Handmade product photography is a critical element when it comes to making sales online. You can do everything you want on social media and get as much traffic as you want to your shop with amazing SEO, but if your pictures aren’t professional looking enough, you’re not going to be able to make sales.
The question is: what editing app to use? There are so many options out there!
- Some are very complex and very overwhelming to use.
- Some are almost on the other side – overly simplified. They don’t give you as many options and 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? Here are my top recommendations:
App #1 – Lightroom
My number one recommendation is Lightroom. Lightroom is a software by Adobe that is often mistaken for Photoshop. I used to be a Photoshop person myself but when I discovered Lightroom… well, I’m barely using Photoshop anymore, and the reason for that is that Lightroom does everything you’d need it 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.
Lightroom is NOT a simplified or inferior version of Photoshop as many people think, it’s a different software entirely. In a way, it’s easier to use and it’s great for you because you can use it to:
Organise photos into collections and add tags to your pictures so you can find them easily;
- Batch / synchronize changes within a collection / a photoshoot. Let’s say you took your product photos on a dark day and they all need the same retouching. You can just select all the photos and make the same changes to all of them at once instead of trying to replicate all the changes photo by photo.
- Save presets or use presets made by other photographers for quick, consistent editing.
- Quickly crop, resize, adjust colors, white balance, erase dust/background stains, and so much more.
Lightroom is an Adobe software, but 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. 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. The truth is you only need to know how to use maybe 10 features to edit your product photo and really step up your photo game. 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. It’s already much easier to use than Photoshop and you don’t even need to use the entire software.
Lightroom is not free, you will have to pay around $10 per month for it, but in my opinion it’s worth the price. Remember that your photos dictate your sales, so it’s worth investing a bit of money and a weekend or so learning the software. It also comes with Photoshop, but you don’t have to use it if you don’t want to.
What do you think of iPiccy?
Hi Dionne, I have never tried it 🙂 But if it works for you, it works for me!
I use PhotoshopExpress, which is free on iPhone, Microsoft Store…I do not know about Android. PhotoshopExpress is similar to AdobeElements.
Another good graphics app I like is Over. There is a free version and paid. You can get free fonts every week from Fontbundles.com and Designmarket.com, creativemarket.com and upload them into Over. You do this on iPad/iPhone by choosing “share”. Apps that you have on your device that can open the .zip file will show. I also backup all my fonts and graphics folders to the cloud.
Thanks for sharing, you gived me many ideas.
You’re most welcome, Pamela!😊 We are glad to have given you ideas!