35+ Really Cool Photo Editing Online Services

April 25, 2013 · 50 comments

by Lars

Photo editing websites

Photo editing online is made possible using a wide range of free tools. It is a lot of fun for both kids and adults to make funny makeovers, add text and illustrations to photographs.  However you can also use the online photo editors for more serious tasks even though desktop version may be a lot better! So if you find Photoshop too expensive, too hard and time consuming to learn and work with – you have alternatives online as you can see below.? Photoshop can certainly create the effects you can dream up, but it is expensive and not that easy to learn. On the desktop side there are also some interesting free and open source Photoshop alternatives.

A large number of photo editing online services are available to help us all saving time or just having fun manipulating photos and creating effects instantly. Most of these are also free so you may get you graphical job done without investing in expensive tools. Of cause these tools have their limits but they are fun and can be useful some cases. Please post a comment if you know a great online photo service that I missed. Please note that this article was just updated, links checked and many new resources were added. It is of course essential to have an online portfolio to showcase your best photos and artworks. Building an website and designing a professional portfolio is actually quite easy if you use WordPress portfolio themes. I encourage you to take your time to see this collection. Enjoy!




One Click Online Photo Editing Services

Fun Photo Box

Fun Photo Box is a really cool place. It has loads of stunning effects and a well designed interface to apply them. This is fun for hours!

Fun Photo Box

Big Huge Labs

This site offers various ways to make fun of your photos online. You can create fake magazine covers, movie posters, calendars, and other special effects available.



Easily create your fake pictures, captions and fake magazines and other funny jokes for you and your friends.


Imagechef Photo editing online

Imagechef have four interesting services. Sketchpad and Word Mosaic are both really cool.



May may photo editing online effects found here!



This service as awesome for making funny images. You may also use it for serious purposes like adding a text bobble .


Funny Photo

It lets you make photo collages, make fun of your pictures, and add picture fames that are available at various designs.

funny photo

Enjoy pic Photo editing online

EnjoyPic.com is an online photo editing tool where you can add funny photo effects to your pictures. It is very easy to use. What you need to do is to upload any picture or photo you like, and wait to see the reslut of magic.

Enjoy pic


This photo editing site lets you edit and create effects on your pictures even without registering on the site. The good thing is, it offers free photo editing service online.



PhotoFunia is a site with tons of creative backgrounds to play around with. With only a few click you can create very cool effects. PhotoFunia allows you to make fun of your photos fast and easy. In addition, there are many available cool effects to choose from.



The site offers various ways to make fun of your pictures online such as creating frames, fake magazine covers, and other special effects.



Loonapix lets you add photo frames on your pictures and add face effects as well.


Imagic Photo Enhancer

This is a fast and easy way of enhancing your photos online.

imagic photo enhancer


Another wery cool photo effect service.


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Create multiple interesting effects from your normal photos. The tools are good and simple to work with.



Lots of nice free photo editing online services here



Phixr allows you to create various photo effects on your pictures which you can take from your computer.


Festisite Money

festisite money

Here, you can upload your photo and create a personalized paper bill online.


More than 400 photo editing online effects



Here you can create wonderful photo mosaics and polaroid images.



Create a photo mosaic of your choice for free online. Only you fantasy sets the limits here. Here a Mosaic illustrating a pregnant woman created from baby images.

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Real Online editors

Need to do basic image editing like resize, crop, rotate etc.? You can do that for free online.


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.


Photoshop Express

This may be the best online editor you will find. It’s a free online photo editor that’s not meant to replace Adobe’s current offerings, but “make Adobe imaging technology immediately accessible to large numbers of people.



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.

splachup, online image editors


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.



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.


Anymaking Image Workshop

Simple image editing tools. You will also find a few photo effects.


Makeover Tools

Some will hate these tools and some will love them…I will keep my opinion for myself!

Yearbook Yourself

Turn your face photo into yearbook alike black & white old school photo. The service is paused and will be back this Summer.



Choose a photo for the left and right side and start mixing their hairs up. There’s a lot of celebrety photos you can choose from but really does it make sense to mix hair on people…. you decide. You can as well create a magazine cover with the end result photo.


Moron Face

Moronize yourself but be careful you’re not going to like the result 😉



This is a funny tool that allows you to retouch a face really easy. The interface is ok to work with but the results may not satisfy a professional photoshopper. Anyway it is quite fun.


Hollywood Hair Makeover

Love those celebrities’ look? Wear thier hair instantly and see how you look. You can also put on some makeup and see how it looks with a new color.


Create a magazine

Your own Wired Cover

This service is powered by Xerox, and it allows you to create your own Wired magazine cover. You can customize almost everything from titles, colors to photos.



Create different fake magazine covers from your photos.


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Author : Lars Vraa

Lars started tripwire magazine back in January 2009. He is really passionate about web design, web development and loves to look into new technologies, techniques, tools etc. and to write articles for his readers.

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craciun online October 20, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Thank you for the useful info! I wouldn’t have found this otherwise!
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Anthony October 16, 2012 at 9:02 am

You should consider adding Ribbet to your list. It is an excellent online photo editor based on the Picnik platform, and for a limited time all their premium features are free. Ribbet has thousands of effects, stickers, frames etc and all uploads and edited photos are kept in an online history for registered users.


