Image editing for blogging on iPad
When I first got my iPad I thought it was great for consuming media, but not for creating it. But after a year I do most of my writing and blogging from my iPad. With a connected Bluetooth keyboard it’s an excellent tool for writing.
No spinning hard drive, no fan, just comfortable silence. And with apps like Writing Kit and Blogsy, I can do all the things I need for blogging. But handling images isn’t that easy. Here’s my tips on getting your images in shape directly on your iPad.
My favorite image editor is
Snapseed, who got Apples iPad app of the year award 2011. I’m not so interested in the filters, but the image editing features. To adjust brightness, ambience, contrast, saturation and color balance, you use the Tune Image feature. You select what you want to adjust by dragging up and down, then you set the amount to adjust with a left and right swipe.
Snapseed has a crop feature that is equally easy to use. There’s also an excellent sharpening feature.
Here’s the snag. There is no resize function in Snapseed. So you need to save your corrected image to the photo library and use another app for that. There are some free apps available, but I like to use Photoforge2 for that task. It also have some great features for advanced image editing, but I think that for most of the editing, Snapseed is faster and easier to use. The apps aren’t expensive, and you do remember what you paid for Photoshop, don’t you?
Upload the image to the blog
Update: I’ve written a script for using the Editorial text editing app for uploading images instead.
When the image is finished, I use Blogsy to upload the image. After having a lot of formatting problems with Blogsy that screwed up my posts, I now use the Poster app
for both uploading pictures and posting my Markdown text, and feel happy about doing it all on my iPad.