There are a lot of image editors you can use to edit your Amazon images. Although some image editors are stronger than others, they would all need you to understand some common features and vocabulary in order to use them effectively.
Free Online Image Editor
These image editors are free and only accessible online. They’re a perfect choice if you’re traveling or don’t have access to a machine with an offline editor enabled. Any of the websites here restrict their functionality to the free edition, but if you want to do some simple editing like contrast, brightness, or cropping, they’re going to work perfectly.
Many of these websites often have a paid membership if you like features or want a free edition layout.
This free online image editing has some nice simple features if you’re looking for a fast way to edit images without needing a local image editor. With a simple image clipping path services wand tool and a color picker tool, you can easily refine your images to erase any minor blemishes or to render the backdrop pure white. The free edition also includes a vector reader so that you can edit your vector data.
The Pro edition has some good models and some free stock pictures. This could be helpful if you don’t want to pay for photos from other places like Shutterstock.
Aviary Online Photo Editing has a lot of cool features for your photos. It’s synced with Adobe Creative Cloud, so if you have one, you can edit pictures from your Adobe account. Otherwise, you should take a screenshot of it from your computer and edit it. If you’re looking for fast, easy edits, this online application is all right.
For more serious edits, such as various textures, you’re going to want to look elsewhere. It’s still better than other free photo editors, who are targeted at individuals rather than products.
This image editor needs Flash, so if you’re expecting software from Photoshop, you’re in for a surprise. This editor has a few features you’d hope to get from a Photoshop client, but it’s still better than a lot of free picture editors. It even has some photo-sharing features if you’re hoping to fix up or apply some dumb stickers or photos to the top of your photo.
This browser-based image editor is close to that of Pixlr. You can also quickly edit files from other programs, including Photoshop.
Free Offline Image Editors
In this segment, we’ll take a look at some fantastic free offline picture editing software. One of the strongest aspects of the locally built program car transparent background is that you don’t have to think about a website saving your pictures online. You still don’t need a link to the internet or complain about slow speeds. These editors also have complete features set, meaning you can edit images in whatever way you like instead of getting trapped with minimal features.
Tops, Linux, and Mac GIMP
This is possibly the most popular free, full-featured picture editor available. Its capabilities are nearly equivalent to Adobe Photoshop’s flagship app for a free application.
Don’t let the early 2000’s website and lots of advertisements fool you. This image editor is a great choice for people searching for something different than Microsoft Paint but not as complex as Adobe Photoshop. Just make sure you press the correct update button, or you will find yourself dealing with a lot of advertisements and spam.
Windows and Mac Photoscape or Photoscape X
These free image editors are a decent choice for a modern image editor. PhotoScape X has a lot of features, and the GUI is a touch more refined than GIMP or Paint.net. It’s still got a lot of cool features like the GIF Builder, but that’s probably not as important to Amazon vendors.
There are some of the other free offline image editors below.
Picasa’s (discontinued, but you can find older installations online)
Pixler (for Apple App Store and Google Play)
If you’re serious about photo editing and want something more advanced, you may want to use Adobe Photoshop. Most photographers in the industry are using Photoshop, and there is extensive group support for it. If you don’t want to pay for your subscription, search for older offline models like CS6 or Components.
Many vendors don’t want to go through the hassle of editing their images because it can be time-consuming. But any minor advantage will boost your revenue, putting you ahead of your rivals.
With the huge flood of new vendors using dubious tactics, you’re going to want to differentiate yourself in every way you can. Disingenuous sellers don’t have the time to clean their images, but taking the time to make your photos shine gives you an edge. And it will also improve your brand credibility and image.
1. Don’t splurge on a dream camera—for now
We’re not urging you to launch all your iPhone shooting, but there’s no point in running out to get the Leica top model, either. What you want to do is grab something in the center, a camera that lets you take high-quality photos with a variety of different settings, but not a cheap point-and-shoot that’s just suitable for the best conditions on the beach.
2. When you’re in doubt, under-expose your pictures
One of the best benefits you have when it comes to taking product images is near-ultimate light power. How your picture ends up has almost all to do with the amount of light on it, but with a little practice, you can achieve just about the right amount of exposure. However, there’s plenty to tell about under-exposing the images just a little bit (i.e., just letting a fraction of less light in), like one or two stops. By doing this, you allow less light but more detail to be captured; by editing your pictures, you can change the aperture to lighten it and then adjust the contrast and noise levels to eliminate any residual graininess.
3. Alternative Light and Shadow for Goods and Contexts
Remember the Garden State movie? There’s a film shot that shows Zach Braff’s outfit melting right in the background, and that’s just what you want to stop. When filming, the easiest way to make amazing photos for your Amazon listings is to create a comparison between the product and its surroundings, such as having a black background for a light-colored product and vice versa. The color contrast helps to make the items really shine, but please try not to overboard with background colors. Stick to neutrals, including whites, blacks, tans, beiges, and grays.
4. Fire the RAW
This method of shooting would use a lot more memory, making uploading dozens or hundreds of product photographs a laborious task. But it’s definitely not something that’s going to take you all day, since you can upload a lot of pictures and get to some automotive background company as they’re downloading. But shooting in RAW allows you as many details and knowledge as you can when it comes to editing your images, which is just what you want. It simply hurts anytime you try to edit an aspect and find that you can’t, so prevent that possible pitfall by shooting in RAW.
5. Get used to working without flash
Ask every concert photographer about flash and probably a glazed look to come across them when they drone, “first three songs, no flash.” That’s because they’re not permitted to use flash at concerts—never before. They have a job to do, and getting so close to performers will cause the light from their cameras to trip them up. Yet flash photography also takes longer than non-flash photography and can also create an uneven lighting scenario. Start using your camera as if the flash were an irritating bonus option for hack photographers and get used to adjusting the camera settings to work with the light you’ve got. After all, if concert photographers can take spectacular images in near-dark settings, you should be able to handle a couple in light-controlled ones.
6. Using a tripod to
On our first trip, we wrote that you don’t need the most fanciful camera on the block to take decent pictures, but the tripod is one area you don’t want to skimp on. No filmmaker on this planet has a hand as steady as a tripod, and camera stamina is a long way to go in producing professional pictures. Splurge on a mid-to high-level tripod, and add a shutter release cord, too.
7. Fill in the picture
Your aim, when filming, is to get as much detail as you can in each shot, and you just won’t be able to do that if you shoot a t-shirt from 20ft away. Don’t be afraid to change your angle to get closer, but try not to use the zoom button on your camera. Quality is not quite the same as inching closer because you want the product to cover as much of the frame as possible.