Most everything made this site is all free, because that is how everyone should be able to do it. There are enough free programs out there these days to do anything you want online without spending a dime. The most expensive programs ever it seems are the ones that we need the most specifically Photoshop and Illustrator in my case. This software is important if you want to develop great images and post them on your website or on Pinterest (also see my Pinterest article). GIMP offers a free solution
for all of your photo editing needs! This software is completely free and offers most if not all of the features of Photoshop.
Download GIMP here: http://www.gimp.org just go to the download section of this site to download a free copy!
I have used this program to create all of the quotes pictures on the quotes page of this website. They aren’t the prettiest most advanced of pictures you can make using this software though. There is a bit of a learning curve as with any editor programs, just like Photoshop this is no different. Luckily, there are numerous tutorials out there that can help you with making some basic designs to more advanced images.
Here are a few sites for GIMP tutorials:
Http://www.gimp.org/tutorials on site to help with the basics of the program.
Http://www.Texteffectsforgimp.wordpress.com/ lots of awesome looking text effects, some take longer to learn than others.
http://www.gimp-tutorials.net/ everything you can imagine designing, there is a tutorial for it here.
Best Stock Photo Websites
You will also need free stock images if you don’t want to go breaking any copyright laws. It is tempting to go do a Google image search and download and use everything you can find, but this will get you sued eventually, unless of course this is for personal use only. If you plan to put these images anywhere up in public I recommend you don’t risk a lawsuit and find some stock image websites or just take your own. These are the best free stock websites I have found and used so far for this whole website. There are others out there that you can pay for high quality photos if you choose but I prefer everything to be free, and who doesn’t.
Stock Photo Websites:
http://www.morguefile.com this one is by far my favorite, I have used it more than any others. Some images not the best quality but it’s free!
http://www.freeimages.co.uk Search or browse by genre.
http://www.gimp-savvy.com this site is not pretty but it has some great photos for free.
These resources have been very valuable to all the websites I have created I just wish I didn’t have to spend so much time looking for them, so here they are for you I’ve done that work for you. This is a short article but I hope this will help you in your journey and to still be able to create even when you don’t have any money! Also there are more resources if you Google search, but some of the stock image websites are harder to find, if you would like to submit any more and help others find what they need please email me!