Shutterstock adds an image editor to destock your stock photos – TechCrunch

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The stock photo site Shutterstock has been around since 2003, but now the stock photo site has gotten a 21st century update. The site now has a built-in photo editor that lets you create smart graphics on the fly for social media, sharing, and blogging.

The tool is pretty basic – you can add text and images to photos as well as filters – but it’s fun. The impetus was simple: users paid for downloads, but got stuck trying to modify them. By making the editor very simple – and it is – they can offer just an extra touch of user-friendliness to stock images.

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“We started hearing from customers telling us they wanted more tools and features to help them create their perfect image. After uploading, many people still had work to do to crop or resize or add a filter to their images,” said Catherine Ulrich, Product Manager. “These changes were happening elsewhere. With Editor, we’ve not only streamlined this process, but also made it more intuitive and easier for non-designers to apply basic design techniques. We’ve removed barriers and given customers the ability to preview a finished work before purchasing it. »

“This is Shutterstock’s first step in the workflow to help resolve customer issues.”

The tool is popular with small business owners who want to upload and create images quickly. The editor includes multiple templates and themes as well as pre-cropped sizes for Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. The goal is to make it super easy to edit the thousands of photos on the site without downloading an image editor or paying for tools like Pixelmator or Photoshop. Like other online editing tools we’ve played with, including Gravit, it’s quite limited but improving – something you can say about most browser-based tools these days.

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