Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

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):



Fun Photo Box


Big Huge Labs

Pic Resize




Be Funky

PhotFunia is suggested by reader Ann Carnevale.




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.

Live Photo Editor

Pic Juice

Any Making



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.


FotoJet is a new free online photo editor.

Photo Cat

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.


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…”






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.


Clip Your Photos 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.


Let’s Enhance is a photo-editing tool.

Kapwing lets you very easily create memes.  I’m adding it to The Best Tools For Making Internet ” Memes.” I’m also adding it here because it lets you create photo speech-bubbles.

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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

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


  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

  2. Have you had a chance to look at PhotoFunia ( 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 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!
    Happy Blogging!
    ~Laurenc604 🙂

  6. Hi Larry!
    I love this list! and adding it to Sqworl list!
    i’ve also blogged about this topic with examples – cause i’m visual:

    oh and the Change Image link (2nd on list) has moved to

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

  7. Amazing 🙂 Thank you for the list! There’s another similar site which I came across – 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:

  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

    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 :


  15. Hello, i would like to suggest – 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:
    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.

  18. Hi useful article. I will recommend Image editing services there you will get all the aspects of image editing services which you wants for your online business

  19. Hi, Thank you very much for listing image editors, some of them were new to me, one image editor you missed is
    add it to the list, it has outstanding features.
    Thanks again.

  20. This is a very useful list of very important tools for editing photos. In case you are editing on a mobile then, I would recommend using PicsArt mobile photo editor. This free app is packed with many tools that can help anyone to produce perfect photo edits.

  21. Very, very nice work, Jerry! I think you should add in this list. They have free and cool flyers, A3 posters, A4 presentations and other templates.

  22. Hi Guys,I have seen one more new app in ios
    Name : Fotometka
    Free app for speech text bubbles in ios and app store such a nice app easy to share in social networks

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