Shutterstock Editor has a wealth of editing tools that can be used to modify the beautiful images found on Shutterstock—but did you also know you can use it to edit your own image?
To get started, upload your image from your desktop or from your personal Shutterstock account. The image will be displayed on the Upload menu found on the left side of the app. Select the image you wish to use in the image editor, and it will appear as an object on the canvas.
Finding the Right Position
Once your new image is on the canvas, you can move it around within in the graphic design tool. Experiment with different placements by clicking the image and holding the left mouse button while dragging the image across the canvas. Use the Flip tool in the top menu of the graphic design tool to flip your image horizontally or vertically.
You can also easily resize your image by using the mouse to grab one of the squares in the active object frame. Click on the object to activate the object frame and drag the circles that appear at the corners. Dragging the Rotation button at the bottom of the object frame lets you tilt and tip the image to any angle.
Changing the Image’s Appearance
Using a filter is a quick and easy way of changing the look of your image. You can find an extensive list of ready-to-use filters by clicking the two overlapping circles on the menu bar. Click on any of these preset filters to see how they change the appearance of your image:
Tungsten: Heightens light intensity
Zinc: Adds depth, clarity, and some warmth to shadows and low tones
Argon: Gives a dreamy blue cast to the whole image
Titanium: Intensifies the shadows and dark areas for heightened contrast
Nickel: Enhances reds and yellows for a glowing, warm appearance
All presets can be adjusted manually to fine-tune their appearance. You can also create your very own filter settings by manipulating the values in the Advanced menu. You can even save your new values to your Shutterstock account so you never have to worry about trying to remember how you achieved a particular look.
Changing an Image’s Shape
The fourth menu button from the left is a square with overlapping corners; this button lets you change the shape of your image. Click this button to see the options available; this is the perfect tool for creating a “photo frame” effect that can be enhanced with additional elements and other pictures. Several circular images placed near each other look like a cloud of bubbles or Christmas ornaments. There are many interesting creative possibilities opened up with the help of these shapes.
Adjusting the opacity of your image is another great way of refining its appearance. This is done by using the small checkerboard button. Opacity refers to how transparent an image is. 100 percent opacity has no see-through qualities at all; 50 percent opacity is half transparent. The slider lets you easily adjust this option.
Try these and other tools on your very own images to see just how versatile Shutterstock Editor really is.