2008-11-06

10 Online Photo Editors That You Definitely Need to Bookmark

by Anoop Engineer 81 comments




Online image editors are in a rage these days. Everyday, you hear about the release of a new online photo editor that claims to be the next big thing.
From among the great number of online editors, we have hand picked some of the best ones that we found to be are noteworthy. With each site description, we have tried to tell you how or what feature of the editor forced us to include it in the list.
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1. Picnik

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Picnik seems to be the most popular online image editor in this list. The interface of the site is beautiful, responsive and can put many desktop applications to shame. You don’t need to know anything about photo editing to use Picnik. Most noteworthy feature is its integration with other Web2.0 services. You can pull photos directly from most photo sharing sites such as Flickr, Picasa Web Albums, Facebook, Photobucket and pretty much provide any image URL to start editing it.
Picnik.com | Bookmark on delicious

2. Splashup

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Splashup, earlier known as Fauxto, is a web based photo editor that looks just like a desktop application. Users coming from Photoshop should feel right at home with this editor.
You can open files from your computer or from all popular photo sharing sites. You can open multiple images in a tabbed environment. It supports the concept of layers, like Gimp and Photoshop. Splashup also has the ability to import images from your webcam.
Splashup.com | Bookmark on delicious

3. Pixlr

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Relatively new into the arena, but have made quite a big fan fare in a short time. Pixlr described as Photoshop in a browser, continues to amaze many.
It lacks features like importing from other sites like flickr, but you can still open an image by specifying its URL.
Pixlr.com | Bookmark on delicious

4. Snipshot

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Unlike the three editors mentioned above, Snipshot is not a flash based editor. It’s a highly responsive, Ajax powered image editor. So, this should be your choice if stranded in a computer having no flash plugins. You can import photos stored in your computer or from the web by mentioning its address. You can also import photos from flickr using a bookmarklet. Snipshot allows you to export and save your photos in a number of different formats - JPG, PNG, TIF, BMP and even PDF and Photoshop PSD.
Snipshot.com | Bookmark on delicious

5. Pixenate

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Pixenate, formerly called PXN8 is a simple but intuitive application. With a straight forward interface, it lets you play with all its features relatively easy compared to others. You can edit photos stored in your computer or import from a web site and save also save the edited photo back to your flickr account.
Pixenate.com | Bookmark on delicious

6. Picture2Life

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Picture2life is just another online image editor. But what makes it stand apart is the radical UI design for an image editor. Unlike all classical picture editors with toolboxes and a number of buttons, Picture2life has a descriptive side panel stacked into four vertical tabs – Quick Fixes, One Clicks, All and Featured. Selecting any tab replaces the sidebar with a new sidebar that contains a number of options like Brightness, Color, Contrast etc. But, instead of showing them as buttons, it takes your picture and shows you how the picture will look if the effect is applied and uses this as thumbnails for the buttons. Pretty useful for beginners who don’t know the difference between stuff like hue and saturation (and that includes us).
Picture2life.com | Bookmark on delicious

7. LunaPic

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LunaPic isn’t as jazzy as the other image editors in this list. However, this one provides ability to convert your images to animated GIF files, which differentiates it from others. There are a couple of ready made fancy animation effects, that you can apply to your photo. This is an apt tool for creating your social network profile image – for Facebook, MySpace etc.
LunaPic.com | Bookmark on delicious

8. FotoFlexer

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Want to have a Picasa running in your browser? Try FotoFlexer. It describes itself as the most powerful online digital photo editor in existence. If you are searching for a feature in online picture editors, then FotoFlexer has it.
FotoFlexer.com | Bookmark on delicious

9. Adobe Photoshop Express

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If it’s from Adobe, it’s gonna be big. Photoshop express, apart from being an photo editor, also acts as a photo organizer and online photo storage. It provides up to 2 GB of online space and ability to create and share albums which distinguishes it from other online image editors.
www.photoshop.com/express/ | Bookmark on delicious

10. Aviary

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Aviary is a suite of 4 tools among which Phoenix – an online image editor is the one which we are interested right now. Phoenix is a very powerful image editor that can be said as a true competitor for Photoshop, just that this one runs from a browser. The Phoenix page contains many videos on using it to produce some stunning photo effects.
A.viary.com | Bookmark on delicious

Did we miss anyone important? What is your favorite online image editor? Tell us in the comments.

Comments 81 comments
Satbir Singh said...

Nice List, Useful when Adobe Photoshop is not available. Stumbled!

Anonymous said...

Great list. Thanks

Dreams said...

Excellent list, great descriptions. I'll have to try them and see which one suits me best. :) Dugg.

gMoney said...

