11 Free online image editors
Many online marketers don’t need the full capabilities of a purchased image editor like Adobe Photoshop or Corel PaintShop. Luckily there are a lot of freebies around. While they don’t have the full functionality of Photoshop they have everything you need for basic image editing. Here are my top 11:
Pixlr allows you to edit, adjust and filter your images. It has a nice clean interface and if you are used to working in Photoshop you will feel right at home. It also now features http://pixlr.com/o-matic/, which you can use to create cool vintage photo effects.
FotoFlexer claims to be the “most powerful online photo editor in existence” and it certainly tries to live up to that, with a huge variety of effects, fonts, shapes, retouching features and advanced features which seem to be updated regularly. The user interface isn’t as neat as Pixlr but it’s definitely powerful.
Splashup is a ‘full-featured’ product in which you can create new images, edit existing images and manipulate layers with filters. It also allows you to edit many images at once and is integrated with several top photo-sharing sites. Again, people who’ve used Photoshop will be right at home.
SumoPaint is used for both image editing and drawing. The image editing features similar to those offered by Pixlr and Splashup however, some of the drawing tools are very nice to work with. The user interface is very smooth and fast. It also has some cool and useful features such as the Page Turn Effect which emulates the three dimensional appearance of page turn. You’ll need Flash installed for this one.
http://www.picnik.com/ (please note: since publishing this article, picnik has closed)
Picnik is a ‘one-click’ style photo editor. It’s great for editing and correcting photos, including features like crop, resize and rotate. It also has lots of special effects, shapes and fonts. (This one is our Training Managers favourite – she says it’s the easiest way to resize your images correctly.)
Editor.Pho.to is perfect for headshots. With it, you can crop or resize an image, perform color correction and easily retouch a faces.
Flaunter has a lot of the common ‘Photoshop’ type tools and effects. One thing it has over the others, is an ‘online social network photo profile creator’ for over 30 networks. With one click, you can size and shape your image to suit the social network of your choice.
Phixr is a very simple and easy-to-use online photo editor. It directly supports Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and Flickr. It’s a very clean and easy ‘no frills’ image editor.
This is the most basic option from Photoshop. The best thing, is that it’s perfect for the iOS (the iPhone) and Android. So if you want to work on something while you are on the go, you won’t need a laptop.
BigHugeLabs is lots of fun. It’s not as professional as many others but it has some nice quirky little features like: add comic book style captions to your photos, ‘Billboardize’ your message and bead art.
Although not online Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software for computers that run Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools.
If you know of any other free online editors that you’ve used and loved, let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I’ll add them to the list.
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