FREE Digital Photo Editing

Create awesome digital photos for free!

This site shows photo editing tools that are fun and easy to use. Free web based photo editors, fun photo editors, photo tools like Photofunia, PicMonkey, Photo505 and more that will add bling to your photos - they are all here. A few mentions of PC based tools like GIMP, but the focus is on those services that are available with an Internet connection and a browser. I have been using these tools for awhile, started writing about one and that slowly morphed into sharing information on dozens of photo editing tools.

PicMonkey
PicMonkey

PicMonkey

From a Team of Former Picnikers

PicMonkey, a creation of several former Google engineers offers a simple and easy to use tool for editing and altering your images. The entirely Web-based editor is fast and effective, and the cleanest interface for a photo editor (Web or desktop) that I've come across. In the left-hand column you see all of your options. And that includes everything from basics likes cropping and rotating to a full array of air-brushing edits. In Picnik style, you can add icons and text and throw a frame around a photo. Basic edits consist of crop, resize, rotate, as well as color tweaking and sharpening.

iPiccy - Compare with Picnik, Photoshop Express, Fotoflexer, Citrify

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iPiccy is a free, completely web-based photo editing and sharing application to give users everywhere the ability to quickly and easily edit, enhance and share their photos from any Internet browser. There are other web based editors like Photoshop Express, Picmonkey, and Citrify but iPiccy's is a strong competitor to these services. iPiccy provides new, easy-to-use tools for modifying pictures, using advanced image processing.

iPiccy offers a clear and easy interface allowing users to pull images from any Web site or file folder on their computer. iPiccy includes an extensive variety of easy Web-based photo-editing tools such as Auto-fix, Rotate, Crop, Resize and Color adjustment and Sharpen which you have come to expect in any photo editor. But in addition, iPiccy can also be used to turn photos into creative masterpieces, with clever special effects like liquify, painter, vignette, pencils, and many more. Some of these are features you would have to upgrade to premium service with other online photo editors. Like Photoshop, it even has an advanced photo painter that works with levels for the most complex types of photo editing.

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Photofunia - Fun image editor

Photofunia is an online image editing tool that gives users a fun filled experience. Users can upload any photos and just wait to see the wonder it does. The most amazing thing is how it identifies the face automatically in the photo. You need some clear photo shots - passport or school photo style works best.

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Fotor Photo Editor

Fotor is a photo editing web application that's suitable for people looking for an easy to use and affordable photo editor. It is especially valuable if you do photo editing on different platforms/devices. Fotor sports a Windows 8 interface (but also has a Windows version for 7 and earlier) and allows you to your photos a wide range of looks, to add fancy borders, to create a collage or simply fix some imperfections, Fotor is free to use so long as your browser runs Flash. Fotor's clean interface sports a dual pane toolbar on the left with thumbnails of all the photos (you can upload many at once) for your session on the right and your editing workspace in the middle of the screen. From this basic interface you have access to a full range of free photo editing tools. With Picmonkey starting to charge for certain services, editors like Fotor will probably see more traffic.

For when you are working offline, Fotor also has companion apps for the iPhone/iPad, the Android, Macintosh, Windows and Windows 8 so you can and use Fotor across many devices. By far it is the best cross-platform photo editing tool.

FotoFlexer Photo Editor - Fotoflexer is the photo editor that is available on Photobucket.com and on MySpace.com

Fotoflexer
Fotoflexer

Fotoflexer has tons of photo editing features for free:

  • Enhance image color and lighting. Add Different color effects.
  • Re-color hair or skin with only three clicks.
  • Fix red eye, fix blemishes, smooth wrinkles
  • Animate: add text, speech bubbles, bug-eyes, pointy ears, devil horns, and more.
  • Twirl, bulge, pinch, stretch, squish: Bulge muscles, trim waist-size, turn a frown into a smile, and more.
  • Easily cut people/objects out without having to trace their outline

Ribbet Photo Editor

Ribbet
Ribbet

Ribbet is built on the same platform that made Google's Picnik great and is an easy to use yet powerful online photo editor. You can use Ribbet for collages, touch-ups and advanced photographic effects like curves and clone tools, fonts, frames, stickers, vampire effects, beards, and an entire pond full (yes, get ready to deal with some froggy puns) of effects. Like Picnik, there will be a free and a premium version.

