Software & Apps Apps 19 Best Free Online Photo Editors Edit your photos with these free online image editors by Stacy Fisher Stacy is a freelancer with over 18 years experience writing about technology and personal finance. She has published hundreds of articles and co-authored a book. our editorial process Stacy Fisher Updated on July 15, 2020 Apps Best Apps Payment Services Tweet Share Email A free online photo editor includes all the basic features as well as the extra bells and whistles that most people need to edit and enhance their photos and images. There's little reason to download a traditional image editor or spend hundreds of dollars on a full-blown program like Adobe Photoshop when all you need to do are a few touch-ups, crop an object out of an image, or add something extra to your picture. This list of the best free online photo editors will do all this and more for you, and you don't even need to download them. 01 of 19 Pixlr What We Like Lots of useful, easy-to-use features. Move interface elements to suit the way you work. What We Don't Like Resizing an image can be tricky. Must download stickers, borders, and fonts before using them. Pixlr supports tons of tools for a free online photo editor, some of which you normally find only in desktop software. It provides an interface that's easy on the eyes, supports fullscreen mode, and is simple to use. The position of the tools, layers, and other settings are flexible so you can create your own custom workspace. Things like layer styles, filters, and image adjustments are supported with Pixlr as well as tools like a red-eye remover, clone stamp, color fill, magic wand selection, and crop tool, among others. You can use Pixlr E for advanced editing or Pixlr X for simple changes and quick fixes. Make a new image from a blank canvas, upload one from your computer, transfer it via its URL, or browse the built-in stock photo gallery. Visit Pixlr 02 of 19 iPiccy What We Like Intuitive interface. Share images directly to Facebook. What We Don't Like Saves in only two formats. No custom collage layouts. Requires Adobe Flash. All of iPiccy's menu items are easily accessible from the side of the screen so you can find basic and advanced editing tools like a crop, clone, and sharpen option. Tools for specific tasks are also available, such as one for a blemish fixer, to make your eyes brighter, to add mascara, to remove wrinkles, and many more. You can also overlay images, change the color balance, manage layers, see a history of changes, add holiday-centered frames, add textures, build collages, and more. iPiccy lets you create an image from scratch or edit existing ones from your computer, a remote URL, or your webcam. Edited images can be saved to your computer or shared directly to Facebook. Visit iPiccy 03 of 19 Fotor What We Like One-click fixes. Interesting effects. RAW file conversion. What We Don't Like Ad-supported. Can’t create an image from scratch. Fotor provides an awesome interface for editing photos online. You can enhance an image with one click or choose any of the specific editing tasks to apply particular changes. Basic tools are included like cropping, editing the curves, and altering the temperature/saturation/brightness/tint, and more. Effects can also be applied to an image, such as classic, tile, cool, vintage, black and white, and color splash styles. You can also add borders, stickers, and text to an image with Fotor. Images can be loaded from your computer or your Dropbox or Facebook account. Pictures are saved to your computer as a JPG or PNG. Some of the tools at Fotor work only if you create a free account. Visit Fotor 04 of 19 Adobe Photoshop Express Editor Adobe Photoshop Express Editor. What We Like Offers most of the features needed to fix any photo. Easy to use. Add graphic enhancements such as frames and bubbles. What We Don't Like Doesn’t use layers or brushes. More advanced features require Creative Cloud membership. Needs Flash. Limited file format support. Adobe Photoshop Express Editor is Adobe's free online photo editor. Though only some of the very basic features of the desktop Photoshop programs are included in this online version, it still has a very nice interface and is super easy to use. The two main menu items are Edit and Decorate. You can apply basic editing tools like red-eye removal, saturation changes, and more, as well as image adjustments and effects like white balance, burn, hue, and tint changes, among others. Adobe Photoshop Express Editor also lets you add text, bubbles, stickies, costumes, frames, and other things to an image. Fullscreen mode is allowed, which greatly increases the editing/viewing area of the screen and tools. The View Original button is super handy so that you can quickly see how your edits have changed