Photoshop isn't the only program that edits images. There are many free options for users of all degrees of tech savvy. These include:
- Pixlr, the easiest-to-use online photo editing tool:
- To reduce the quality (file size and load time) of your photo: Open your photo in Pixlr Editor and go to File > Save. Set the quality to 80% (Good for most photos)
- To reduce the dimensions (pixel size) of your photo: Open your photo in Pixlr Editor and go to Image > Image Size. Type in a pixel width or height. The photo will resize proportionally. Go to File > Save to save your photo to your computer.
- To crop your photo to specific dimensions (for use in a CommonSpot gallery, sidebar, etc.): Open your photo in Pixlr editor and click the Crop tool (in the Tools bar on the left). At the top under Constraint, choose Output size. In the Width and Height boxes, enter the specific pixel dimensions to which you'd like to crop. Finally, drag a box inside your photo to the area you'd like to crop to. Anything outside of the box will be cropped out. Press Enter to complete the crop. Go to File > Save to save your photo to your computer.
- GIMP, another free image editor for Windows, Mac and Linux.
- Picture Manager, which comes with Microsoft Office and provides basic image manipulation. View manual
- Paint.NET, a free editor for Windows. View manual