I often get requests from readers looking for online image editors as alternatives to Photoshop because it is too expensive or too complex to get started with. Photoshop is for sure the right choice for most professionals but I believe using Photoshop for very basic stuff like fixing private photos or simple graphics for web design is like shooting butterflies with cannons. I have collected a list of worthy online image editors that are good alternatives and that are all free to use. They are available from everywhere as on-line software services. If you need more online image editors you can check out this article: 25+ Really Cool Online Photo Manipulation Services. I also encourage you to take a look at these easy to set up photography website themes – having a strong online presence is quite essential if you want people to enjoy your work.
Feature Rich Online Image Editors
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Sumo is an excellent online image editor that offers both photo editing features and elements of vector drawing. It offers more than just basic features and a nice Photoshop look alike GUI. Features like Image Resize, Magic Wand, Transform (Ctrl-T) etc. makes you fell good even though it is still just an Online application! This is a must try among the online image editors.
Pixlr is a really great on-line photo editor with layers, history and other features you know from tools like Photoshop. The GUI is created to look like Photoshop. You will find that there’s an express version as well that focus on basic features like resize, crop etc. For sure one of the most feature rich online image editors I have seen.
Splashup is designed to give you a feeling of working in Photoshop. It is integrated with Flickr, Facebook, Picasa, and more and even support layers. Being a free tool this application offers many features, filters and is really worth trying out.
Aviary offers a suite of tools for editing images, vectors etc. Phoenix is the Aviary image/photo editor and it offers layers and compositing. It is integrated with Flickr, Facebook and Picasa allowing you to import images from these popular services. This is another very interesting free tool to check out before investing in commercial packages.
Picnik makes your photos fabulous with easy to use yet powerful editing tools and it is one of the most popular online image editors. Tweak to your heart’s content, then get creative with oodles of effects, fonts, shapes, and frames. It is very popular because it integrated with Flickr, Facebook, myspace, Picasa, Webshots, Webs and more. Picnik offer the basic features needed and also have a premíum plan that adds more powerful features.
Photoshop is the market leader but did Adobe do a great job on creating the free on-line version Photoshop Express too?I believe they did! The express version have nice features and is easy to use. Unfortunately layers is not support but still a great pick among the many online image editors.
Really simple Online Image Editors
Very simple but powerful tool. Can apply many effects to you images but you can really use it for photo editing.
Very simple application that allows you to do most basic operations on images. Free and no registration needed as for most online image editors.
Another simple service with a decent GUI. There’s a premium version with more features if you need them.