the picture. Images can be added from your computer but only if the file extension is JPEG, JPG, or JPE. When you save, the only option is JPG. Visit Adobe Photoshop Express Editor 05 of 19 Picozu Picozu. What We Like Clean, clear interface. Autosave prevents loss of your work. Can work with layers. What We Don't Like Some tools lack advanced settings. Ad-supported. Premium version is expensive. Picozu has a super clean interface that feels very natural to use. It supports opening multiple tabs for different projects, can enable autosave, and allows drag and drop. Picozu supports common image editing tasks like adding text and shapes, cropping an image, resizing the canvas, color filling, and airbrushing. Advanced features are also allowed, such as working with layers, applying dozens of filters, and altering very specific brush stroke settings, such as changing the hardness, flow, tolerance, and type of brush used. Even a few extensions can be enabled to expand the features. There are various methods you can use to import images, and apart from regular file formats, ones like SVG and PSD are supported. When it comes time to save, you have several options including PDF and TIFF, among other regular formats. Visit Picozu 06 of 19 Photopea What We Like Easy-to-use tabbed interface. Doesn’t require Flash. Photoshop users will find many familiar operations. What We Don't Like Ad-supported (premium membership removes them). Lacks advanced filters and operations. Photopea is great if you're looking for an advanced online photo editor that lets you work with layers, supports popular file formats, and includes many Photoshop-like tools. You can start from scratch with a canvas of a custom size, or choose one that works perfectly for a variety of circumstances, like as a Facebook cover photo, Instagram image, iPhone wallpaper, an ad, or YouTube profile image. There's a selection tool, move tool, spot healing brush, patch tool, pencil, brush, clone tool, gradient tool, sharpen tool, blur tool, smudge tool, text tool, various shapes, filters, and more. Photos can be imported from a URL, from a file on your computer, or taken straight from your webcam. When you're done editing, photos can be saved to a variety of formats including PSD, PNG, JPG, SVG, GIF, PDF, TIFF, PPM, ICO, and others. Photopea organizes your various projects into separate tabs for easy access, and you can change the theme to quickly adjust the overall color scheme. You can use this photo editor for free without making a user account if you don't mind the ads, or you can go with a premium account to remove all advertising and get more "undo" steps. Visit Photopea 07 of 19 Editor.Pho.to What We Like Lots of ways to improve and enhance photos. Import directly from computer or Facebook. What We Don't Like Not as powerful as some other choices. Ad-supported. Edit images quickly online using Editor.Pho.to. All the basics are here so that you can crop, rotate, color, or sharpen the image but there are also some exposure and text settings you can adjust. The effects tool lets you instantly apply sepia, black and white, tilt-shift, vignette, and other effects to the picture. We also like the frames and texture buttons since they can really change the shot without much effort on your part. Images can be taken from your computer or Facebook and inserted directly into the Editor.Pho.To canvas. When you're done editing, download your image to your computer or transfer it to Facebook or Dropbox. There are also social media sharing options and a public link you can copy. Visit Editor.Pho.to 08 of 19 PhotoCat PhotoCat. What We Like Offers basic editing plus lots of effects and retouch tools. Compares original photo against edited version. What We Don't Like Saves in only two formats. Imports photos only from computer. Flash must be enabled. PhotoCat is a free online image editor that's likely to suit the requirements of most people because it includes a wide variety of editing functions. Some of the basic editing tools include a crop, rotate, brightness, contrast, sharpness, saturation, hue, and resize tool—everything you need to perform the basic changes to a photo. If you need more, there are tons of effects to choose from and lots of retouch tools, like a blemish remover, spray tan tool, slimming feature, red-eye remover, and mascara painter. There are also lots of textures and frames you can apply to a picture, as well as a text tool, lots of comment bubbles, and more. Probably my favorite feature of PhotoCat is the Compare button because it lets you easily view a before and after of your picture right next to each other. You can save an image edited at PhotoCat as a JPG or PNG file. You can also share the photo on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. Visit PhotoCat 09 