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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…”







Wofox is a new photo-editing tool that has lots of bells-and-whistles.

Imgbot is another free online photo editor.






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

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.


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.

Resizing app is a photo-editing Chrome extension.

PhotoRoom automagically removes background from your photo is from TechCrunch.

VideoCyborg has lots of functions, and photo-editing is one.

Any Crop

Red Ketchup is a new online photo-editing tool.

Promo Image Resizer does what it’s name says it does.

Pixelhunter automatically resizes photos for the social media app you want to use.

PhotoGrid lets you create photo collages.


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