The 5 Best Chromebook Photo Editors of 2019

Edit your photos on Chrome OS

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While Chromebooks don't support many of the programs available for traditional Mac and Windows laptops, there are several powerful photo editors for Chrome OS available through the Google Play Store. We've compiled a list of the best photo editing apps for your Chromebook.

These apps are available for Google Chrome and Android. Check Google's Chromium Projects website to find out whether or not your Chromebook model supports Android apps.

Best Overall Chomebook Photo Editor: Adobe Photoshop Express

A screenshot of Adobe Photoshop Express for Chromebook

What We Like

  • Import raw file types from cameras made by Canon, Epson, Fuji, Sony, etc.

  • User-friendly for Photoshop pros and novices.

  • Save edits without destroying the original file.

  • 100% free.

What We Don't Like

  • Lacks many features found in Photoshop CC.

  • Only exports JPEG files.

  • Requires an internet connection.

While you can't run a full-fledged version of Photoshop on your Chromebook, Adobe's Photoshop Express is available as an Android app. It's ideal for quickly correcting common issues like red eye before you upload pictures to social media, which you can do directly from the Photoshop Express interface. There are also tools for adding watermarks, speech bubbles, and other creative effects.

Best Advanced Editing App: GIMP Online

A screenshot of GIMP Online for Chromebook

What We Like

  • In-depth online tutorials available on the GIMP website.

  • Free and open source.

  • Access all of GIMP's features in your web browser.

What We Don't Like

  • Intrusive ads get in the way of the interface.

  • Slow response times and laggy drawing tools.

Often referred to as the poor person's Photoshop, GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is actually the most robust open source photo editor around. The online version runs smoothly on Chrome OS, and it supports advanced features like blending and anti-aliasing in addition to a full suite of painting tools. Although GIMP doesn't have the most intuitive interface for beginners, it's more flexible than Photoshop Express.

Best App for Editing Webcam Photos: Pixlr

A screenshot of Pixlr for Chromebook

What We Like

  • Cloning, sharpening, blurring, and red-eye reduction tools. 

  • More integrated filters than most other editors.

What We Don't Like

  • PSD files containing multiple layers will not always open.

  • Pro subscription required to unlock all features.

A browser-based editor with an impressive feature set, Pixlr permits both progressive photo enhancements as well as the ability to design images from scratch. Common formats including GIF, JPEG and PNG are supported, along with basic PSD files. Pixlr's dashboard also works with your webcam to snap and tweak photos in real time.

Best Photo Filters: Polarr Photo Editor

A screenshot of Polarr Photo Editor for Chromebook

What We Like

  • Works without an internet connection.

  • Helpful built-in tutorials.

  • Add cool effects like flares, clouds, rain, and more.

What We Don't Like

  • Doesn't support raw image files.

  • Batch editing and other advanced functionality requires a paid upgrade. 

Polarr Photo Editor contains a respectable set of tools including the ability to create and share your own custom filters. It also supports advanced features like layers, masks, and blending modes. The interface is completely customizable, so you can group your favorite tools together in a convenient location. If you subscribe to Polarr Pro, you get unrestricted access to the program on all of your devices.

Best for Layering: Sumo Paint

A screenshot of Sumo Paint for Chromebook

What We Like

  • Free trial available.

  • Ideal for creating custom graphics and web comics.

What We Don't Like

  • Doesn't support Photoshop's default PSD format.

  • You have to pay to remove ads and unlock all features.

If you have experience using Photoshop, then Sumo Paint's interface will look quite familiar, and the similarities do not stop at the surface. This handy web app's layering features pair nicely with a bevy of editing tools including hundreds of brush presets and dozens of filters. The free version is quite limited, but the paid version is a steal for everything you get.