Image processing isn’t just for pros anymore. Today there are many apps that let you edit videos and images for free. It’s easy to do on a smartphone and during downtime, when you’re on a long train ride or your plane is delayed.
Move presents three tested, free tools that will help you stand out in social media networks. All apps are available for iPhone and Android devices and can be downloaded in the App Store or Google Play Store.
Video production made easy with Adobe Premiere Clip
Sometimes it’s tough to find the right words to describe a situation accurately. For example a sunrise above the clouds during a red-eye flight or the hustle and bustle of people in a foreign city. In such cases, moving images say more than a thousand words. You can use the Adobe Premiere Clip app to edit your clips and photos into short videos, add music and effects such as fast and slow motion or dissolves, and much more. You can choose whether you want to manually move the individual clips to certain positions (freeform) or prefer to rely on the app’s automatic recognition (automatic).
The only requirement: As with all Adobe apps, you need an Adobe ID for this one – but it’s very easy to create if you don’t have one yet. Go to https://accounts.adobe.com, register with your email address to set up the Adobe account, enter a password and confirm your email. Then you can download the app and start. Note: The app requires Android OS 4.4 or higher.
This video tutorial will introduce you to the freeform application in just a few minutes. Have fun!
GIPHY for GIF fans and those who want to explore them
GIFs are silent video loops that can uniquely express your feelings better than words. Admittedly, GIFs might be a bit too casual for your LinkedIn account, but they’re certainly fine for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, email or a family chat on WhatsApp. Lots of GIFs can be found online. But GIFs that you make yourself are much more original. And it’s really easy with Giphy’s GIF Maker. You can either use existing videos from YouTube or Vimeo or access your own clips or photos from your gallery. It’s also easy to add text.
Here you can find good instructions on how to make GIFs from uploaded videos or your own clips.
It only takes a few steps to create GIFs with photos. Go to “Create new,” click on “Images,” select three or four photos that were taken in quick succession, go to “Continue,” and then you’ll get the first GIF suggestion. Then you can still select the right crop, rotate your GIF, set the brightness, darkness and speed of images, pick a frame and add some text. Done.
Photo editing and collages with Pixlr
Sometimes all it takes to stand out online is the right image with powerful text. Maybe you’d like to highlight a quote from a speaker you heard at a conference or show your network where you’re currently traveling. Pixlr lets you crop your photos, correct blurs, fix red eyes and much more. You can create effects with filters, make collages and insert text. Pixlr is the Swiss army knife of mobile photo editing. Once it’s uploaded, this app quickly becomes a favorite. The 130 million downloads worldwide speak for themselves. As with all brilliant apps, it can be used intuitively. Just download and try it.
Another weekend tip for Instagrammers: If you’re (already) tired of the bunny-ear effect, here’s a video with many tips on how to make your clips really great.