Thursday, March 18, 2010

5 free online image editing tools worth trying

If like me, you really are hopelessly incompetent when it comes to image editing, then a tool that is easy to use and to some extent fun is always welcome. The following 5 online free image editing tools fall into the above category and are worth trying.

Aviary is my favorite tool when it comes to online image editors. With its massive array of functionality, it sure will be able to do the work just right the way you want it. The site also features an audio editing tool that you can use to remix, apply sound effects and more. There is also a Firefox plugin called Talon that allows you to
  • Fully or partially capture the screen of any webpage
  • Quickly launch any and all the Aviary editing tool set
  • Quickly search the Aviary creation library
  • One click editing and saving of any image you come across online and more

FotoFlexer is "the worlds most advanced image editor" which true to that phrase, is really advanced. It gives all the functionality that is found is most advanced image editing softwares like curve tweaks and intelligent lassoing.  FotoFlexer is really great if you are very conversant with high end image editing techniques, yet not intimidating to beginners like me :-).

Pixlr is also another great online image editor that features custom brushes, filters, layers and other tools to help transform your image into anything you want. Very user friendly interface and easy to use.

"Splashup, formerly Fauxto, is a powerful editing tool and photo manager. With the features professionals use and novices want, it's easy to use, works in real-time and allows you to edit many images at once. Splashup runs in all browsers, integrates seamlessly with top photo-sharing sites, and even has its own file format so you can save your work in progress." Need I say more?

Recently acquired by the almighty Google, Picnik is a fun to use online image editing tool that helps you tweak your image to your heart's desire. With this service, you can crop, resize, use advanced controls to fine to your exact taste and much much more.

It is worth noting that all the above services work within your browser, require no download of anything, are free to use and require no sign up. So now you have it, five free tools that you can use to fine tune that holiday photo or to learn what the pros mean when they talk of layers and redeye among other image editing jargons.

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