John October 14, 2012 at 8:54 pm

This is the most exhaustive list I have found. Thank you. I like http://www.befunky.com for the variety of the effects and http://www.messmyphoto.com for the free effects available online .



Handwerker Soest August 14, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Thanks for this awesome collection. It’s gorgeous how easy it is to handle. :-) Please go ahead


Thierry Fanssz July 24, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Great list! Moron Face looks interesting….i think i’ll give it a shot :)


TitusM June 16, 2012 at 2:03 pm

How about erotic photo manipulation?
titus.maccius [at] gmail.


Alex Flvion June 8, 2012 at 11:48 am

There is a newest real-time image editor – Flavion Builder (flavion.com). All, you like in photoshop you’ll find in this app. And even more over. Ultimate posibilities for you for free. Enjoy! =))


Tonuri de Apel March 19, 2012 at 3:06 pm

This is teh best list I have found.
Keep posting.


Forum Auto March 19, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Great list.
Thanx for sharing this info.


Justus March 17, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Best list I found! I will add a couple.

Until April 19, 2012, when it closes, Picnik will be free to all http://www.picnik.com/app#/home/welcome

Also, for personalized free photo editing, try http://www.mkkayem.com/photo-phixing-service.html


fat cow hosting March 12, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Cool! A great list. Most of all I like the first one. Good job!


Mosaically March 8, 2012 at 3:11 pm

http://mosaically.com should be on this list. Please go have a look.


besttimepass March 7, 2012 at 10:43 pm

Thanx to sharing this information.This online editor websites are usefull for me.


Jogos Online March 7, 2012 at 8:08 am

It’s really useful for us! Thank for infomation


derby March 6, 2012 at 3:17 pm

picnik, sadly, is no longer as of mid-april. it’s being moved into google+. thanks for the list b/c it provides some good options to the excellent picnik.


Mark Simchock March 6, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Thanks, but the title is misleading. These are mostly photo manipulation offerings. Nothing wrong with that but they’re not Pixlr.com.

Speaking for which, no mention of http://pixlr.com?


Tonuri de Apel March 6, 2012 at 2:09 pm

It’s really useful for us!
Thanks so much.


Susan Sausito February 15, 2012 at 8:02 am

I like Loonapic and PhotoFunia.
Last week I needed some semi-transparent images for a photobook present.
I found this useful website:


Stacey October 30, 2011 at 7:06 pm

Also didn’t see http://www.picnik.com/ which is wonderful, easy & I use it all the time. Fabulous collection thank you for this!


sumendra September 11, 2011 at 1:44 pm

If you want more customization in photo editing, enhancement and effects and also want to load photo from facebook profile and photos of friends, then try this site : Onlinephotomashup


Nathan August 11, 2011 at 8:27 am

Or if you want to make memes or image macros, try http://imgflip.com/memegen. You can add text to an image in like 5 seconds…


Rpgkeys August 8, 2011 at 4:12 am

Now a day’s Digital art is most important and of the best need of ours. This help us to everybody so here I found one of the best thing that Art which is new for me and thanks for giving information about it. Keep blogging.


Fan March 11, 2011 at 5:44 am

It’s really useful for us!
I also know a similar site http://www.enjoypic.com.
Make funny pictures and animations online.


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Webdesign Network Media October 29, 2010 at 8:13 pm

loads of cool stuff, that we actualy have used for some sites we have made. thx!


Nisha Shah October 13, 2010 at 11:39 am

Very interesting post .I like PhotoFunia.


Veerublog October 12, 2010 at 1:46 pm

has a large list of similar online fun photo effects and image editors.


patricia September 16, 2010 at 8:39 am

Ooo! Super! Here still the good site where can be made a photo effect online! http:// http://www.photofacefun.com
255 photo effect…
And site http://avalandia.com online maker profile picture!


jack February 6, 2012 at 11:23 pm

thankyou very much for these helpful links


photo effects June 4, 2010 at 2:28 pm

If you wanna do something. Do it right. Go to http://WWW.PATO.PL and have some fun with almost 400 photo effects


balusen April 21, 2010 at 8:15 am
image manipulation December 17, 2009 at 4:50 am

Really great compilation.
Thanks for sharing.
Keep posting.

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nick December 7, 2009 at 10:49 pm

You can create valid passport photos with http://idphoto4you.com website.
It uses face detection to set size and position of head.
It is free.
Built-in standards for 63 countries.


tom rick November 27, 2009 at 12:54 pm

well you should try this as well http://www.magofun.com it got tons of additional features and wide range of mag covers to choose from.


Denis August 29, 2009 at 10:05 am

Thanks, it looks really cool and I like photofunia. Yesterday I found one more site where we can edit our pictures: http://en.picjoke.com it has more than 100 funny photo templates. Some of them are just gorgeous. It is free and very easy to use


Nerdful July 28, 2009 at 8:41 pm

ww.MashupPhotos.com has a large list of similar online photo effect creators and image editors.


Horoscop October 17, 2012 at 12:09 pm

A great list.
Good job!


shanti June 30, 2009 at 3:57 pm

It is a really cool list. Thank you for sharing. I like the most first one in the list http://FunPhotoBox.com. Thank you one more time. Good job.


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