Everyone knows about Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements and other well known commercial image editors, but did you know that you can get fantastic image editing results for free without installing any software (besides Flash) on your computer? Although online solutions may not have as many features as commercial products, they likely have more features than the average digital camera user will ever need. Here you will find 7 free online image editors that will help you edit your photos and other images without spending money and without cluttering your computer.
1. Aviary: If you want advanced features, you will love Aviary. Layers, groups, filters, all come with this free online application. This suite of image applications includes an image editor (Phoenix), color editor (Toucan), effects editor (Peacock), vector editor (9Raven), Audio Editor (Myna), image markup (Falcon), and Music Creator (Roc). You can make Aviary the centerpiece of all your creative activity. Even better, Aviary is a social community where you can use your Facebook and Twitter login credentials. You can also share your creations and interact with other members.
2. FotoFlexer: This self-described “world’s most advanced online image editor” can load your images from either your computer or directly from online sources such as Picasa, Flickr, PhotoBucket, MySpace, and more. This powerful online tool provides all the advanced editing features you could ever need in one easy to use online interface.
3. Picnik: This editor offers one-click photo fixing and enhancement, resize and crop functions, fonts, shapes, and special effects that give you the ability to edit your photos and other images and turn them into personalized works of art. Picnik is socially aware, meaning that it interacts with social networking communities where you can share the images you have edited.
4. flauntR: Choose from a wealth of predefined graphics effects that you can apply to photos and images with just a click of your mouse. It too integrates with online social communities, so it is a competitive choice for all your graphics needs. Whether you blend your photos into history’s most notable paintings, enhance your images with fonts, or convert them using the “profilR” social network profile creator, you are sure to find that flauntR not only offers all the creative options you need, but it is also fun to use.
5. Online Image Editor: If all the bells and whistles of some of the free online image editors scare you, Online Image Editor brings down to earth options in a basic interface. You won’t find social community interaction here, but you will find basic image editing features and some clever animation effects, color overlays and a few other features. This tool will get the job done when it comes to image and photo editing.
6. Splashup: Edit multiple images at once, add layers, and manipulate colors at the pixel level. You can use the full version of Splashup or you can opt for the minimal Splashup Lite if all you need is basic functionality. Bothe versions of Splashup are free and you can switch between them once you sign up. Splashup has its own photo sharing community, but it also has full scale interaction with other popular sites like Picasa, Facebook, and Flickr.
7. Photoshop.com: Perhaps the most recognizable name among commercial image editing software has its own brand of online image editing and – like many others – is totally free. The Photoshop.com online image editor has more of a professional look and feel as some of its competitors, interacts with social sites, and allows you to create your own galleries where you can display your photos on your own customized Photoshop subdomain that you create when you sign up to use the site.
Technology has done wonders on the modern World Wide Web to such an extent that standalone photo and image editing software is no longer a necessity. Before you buy a software package, tryout the 7 free online image editors listed here. You will probably find that these offer virtually everything you will ever need when it comes to working with your photos and images.