10 Free and Useful Online Photo Editors

by in Toolkits on 22nd May 2013 · Comments

In an age dedicated to the advancement of technology there have been several factors that ultimately lead to either the failure or success of a product. One of the main factors is convenience and when coupled with more favorable essentials like practicality and a low price it is no wonder that hundreds of free and functional apps for both mobile phones and websites tend to survive among competitors who charge a considerable fee.

One popular type of web app that is at our everyday disposal is the online photo editor.

10 Free Online Photo Editors

Free Online Photo Editors

Online photo editors not only offer a quick and effective way for people to edit their images but it also allows the everyday person to take their photos one step further without having the technical knowhow that a photographer would.

Today we are sharing 10 online photo editors for all of your quick fix photography needs.

1. Pixlr

Pixlr is undoubtedly one of the more popular free online photo editors available today. Pixlr offers three versions of itself based on the user’s skillset. For those who are interested in actually editing their images aside from adding effects and stickers, there is Pixlr Editor.

It however isn’t a simple basic editor with a one-click effect method, a basic knowledge of how to operate layers, filters and adjustments is needed. Those who are familiar with such programs like Photoshop and GIMP will find the interface and optional tools easy to navigate. Speaking of the interface, it is sleek and simple and with the floating dialogue windows you can easily move them to better customize your editing experience.

Pixlr

Pros:

  • Pixlr allows you to upload images from various locations
  • Available in 20+ languages
  • 100% Free
  • Images can be saved in various formats and to various locations including Facebook
  • Registration not required

Cons:

  • Pixlr Editor requires some basic editing knowledge
  • Pixlr Express and Pixlr-o-matic appear to be more limited in what you can do as well as output options

2. PicMonkey

If you were a fan of the now defunct Picnik then you will most certainly be a fan of PicMonkey as several of the engineers who worked on Picnik now make up the team who help run this easy to use photo editor. The setup of PicMonkey is reminiscent of Picnik and coupled with a beautiful interface that sets everything up neatly for your use you’re unlikely to find any trouble while using the program.

From basic editing like cropping and rotating your image to adding camera effects like Holga and film stock, PicMonkey has a lot to offer. Although a lot of PicMonkey’s features are free there are some that require you to create an account so that you can upgrade. In other words the use of these effects comes at a price, $4.99 a month to be exact. Not exactly bank breaking for the chance to play with the various tools and not to mention it will remove the ads that appear.

PicMonkey

Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • Nice interface
  • Offers useful features such as blemish removal and basic color correction
  • No registration required to use the free features

Cons:

  • Premium features will cost you

3. BeFunky

BeFunky is a photo editor that offers endless possibilities for you to take your photos to the next level. Though this photo editor offers tons of options in regard to basic editing alone it doesn’t present itself as a professional editor in the same way that Pixlr Editor does. While you can adjust the exposure of your image and even apply some cosmetic fix ups you are also given access to over 20 effects that are pre-equipped with several presets.

The best part about having these multiple effects at your disposal is that they are completely free. That means there are absolutely no premium effects which you have to pay for. Though the effects are free there are unfortunately some things like saving your image at a high quality and online photo storage that will unfortunately force you to pay if you want to have these capabilities.

BeFunky

Pros:

  • Can upload your photos from various areas including your Facebook
  • Share and explore photos easily
  • Simple to use

Cons:

  • No full screen workspace with the free plan
  • Extra features will cost you
  • No High-Res output

4. Ribbet

When you look at Ribbet chances are that you will think you’re back on Picnik and that’s because Ribbet is basically everything that Picnik was and then some. This photo editor features all of the original features that users loved and remembered Picnik for and on top of that Ribbet is built on the same platform.

The interface is still the same clean and simple layout that makes navigation and usability as quick and efficient with a click of a button. The effects in Ribbet are all one-click solutions with the ability to increase or decrease the chosen effects visibility. New effects never seen in Picnik are readily available for your use with exception of some premium features that you would usually have access to in programs like Photoshop. The nice thing is, currently to access premium features you just have to register with Ribbet for a free account.

Ribbet

Pros:

  • One-click effects
  • Various amounts of effects, borders, fonts, etc. for use
  • High Resolution image output
  • Simple layout

Cons:

  • Premium features though currently free can only be used by those with a Ribbet account

5. Citrify

If you just need a photo editor to do some quick changes to your images without all the fancy effects and added features then Citrify is the photo editor for you. The program is as simple as you can get when it comes to a basic editing program. With the ability to change the color and brightness and even make a few touch-up corrections such as blemish and red-eye removal there really isn’t much to this photo editor.

