The best free online photo editing sites

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The best free online photo editing sites
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Image editing has come a long way since Microsoft introduced its primitive MS Paint program in 1985. Today, computer users do not need image-editing software to paint and draw. Anyone with an Internet connection and a desire to create art, enhance photos or even experiment with colours and patterns can do so online using a free Web-based image editor. Many photo-editing sites exist, but only the best stand out from the crowd.

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Photoshop Online

Adobe software has a "lite" online version of their popular image-editing program. Geared toward users who do not know much about photo editing, the editor provides basic tools that simplify image enhancement and correction tasks. Users upload images and manipulate them by selecting effects and applying them to the images. The program contains filters for adjusting sharpness, modifying white balance, adding colour effects, resizing photos and correcting flaws. Clicking a filter displays multiple variations of the filter's effect. Users select their favourite variation to apply it. An "Auto Correct" button intelligently sets lighting and contrast levels to their optimal levels. A "Save" button saves modified images to an online photo gallery. The image editor is free, but users must register before using the tools.


Fotoflexer is packed with features and has a friendly interface that requires little documentation to use. This online image editor lets budding artists apply useful and entertaining effects to photos and images by clicking buttons and tabs. Each tab panel contains tools. Basic tools allow users to resize, crop, sharpen and rotate images as well as adjust brightness and contrast. Advanced tools convert images into paintings, cartoons and pop art. The editor has more than 20 special-effects filters, and multiple sliders for scaling and distorting images. Fotoflexer also supports colour curves, smart recoloring and basic image masking. The software is free and users do not have to sign up to use it.

Sumo Paint

Sumo Paint is one of the most advanced and full-featured online photo image editors on the Web. The software is so advanced that it has 32 tools in the basic toolbox. Macworld says that Photoshop users will feel "right at home" when they see the Sumo Paint interface. The editor has filters, lighting effects, custom brushes, gradients, selection tools, magic wands and customised shape editors similar to those found in Photoshop. Toolboxes, panels and colour grids also emulate the Photoshop workflow and simplify the image-creation process. Registration is optional, but users must register to save their files on the Web and participate in the online artist community.

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