of 19 piZap What We Like Several useful tools. Includes a meme maker. Exports to the two most popular image formats. What We Don't Like Must sign up for a (free) account. Lots of tools aren't free. Only premium version can export high-quality images. piZap is an image editor and collage maker. You can start with a blank canvas or upload your own image from your computer, Facebook account, or Dropbox. Add regular and glittered text, stickers, and effects, adjust hue and saturation, overlay multiple images, paint with a brush, crop an image, and add shapes, among other things. There's also a cutout tool you can use to create your own stickers from images. Your edited photos can be shared directly over social media sites or downloaded to your computer as a JPG or PNG. Visit piZap 10 of 19 Snapstouch What We Like Good for quick style changes. Turns photos into realistic-looking sketches, drawings, and paintings. What We Don't Like Images smaller than 600x600 pixels might not come out well. 3 MB file size limit. Snapstouch lets you touch up images quickly, but unlike other editors, this one provides just a few one-click effects and not any specific editing tools. Start by choosing one of the effects, like sketch, painting, or drawing, and then upload the image you want the effect applied to. Change the sensitivity of the effect to your liking and then download the image back to your computer. Visit Snapstouch 11 of 19 BeFunky What We Like Import photos from many sources and export them to social media sites. Lots of fun effects perfect for social sharing. What We Don't Like Many of the effects and borders require paid version. BeFunky is another online photo editor that's really easy to work with. An image can be imported from the usual places like your computer or Facebook account, but Google Photos and a webcam are some additional options. There are labels, emoticons, tons of textures and frames, a text tool, several effects like oil painting and cartoonizer, and all the basic editing and touch up tools. Visit BeFunky 12 of 19 Quick Picture Tools What We Like Tools come with lots of advanced options. Includes text tool. Easy to use. What We Don't Like Missing editing features found in similar tools. Quick Picture Tools provides just that: a quick way to edit images online. However, if you require it, there are very specific advanced settings for each of these tools. There are several editing tools provided by this site, including one to combine images, round corners, blur edges, add text, and create neon objects. Start by choosing one of them and then upload an image from your computer. Say, for example, you're using the Rounded Corners tool. There are tons of settings like whether you want all four corners to be rounded or just some. You can change the corner percentage to create a less round effect, it lets you define a color for the background behind the corners, and you can resize the whole image. Similar settings are present for all the other tools. JPG and PNG are the output formats. Visit Quick Picture Tools 13 of 19 BatchPhoto Espresso What We Like Supports many formats for importing and exporting. Handy preview function. Excellent for converting between image formats. What We Don't Like Uploads can only come from your computer. BatchPhoto Espresso is another simple photo editor. You can crop, resize, and rotate a picture. It also lets you touch up the photo with contrast, brightness, hue/saturation, noise reduction, and a sharpening tool. Finally, you can add a whole-image effect like oil paint. Several formats are supported when uploading the file, including JPG, TIF, PNG, BMP, GIF, JP2, PICT, and PCX. When you're ready to save back to your computer, even more options are available, including unique ones like PSD and WMF. Visit BatchPhoto Espresso 14 of 19 Sumopaint Sumopaint. What We Like Supports use of layers. Lots of advanced tools and adjustments. Large online community. What We Don't Like Flash is required. Sumopaint provides a condensed but well-organized interface for performing many basic and advanced image editing tasks. Layers are supported as well as manipulations like cropping, rotating, and flipping. Basic adjustments like changing the brightness/contrast, desaturating, equalizing colors and tones, and more are available, too. There are even advanced tools like a clone stamp, gradient, color fill, brush, lasso and magic wand selection, text, and blur tool. You can also add a number of shapes to an image. Several filters can be chosen such as 3D effects, blur, texture, sharpen, and stylize filters. Images can be saved to your computer in a few file formats, including one specific to this editor so that you can re-upload it later to finish editing. Visit Sumopaint 15 of 19 LunaPic What We Like Offers browser