• Our favourite FREE Online Photo Editors

    We’re living in 2018, where almost all of us have smartphones capable of taking some pretty amazing pictures. Most phones today, come pre-loaded with very efficient and feature-full camera apps, which allow you to instantly change and enhance your picture straight away – which is great!

    Moreover, you can download from a series of iOS and Android apps, some of which are also available for free, for your devices, which allow you to further enhance your pictures.

    From time to time we get asked about photo editing software which you can use to change your pictures before printing them on one of our products. Some of you might think that you’d have to break the bank to get your hands on a good quality photo enhancing app to just crop and boost your favourite pic – The good news is, this is absolutely not true!

    There are tens (if not hundreds) of available FREE online photo editors.

    After weeks of testing these platforms out, here are the top 4 chosen by our team at The Tink Shop.

     

    Your photos won’t look the same ever again!

     

    1. PhotoCat

    We bet it’s one of the simplest to use, and one of the most tools and features packed app.
    Photocat offers 3 main features: Photo Editing, Photo Retouching, and a collage maker.

    All the basic functions you’d need to tweak your photo are available here too, but not just, PhotoCat also offers a variety of filters, borders, and photo overlays too!
    Added to the list, is a full set of retouching features including spray tan, blemish removal, smooth skin, red-eye removal, lip tinting and eye colour changer!
    Another amazing tool is the ‘Compare’ feature, where you can compare your edited photo to the original one.


    2. Fotor

    One of our very favourites for online photo editing and manipulation! It’s very intuitive and easy to use. Offers all the basic tools such as cropping, brightness, saturation and colour temperature altering.

    One of it’s most cool features is the High Dynamic Range (HDR) feature; where you can combine three photos with different exposures into one image!
    It’s important to note that some of the tools would work only if you create a free account.

     

     


    3. PIXLR

    PIXLR offer a variety of free tools and apps for photo editing and manipulation, including PIXLR editor and PIXLR express with almost all functionality of a professional photo manipulation software, including the ability to create a custom sized canvas to build a design from scratch.

     

     

    4. Cut My Pic

    This one is surely the most simple to use – you just upload your photo, choose from a set of image altering features (including the tilt-shift effect! so cool!) and hit preview button to compare the edited photo to the original one, before saving it to your computer, emailing it or sharing it on Facebook.

     

    All the above apps, together with our online customisation tool would make a great set of tools to help you design your next gift!

    If you’re looking for a Free vector graphics app (especially if you want to design items for laser-cutting or perhaps computer cut stickers), you should consider Vectr – easy to use, yet very robust!

  • Say Cheese!

    Parmigiano-Reggiano, Old Amsterdam, Maasdam, Gouda, Stilton…. or even plain good old (matured) cheddar!  mmmmmm….. shall I go on? Pure cheese heaven! Don’t you just love all the different types of intense flavours there are to choose from?

    I heard someone the other day claim they don’t like cheese! Say what?? Is it even possible?

    I believe that the flavour and textures are one of the best pleasures this earth has to offer us.
    Each to their own I say!

    I’m thinking of celebrating cheese lovers day (this Saturday 20th January 2018) with a nice selection of my favourite cheese from the local deli and one nice bottle of wine (while watching the Valletta 2018 – European Capital of Culture celebrations)

    I can safely say I’m so fondou of cheese from my head to-ma-toes… (tomatoes… got it?) Too Cheesy??



    Speaking of cheesy – if you’re fun and wanna have a laugh with your partner, husband or wife… this Valentine’s day go for something with maximum cheese factor from our ‘Cheesy Valentine’s’ section…

    We once heard the difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra cheese!
    The cheesiness in these products is intended as a joke… please don’t take it literally!
    NB: Not for the laughtose intolerant!

    #ġobon #kwartminkollox #ġobnuz

    On a side note… did it ever occur to you why do we say ‘Cheese’ when taking a photo?
    Rumour has it the ‘ch’ in cheese forces us to position our teeth nicely and the long ‘ee’ makes us put our lips apart in a nice smile-like fashion! No cheese for those who pout! Sorry!

     

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    Click here to get extra Cheese for Valentine’s Day!

  • The day my life changed forever!

    It’s been a whole year! One roller coaster year! Twelve months! Three Six Five Days! Oh, wait…. Eight Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty Hours! (yes, I googled this one!)

     

    Why all this emphasis you ask? Well, one year ago, my wife was pregnant – the baby was due in mid-September so we had ample time to plan and sort things out (or so you’d think!)  One year ago, I got a call from my crying, panicking, 35-weeks pregnant wife, Barbara, saying that the doctors wanted to have the baby out TODAY!  Between one sob and another, I sort of managed to understand that I had to go to the hospital NOW!

     

    I remember vividly the exact design I was doing when I received the call.  I just grabbed my things and left on the spot.  I rushed to the hospital, found the wife in a now calmer state and wearing a huge ugly nightgown!  Doctors told us we had a long wait and so we did… At least Barbara wasn’t in pain so we tried to kill time the best way we know how…  brainstorming ideas for Christmas at The Tink Shop – which really kept both our spirits high!

     

    Meanwhile, the missus was calming down the rest of the family and telling them not to come to the hospital yet as there was a long wait, whilst I was making some work calls and delegate the unfinished tasks to my colleagues.

     

    The Tink Shop is always very busy in August, even though sometimes we close for a period in August, we use that time to work on new material and ranges – We were waiting for an important shipment to arrive so I had to call the shippers, my colleagues, suppliers, courier agents, a few clients who had important pending work and a bunch of others. Thankfully, we have a great team I can rely on! They all came together and worked meticulously to get everything sorted out properly and on time.

    So there we were, my wife on the bed stuck to monitors and wires, and myself slouched in a chair next to her! We laughed all the way through and joked about the situation until the doctors informed us that it would be best to proceed with an emergency c-section!

     

    Everything happened so quickly that the next thing I knew, I was holding my son in my arms, in a room, alone. That was the day that Baby Jack was born and we became mummy and daddy!  

     

    One year later and baby Jack is no longer a baby but a crawling, here-comes-trouble little cheeky monkey! I just love him to bits! Can’t wait to start breaking a few things with him 😀

     

    It’s not just Jack who is growing, one year later the team at The Tink Shop is growing stronger than ever! And we’re now looking to get more Tinkers onboard!

    If you think you’re a Tinker stop thinking and start Tinking. Drop us a few lines and a CV to [email protected]