The online image editing space has grown rapidly in the past year, providing great free and subscription based options for users of all levels. There are online image editing tools available these days that rival even the mightiest of desktop applications. Everyday, you hear about the release of a new online photo editor that claims to be the next big thing. An online photo editor tool allows us to edit and manipulate a photo in the Web Browser.
Photoshop is the most popular software, but there are a number of websites that allow you to edit photos online. While you won’t have the extensive capabilities Photoshop has, this list of the top 25 cool image editing web tools will likely offer more features than necessary for most people in most instances. These tools range from simple resizing tools to an image editing suite that is trying to challenge Photoshop.
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It doesn’t have all the features of its offline sibling, but it does offer a wealth of handy and easy to use tools as well as 2 GB of free online storage. So far it only accepts JPG files for upload.
Picture2Life offers numerous tools and shows you an automatic preview for each one as soon as you open them up.
Splashup, formerly Fauxto, is a powerful editing tool and photo manager. With the features professionals use and novices want, it’s easy to use, works in real-time and allows you to edit many images at once.
Picnik is moving its easy yet powerful photo editing tools to Google+. So in the meantime enjoy all of the Picnik features, including Picnik Premium, for free!
FotoFlexer is another editor focused on photos, without the capabilities necessary for editing anything else. It’s purpose, is fast and easy photo touchups and basic editing.
Aviary offers everything from image editing to vector and audio editing. It’s a suite of web apps with some really great capabilities that let its users produce the quality of work you might expect from a desktop app.
MyImager is definitely not a professional’s tool, but it gets the job done for those who don’t need really detailed work. Image size is restricted to only GIFs and JPGs, and the image must not exceed 500 kbs in size when you start.
FlauntR is definitely geared more towards your casual user, as evidenced by their basic tools and the integration with services such as Hi5, MySpace, LiveJournal and so on.
9. Image Embellisher
Image Embellisher is a simple tool for adding some neat display effects to your images. Image Embellisher provides you with a selection of eight special effects to use.
Imageoid is a free, simple service for adding a variety of effects to your images. To use Imageoid you just upload an image from your computer then choose the effect(s) you want to apply to it.
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.
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.
PiZap helps you to have some fun with your photos by adding speech bubbles, cutout faces, effects and more.
14. Online Photo Tool
With Online Photo Tool you can do basic editing, and images can be saved if you register. Functionality includes re-size, crop, add text, sharpen, rotate, flip, colour balance, saturation, levels, and more.
BeFunky includes 147 effects that can be done with one click. In addition to the one-click effects you can perform basic tasks like cropping and re-sizing.
AlilG includes some basic photo editing tools which allows you to create a new image, edit it and import photos to your image document.
17. Web Photo Resizer
This free online image Web Resizer helps you optimize photos for web or email. Easy to use. Amazing results!
A free editor with preview and a handful of effects such as colorfix, blur & sharpen, sepia tone and more. Very straightforward and easy to use.
Allows you some basic editing tools and the ability to save to the Web or your computer. You can open any image from the Web you have a URL for and more effects and tools are available for a premium subscription fee.
Cellsea provides users with access to a rich collection of resources, including downloadable ringtones, wallpapers, games and applications without any charges.
21. Sumo Paint 2.0
Sumo Paint is another Photoshop-like editing app, although with an impressive collection of tools (including the magic wand). It supports layers, grouping and many more advanced features.
DrPic offers a nice selection of tools, but it stays just a step ahead of being a little too basic. All of the tools are laid out in easily accessible buttons on the left side of the screen.
23. Cloud Canvas
Cloud Canvas is a free online image editing and image creation tool. Cloud Canvas fits in a niche somewhere between a simple drawing tool and a full-blown image editor like Aviary.
Psykopaint is an image editing tool that uses the color schemes in your existing images to provide you with a custom palate of colors for touching-up your images. You can also use Psykopaint to draw on an image.
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.
Did we miss anyone important? What is your favorite online image editor? If you use or know about a free online image editor that belongs in this list, share it with us in the comments. Thanks!