Handmade Photography Tips: What Apps Should You Use To Edit Your Handmade or Etsy Product Photos?

As you know, product photography is one of the most
important things when it comes to selling your handmade products online. Although you can’t really fix a very bad
picture with just a few simple editing touches, it is really easy to take a photo
from meh to really good looking and professional looking with an editing app. In this video I’m going to share with you
my top two favorite apps when it comes to editing your handmade
product photography; plus one bonus one that almost made it
to the top of the list but not quite yet – and I’ll explain why. Let’s dive in. Hi there! I’m Deb and I’m the founder of Tizzit.co
where I help handmade shop owners start and grow successful handmade businesses. Today I’m very excited to talk to you
about handmade product photography because it’s a critical element when it
comes to making sales online. You can do everything you want on social
media and marketing and get as much traffic as you want to
your shop with amazing SEO. But no matter what you do, if your pictures aren’t
professional looking enough, then you’re not going to
be able to make sales. And when it comes to picking
the right editing app, there’s so many options out there! Some are very complex and
very overwhelming to use. Some are maybe almost on the
other side – overly simplified, and so they don’t give you as many
options and they make your images look obviously retouched, which is something that
we want to stay away from. Some are free, some are paid… So, what should you use? My number one recommendation is Lightroom. Lightroom is a software by Adobe
that is often mistaken for Photoshop. People get a little bit confused about
the differences between Lightroom and Photoshop. To be honest, when I studied graphic
design and photo editing, I dived straight into Photoshop. I’d used Photoshop for a long time
before I even actually looked at what Lightroom had to offer. And once I did… Well, I’m barely using Photoshop anymore, and the reason for that is that Lightroom
does everything you’d need to do. It really covers it all, but it’s not as complicated to use and
the menu is a little bit simpler than in Photoshop. I’m not saying that Lightroom is a
simplified or an inferior version of Photoshop. They are actually two different types
of software and you can’t really compare them because they do different things. But Lightroom is really the best choice
if you’re going to dive into editing your pictures and you really want to step
up your game when it comes to product photography. The reason I love Lightroom for is
that it’s a very professional software. You will find as many tutorials online
as you need to really help you learn how to use it and you don’t need
to learn everything about it. There’s literally maybe 10 features that
you need to understand and to apply to your pictures. Maybe you’ll end up picking only five
little corrections that you know you have to consistently do every time you
take new pictures of your product, and that’s really it. So I don’t want you to feel overwhelmed
because it’s an Adobe software and start thinking, ‘this sounds too complex for me’
because it really doesn’t have to be. It’s already much easier to use than
Photoshop and you don’t even need to use the entire software. Some really good features that I really
like is the ability to organize your photos in collections and you can add
tags to your pictures so you could name them by collection or by category of
products so that when you want to go back into the software, you can find pictures really easily. I love that you can apply the same set
of changes and editing touches to all of your products. For example, if you took product pictures on a Tuesday
afternoon – it doesn’t really matter that it’s a Tuesday, but on an afternoon where it was really
cloudy – or for some reason you need to touch up all your pictures, your white balance and some
color and tone adjustment, it’s most likely going to need to
be the same way on each picture. Instead of going to each picture and
trying to do the same settings again, you can really just synchronize those
changes across your entire photo shoot, so it saves you a lot of time. Of course you can save your settings to
be reused later or you can use presets that you can find that other photographers
are making and that you can use really easily inside of the software. And of course you can do everything else, you know, quickly crop and resize and do
all of those color adjustments, white balance adjustment, erasing dust or maybe a crease or
something on your background… and so much more! It comes at a cost, which is $10 a month or
$9.99 or something like that, and when you get the
Lightroom subscription, you actually also get Photoshop. As I was saying, you don’t have to use it, but it’s there. So Lightroom is not free, but if you ask me, it is completely worth it. Remember that your photos really are
what dictates your sales when it comes to selling online. So to me it is worth spending $10 a
month on that one tool that’s going to really allow you to make
sales or make more sales. And it is worth also the one day or
one weekend that you’re going to spend learning how to use the software
because once that’s done, you’re really not going to need
to learn much more than that. Your style of editing is most likely
going to be the same for each collection and for each product, and once you know what works for
your setup and for your product, it’s actually easy to use Lightroom. So that’s my first recommendation. App number two is Snapseed. This one is free and I
love this app so much! The only thing that’s maybe a little
disappointing with it is that it’s only available on your smartphone. They have an app for iPhone
and whatever the other one is, but there is no desktop version. That’s a little bit of a disappointment, but at the same time, most of you are probably just using your
phone to take pictures of your products because phones these days really are good
enough to do that and they have really good cameras in them. If that’s you and you’re not using a
DSLR or a proper camera and you’re just using your smartphone, then this app might do the trick
for you and it’s completely free, so that’s always a bonus. What I love about this app is that it’s
very intuitive and it’s very easy to use, yet it does a great job
at editing your pictures. It’s very comprehensive and it
offers a lot of options and features. You’re not going to need or use
all the options that they have, but you’re also not going
to feel overwhelmed by the
amount of options because of the way the app has been created. It’s a great little app. I can’t recommend it enough. It’s free too, so if you just want to give it a go, download it today, play with it on a couple of
pictures and see how you feel. When I first started this video, I mentioned an app that almost made it
to my top recommendation list but not quite. This app that is still worth
mentioning is called PicMonkey. The reason I looked into this app and I
was really interested at first is that it’s not only an editing app so you can
of course edit your pictures with it, but it also is a graphic design app for
people who aren’t graphic designers. It’s a really good combination because
it means you can edit your pictures and also create graphics when you have a sale
or promotion and need a banner or pins or a quote for Instagram
– anything like that. I really like that they did everything
and I was really hoping that I was going to fall deeply in love with it, but I kind of didn’t. And the reason for that is that it’s
still $8 a month to purchase PicMonkey and it’s not quite as good as what Lightroom
and a free app like Canva for graphic design would let you do. So it’s not nearly as good, but it is kind of the same price. It’s only $2 difference and for that
reason it doesn’t make my recommendation list. But as you can tell, I still kind of like this app. I just think that in terms of editing
your pictures they’re maybe on the side of trying to oversimplify the use of the
app so much that it’s not actually really intuitive and your pictures can end up
looking a bit more retouched than they would with something like Lightroom. So for that reason it didn’t
make the top of the list, but it is just behind and I just wanted
to mention it so that you guys can go and play with it – they have a free trial, I recommend you just do that and
see if it’s maybe enough for you. If it is, then you have an editing app and
a graphic design app all in one, which is really interesting. No matter what you do and what you
decide,let me know in the comments below: what are you using to edit
your product photography, or what do you think you’re going to
start using after watching this video? I’d love to hear from you, so make sure to leave
a comment just below. That’s it for today, guys! I hope this helped and remember, do what works for you. Don’t be afraid to invest some time and
a little bit of money in your product photography. I do think that’s critical, but do what works for you. If you already have an app that works, that you know how to use
and that I didn’t mention, that’s totally fine. Keep using that. If you’ve liked this video, make sure to subscribe. I release a new video to help you start
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14 Replies to “Handmade Photography Tips: What Apps Should You Use To Edit Your Handmade or Etsy Product Photos?”