Blingee Glitter
Blingee Glitter

Blingee - Make Marvelous Photos

Either you are a Blingee person or your not. You will love this site - or never visit again! Add Glitter, Graphics, and Comments to personalize your images, then share with your friends!

Traditional photos are boring, and we thought you deserved much better than the same graphics and content with no personality used over and over again across the net so we decided to put the power back in your hands, and give you simple to use tools to create your own masterpieces that express your own ideas, feelings, and emotions!

Tucia Photo Enhancement - A professional touch-up!

Tucia
Tucia

I love editing photos, but when you have the photos say from a wedding, a reunion or a graduation you might want a professional touch. Tucia can add a person into a family portrait or remove an unwanted stranger from your photo (or maybe remove a few excess pounds as in this example). They can digitally open up closed eyes or fix hair. This service is a commercial service - but it offers great quality at reasonable prices. Tucia editors can also offer glamorize and digital cosmetic enhancement options - get a tan, clear acne or remove braces. Simple touch-ups such as digital camera mark or red eye removal and cropping are also available.

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Tuxpi Newscast - 38 One Step Photo Effects

Tuxpi is a easy way to apply photo effects or picture frame effects to a photo directly from a webpage. you only need to upload a photo, apply a photo effect or picture frame and the re-download it the modified photo result. Every effect is one step! So it's a not a full service photo editor - but what it does it does with ease! It has several effects not easily found on other sites - filmstrips and newscast are great to create fun photos.

PiZap Photo Editor - Fun Free Online Photo Editor

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Pizap is a fun free photo editor that lets people easily create wacky images with their digital pictures. PiZap was created as a tool primarily for social networking users who want to post their images to their favorite social networking sites like MySpace, Facebook, Hi5, Orkut, Friendster, Bebo, miGente, Windows Live Spaces, Blogger, Tagged, and many more. PiZap provides a very easy to use photo editor that lets you add photo effects, custom text or speech bubbles, hundreds of original colorful stickers, a full painting program, and much more.

Holiday Photo Fun - Make Holiday Photos Easy!

Holiday Photo Fun
Holiday Photo Fun

Holiday Photo Effects. Check out all these great photo effects. You can do all these for your own photos - mostly for free with online photo editors. This lens provides links to a collection of free and easy to use sites to help make your photos perfect for Christmas or any winter holiday. Take the drudgery out of the holiday photos - and get them done on time! This is just one of my many sites dedicated to gathering the best in free photo tools for easy use.

Photocat Photo Editor

Photocat Photo Editor
Photocat Photo Editor

Photocat was launched in late 2012 as another entrant in the crowded field on online Photo Editors. Obviously photos and animals are the popular theme! In the examples below you will see that Photocat offers the standard array of basic photo editing features - with the addition of an excellent collage option. Between the collage, some nice holiday features and some advanced handling of large images Photocat is a good option for folks looking for a free and easy to use Photo Editor.

Hulkify
Hulkify

Citrify Photo Editor

Hulkify!

Citrify is a web app that can make your photos look better. Citrify offers easy to use one-click tools for removing pimples, reducing wrinkles, or applying funky effects. Citrify is a web-based photo editor so it's always available whenever you need it. There are no complicated layers or albums like Photoshop. Simply open your photo, touch-up and apply effects with a few clicks, and save.

BeFunky Photo Editor

BeFunky
BeFunky

BeFunky Photo Effects allow everyday people to easily create photographically rich and artistic results from their digital images without the need for any technical knowledge. BeFunky is a quick and simple tool for transforming digital photos into instant art work or digital comics. BeFunky offers an extensive range of effects, speech bubbles, accessories, graphics and lot's of objects that you can add to your pictures. These "one-click" photo effect options produce desired results effortlessly and each effect comes with the option to make simple adjustments. BeFunky makes it easy to get photos from your favorite web sites. Apply special photo effects and save back to your account -- Facebook, MySpace, Flikr, Bebo, Hi5 and Friendster.