integration. Decent variety of formats for saving. Several upload options. What We Don't Like Less intuitive than other choices. Ad-heavy site. There are many tools you can use with LunaPic but accessing them isn't as intuitive as some of the above websites. Menus are available for adjusting and drawing on images as well as adding borders, effects, and animations. You can load an image from a URL, your computer, or a number of online accounts like Facebook, Google Photos, or Imgur. A browser extension is also available so that you can open images straight into LunaPic without having to first download them and then upload them to the site. Images can be saved to various places like Imgur or your computer, and in several file formats like GIF, ICO, JPG, PNG, and video formats if you've made an animation. Visit LunaPic 16 of 19 ImageBot ImageBot. What We Like Ability to add lots of graphic elements to photos. Supports layers. Import from Facebook and other websites. What We Don't Like No scaling or warping tools. Interface is dated. ImageBot is another great online photo editor. Instead of providing tools like a brush, pencil, or clone stamp tool, it includes tons of stickers, shapes, and logos that you can import on to photos. In addition to importing images from your computer, it lets you add files from a Facebook album or URL. Because this editor supports layers, you can add and manipulate multiple images at once, which can be very handy. All the menus you use in ImageBot are easy to use because you can drag them around on the screen to create a custom interface that fits you best. You can post your edited images to your Facebook page or download them to your computer. Visit ImageBot 17 of 19 Online-Image-Editor.com What We Like Helpful explanations of each tool. Import photos from both local and online sources. What We Don't Like No previewing before applying edits. No support for layers. Online-Image-Editor.com is another free online image editor. You can upload images from your computer or a URL, and you can even resize or convert one while you're uploading it. Lots of tools are included, such as animation support, image converting, and image overlaying, and there are brief descriptions accompanied with each of them to help you understand their editing purpose. One thing we don't like about this editor is that there isn't live previewing for many of the tools, which means you must apply an edit before seeing the effect. Also, layers aren't supported, which means if you are using multiple images, you can't edit their position, transparency, etc. once you've submitted the initial changes. Visit Online-Image-Editor.com 18 of 19 Phixr Phixr. What We Like Intuitive tabbed interface. Preview function. Upload more than one photo at once. What We Don't Like Some features require registration. Somewhat crude by latest standards. Yet another free online image editor is available called Phixr. We like the tabbed interface that it uses because it makes editing different images at once easier than having to open separate windows. There's a mix of basic tools and then some moderately advanced ones. You can use a red-eye remover, text creator (with tons of font types), apply frames, add objects and borders, create greeting cards, and lots more. You can also apply basic color editing like changing the hue and saturation, sharpen the image, add/remove noise, and more. With each tool you use, you're shown a before and after to make sure it's how you want it to be, which is a great feature since most online photo editing tools don't do that. Use a picture from your computer, a URL, Flickr, Google Photos, or Dropbox to edit at Phixr. When you're done, images can be saved to some of those same locations as well as shared over email. Visit Phixr 19 of 19 Ribbet What We Like Upload up to five photos at once. Works quickly and smoothly. Supports layering. What We Don't Like Some features available only with premium account. Ad-supported. Needs Adobe Flash. Ribbet is a free online photo editor that provides an intuitive and easy to use interface to have simple access to all the tools, and drag and drop is even supported. Photos can be added from your computer, a URL, Facebook, Google Photos, or Flickr, or even taken directly from your webcam. You can upload up to five images at once with the free account, or you can go with the premium plan to upload 100. All the basic editing tools are present as well as stickers, effects, text, and frames, among other things. Save as PNG or JPG to your computer, or image your edits directly into Google Photos or Flickr. Visit Ribbet Other Photo Editing Options In addition to the site above, there are also free photo editing apps and free collage makers, as well as free image hosting websites if you need a place to store them.