As every independent filmmaker knows, making films is a lot more than shooting and cutting your movie together. You have to go the extra mile to get your work out there so people can see it. Here are a few free online services and tools that can help you get the word out, edit your images, and spice up your website.

Photobucket is one of my favorite sites on the web. You can store both photos and videos, make scrapbooks and slideshows and best of all, you can post your pictures all around the web (forums, social networks, share with friends). In addition to hosting your photos, it has an online editor that lets you change its size, add text/borders, and do touch ups. If you haven’t signed up for Photobucket yet, I have to ask why?

Favicons are the little icons that appear next to the web address on the address bar. They also appear in your bookmarks, your tabs and your history. The Favicon Generator makes it easy to create and add your icon to your page. I used it for my favicon on this website. To make your favicon just follow the directions on their site; upload a picture and click ‘Make Favicon!’ to create a favicon for your website. This favicon generator supports alpha transparency. Once you create your favicon.ico file, upload it to the root directory of your website and put the following code in your html page in the header.

If you don’t have the coin to buy Adobe Photoshop, than I highly recommend that you download GiMP. The download will not cost you a cent, and GiMP is a free GNU Image Manipulate Program that can be used for such tasks as photo retouching, image format converting, image rendering, or you can use it as an online batch processing system or a simple paint program. The free software was built to be expandable and extensible and was designed to be augmented with plug-ins and extensions that can do just about anything. It works with both PCs and Macs.