Blogging Tech Essentials: #AMonthofFaves Post

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Welcome to another A Month of Favorites post hosted by Andi, Tanya, and T. Today we’re talking about Blogging Tech essentials, some piece of technology that makes blogging easier.

This year I finally took the plunge and bought myself a Adobe Creative Cloud subscription. I went with the basics which costs me $12 USD a month. For me, it’s worth it. I take a lot of photos.

My subscription includes Photoshop, Lightroom, and Creative Cloud storage. Photoshop is quite labour intensive and I don’t use it much. I need to sit down and learn more about it. I find Lightroom useful. With Lightroom, you can do basic fixes for your photos: red eye, cropping, adjust exposure, noise reduction, etc. You can also add pretty filters, vignettes, and sunflares. There are a lot of filters available online, both free and pay to download. You can add a watermark before saving a photo too. It’s so fun to play around with and easy to use. I edit both my camera and iphone photos with Lightroom.

How do I use it for blogging? Stock photos. I take photos of objects that can be used to illustrate a wide range of posts. I fix them up in Lightroom. I try to leave some empty space for text. Then I add them to my stock photos file. I have a file on my hard drive but I also store photos in Creative Cloud. When I need a photo for a post, I just find an appropriate one, add text, and upload to my blog post. Like the one above.

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A sampling of my saved stock photos
I still use PicMonkey for adding text. I just like it.

Another thing I love about Lightroom is the mobile app. It syncs with the desktop, so if you edit a photo with your phone, it’s saved to the desktop too. I like to drop my edited photos from the desktop into my phone. It’s easy to share them that way.

So, that’s my essential for 2015? What’s yours?

11 comments:

  1. I hear nothing but good things about Lightroom. It scares me with the amount of things it can do, but I kinda feel that way about all things Adobe.

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    1. It can do a lot, not everything, but a lot. I read tutorials to learn as much as I can. I think you have to use it a lot to get good at using it.

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  2. I have Lightroom 4 and I really need to sit down and learn allllll about it!

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    1. There are a lot of good tutorials online that can help too.

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  3. This sounds so fancy!!! I do like Picmonkey for adding text..I sometimes make a graphic in Canva and then upload it to Picmonkey to add text.

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  4. Yay another Adobe lover. I bought Adobe Photoshop Elements for $60 - which is like Photoshop light. I used Photoshop for a very long time, so I'm used to it.

    Tanya Patrice
    Girlxoxo.com

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    1. I'm brand new to Photoshop. The first time I opened it, it freaked me out a bit! There is so much to learn.

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  5. I love Photoshop. I can't afford it, but I have it at work so I just edit my photos there. I've never worked with Lightroom at all, but it sounds nifty—I like that it has filters.

    And I agree that picmonkey's the best for adding text. It's just so much easier than with Photoshop.

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    1. Picmonkey is so easy for adding text.

      Lightroom is lots of fun. I've made some cool looking photos with the filters.

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  6. Wow...I love the sites you mentioned.

    I haven't heard of Lightroom or Creative Cloud Storage.

    THANKS.

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews

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