The effects that are present are simplistic and not quite flattering or as cool as some of the effects that are featured in some of the other photo editors listed but they are free. While it may leave for a lot to be imagined it does exactly what it advertises it will and all at no cost whatsoever.

Citrify

Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • 100% Free

Cons:

  • Launches in a separate window
  • Small selection of effects
  • Cannot import photos from your social networks or from URLs

6. iPiccy

Another photo editing option is iPiccy which is a lot like Picnik and Ribbet as the interfaces and applications are pretty similar which makes the program quite easy to use. Aside from your usual photo editing essentials like cropping and resizing, iPiccy takes it a step further by implementing features one would usually find in expensive software programs like Photoshop.

The Blender option allows you to create layers where you can overlap images, shapes and texts that can then be manipulated by changing the opacity and blend mode just like you would in Photoshop. You are also given the ability to doodle and paint on top of your photo using the Painter option. The nice thing about iPiccy is that it offers a lot of effects and features that would typically be premium for free use.

iPiccy

Pros:

  • Functional and easy to use
  • Offers basic to advanced editing
  • Has a lot of interesting effects

Cons:

  • To enable Local Storage you must grant iPiccy permission to store images to your hard drive.

7. Splashup

Right off the bat Splashup boasts a sleek dark interface that will remind you of Photoshop by the way the dialogue boxes and navigation menu are set up on the screen. Novice to advanced users can easily navigate this program. You are also given various options when it comes to browsing for your image as the program works with multiple image hosting sites including Flickr and Picasa.

Though the program does try its best to be a free alternative to Photoshop it offers very few filters to use. It also lacks adjustment features such as adjusting the levels and exposure of your images which even standard photo editors offer. An upside to this photo editor is that unlike the other ones you can open up as many photos as you like instead of working one at a time and it is completely free.

Splashup

Pros:

  • Sleek interface
  • Allows for multiple image editing

Cons:

  • Opens up in a new window
  • Image window cannot be maximized
  • Few options

8. Photoshop Express

Adobe’s Photoshop Express is exactly what it sounds like, a miniature version of Photoshop but has fewer features than Adobe Photoshop Elements. If you have ever been interested in learning Photoshop then this is the perfect editor to get you started as it features very basic editing abilities such as auto-correction, rotation and adjustments in saturation.

Even though there are only a handful of effects at your disposal the ones that you will find available do come with a few presets for you to choose from to give your photo some dynamic as well as a more professional look. Just like Photoshop you are able to work in full screen with Express. There is also the ability to share your newly edited images as well as save the jpeg file to your computer.

Photoshop Express

Pros:

  • Easy to use and learn
  • Simple and functional interface
  • Sharing capabilities
  • Can view the original edit

Cons:

  • Editor loads in a separate window
  • Only supports jpeg images
  • Handful of Effects

9. Picfull

Picfull is a one-click type of photo editor that stands out from the others as it only caters to applying effects to your images. If you just want to add effects and not worry with any actual editing then Picfull is the editor that you will want to use. The interface of the editor is beyond simple but it is effective and above all else, functional.

It only requires you to upload a picture from your computer, pick the effect that you want and then save it. All in all there really isn’t much to say about Picfull other than it offers some cool effects to add to your everyday photos.

Picfull

Pros:

  • Lots of effects to choose from
  • Really simple interface

Cons:

  • Can only add effects, no basic editing abilities
  • Saving takes some time

10. Fotor

Fotor is a really nice photo editor that is coupled with a basic layout and functional navigation menu. Aside from partaking in basic editing you can also create photo collages, photo cards and you can even add HDR to your images. Fotor is truly user friendly and most of the features can be applied by one click and then adjusted to your preferences.

Working in full screen is possible though the area in which you are given to work in is spacious enough. At first glance it appears that Fotor doesn’t offer a lot of effects but once you click on the effect you will notice that is not the case. There are a number of effects that you can add to your photos not to mention clip art.

Fotor

Pros:

  • Can compare the original with the edited
  • Full screen capabilities
  • No registration required
  • Access the fonts on your computer

Cons:

  • Can’t adjust size of the borders

Conclusion

Whether you are a photographer or someone just looking to quickly edit a few photos without having to pay money for expensive software you will find that a lot of free online photo editors are great alternatives.

While not all of them have stunning effects available a lot of them do have the ability to make your images stand out better.

Gabrielle is a freelance graphic designer, photographer, animator and filmmaker. She has a passion for music, games and food but overall she likes being creative.