If you’re looking for a simple app to quickly edit a photo, why bother installing Photoshop or GIMP when you have such a vast sea of free image editors online? Web apps are so underrated. They can actually perform just as well as some free desktop image editors. You just need to know where to look.
Here’s a list of simple, free online image editors. All of them do not require you to download anything. Only Photoshop Express Editor requires registration. And best of all, they all load in a few seconds so why not give them a try?
An online image editor (registration required) that has all the basic features you’ll need for simple photo editing. It doesn’t support layers or filters but does offer touchups, image adjustments (sharpening, white balance), and red-eye correction among others.
Another free online image editor that’s quick to load. It’s equipped with almost all of the features found in desktop image editors including layers, filters and brushes. It does most functions you’d expect but most people just want to resize images online and it does that too.
Also a free web image editor, Phoenix isn’t as quick to load but boasts a rich editing toolset. It comes with usual suspects: layer support, magic wand, and blend modes. You might also want to check out the other web apps offered by Aviary.
4. Sumo Paint
A free, web-based image editor that allows you to edit and create images. Loading local images is a breeze and it comes with almost all of the features you’ll need: layer support and effects, adjustments, filters, colour picker. It feels very responsive for a web app.
Just like Adobe Photoshop Express Editor, Picnik is mainly for photo editing and a lot of users use it as an option to resize images online because it’s just so quick to load. In addition to the basic tools like image cropping, resizing, exposure correction and sharpening; it has a library of predefined effects.
I’ll stop right here because I believe a list of 5 is pretty optimal. If you have any app suggestions, feel free to voice them out in the comments.