While I love my PhotoShop CS3, there are times when I need to edit images when I’m away from my house where I have it installed. Often I want to edit an image for a PowerPoint presentation at work, or a forum/blog posting – so I got to looking around and found 10 online image editors that I felt might meet my needs. I took a little while to review each one and have shared my findings with-in this post. I hope it helps someone else as much as it has helped me!
5 Simple Online Image Editors
These are 5 fairly simple online image editing tools that offer limited features. These online image editors are best suited for simple jobs such as rotating and cropping images, although some have additional features such as color & brightness correction, and adding text.
While these image editors aren’t going to help you create works of art, they come in handy for editing images for PowerPoint presentations or forum/blog postings.
Details: Slow loading and a little more clunky than the rest, this editor was perhaps my least favorite. It’s still nice to have alternate options in case one of the other sites is down or running slow. One nice feature of Pixenate is the ability to download from and upload to Flickr.
Details: While there aren’t a ton of unique features on this one it was among my favorites in the ‘simple’ category because everything worked quickly and smoothly.
Details: FotoFlexer is similar to the other simple image editors in usability but with a few more features. One cool additional feature of FotoFlexer is “Layers”. While the “Layers” don’t work exactly like Photoshop, users can upload multiple overlapping pictures and push them forward & backward. This can come in handy for sure.
Details: The simple buttons and quick/smooth operation helped make this editor stand out as my second favorite pick of the ‘Simple Online Image Editor’ category. This editor includes a few extra features such as filters including blur, sharpen, pixelate, oil painting, grayscale, frames, Polaroid (a personal fav) and a couple of tools – Text tool and paint brush. There’s even an option to batch resize which could be nice.
Details: Deceptively simple at first glance, Phixr is my favorite of the ‘simple’ online image editors because it offers some pretty sweet options & features that help it stand out against many of the other online image editors features in this post. Options include a number of effective=yet-simple-to-apply filters & effects, Text tool, a number of color editing tools, red eye removal, speech bubbles, rounded corners, stroke and more! Another of the most useful features of Phixr is the ability to download from and upload to FaceBook, Flickr, LiveJournal, ImageShack, DropShots, Photobucket, Picasa, Webshots and MORE!
5 Feature Rich Online Image Editors
These 5 online image editors are a bit more feature rich. The additional features and usability of these image editors makes them best suited for more complex projects. While they have many of the same basic features (rotating, cropping, resizing, and color & brightness correction) these image editors features are more robust with filters like sepia, blur, sharpen, and tools like paint brush, text, framing and a whole lot more.
Details: Phoenix might shape up to be more impressive than some of the other free online image editors I reviewed, but I haven’t had an opportunity to really check it out myself since it’s in ‘invitation only beta’ right now. The reviews and posts I’ve seen look fantastic – I’m really looking forward to it’s release!!
Details: As we’ve come to expect from Adobe, it’s interface is beautiful and the usability is simple and intuitive. I’d like to say it’s my favorite online editor, but it lacks some of the features available in Splashup (namely the layer related features (go figure…?) It’s super clean, and everything functions quite smoothly. In addition to the basic resizing, cropping and color/brightness correcting features the Adobe editor offers a decent integrated photo sharing platform.
Details: flauntR is a great online image editor with some amazing features for editing & sharing images. flauntR image editing tools include thousands of photo effect & filter combinations, text editing & placement tools and more. flauntR integrates directly with FaceBook, Picasa, FlickR, MySpace, Orkut, WordPress, LiveJournal, Blogger, iGoogle and flauntRs own gallery & slideshow platforms.
Details: Very clean, very seamless & tons of cool features – Picnik is a great little online image editor with a number of color/brightness correction tools, filters, effects and text placement/editing options. Picnik integrates well with Flickr, Picasa, FaceBook, Photobucket, MySpace, WebShots and more.
Details: Formerly “Fauxto”, Splashup is a smooth, very powerful, super clean image editor with many tools and features found in traditional desktop image editors like PhotoShop.
In fact this online image editor is very similar in usability to the desktop version of PhotoShop – Featuring the ability to edit multiple images at once, manipulate layers (forward/backwards, apply filters & effects etc), set blending modes, edit and manipulate text, use various brushes and more!
Splashup also features a number of image upload/download option including Picasa, Flickr, FaceBook, and Splashups own image hosting/sharing platform.
So far Splashup reins as my favorite online image editor, with Picasa a really close second.
Overview of Free Online Image Editors
I’m fairly impressed with all of the editors I reviewed. While some were faster & more convenient, others were more flexible and feature rich. Each has it’s own strengths and weaknesses, so pick the right editor based on the needs of your project.
Did I miss a good one? Let me know about it below!