For long, Adobe Photoshop CS5 has been the king of easy & in-depth image editing, and . But some new photo editing tools have started emerging that allow you to customize your photos online, no need to download heavy Adobe softwares and pay for them, these online tools are very easy to use, allow sufficient editing options and yeah, are totally free.
Photoshop is among the most popular image editing softwares, today. Well, I think its the best, even online. Adobe allows you to use some of the basic features of Photoshop online for free, in an amazing dark interface with so much simplicity & yet a variety of controls, that even a caveman can produce marvelous cave paintings :p.
Above image was edited using Adobe Photoshop Express (PSE), that’s what Photoshop’s online image editor is called. You can add text, frames, stickers, apply a variety of effects with in-depth control & what not. PSE has also got apps for iOS & Android to allow editing on-the-go.
You must have heard or used Picnik somewhere, it’s that popular. It has a really great variety of Free & Premium editing features with great efficiency & control, enough to make Photoshop (let’s call it PS from now on) sweat.
They’ve got everything from color effects & frames, to stickers & special effects. What I really liked were seasonal settings that allow you to add Halloween pumpkins or Christmas presents to you photo as per the season.
When I opened Pixlr’s free image editor online for the first time, I got to the help menu & saw about, to check had I really opened Pixlr, or is it Photoshop! Pixlr editor’s interface is very much like Adobe Photoshop, as you can clearly see in the screenshot below.
Apart from the interface, many of its features also resemble Photoshop. It’s got a navigator, allows you to create layers, see history, has a toolbox with similar tools like the Magic Wand in PS. Pixlr has even got a Filter menu where you can find great effects, yup like PS again. But then, it’s a great tool for rookie editors.
In a very primitive interface, you get a fairly good variety of editing options. In FotoFlexer, you can even add animated objects, like a sparkling butterfly or star, or insert your friend’s face into that of a wrestler, or….say a donkey 😉
It allows you to edit settings like contrast & color balance, you may add text or stickers, add borders, make a poster out of your picture, or do loads of other things. What needs improvement is the interface & more in-detail control of its features.
Aviary editor has a simple yet effective interface with merely 16 editing options. It also sports 4 image effects that are pretty good, but lack user-control, they’re more of a one-touch image effects.
The mainstream 16 options are very basic and don’t provide for extensive editing, but are very useful. I could effortlessly touch-up my flower image shown above to bring in more colors & the stickers provide a good makeover with that hat & mustache, no?
Aviary also provides extensions for Chrome & Firefox that allow you to edit any picture while browsing, with just a right click on the image. You don’t need to leave the page as the editor opens up in a lightbox. Though the extension editor is quite slow, it serves the purpose.
Did I miss out on your favorite online photo editor? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.