Top 5 Online Photo Editing Sites

Gnomie Vishal (aka yankeeballer92 in our chat room) writes:

I have been using the product Adobe Photoshop for a long time — until I noticed the trial wasn’t long enough for me and all the editing I do. So I did some research and here’s my top 5 list of the best online photo editing sites I have used. (I know you like online apps, so have FUN!)

Following is Vishal’s list of top 5 online photo editing sites and a strongly recommended addition!

  1. Picnik: More fun than ants on a peanut butter and jelly sandwich! Picnik offers editing, one-click photo fixing, various fonts, custom designs, special effects, and more. It bills itself as working on OS X, Windows, and Linux, which is technically true, but pretty much any Web-based photo editor can claim this! Therefore, consider the rest of this list as being equally OS X, Windows, and Linux compatible.
  2. Pixenate: Designed for photo printing and photo sharing businesses, Pixenate allows the basic editing and special effects that you’ll find with most online photo editing sites, with the added bonus of being able to print your end results onto t-shirts, bags, mugs, and mousepads. Or just upload them to Flickr if you’re trying to cut back on the clutter.
  3. MyTheme: MyTheme, YourTheme, we all scream for IceCream! Brought to you by the Lunapic folks, MyTheme helps you quickly spruce up the profile pictures that you use for your social media sites of choice. If you want jazzy special effects or an animation creation, MyTheme may be just the ticket.
  4. Phixr: Phixr? I don’t even know ‘er! (Har, har, har.) Aside from the usual special effects and editing tools, Phixr lets you tilt-shift your photos so that you can make street scenes look like tiny model railroad settings!
  5. FotoFlexer: FotoFlexer tells us that it’s “the world’s most advanced online image editor.” With FotoFlexer, you’re able to edit photos from Flickr, Picasa, Facebook, MySpace, Photobucket, and “more places.” Like Guam? Switzerland? Behind the toolshed?

Top 5 Online Photo Editing Sites
CC licensed Flickr photo shared by Robert Glen Fogarty

If you’re already accustomed to Adobe Photoshop proper, I would also recommend adding Photoshop.com to the list of top online photo editing sites. It’s free, has a familiar interface, gives you options to create projects and edit photos, and even allows you to email them to your friends and family when you’re finished. To get started using Photoshop.com, just go to the site and register for a free account (or sign in if you have an existing ID or Adobe account). When you sign in, you just choose a photo that you’d like to edit; Photoshop.com will let you crop and shrink, auto-prep, adjust sharpness and saturation, tweak the white balance, and more. When you’ve finished editing your photo, you can decorate it with text, colors, frames, or even “stickers” if you’re into that kind of thing (not that there’s anything wrong with that).

While Photoshop.com isn’t as sophisticated or powerful (or expensive!) as its paid software version, it can often get basic jobs done just as well. if you’re not actually a professional photographer, chances are that you probably don’t have a need for the fancier elements of the paid software version of Photoshop, anyway.

So there you have a list of the top five online photo editing sites (according to Vishal), and one of my recommendations. Do you have any sites that you’d add to the list? Let us in on your online photo editing secrets!

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