Best and Free Online Photo Editing Tools

by . January 16th, 2013

The most significant functionality offered in the arena of digital photography is the ease by which you can possibly edit your photos. Easiness in editing your photos comes by way of innovation in technology. As such, with the help of new advanced technology your digital photos can now be edited to perfection exactly in a manner you want them to appear. Not merely the photographs but you can also edit screen caps and many more captured images, rendering them a unique look and feel. All your editing endeavors can be done with perfection by the use of a photo editing software program.

This article mentions the best and certain freely available photo editing programs online which are the best for most of the operating systems. However, it would be correct to mention that most photo editing tools or programs available online for free are geared towards satisfying Windows based configuration. The best and free online photo editing tools are as follows:



This software belongs to Google and in fact is the best for your Windows operating system. Having an easy interface, this top brass photo editing tool is the best in rendering convenience for your entire photo editing endeavors. For using this free software, all you have to do is download it as one of your desktop applications. Also, take care in downloading the latest or the recently updated version of Picasa, although it is suggested by many that Picasa 3.5 is the best so far. With this simple application, you can now easily edit all your photos easily by making use of its user friendly tools such as cropping of images, adding a tinge of brightness or contrast, or by even mystifying them with good amounts of special effects. You could even indulge in geo-tagging, adding name tags to your web album apart from sharing of the same with the group of people you intend to.  In fact, if you are looking for a relatively uncomplicated photo editing program on the web, Picasa easily heads the list in delivering quality as well as convenience.


Fotoflexer is a free web-based photo editing tool which exudes a casual look and appeal to satisfy all your basic photo editing tasks satisfactorily. Why a beginner or a novice in photo editing applications can with ease depend on this simple photo editing tool without any obstacles. Fotoflexer will allow you to learn and pick up tasks relating to simple editing. However, Fotoflexer is also embodied with special features which equally allow an advanced user to complete his photo editing assignment to his fullest satisfaction. Which is why, for an advanced user making use of features like blurring, or applying distortions to images and many more get well supported by this unique yet free web based photo editing tool.


GIMP is relatively a more complex photo editing tool preferred by advanced users. As such, GIMP relates to doing high-end photo editing tasks for the professionals and which is why its user friendly approach is restricted for users who are well versed with photo editing. However, new users can try out this relatively exhaustive application although they would have to look into many of its features in order to grasp their functionalities. This photo editing tool is certainly not a rocket science for new users. In other words, users familiar with Adobe Photoshop would strike chord with this unique application instantly. This tool is based on the concept of an open-source image editor essentially for those that have interest in photo editing. Thus, composing of your image as well as authoring and retouching of the same can be done without any hassles and in the most unique way. Moreover, with GIMP you can get help with many different languages that you can choose from in order to operate it in the best possible manner you would like to.


If you are on a lookout for sheer convenience in editing images then IrfanView is one of the best photo editing tools you could find on the web. Your entire quest for easy photo editing can be easily fulfilled by this photo image editor with the basic editing tools inherent in it. This photo image editor however only works with Windows operating System.


Paint.Net has an easy-to-use interface alongside huge specs of effects, which also makes it a likeable photo editing tool. If you are looking out for a quick solution in image editing without giving much significance to quality of work, then Paint.Net as free web based photo editing tool could easily quench your thirst.



Picnik is yet another photo editing program available for free on the web and which is quite popular for the options that it provides for editing images and screen caps.  However, as it is not a full-featured photo editor it is not looked upon as seriously as its contemporary photo editors. However, in my opinion Picnik is still worth a look for someone who loves basic tools as compared to a more compiled array of photo editing features.



Peter Smith

About the Author

Peter Smith, a writer and photographer by profession wrote this awesome post. He has a love for creativity and enjoys experimenting with various techniques in both printing and web.He joined the group of Photographers in Cabo San Lucas 5 years back and now he is in the team of editors of their website. He also writes articles on photography for their site.