Photoshop Elements differs from Adobe Photoshop, check out Mike Loveland's side-by-side review of the two software packages.
- Brighten your photos.
- Add a filter.
- Use overlays and text.
If you want to get a little more creative with your photos, Lexy suggests using layer masks and Photomerge (available with Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Photoshop Elements):
- Highlight a specific part of a black and white photo with color.
- Swap subjects in two different photos.
How do you process your photos to create a unique visual brand? Do you limit yourself to one filter?