Pho.to Photo.Fun

Image (Creative Commons, Patrick Doheny)
Image (Creative Commons, Patrick Doheny)

Want to change facial expressions in photos of people with just one click, or even create funny animations? Cartoon Photo! makes this possible! This online service works in fully automatic mode: you just upload a photo from your computer or from the internet by entering its URL, choose an emotion from the list (joy, sadness, surprise, etc.) and get a funniest gif animation, or a static caricature. The service automatically detects the face in your photo and also lets you adjust animation speed and picture size.

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Dumpr.net offers a tool set for turning your existing photos into works of art. Dumpr offers some unique online photo manipulations options for your photo uploads, links to photos and photos directly from your Flickr account.

Backup Your Digital Photos - Secure Your Memories

Carbonite
Carbonite

If you are exploring this site you probably have hundreds if not thousands of digital photos - I know I do! Sure they are more convenient that the old printed images and negatives. However, do you have backup copies of your photos? Of all your photos? Ever since I lost 4 months of my families photos, I use Carbonite to ensure that every image is backed up. Once you install Carbonite, every new photo, document, music file are automatically backed up. You can have a worry-free digital life. Really, backing up your digital photos is a must!

Photo Collages
Photo Collages

Photo Collages, Fun Photo Editing and More

Create Collages. Sometimes one picture just doesn't say it all. Think of a collage as a picture of pictures! You can create as many collages as you like with your favorite pictures, choose from over 200 different, customizable, styles and layouts!

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Fun Photo Box - FunPhotoBox Photo Editor

The FunPhotoBox site is a place where you can create funny pictures from your photos. FunPhotoBox allows you to add special effects to your photos as 1-2-3. You can pick from a wide variety of effects and they are adding more all the time.

Pixlr
Pixlr

Pixlr Photo Editor

One Step - Refocus the photo on the Necklace

Pixlr is a web service that combines image design and paint tools with photo editing. So whether you want to create a free form image , layer one image over another or use a variety of filters, effects and level adjustments to transform photographs, Pixlr is equally capable of meeting your needs. Even with all these features, Piixlr remains easy to use - certainly much easier and cheaper than Photoshop.

Photoshop Express is a web based and free version of Photoshop. Photoshop is the name of a brand though some people think it is a generic term for photo editing.

Sure it's a less featured version of the expensive Photoshop software. That said you won't miss many of the exotic features as this tool is targeted at mainstream consumers, not professionals. Photoshop Express is a free - all it requires is an easy registration.

iPad Photo Editing - No Camera - But Lots of Apps!

iPad Photo Apps
iPad Photo Apps

To many people's surprise, the iPad is a great photo editor. To many the iPad is an awesome computer for watching movies, browsing the internet and playing games. But one of the family of applications for which the iPad is not as well known is photo editing application. Unlike the iPhone, the iPad has no camera. But if you bring photos from another source, you will be amazed at what some of the top Photoshop style apps for the iPad can do with your plain old photos.

Photomica
Photomica

Photomica Fun Editor

Photomica.com provides an innovative assortment of photo effects with a wide range of fun photo effects that can be really interesting. Photomica. provides an array of free Photoshop effects and fun Photofunia style photo effects. The services of Photomica.com are not just limited to photo effects and photography ad they have also offer e-cards, faces and magazine covers as well.

Pichacks

Pichacks
Pichacks

It's a symmetrical face generator. The Pic Hacks face flipping tool is a good way to find out how symmetrical your face is. We have automated the process of making these face flips so we don't have to use Photoshop to do the image manipulations every time. If you want to see how symmetrical your face is, use a forward facing picture with the head perfectly straight and position the midline directly in the middle of the nose. If you want funny results, experiment with different angles, tilted heads, and placing the midline in different places. Play around with it and you'll surely have some laughs.

Compress, Resize and Convert photos

Resize
Resize

Image files too large? It's pretty common now with digital cameras to create huge files. Check out these free resizing utilities to quickly compress these files without losing quality.

Loonapix
Loonapix

LoonaPix - Fun, Funny and Funnier Photos

LoonaPix.com is a free photo editing online service. You can easy decorate your photo with a frame, trim it or just make it funny using LoonaPic effect. Another words, we can help you to make your photo funny and unique. And, notice, it is easy and free!

