Best Free Online Photo Editors

They Offer Plenty of Features

If you haven't checked out the online photo editors lately, you really should ... and you'll be glad you did. They've advanced far beyond where they were even a few years ago, and you'll be impressed with your options for the best free online photo editors.

By editing your photos, you'll be able to place a watermark on the image, giving you a better chance of having your photos protected from online thieves. You also should be able to crop the images using the online photos editor, making them fit better to whichever site you're trying to upload them. Or you can reduce the resolution of the image, creating a smaller size of photo that will upload in a shorter amount of time. Any of these free online photo editors can perform these basic editing techniques, which makes them a great choice for the simple aspects of photo editing.

If you use any of the best online photo image hosting sites, keep in mind that some of those Web sites will feature free online photo editors, too. (And if you need some tips for choosing an online photo hosting site, click the link.

Phixr free online photo editor screen shot

With the Phixr online photo editor, you'll find an interface that will remind you of Microsoft Paint. It may look a little confusing versus a few of the other editors listed here, but, once you get used to the interface, you'll find it's pretty easy to use. As you make changes to your photos, you can see what the change will look like and then choose whether to save the change or discard it.

If you don't sign up with a free account, you'll be limited in how long you can use Phixr.

FotoFlexer free online photo editor screen shot

FotoFlexer is one of the best free online photo editors for quite a few reasons, but my favorite feature is just how easy it is to use. Nearly every tool is just one click away, and every button is easy to understand and use.

FotoFlexer allows you to select photos for editing from a variety of locations, such as your hard drive, or social networking sites, such as Flickr, MySpace, and Facebook.

Another fun feature of FotoFlexer is that all editing changes occur in real time, making it easy to keep or "undo" your changes. Then, just save the photo with the changes, and you're done.

Google Photos free online editor screen shot

To make use of Google's free photo editor, you'll need to have a Google account. Any photos you then upload to the Google cloud will be available to be edited. Any photos you upload will count toward your total storage limit.

With the Google photo editor, you can edit the light, color, or vignette of the photo. You also can add a color filter, crop the image, or tilt the image. With the color filter, you'll have a better opportunity to manage the colors in the photo.

Google purchased the Picnik free online photo editor in 2010, which it closed down in 2013, leaving the Google Photos online editing site as your only option from Google.

The Picture2Life online photo editor includes basic editing features, but it specializes in creating interesting collages and GIF animations using your photos, either uploaded from your hard drive or from social networking sites. This makes Picture2Life one of the more interesting options you'll have for a free online photo editor, as it has many features that simply aren't found with other free editing sites.

You will have to sign up for a free account to use Picture2Life.

Pixlr free photo editor
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With the Pixlr online photo editing service, you have access to two different levels of editing.

  • Pixlr Editor includes all of the advanced photo editing features you'll want.
  • Pixlr Express allows you to make quick, simple editing changes to photos from your hard drive or from a Web address.

You'll see the editing changes as you make them, and you can save the new photos to your hard drive.