The Way to Be the Best Internet Marketer You Can Be When Starting Up!

The subject of Internet marketing is so vast and complex that it is difficult to know where to start. But, like everything in life it’s best to start at the beginning and try to go through things in a logical order.

Most of us these days have reached a certain skill level in computing and the internet, mainly through trial and error. We can operate a word processor, we can send emails and we can surf the net. We can Google items we wish to know more about and we can purchase items we like through internet shops and of course get involved in forums related to our particular interests.

Nearly all of us these days can also use a basic photo editor due to the rise in popularity of digital cameras and the ability of the computer to process and store all the images we take nowadays. Remember when we used to have to think about which photos to shoot because we were down to our last two or three exposures and that meant a new film along with all the expense of processing the prints.

Surprising as it may seem, if you have all these basic skills there is no reason why you cannot start to think about internet marketing or just creating your own personal website. There is nothing particularly difficult about it. It’s just a matter of learning the necessary skills in a logical or chronological order.

For this you will need some tuition or training. If you know someone, a friend or relative who would be willing to impart the knowledge, fine you are one of the lucky ones. Failing this you will need to search out a good teacher or mentor, perhaps on the net or even at night classes.

Internet Marketing is full of offers to train you in the skills needed to start online, the cost will vary according to how good that particular marketer believes himself to be! Beware the quality of some of these offers, a good number will teach you but there will be gaps in your knowledge which will constantly frustrate you. The range in price is also quite dramatic, some will offer free training but you can guarantee that there will be an upgrade offered shortly after starting. Others will cost you next years mortgage and not guarantee that you will make money, read the small print! Mind you, there is no guarantee from anyone, eventually it will all be down to your own efforts and obtaining the best value training for the least possible cost.

You will need a system that will EDUCATE you to create a website and then upload it to the web. You will also need a system that enables you to return to the various lessons if and when you need to refresh your memory. Video training is very good for this as you are able to return and replay the lessons until you UNDERSTAND what you are doing. You will also need back up and swift advice if things go wrong.

After learning all this you are then faced with the real business of marketing your product, whatever it may be. This is the IMPLEMENTATION stage and again things don’t stop here. Which particular method or methods do you wish to employ to attract visitors to your site and ultimately sign up to your list of prospects. Again this is an area of the internet that is constantly changing and you will require to be able to keep up with the latest marketing trends and tactics.

So remember the acronym EUI, education, understanding and implementation. It will stand you in good stead for what lies ahead. However, perhaps one of the the most important aspects of all this is that the teacher/presenter is clear, precise and succinct in their approach to instructing and offers value and integrity in what they are teaching. The second most important thing to remember is not to give up!

Getting the Best Out of Your Selfie

It is not a secret that “selfies” are quickly becoming less of a trend and more of an art form. Almost everyone with a social media account has at least one selfie in their collection of photographs. What makes them so loved by the entire world? As the saying goes: a picture is worth more than a thousand words. A selfie with you smiling happily? Probably worth a lot more than a simple picture. But what can you do when you just can’t get a good picture of yourself?

Use a photo editor

Currently every device ranging from your smartphone to your personal computer, has a handy dandy photo editor. All you need to do is choose the image that you want change and then add whatever filter or effect you consider would make your photo better than the rest. In a matter of minutes, your photo will look less like just another image uploaded by a social media user and more like a work of art with you as the protagonist.

Photo manipulation doesn’t require a lot of knowledge. Mobile applications as well as desktop applications such as Photoshop or Gimp offer a wide array of filters and effects which can add everything from a bit of color to your cheeks to a vintage look that will mesmerize your viewers.

As far as mobile applications go, depending on the operating system that your mobile device sports, you just have to visit its application store in order to choose from a number of either free or paid apps that generally do all the work for you, in a matter of minutes.

Desktop apps also range from paid to free, however free applications require a bit more knowledge than paid ones such as Adobe’s Photoshop or Corel’s PaintShop Pro software. A free alternative to Photoshop or PaintShop Pro is Gimp.

Search online

If you still don’t like the end product, you can always go on the internet to search for a different kind of photo editor: namely a clipping path service. Online clipping path services offer a lot in terms of image manipulation and retouching for a very low price.

There are also plenty of videos teaching you all you need to know about the fine touches you can make to a picture in order to make it stand out. Nowadays, the only difference between a professional and the rest lies in what tools they use and how proficient they are in using said tools.

Photo Software – Which Do I Need For My Photo Editing Tasks? – Help!

Photo editing software or photo software allows you to create and modify bitmap graphics and photographic images. Photo programs can be used for tasks such as painting and drawing, colour correction, enhancement of photos, creating special effects, conversion of images from one type to another, adding text to graphics etc. Some of the most popular software tools available today include Irfan View, Photoshop elements, Photoshops’ CS suites and Aperture for Apple Mac: as well as Gimp and Inkscape – open source alternatives.