Image (Licensed Stock Image)
Image (Licensed Stock Image)

Pictures4Fun

Photo Effects Like Photo On Book Cover

You don't need to be an expert to play with your photos, so it's time for some good fun Pictures4fun provides new original effects every day. Choose an effect from one of their categories (Photo Fun, Magazine Covers or Picture Frames) and upload your own photo. After resizing your photo you can download the fun photo to your hard disk or use it as an avatar.

Your Photo on a Magazine Cover - MagMyPic.com

MagMyPic
MagMyPic

MagMyPic has added more new magazines, and now has 30 different magazines to choose from. You can select any of them and make an impressive, unique, custom fake magazine with ease - it's simple! Just upload a pic and get started, or you can browse the magazines before hand. Web based and easy to use - but all you can customize is the photo - you can't change any of the text.

Photostrips and Photobooths

Once up on a time photobooths could be found in amusement parks, arcades, train stations, and on main street stores around the world. Several generations in the 1900s grew up with the photobooth as a primary method of recording special events. While they can still be found in amusement parks and arcades - they no longer hold the special unique appeal. With cell phone cameras, disposable cameras and the full range of digital technology photobooths have less of a role.

However, there are many online tools that let you take your digital photos and create the photostrips that were once only obtainable in a photobooth. Try out some of these tools and add some vintage appeal to your digital photos.

Save money and make great personal videos by skipping high-cost, high-end software for one of these free and easy-to-use video editors. Maybe you're looking to create a YouTube video or maybe you just want to edit home video to share with loved ones. You can actually save money and skip the hassle of learning complicated software by using one of these free but surprisingly capable video-editing solutions.

Best iPhone Photo Applications - There are hundreds of iPhone applications available for photo editing and sharing and we highlight the best editors and fun photo apps.

Photo Montager
Photo Montager

Photo Montager

Photomontager.com

PhotoMontager is similar to the many of the services we have discussed, but it has a wide range of effects including Disney images. Now - I am suspicious if these are legally licensed so proceed as you wish. Also, PhotoMontager leaves their watermark in the lower right of all images

Photo Editors

Which photo editor is your favorite?

  • Picnik
  • Fotoflexer
  • GIMP
  • Photoshop Express
  • BeFunky
  • Blingee
  • Photofunia
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Please share your comments! 781 comments

ish 17 months ago

Picstouch is free online tool to crop or resize the image to any size. You can also add your favorite text on top of image. It also offers some tool to deblur the image and improve the image quality.

This is very simple in operation.

www.picstouch.com


jagannath singh 22 months ago

great


clipping_services 2 years ago

Fun with Pictures4Fun.


clipping_services 2 years ago

Ribbet Photo Editor software is great.


PhotographySuccess 2 years ago

Nice lens featuring lots of fun sites to use in playing around with images. Thanks!


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Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

What a great lens and so full of great info on all of these sites. Bookmaking so that I can refer back here again and again.


RANADEEP 3 years ago

Good choices you made,I like it when I read your lenses,great insights,thanks for sharing!!


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k4shmir 3 years ago

very informative lens. thanks for sharing


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socialcx1 3 years ago

It's amazing what can be done with these tools.Thanks


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seodress 3 years ago

Good photography. Great lens


fennirose 3 years ago

Very informative! Thanks for this!


GameHelp 3 years ago

Those are some pretty unique effects, great lens!


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LaptopLeader 3 years ago

Another amazing photo editing lens. Keep up the awesome work!


richpat1 3 years ago

This photo software is really cool. It's almost like photoshop on steroids.


ajmac 3 years ago

Fantastic lens.Enjoyed it.Thanks


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Underrated 3 years ago

Great lens


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EditPhotos 3 years ago from Earth Author

@anonymous: Photoshoponlinefree.com is another domain name for Pixlr.com - one of the services I reviewed. I am surprised that Adobe has not sued them over the domain name - but kudos to them for creatively attracting traffic.


anonymous 3 years ago

Wow, that's amazing tools you have mention i also mention

photoshoponlinefree.com which is browser based and using from comfort of any browser connected with compter,the good thing is that you never need to download any application to use it, when i am away from my pc i always use this as a best photoshop alternative


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Klinetka 3 years ago

Great & funny lens


h2ofs1 3 years ago

Great lens, thanks!


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