Agreed with Satbir - only very rarely do I find myself without PS nearby, but these are a great resource for a quick and dirty photo edit. Stumbled and BM'd. Thanks!

CuteWriting said...

Wow, it's a really nice list of image editors. You know, I was very fortunate to find this. I was thinking of getting some good editors for posting images in my blog, CuteWriting.

One more thing I need to mention is that the images are best viewed in the PNG format. It takes the best space value for a level of quality. In fact, it is a lossless format, that gives exactly the same quality as its corresponding bmp format, which is the original image format.

Loved your article

Lenin

Stevo said...

Don't forget SUMO Paint!!!

http://www.sumopaint.com/

Nice post :)
+1 Digg

Vivekanand said...

This is awesome enough, nice consolidated list - thanks for posting

Vivek
[http://www.developersnippets.com]

Sandty Weston said...

Wow, thsoe are some pretty amazing tools for being web based. Amazing!

Jess
www.anolite.echoz.com

Torley said...

Fun coverage, and glad to see Picnik mentioned — not only do they have a great UI, they have great customer support too. Picnickers are very nice!

I recently made a video tutorial showing how to spice up website screenshots with Picnik: http://www.flickr.com/photos/torley/2571773193/

I look forward to new effects being added with Flash 10 (I was beta-testing them recently).

Will also check out some of the others on this list I wasn't familiar with before... thankyou!

Torley said...

Video tutorial: how to spice up website screenshots with Picnik

Michael Olenick said...

For those without storage, or even those with storage but no selective sharing, check out Kadoo; 10GB free w/ lots of permission options for storing and sharing the photos.

Hughe Palmer said...

Very nice list, great job! I prefer Picnik or Photoshop express.

pizap said...

You forgot about www.pizap.com . I think pizap is the easiest and most fun:

www.pizap.com

ntopics said...

Photos are always fun to share, and
its great to be able to edit them a little.
Having easy access to photo tools is
exciting!

thanks from tony

Kim said...

Great resource, Thanks! I love Picnik. I will use your list in my class teaching seniors how to make slideshows using free website applications. And I'll be sure to mention your list on my site, fauxflix.com.

Tance said...

I had no idea there were this many editors. This is definitely bookmark worthy, thanks.

Perla* said...

Super cool info and links!
Thanks and cheers!
Perla

iNova said...

Great list. I'll echo it in my publications.

Peter iNova
www.digitalsecrets.net

Gary Denness said...

You forgot Flauntr.

http://www.flauntr.com/flauntr/

Anoop Engineer said...

Thank you all.

Flauntr is great. Especially for making mobile desktop pictures.

Anonymous said...

Any suggestions about which of these would be best to replace Windows' Image Composer?

Anonymous said...

Dude, what's with all the babies?!

Jonas said...

I miss CanvasPaint on that list.
http://canvaspaint.org/

M'Lou said...

This article was a great find...I'm going to check out Picnik now!

Morgan Berry said...

If only I had found this sooner! I searched and searched for the perfect online photo editor (since photoshop is too expensive) and I searched and searched and searched, and I found 2 of those on your list... Why couldnt I have just found this page... It would have made life a whole lot simple.

Anonymous said...

Picnik is cool and i tried a few others...check out Flauntr..they are growing fast and they have an excellent service

Anonymous said...

You forgot to write about SumoPaint.

AlinaSimone said...

You can try as well http://funphotobox.com it has a lot of amazing effects whihc you can apply to you photos

Anonymous said...

Thanks, gimp is also fun and FREE

McFingon said...

Great. Thank you for sharing this.

Anonymous said...

was looking for photo shop alternative (couldn't afford it) THANKS :)

Just a girl said...

stumbled... awesome site! I've been looking for a new online photo-editor, since i can't use picasa anymore :(

kaloobadia said...

i can't wait for an AIR version of Aviary (and the other ones i've been discovering here) due to a loosy internet bandwith in my place

Anonymous said...

ohh blinggee and bling esay u 4got every one go 2 desingn my room.com its sooo kool u get 2 design your own basement kitchen living room and its realisctic! sumo paint is fun 2!pizza is a antherr photo site! photo flexer!flaunter!primps!glass giant!juke pix!

Gunnar said...

You forgot to mention Sumo Paint http://www.sumopaint.com/web/
A very good online finish editor

NH Bob said...

As a PS alternative, GIMP is spectacular! And Free! And Complete, with Free comprehensive (big) manual! I use PS at work, because I must - it is all that they will allow. I use GIMP at home where I have a choice!

Richard said...

Great! It is much better than Microsoft Office Picture editor...

Richard
--
http://keychainplus.club.officelive.com

Anonymous said...

cool...i really needed it!

