Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Photo-Editing Software Giveaway

I'm really excited about this giveaway - it's for photo-editing software from Magix...

You can find out more about it by clicking the link, but I can tell you now: it looks pretty impressive.  I was sent a copy to review, and I was a little worried it might go over my head.  I'm not the most technical of people. I think perhaps I'm much better with a very low-tech pencil and paper!


I needn't have worried.  The learning curve is quite a gentle one (although I'll admit I'm still on the nursery slopes!) and there are hints on the page as you are using it - they're quite subtle and not at all intrusive, so look out for them as you may miss them to begin with.

If you do find the learning curve a little bit too steep for your liking, you'll find tutorials in the Magix online magazine as well as their You-Tube channel, so there's no need to feel like something is confusing or insurmountable. There's even a forum to ask questions (you'll discover it during the download process). As a former teacher, I really like the fact they've made allowances for different learning styles and preferences in the presentation of their information.


magix magazine

Photo editing software is useful for pretty much anyone, but especially useful if you sell your crafts online: we all know how important a good image is when buying and selling... it's what your customer uses when deciding to buy.  You can use Magix photo-editing software for videos, too - which are a great way of increasing views to your blog or website (Google does love a good video!).

Magix also run competitions on their Facebook page so it might be worth popping over there for a like!

If you'd like to win a copy of this software, please leave me a comment on this post telling me why you'd like to win it - that's all you need to do!

However, you can get an extra entry into the draw for each of the following that you do (doesn't have to be all of them, but you get an entry for each one you do):

  • tweet about this competition using the hashtag #handmadeharbour (all one word) and a link to this post
  • share on Facebook that you've entered this competition, with a link to this post
  • Follow this blog on Google Friend Connect
  • Blog about this competition, including a link to this post

Winners will be picked on Friday 1st February at 12 noon, UK time  and will be announced shortly afterwards.  Thanks for entering and good luck!

The lucky winner will be sent a download link and activation code by email, so it's open to anyone, anywhere in the world (there's no physical product, it's all done digitally).

This giveaway is number three of five - all happening this week!  Click the home button to scroll through the other blog posts.

40 comments:

Handbags by Helen said...

Because.....i buy lovely fabric and turn them into lovely things for lovely people. But, quite frankly my photos are rubbish!

Shmum said...

Wow! This is incredible - I really need some help with editing phtot's and my older children get a bit fed up me nagging them for help, so this would be brilliant. domesticgoddess76@hotmail.com Sharon

MadBirdDesignsUK said...

Would love this as its a great product that has thought out the consumers help area properly! We all spend hours trying to figure out software that has been written by geeks, with geek help :-) Oh and I might improve my pictures too. x Joan

Picto said...

I've just checked out the video and I love the erase feature and changing the backgrounds would be a great addition to my photo's.

Jan x

MadBirdDesignsUK said...

PS I've blogged and shared the blog on FB x Joan

patchworkfairy said...

I keep reading help for new online craft businesses which stress how important pictures are. I would really like to put this advice to good use with this software which seems looks like it will change photos into how you would like them to look - as if by magic!

Anna said...

This sounds amazing. I would love something like this to edit the photos of my makes.....and my cat! lol! I am concentrating more on online sales this year so this sounds perfect xxx

Clare Lewis said...

I've always struggled to get my photos just right for my store and this little bit of kit looks like it would do the job nicely.

jv_pixels said...

I Love experimenting with digital images and this software looks like a great new toy to get my teeth into x

Ali said...

This sounds wonderful. Why would I like it simply because my photo's look awful. I definitely need some help.
Ali x

knitnrun4sanity said...

As with everyone I believe that my photos are rubbish. I am therefore currently on a learning journey with my photography and the next step is looking at how to edit photos as I have had a real play with the taking of photos! This, therefore seems rather timely - I am not very software minded so could do with something that is user friendly. Fingers crossed (although I am no more deserving than anyone else!)

Chrysalis said...

Wow - this is just what I need to help my pic taking - you only need look at my blog to see why!! Thanks again for the chance of entering. xx

tangytigglet said...

