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Top 11 Best Free Online Photo Editors

Don't know which free online photo editor is best for you? Have a read of our top ten list to see what's available. If you're looking for a Photoshop alternative, then you'll find something here, and best of all, it's free.

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Plenty of photographers use Photoshop to edit and process their images but what if you don't have a few hundred pounds to spare? What are your options? Well, there are other editing software titles available including the free programme titled Gimp but there are also several free online editors popping up on the internet. So here's ePHOTOzine's rundown of the top 10 best free online photo editing tools available on the web.
 

Pixlr Photo Editor

pixlr editor

Pixlr gives you a choice of an advanced or "Playful" editor, as well as an older editor (which uses Flash), which has a lot of tools that someone who knows their way around Photoshop would be very used to seeing. It even features layer masks and several filters including Gaussian Blur, unsharp Mask etc. You can create a new image from scratch or open images you have already produced to tweak. You save as you do in all editing software by going to File>Save where you can then choose various places to save your image to which includes on your hard drive and on sites such as Flickr. It's easy to use, quick to load and something well worth of making a note for next time you're using a computer away from home that doesn't have any photo editing software on it apart from Paint!

 


Adobe Photoshop Express

Adobe Photoshop Express online

Photoshop Express is Adobe's answer to free online editing software. It is available on all major platforms, including androids for smartphones and apps for iPods and iPads.You need to create an account at photoshop.com, which then enables you to access a whole host of free features. The sits also boasts free online galleries and links to all the popular sharing sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Photoshop Express Editor enables you to perform all the usual tasks, such as adjusting exposure, cropping and adjust colour, along with a load more features. It boasts some new tools too such as the ability to pixellate and crystallise images giving effects such as stained glass. Cleanly set out and easy to use, this software is pretty good for a free online editor.

 


Photopea

Photopea

Photopea is an on-line photo editor, with advanced tools and controls, with a familiar look and style to normal photo editing software. It even supports .PSD, .PNG, .GIF, .JPG, SVG, .XD, .sketch, .PDF, .XCF, RAW files and even more formats. If you're familiar with Adobe Photoshop, then you should find Photopea very familiar looking, and it supports Layers, Channels, and Paths, Spot healing, and many of the tools and features you're used to using.

 


FotoFlexer

fotoflexer

FotoFlexer is a neatly designed, and easy to use on-line photo editor. It enables users to dabble in everything from the usual cropping, and effects, to more fun things such as adding shapes to your photos, doodling on them and using various fonts in several colours to brighten your photo. FotoFlexer has an easy to use interface, with clear options and controls, making FotoFlexer a great choice for quick edits. You can even distort photos, warping them to create various hilarious effects.

 


Lunapic

lunapic

Lunapic is a simple site, with the upload box for your image or video right there on the home screen, taking you right to the action. The tools are all ready and waiting for you down the left-hand side of the screen. This makes Lunapic fast and easy to access. It enables you to paste images, create slide shows, use reflective imagery and retro colour your photos. It also has a feature enabling you to vote on pictures, and has over 200 effects that you can use on your photos. It also enables you to open photos from a web URL which is handy.

 


Phixr

phixr

Phixr has a very simple homepage, and only supports smaller image sizes. Once you're into the site, the features aren't bad at all and it has all the usual features you expect to see in a photo editor, including a whole variety of lighting and colour effects.

 


Befunky

Befunky

Befunky allows you to upload from Facebook, Google Drive as well as from your computer or take an image with a webcam. There are lots of edit options including effects, frames and text, and you can create a Collage or Design. If you enjoy using the free online editor they also have apps for iOS and Android.

 


editor.Pho.to

pho.to editor

editor.Pho.to online photo editor looks very modern, again with easy to navigate controls. It enables you to upload photos from your computer disk or from Facebook, and again, the features are clearly set out to the left of the image. It is very modern and easy to use even for the most inexperienced photographer. It is ideal if you are simply looking to touch up your photos rather than add special effects to them.

 


PiZap

piZap

piZap is a website geared up for all types of users and lets you edit photos, create collages, touch up portraits, and more. You'll need to create an account to use the site, but once this is done, the site is easy to use. It features the ability to quickly and effectively share your photos to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr. It has separate tabs to touch up and resize your photos. It lets you add several different coloured fonts, warp your photos, and there are also some great quirky backgrounds and frames.

 


iPiccy

iPiccy

iPiccy makes your photo awesome with many easy to use photo tools. Edit pictures, apply beautiful photo effects, add text and even paint! The site has a Collage tool, as well as a Designer tool. The site uses Flash, so this is something to be aware of, as support for Flash is phased out.

 


Canva

Canva homescreen Nov 2020

Canva is a simple, drag-and-drop, design tool that’s completely online and free to use. With Canva you can edit your photos using preset filters or you can edit your images manually, making adjustments to brightness levels contrast, saturation and more. There's support for videos, music, text, and a wide range of templates available.

 


If you're looking for something that's free, but not sure about everything being on-line, then why not have a look at InPixio's free photo editor, available for Windows, it's completely free. You can find more software recommendations in our guide to essential software for photographers.

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29 Nov 2020 2:05PM
I'm a little surprised that gimp, darktable, and rawtherapee along with some other open source editors are not included in this list. All are free and much more comprehensive that the browser based ones named here.

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