Facepalm said...

Very useful files search engine. rapidshare-provider.com is a search engine designed to search files in various file sharing and uploading sites.

Anonymous said...

There's also another very useful program called GIMP designed to be a PhotoShop replica. Completely free. Good stuff.

Anonymous said...

wow oh its so panget lhat

Anonymous said...

Paintnet is a very good program too, and it's all free! They even have updates on a regular base.

Anonymous said...

Awesome

Anonymous said...

aviary seems like a good one and the second one on the list too.
i'm gonna check some of them out.

Sarah Tomlin said...

Irfanview, Gimp, Photoscape and Picasa.

BUT Picnik is the shiz. Hands down.

Foto Trix said...


www.MashupPhotos.com is a compiled list of many more online photo editors and effect tools. You will find thousands of fun effects and templates to use with your digital pics.

semmy@ minisite design said...

Thank you very much for your list! nice share!

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much - it is really nice websites. Another site like this is Picjoke.com - they make a new effect every day!

aswad said...

Great resource, Thanks! I love Picnik. I will use your list in my class teaching seniors how to make slideshows using free website applications. And I'll be sure to mention your list on my site, fauxflix.com.

mugurm said...

Don't forget http://www.wegif.com , you can create flash and gif animations on line by adding photos or using a webcam. Lots of control over options and timing.

mugurm said...

Sorry, here's that link again... clickable http://www.wegif.com

Anonymous said...

Hi guys,

I've just discovered a new photo editing website that rocks.

It's called www.funtasticface.com and it allows us to change our nose, mouth, eyes...

It's so great to see ourselves with a different look!

Love your site,
John

Anonymous said...

http://en.picjoke.com
Online photoshop,
fun photos,
collage photo,
sketch effects,
funny pictures,
funny photos,
funny pics
http://en.picjoke.com

will said...

Create funny pictures from your photos.
Online photo editor.
Create every day new photo effects,sketches, avatars.

website hosting usa said...

I think picnik has largest traffic as compare all the websites. But i think PhotoFlexer is the best one.

David Hardwick said...

Thanks for the list. I will check them out. I have put this site in my bookmarks.

discount said...

Thank you very much ............... It's FREE

Mobile Phone Review said...

Thanks to share, it's very help us

Anonymous said...

sumo paint causes my computer to shut down internet explorer i wouldnt recommend it

Enrique said...

There is also a new Web ( http://slimpic.com ) that allows making someone in a picture to lose or to gain weight.
You can watch the screencast in the following video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlosqxV-d2A&fmt=22

Mario Gomes said...

Please add this great online tool to the list:

http://www.mersica.com

It's an innovative and advanced free online graphic design (DTP) application with built-in photo editor, vector editor, rich-text editor, 900 fonts, thousands of images and integration with leading suppliers of customizable products.

vikas patel said...

There is a website where you can simply convert your photo to sketch or painting with maintaining actual size and that is totally free……
http://www.pixelstouch.com/

tools. said...

Fun coverage, and glad to see Picnik mentioned — not only do they have a great UI, they have great customer support too. Picnickers are very http://lowpricetoolsales.com/ nice!

bestbuy said...

Thanks to share, it's very help us

Anonymous said...

gimp is the best for makeovers

tools. said...

There is a website where you can simply convert your photo to sketch or painting with maintaining actual size and that is totally free……

Polder 2 Step said...

Yep is really fantastic :) I liked it very much.

Thanks to share, it's very help us

Nisha Shah said...

Thanks for sharing.But I think PhotoDekho's image editor might be a good addition to it.

Gustaff said...
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contact said...

There is a website where you can simply convert your photo to sketch or painting or B&W with different colors with maintaining actual size..
And that is totally free......
http://www.pixelstouch.com/

Harga Mobil said...

Nice to be here

Anonymous said...

Really nice post I enjoyed it a lot. The other site like this is http://photofacefun.com - they do new effect every day.

Anonymous said...

Well, there’s another similar site http://photofacefun.com . I bet you’ll like it.

pran said...

thanks i am going to bookmark this page first

teeth brilliant said...

there are so attractive photos and i like it so must i want to just say that keep it up.

chandresh said...

one more similar site
http://www.photofun4u.info
with lots of effect
and update weekly

32LE5300 said...

I love Pixlr most. I have been using it for a 3 years.

Digitaliuz said...

Wow.. This is a complete list of the online photo editors. i Use Pixlr before.. it's really easy to use

Anonymous said...

For making graphic design and edit photos for printing on merchandise, I recommend:

http://Fatpaint.com

Anonymous said...

Sorry, here's that link again... clickable Fatpaint

Eval Blog said...

fantastic list :)

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