IrfanView is a piece of photo software that lets you open and edit images. If offers an exhaustive list of advantages and features such as speed, a compact image viewer, being simple to use especially for beginners, support for many media formats including multimedia, multi-language support, thumbnail option, options for painting and very controllable slideshows. Moreover it is free for individual use and is very user-friendly in terms of the GUI it presents to the user.

The major disadvantage, is that it does not offer some of the very advanced imaging capabilities and also it is not available natively on the Mac. Among the photo programs, it is an excellent choice for people who need to work quickly, avoid a very steep learning curve and simply want to balance, crop and save an image for the next step in their work. It probably isn’t a good choice for a professional photographer, except as a very quick form of software photo editing.

Photoshop Elements is an adaptation of Adobe Photoshop and is available for as low a price as USD $99. Nevertheless, it has a strong set of software tools. The user interface is simpler than Photoshop while retaining the core photo editing functions. Thus Photoshop Elements is like a scaled down version of PhotoShop. It focuses on digital photography and on an RGB workflow. Some of the more complex photo editing features such as Curves, Channel Mixer, and Color Balance have been disabled, making the GUI more manageable, with a friendlier learning curve. The major advantages of Photoshop Elements include: an easy GUI structure to navigate and that it is cheaper than Photoshop. The only disadvantage is that some of the higher-end features are removed.

Adobe Photoshop CS is a set of software programs for image editing that is considered to be the industry standard for graphics professionals. Although meant for professionals, it is also available for students at a fraction of the original cost. The main features of Photoshop as a photo editor, are the flexibilities it offers for media creation, editing and authoring. The file format is compatible with any of the individual programs that are available in the suite. As the de facto king of the photo programs, it has many tools for advanced photo editing, including a bewildering array of special effects services. The disadvantages of this suite of photo editing programs include: features you will never use; highly expensive and it takes massive processing power from the computer system.

Aperture is Apple Mac photo editing software. The Mac enthusiasts claim its advantages are; that it includes an all in one Inspector to consolidate the projects, adjustment panes, quick image search, accelerated performance, advanced photo editing capabilities such as superb color fidelity, etc. The disadvantage of Aperture is that it can be used only on Mac operating systems. Among the photographers that I know personally, this photo software is growing in stature amongst popular photo editing programs.

The Open Source movement is also muscling in on the act with Gimp (which is gaining recognition amongst photo editing programs) and Inkscape; (a vector drawing program) which is very good indeed for developing plans, maps and other graphics that need to be drawn. I haven’t yet got to grips with Gimp as a photo editor, but I have used Inkscape regularly over the last year and it is a fully featured graphics software. I recommend that you give these new open source graphic softwares a good look before spending hundreds on Photoshop or Aperture photo software. In terms of value for money; like Irfan View, they are incomparable. Amonst the paid for photo editing programs, Photoshop Elements is going to be a more than adequate for anything that you need to do for the web unless you are going down the road of becoming career graphic designers. For these individuals and for professional photographers the photo programs of choice will almost certainly be Photoshop CS for PC based workers and Aperture if you are on the Mac platform.

Choosing a Photo Editor – Which One is Best?

Choosing the right photo editor is a regular issue that can arise for many of us in such a technologically and digitally advancing age of today’s world and in particular for those involved in either photography or those who just have an interest in editing their digital photos before printing, emailing or posting their photos online. There is also the fact that there are hundreds if not thousands of photo editing applications out there with many features and it is important that you as the user, compare and evaluate each of the options and features in order to select the best application that will meet your needs and requirements.

As mentioned, there are many choices of software that are available for use when editing digital photos and these various types of software can be grouped into three main areas in order to make it easier for you to decide which is the most appropriate for your needs and requirements. The first category basically consists of Freeware, Promotional or Shareware products. The second category is the Consumer category, and thirdly there is the Professional category.

It is important to consider several questions when selecting a photo editing program. These include but are not limited to; how much you are willing to spend when selecting a program? Will you be able to learn how to use the software competently or will it be too advanced? When choosing a program how well does it edit and does it have all the features that you require? All are important considerations and if not applied appropriately when selecting a photo editor, can potentially lead to dissatisfaction with the product.

Adobe Photoshop has become well known by many as the industry standard in terms of photo and image editing software. The latest in the Adobe range include Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 and also Adobe Photoshop CS4 which are both some of the best photo editing software programs around. Photoshop can be quite an expensive program in particular the Photoshop CS4 version and for the average consumer or beginner this cost may be too excessive particularly when there are other alternatives available for less money such as Photoshop Elements 7 or the other programs which I will mention below, however for the professional editor, Photoshop CS4 is a must!

There are several other popular options which can be considered and include the Picasa editor by Google, Jasc Paint Shop Pro and Microsoft’s Picture It! These programs and many others offer a 30 Day trial for free so be sure to take advantage of these in order to try before you buy.

Another point to note is in relation to the free software programs which are often provided with your digital camera or other devices when purchased. Some of these can be very good but generally most are usually not very good quality and a waste of time and space. Be sure to get yourself a proper program such as the ones mentioned and I highly recommend Adobe Photoshop as it is an absolute gem of a program for all you photo and image editing needs.