7 Amazing Online Photo Editors
A lot of desktop software has moved to the browser and this trend doesn’t stop with photo editing software. Here are the 7 greatest online photo editors that will rival your desktop software. Depending on the job that needs to be done some of the online editors are easier to use, quicker and/or more affordable.
Here we go:
Powerful editing features and great usability
Fotor offers an excellent combination of very powerful editing features and great usability. This means that very good editing results can be achieved very quickly. Photos can be edited using a wide variety of functionality including automatic enhancement algorithms, rendering of HDR pictures, layering and different brushes especially suitable for making portrait pictures better. The editor also comes with easy design functionality to quickly create social media profile and cover pictures from templates.
Gets basic photo jobs done quickly
Polarr is an easy to use online photo editor with all the basic photo editing functionality like preset filters and adjustments of color, light and curves. However it lacks advanced features like layering and brushes which may not be something bad if you are in need of an editor to only get some basic photo jobs done quickly. Polarr also has some very smart useful features. Among those is a before and after image comparison: with one click you can see the original photo and your edited photo besides each other.
Online photo editor with advanced features
Pixlr is an advanced online photo editor with professional features like layering and brushes that even rivals the functionality of desktop editors. The complexity also comes with a little cost as Pixlr sometimes feels a bit slow performing operations like applying the smudge tool. If you need an editor that comes close to the feature set of desktop software Pixlr may be the right tool for you. However, if you’re just looking for an easy and quick way to enhance and design your social media profile pictures this editor is probably not for you.
Adobe Photoshop Express
Simple but powerful online editor with great usability
Adobe Photoshop Express comes with all necessary adjustment options, brushes and effects for basic photo editing. It also offers some basic design features to add text, bubbles and stickers. Overall it’s a well rounded tool that is powerful but still easy to use.
Edit and create pictures for social media
PicMonkey features all basic photo editing operations like filters, effects and brushes. At the same time it offers a range of design features like adding overlays, textures and whole themes. However, it lacks advanced photo editing features like masks and layering. If you need to do some basic enhancements to a photo and then add some text and effects to share it on social media PicMonkey could be the right tool for the job.
Quick and easy photo editing
BeFunky comes with a good set of photo editing features like brushes and preset filters but also with some advanced features like layering. In addition, texts, graphics and overlays can be added to the photos to get them ready to be shared on social media. BeFunky is one of the easiest to use online photo editors.
Unchallenged feature set but hard to use
GIMP online is an online version of the famous open source photo editor GIMP. It is very similar to GIMP on the desktop but it’s windows and widgets are displayed within a browser window using the rollApp platform. GIMP online shares the same functionality and feature set as the desktop original which makes it a very very powerful photo editing tool. Of all online photo editors this is probably the most powerful. But it comes with some drawbacks. GIMP online inherited a quite complex user interface from its desktop version and new users may need to read a few tutorials to use the full potential of this editor. You also need to connect GIMP online with a cloud storage service like Dropbox to upload or download any files.