Online Photo Editors? Are you serious? Yes! Have you ever heard about the terms Cloud Computing and SaaS – software as a Service? Both terms are among the most hyped in the IT space right now and many experts believe they represent a mega trend that are just about to change how we all use and access software for ever. There is still a lot of hype related to both terms and in particular cloud – and many software and infrastructure vendors have added “cloud something” to their portfolio which is making it even harder for most people to understand what “cloud” has to do with software and IT service offerings. In its simplest form cloud computing is just flexible computing power available as a service with a pay-per-usage model – to be compared with electricity in the power socket. Amazon, Google, Microsoft and many others are competing to get a good start in the cloud market.  And SaaS is software and applications provided in the cloud instead of being installed locally on a PC – typically designed to be multi multitenant – meaning that multiple users access the same instance of an application. This model drives costs down, removes need for local maintenance and let’s users get started much faster. While the cloud and SaaS wave is rocking the enterprise software boat a lot it turns out that there are also many interesting Photo Editors available on a SaaS model – many even completely free! Generally they are not as feature rich and fast as e.g. good old Photoshop, but they are improving and in most cases they have the commonly needed features and much more. Another good thing about Online Photo Editors is that they can be accessed from anywhere and any computer with Internet connection. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most useful Online Online Photo Editors available right now.


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Photoshop Express Editor

Photoshop Express It is the best photo editor. It has been built on the pattern of Photoshop itself minus the technicalities. It is good for the amateur photographers who don’t want to get indulged into the tricky tools of the Photoshop. Having these superb features the loopholes are there. The printing options are lacking. Also, it doesn’t support photos from higher mega pixel camera.

Picnik

Picnik Picnik has made its mark. It has loads of special effects, a range of nice fonts, and numerous shapes. It enables red eye reduction and also edits the exposure which are the most common problems faced by the photographers. It is fast and works well on different platforms as Mac, Windows and Linux. One of the most interesting features of Picnik is the support of the photosharing sites and the social networking sites. Registration in Picnik is not mandatory. It is required for some special services only. You are going to spoil your day if you forget your password because it does not have the ‘Forgot your password’ option to retrieve your password.

Splashup

Splashup Previously known as Fauxto, Splashup is also a free online tool for enhancing the photos. It is browser friendly and supports various photosharing services as Picasa, Flickr, and Facebook. Splashup has a built up of various photo editing tools such as lasso, blur, brush fill, crop, etc. Multiple windows are allowed which gives it an edge above the rest. Beside, also provides us Splashup Light – a free offline photo editor, works perfectly on our desktop as well as on your mobile PCs.

FotoFlexer

FotoFlexer It is among one of the best option for photo editing. It has all the basic features and in addition many of the advanced tools. It enables simple animations that most of the online tools don’t offer. Other features which makes Fotoflexer to stand out is that it has 25 filters and it can flatten images.

Pixer.us

Pixer Pixer.us is a simple and straight tool for image editing quickly. It doesn’t require signup. It has all the basic tools as crop rotate flip resize with color fix and resize. A positive feature is that it allows unlimited undo.

Pixlr Editor

Pixlr Editor Another web-based photo editor with layout looks like Photoshop CS. It has good graphics with a whole lot of applications. Styling, texting, editing and a lot of effects you can find on this online tool.

Snipshot

Snipshot Snipshot is a simple and clean. The effects section delivers only basic features. Here unlimited undo option is available. The most important feature is that it allows working on pictures greater than 25 mega pixels. This makes it a remarkable feature. It is lacking in the red eye reduction tool.

Aviary Phoenix

Aviary It is a Web 2.0 styled editor having different sections for different functions. The tutorial is not of explanatory kind. The user has to have a fair idea of working on photo editors. It is definitely not for beginners. Registering is required to save your work, hence mandatory. There are a few legal hassles also.

Sumo Paint

Sumo Paint Yeah! The name of this online photo editor talks to us that Sumo Paint is really a “big” Paint program for imaging solutions and image processing. With the Mac-style design, this tool provides us many choices to edit an image through Photoshop-like layout. Sumo Paint’s remarkable features such as: layer support, Photoshop layout and multiple document support make it’s worth to use.

ImageEditor.NET

ImageEditor.NET An easy photo editor with black design layout; although this tool does not have many imaging solutions, but from the visual GUI of this web-based editor, you’re able to make some changes on pictures just a few actions quickly. Especially, this photo editor is available to edit your webcam photos, that’s so cool!

Online Image Editor Clarkii

Online Image Editor Clarkii In the simple white design layout of this photo editor; you have still many image processing features such as Shape solutions, Image Filters along with the basic functions of an image editor.

Pixenate

Pixenate Apply special imaging effects to your photos with one click quickly. Clean & simple layout and built-in funny imaging effects are the advantage of this picture editor.

LunaPic

LunaPic Just need to make a few changes but more special imaging solutions? With hundreds of built-in special image effects, I assure this tool totally make you happier with better photos. Animated format export is also the strength point of this image solution.

Pho.to Editor

Pho.to This is a simple tool to edit your photos online for free. Basically, you can use this free online photo editor to crop/resize an image, retouch a face, apply a few artistic effects and perform color correction easily. Multiple language support is a good point of this image editor.

RSIZR

RSIZR rsizr is a simple Flash-based web application that lets you resize JPG, PNG, and GIF images on your computer ONLY. The great feature to have this photo editor in the list is a new image resizing algorithm called seam carving (a method of image retargeting) that tries to keep intact areas in your image that are richer in detail.

DrPic

DrPic Just with a few basic functions such as: Resize, Crop, Rotate, Brightness & Contrast and some special imaging effects: Blur, Polaroid, Oil Paint, etc but this free online photo editor processed over five million pictures since 2008. The advantages of this editor are simple & clean layout with images, no Flash required and many formats exporting with various quality choices.

FixPicture

FixPicture You’ll two version choices when use this free online picture editor: Flash & HTML. This is very easy-to-use tool, just select your photo then choose the modifications to apply; although it’s being Beta version but you can still choose up to 5 imaging processing functions and 12 special image effects. Wondering what are the good points of this tool? It supports all popular picture file formats (JPG, TIFF, NPG, GIF, BMP, TGA, …) and camera RAW formats (CRW, NEF, RAF, CR2, DNG, …), more than 400 formats supported. That’s so powerful imaging solution!

PicMagick

PicMagick PicMagick is an online photo editor using Flash that helps you to edit/make picture look wonderful within a few clicks. This tool is designed with a simple layout to help you to edit/improve the quality of your photos by the common functions: resize, crop, rotate, sharpen, etc. and many special imaging tasks: red-eyes removal, grayscale, smooth skin, etc.

Personally

I like the design of Picnik, but the feature of Splashup, Sumo Paint and Pixer because their very simple features are similar to Photoshop CS I’m using. Hope you like this post, let check them by yourself then let me know for the updates if you think some other editor is good.

Author : Phong Thai

Phong Thai is a Web Developer, Web Coder for 9+ years with PHP, JavaScript, CSS. He is the creator of JavaScriptBank.com & 9BlogTips.com – provide thousands of free JavaScript code examples, web development tips and tricks, helpful blogging guides. Follow him on twitter@js_bank or connect with him on facebook@jsbank if you want.

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