Tools to Customize Images

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There are a bunch of tools to create, edit and manipulate images and text. Chase walks you through a handful of the options in the video and below we list out several options we’ve vetted.

Apps and services change all the time, so we’ll be updating the list below as new options become available (and as old ones go away… that’s always an option).

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Chase’s Top Picks

1. If I had no image editing experience: I’d go with Canva. Hands down the easiest and fastest to use.

2. If I felt limited by Canva, but didn’t want to pay much: I’d go either with either Pixlr, PicMonkey (both free) or Acorn ($25, Mac only). These three require a little learning time and are all capable of doing loads of creative stuff.

3. If I wanted the best and industry standard regardless of cost: Photoshop is the way to go here. It’s a behemoth, and I’m still learning how to use it after 15 years, but whatever you want to do with an image you can do it with this app.

4. If I wanted to make sketches on my tablet: I’d go with the Paper app. So quick and easy to make great looking sketches, charts, etc.


1. Online editors

These require no installation and often times offer a free version. Just login and start rocking. Some are better than others but they’re all pretty easy to try out and see what feels right to you.

Chase’s Favorite: Canva“The easiest to use design program in the world.” Free to use, easy to use, built for social stuff. This really is a great tool and my favorite of the list.

PicMonkey — A pretty good editor. Not as smooth or trendy as Canva, but a solid choice.

Advanced Options: Pixlr & SumoPaint — These two are for the more advanced editors out there. They’re customizable and powerful, but can be hard to use if you’re not familiar with traditional image editors. It’s like Photoshop in your browser.


2. Applications

These are applications you’ll have to download and install. They can be costly and you’ll have to deal with updates and use your own files and folders on your computer (not something saved in your account), but this is the option of just about all professionals out there.

Chase’s Favorite: Photoshop — This is the industry standard for photo editing. It’s costly and a behemoth to work with, but it can do anything you could want to do. This is what I’ve used for the past 15 years… and I’m still learning.

Free Option: Gimp — Gimp is an open source image editor that’s been around for a long time. It’s powerful. If you want to edit images without paying for software and without the need to work with industry standards, this is the way to go.

Affordable, Simplified Option: Acorn — Acorn is an affordable ($25) image editor. I’d say it’s more user friendly than the others on this list and a solid choice for someone who maybe feels limited by Canva and intimidated by Photoshop.


Mobile + tablet options

If you have the device in question, these apps can be inexpensive, quick to use with a whole range of new ideas and creativities coming from your fingers and brush styles. It’s all personal preference on these ones, but here’s some of my favorites:

Paper — I love the way the watercolors and different kinds of pens look in this one. A very well made app.

Photoshop Sketch — Powerful, with some integrations with the desktop version of Photoshop. (Video here)

Autodesk Sketchbook — This one comes for iOS and Android. Very powerful.