I would so love to win this because my photos are really holding me back, I just can't get the right light and no matter how much research I do I can't seem to get it right!! I neeeeeeeed help!!!!

CHRISTMAS PIE CRAFTS said...

When I look at the picture I am taking, it looks good. Not sure what happens after that, coz a gremlin attacks them and the majority turn out to be ones you wouldn't even hide at the back of a box. Thank goodness for digital cameras, saves all that money being wasted on developing photographs. This software would help ensure all pics were printable.

mizdarlin said...

What a nice idea...so many of us can't begin to afford Photoshop, etc. so this would be a wonderful prize..like you, I'm no techie, but hopefully this would become second nature..
Greetings from the West Coast of Canada, and thanks for the 'universal' give-away, they are few and far between!☻

Naomi Knows said...

I'd love to win to improve my blog photography! :)

Naomi xxx

whatnaomiknows.blogspot.co.uk

knitnrun4sanity said...

Just to let you know I tweeted this, wrote a blog post (which is shared on facebook - please say this counts too). I cannot do google plus as I can't figure it out :(

Wendy said...

Yes, tweets, blog posts and facebook sharing all counts as an extra entry! :-)

threads 'n' shreds said...

although photography is not my 'craft' i am still passionate about taking photos. I used to use the kodak editing suite to edit my pictures but it doesn't exist anymore :(
I take photos of any crochet/knit/felted items i've made, plus use photos for my blog and of course any travelling that i manage to do!
Anything to help me achieve my first sale would be good :)

judith67 said...

i have always wanted the opportunity to play around and edit my photos and make them arty, so this software would allow me to experiment!

MornieG said...

Oh my goodness do I need this. Tried two others and just can't hack them far too complicated. My photos were not too bad but recently I think I must have changed some settings but they are awful :-(( not a clue what I have done.

Many thanks for your consideration.

Mo.MornieG Jewellery

Simmi said...

I'd love to win this giveaway as I am about halfway there with photo editing, but need to find a good package to learn all about and really get good with!

vj.onix said...

I want to win this because its a powerful software that is comparable with Photoshop.

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Ant said...

My daughter love play with digital photos. I would like for her to win this soft.

~Donna~ said...

This software looks awesome! I'd like to be put in to win it please and thank you!

Happy 100th Handmade Monday and thanks for giving us all such great opportunities to win such cool things.

dragonetti said...

Why I want it?

...Because of the huge collection of photo's which are in dire need for some serious photo-editing-goodwill...

That's why.

Nati said...

I would love to win this so I can improve my post pictures and do a little picture art for the house.

Linda Rumsey said...

My daughter would love this for her beauty blog. Then she can help me take better photos of my craft projects!

Linda Rumsey said...

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Jenni Stobbs said...

I would lovethis as i've just set up my site www.jennifernina.co.uk and am struggling to edit my not so brilliant photos to be website ready :)

Kathleen Hooper said...

We've had some amazing holidays and have come back with masses of photos, but they do need a bit of attention before we can do anything with them. This software would be just the push I need to start sorting them out

Grietje said...

Wow, i realy like to join this give away!

Sarah - The Lilac Dragonfly said...

As photography seems to be a running theme in my own blog, I'd love a chance to win this prize :)

Cazzyline said...

I want to turn some of my sketches and crochet into postcards and business cards. This software and the support with it (I just peeked at one of the YouTube videos) would enable me to do that. And get on with the crochet booklet I keep threatening to write!

Autumn said...

I would love to have this software to craft my graphic design skills! I don't have any software at home that I can use that's like this!

Autumn said...

I tweeted about the giveaway.

https://twitter.com/autumnsweeps/status/296496598387683328

SewLittleToSay said...

I'm hoping to start a blog in 2013 and this would be so useful as my photography skills are pretty rubbish. I always spot something in the background that shouldn't be there when it is too late to retake the photo.

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KH Bride said...

I'd love to win to help me play with some of the pictures I take.

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