  1. I couldn’t agree more!! Those are the two are use on almost every product picture. As a bonus I really like the app Bazaart Because it erases backgrounds easily and I can make nice collages. And Canva Gets an honorable mention

  2. Hi Deb! Thanks for another great video – it is always interesting to know what a Pro is using! 😀 I personally use a few platforms for my pictures: 1. Spark Post (by Adobe) which is kind of like Canva but I somehow find my way around it quicker. 2. Colour Story – where I organise my IG feed and where I purchased sets of filters for my brand. 3. Then sometimes I use Facetune for whitening backgrounds and editing imperfections and 4. Snapseed. It gets tiring to work on so many platforms so I'm really excited to try out Lightroom 😀 thanks again!!

  3. Hi, Deb. I just looked on my App Store for Snapseed and see that there is a free Adobe Lightroom CC app for iPad. Do you have any experience with this app and how it might compare to the paid Adobe Lightroom Subscription? Thanks!

  4. I just started using Photoshop express on my android. My Etsy photos all are in need of assistance so I wish this app was available on desktop. Because i have Photoshop elements 14 but still not adept at using the functions especially "how to layer".

  5. I appreciate your guidance and positive energy so much, Deborah. Just wanted to let you know that I use a free version of Adobe called Photoshop Express. It's very user friendly, but gives me all the features I need to make my photos look great. I also sometimes use fotofuze to make my backgrounds lighter without washing out my artwork by over exposing.

  6. I’m using picassa to edit my photos, but I’m not sure it’s available to download anymore. I find it easy to use and you can replicate your editing over a whole batch of photos.

  7. Photos only recently started being a problem for me. I thought something was wrong with my camera settings. So I started playing around with google photos, since they easily upload from my phone and can download on any device or computer, and most of my pictures are able to be given the needed pop, by choosing one of their filters or auto. Thank god I updated some tech.

  8. Unless you use adobe products multiple times a week adobe subscription is not worth it. You pay 10 dollars a month which is 120 per year. Total waste of money for a software you do not own. Especially when you can get an app that does the same as Lightroom without a subscription. The app is Luminar, is 100% alternative to Lightroom.

  9. i was using microsoft publisher, then upgraded to windows 10 and lost it. The windows 10 photo software doesn't allow for batch editing making editing 100's of pictures a real chore. neither does it do a decent job. So it's back to photoshop for me. in the 'guided' part, it's simple and effective. And as I already had it, seems daft to lash out for more paid software. SO if someone can teach me to batch edit in photoshop – appreciated!

  10. Gimpshop. It is a Photoshop knockoff, and free. You can also pay monthly for Photoshop, so you can pay for a month, do a batch of editing, then cancel.

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