If you’re kind of a creative type and have anything to do with any kind of graphics, photos, images, or anything else that can be saved as a JPEG file then you naturally need some photo editing tools to help you do your job (or enjoy your passion).

As we all know the default image processing app in WindowsPaint doesn’t quite cut it (you tell me how the scenario looks for Mac).

One solution is to search for something free, like Paint.NET or Gimp. The other solution is reach for your wallet and get the image processing software – Adobe Photoshop.

There’s a third solution, thankfully, you can simply go to your web browser and check one of these top 5 online photo editing tools. They are all free, and they all let you work with standard image files, and then save them to your local computer. Without further ado, here are the top five free online photo editing tools.

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Aviary Tools – Phoenix

Aviary Tools – Phoenix

Aviary Tools – Phoenix

Phoenix is just one of the tools that Aviary provides to their users. If you go to the homepage of Aviary you’ll find how much other stuff there is. Just to name a few:

  • Roc – music creator
  • Talon – screen capture
  • Myna – audio editor
  • Raven – vector editor
  • and a handful of others also worth looking into.

But let’s go back to Phoenix. The tool provides everything you might expect from an image editor. Some features: rotation, levels, brightness and contrast, resize, crop, layer support, various filters (blur, sharpen, emboss, etc.), there’s even a possibility to import a PSD file, and a lot more

Photoshop Express Editor

Photoshop Express Editor Photo Editing Tools

Photoshop Express Editor

This is essentially a free and online version of the most popular desktop image editor on the market – Adobe Photoshop.

All the basic features that are present in Photoshop can be found in Photoshop Express Editor as well.

The interface is a classic Adobe Air design, which looks quite neat, actually. The features are gathered into three main sections: basic, adjustments, and effects.

You can find things like: crop and rotate, resize, exposure, red-eye removal, saturation, white balance, highlight, sharpen, hue, black and white, tint, sketch, distort, and many more.

Pixlr Photo Editing Tools

Pixlr

Pixlr

Pixlr is a tool with very clear and understandable interface. Every feature is where you’d expect it to be. And speaking of features, not surprisingly, Pixlr provides every possible image processing feature you can imagine. Actually, Pixlroffers not just one but five different tools:

  • Pixlr Editor – the main tool
  • Pixlr Express – a faster way of editing images
  • Pixlr-o-matic – a great photo manipulation tool, I mean really exceptional
  • Pixlr Grabber – a browser extension for loading pictures straight into Pixlr
  • Pixlr imm.io – small image sharing site

Sumo Paint

Sumo Paint

Sumo Paint

Again, a complete set of image processing features, and a slightly different user interface (in terms of looks, not the actual functionality). Also, you can switch between six default languages the tool provides.

PicMonkey

PicMonkey

PicMonkey

PicMonkeyhas a really simple user interface, and this is one of its biggest strengths. It can easily be used by beginners to add some bliss to their images. Apart from that, a lot of cool features and filters that can’t be found anywhere else.

Where’s Picnik Photo Editing Tools?

You might be wondering why Picnik is not included here… Well, Picnik is a great tool, unfortunately it’s no longer around since April 19th this year. Picnik is now a part of Google and the platform runs in the background of many other Google tools providing image processing functionality. You can see it in Google+, for example.

One Final Thought

What other online image processing tools or photo editing tools do you know of? Feel free to share in the comments.

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