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The Best Sites For Online Photo-Editing & Photo Effects

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Over the past few years, I’ve been accumulating links to — and experimenting with — various online photo editors and sites for photo effects. There are certainly a zillion of them out there.

I finally decided it was time to narrow all the links down into some kind of “The Best…” list, and have divided this post into two sections. The first part lists sites where you can upload your own images and, with no registration required (or, perhaps, in one or two instances, an extremely minimal registration process) easily edit the photo or add effects. The second section lists sites that I’ve specifically used with my English Language Learner students. These sites let you easily grab an image off the web, lets you add add a speech bubble to it, and then gives you a more or less permanent url address for your creation that you can post on a student or teacher website/blog.

I’m sure I will have missed some applications out there, so feel free to share your suggestions in the comments section. I suspect there are also additional “categories” photo apps out there besides the two I’m using.

Using my categories and criteria, here are my choices for The Best Sites For Online Photo-Editing & Photo Effects (they tend to be fairly similar — with a few exceptions that are primarily “resizers” — so I’m just going to list the links and not describe each one):

PHOTO-EDITING & EFFECTS FOR UPLOADED IMAGES:

Tuxpi

Change Images

Fun Photo Box

Thumba

Big Huge Labs

Dr. Pic

Pic Resize

Rsizr

Pixenate

FotoFlexer

Be Funky

PhotFunia is suggested by reader Ann Carnevale.

Pixlr

Citrify

PiZap

Pic Ghost is a new online photo editor that lets you upload up to twenty photos at a time. It’s editing functions are rather limited now — you can resize the images and add a watermark to them — but they expect to be adding more features in the future. Their ability to upload multiple images is nice.

The Pic Lab

Live Photo Editor

Pic Juice

Any Making

Picozu

enThread is a super-simple online tool for photo-editing — drag, drop, edit.

Snaggy

PicMonkey joins the many other tools on the list by offering many different kinds of photo-editing features.

Clipi just offers the ability to resize photos, but it also provides some unique features. One, all you have to do is copy a photo and paste directly onto the website. Two, it will automatically save your photo on ImageShack without needing to register. It only works with the Google Chrome browser now, but they plan to make it compatible with others. It’s ease of use could make it popular.

Cropp.me

Ribbet!

SuperLame

Photo Zoe

Photo Cat

FixMyPics

Quick Picture Tools

Google+ Photos Can Now Automatically Create Animated GIFs, Panoramas, HDR Images And Better Group Shots is a TechCrunch post sharing details on a ton of new Google+ photo-editing tools, including creating panoramas and GIFs.

Fotor

Viscomsoft is yet another free online photo-editing tool. It’s actually a “suite” of tools, with twenty different options.

Snapstouch is a “free online tool to covert your photo to sketch, photo to painting, photo to drawing, photo to outline…”

Picadilo

SITES FOR ADDING “SPEECH BUBBLES” TO WEB IMAGES:

Bubblr

ImgOps is a new multi-use photo application that is worth a look.

iPiccy is an impressive all-purpose online photo editor. It pretty much lets you do whatever you want with your photo, including adding text and effects. You can upload an image or grab its url address off the Web.

PicFull

Clip Your Photos

Phrase.it lets you easily add speech bubbles with your text to photos. You can upload your own, or choose a random image from the site. You’re then given a link to your creation.

10 Tips for Digital Photo Editing & Fun is from The Daring Librarian.

The Edublogger has just published a very useful post: Our 3 Favorite Free Online Image Editors For Education.

Over looks like a useful photo-editing tool.

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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

21 Comments

  1. Hi Larry, thanks for these. I’m really getting into the 365 blog at the moment and it’s good to have resources like this.
    Have you used Picnik.com?

  2. Have you had a chance to look at PhotoFunia (http://photofunia.com)? I just blogged about it for my teachers, and heard some good feedback in the hallways. It allows the user to insert photos into interesting locations and items, such as billboards, sides of buildings, art galleries, stamps, money, etc… It’s a good teacher tool at the elementary level for building writing prompts, and can be a good tool for older students to use on their own.

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  4. You also forgot http://www.cellsea.com/ which has all kinds of things as well. It used to be one of the few that went through our school filter, however, we changed filters and now it doesn’t work! Grrr… I’ll try some of the others and see if they’ll work!

  5. I think that you might want to add Picnik, a great, simple, easy photo editing site that a lot of kids at my school use. Thanks for the ideas!
    http://www.picnik.com/
    Happy Blogging!
    ~Laurenc604 :)
    http://laurenc604.edublogs.org

  6. Hi Larry!
    I love this list! and adding it to Sqworl list! http://sqworl.com/t1m1f8
    i’ve also blogged about this topic with examples – cause i’m visual:
    http://www.thedaringlibrarian.com/2010/06/digital-photo-fun-and-diane-cordell.html

    oh and the Change Image link (2nd on list) has moved to http://www.photofuntoos.com/

    thanks again for an AWEsome list of resources! You Rock!
    ~Gwyneth

  7. Amazing :-) Thank you for the list! There’s another similar site which I came across – http://photofacefun.com with more than 300 photo effects, funny images templates!

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  10. PicGhost is now:
    Upload multiple images at once (max 40).
    Each image up to 10MB! means you can upload up to 400MB at once.

  11. You must also check out Ribbet! Based on the platform which made Picnik great, Ribbet is awesome:

    http://www.ribbet.com

  12. Hi! There is a new and improved version of Picozu available!

  13. Better update your list, my friend! Check this free online photo editing
    http://www.fotor.com

    It’s worth to add in your list.

  14. Thanks for taking your time to compile this comprehensive list. A few years ago i was using Picnik to edit my photos but after the site was closed, i started using Pixlr, which is a very good alternative by the way. However, because i travel a lot and don’t always have access to the internet, i decided to go for a desktop application. I have Kestrel GX and Picture! Editor installed on my laptop. Both are incredible software and fairly easy to use to manipulate images.

    For those who want to download these software, here are the links :
    http://www.cerieus.com
    http://picture-editor.en.softonic.com/

    Cheers,
    Christine

  15. Hello, i would like to suggest http://www.camtasy.net – add cool effect, stickers and much more to your pictures for free!

  16. thanks for your sharing
    here I highly recommend the online photo editor Fotor:
    http://www.fotor.com
    Fotor offers many basic editing features such as resizing, cropping, colors correcting and tone adjusting. You can add frames and texts to your photo and also collage your photos together.
    you can have a try,It’s worth to add in your list!

  17. Snapstouch is free online tool to convert photo to sketch, photo to painting, photo to drawing, photo to outline, photo to B&W etc. This tool adds theses effect with maintaining actual size and that is totally free of cost even you don’t need to create account to add the effects.
    http://www.snapstouch.com

  18. Hi useful article. I will recommend Image editing services http://www.outsourceimage.com/digitalimageenhancement.html. there you will get all the aspects of image editing services which you wants for your online business

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