Free Image Software
When working with a content management system and images on a website, as we explain, it’s important that they are the right size before they get uploaded to the server. Resizing an image by grabbing the handlebars on the sides will not make the file size any smaller, it’ll only display it in a smaller space. People will take a picture with a digital camera and then upload it to their site without resizing it and it then comes in really slowly (line by line) when it looks like a small image. They didn’t resize it properly. To do that, you need image editing software like Photoshop.
Programs like Photoshop can be expensive. The Photoshop Elements version costs less but sometimes people just want to do simple things like a resize or crop. Here are some resources for some cheap or free image editing software:
GetPaint.net – I haven’t tried this one but I’ve heard good things about it. It seems to do the job. It’s free and it’s for Windows.
GIMP – I have used this one. If you’re familiar with Photoshop, then this one will work well for you. It’s free for Windows, Mac OSX and other platforms.
GimpShop – This is Gimp but in a familiar, Photoshop format.
Photoshop.com – Edit images online, in your web browser. I’ve tried this and it works. It’s not as fast as I’d like but worth checking out.
Paint Shop Pro – This one I’ve used for years. It’s really great, fast and easy to use. You do have to buy it but you do usually get some extras and I believe in paying for good software.
We also have some good resources on our Links page.
To work with the CMS, you should also make sure you do have some good image editing software. It’s a tool that you will need. Have fun!