We have come a long way since the time of cameras which uses film roll. Today, we all have that relative or at least have a friend who owns a high end DSLR Camera. Photography has become hobby for many and it is estimated that more than 80million photos are being uploaded to Instagram every single day. Going with that statistics, at least 1 million photos among it will be hash tagged under #photography. When professional cameras and mobile cameras capture the best photos, they can, technically, we, as a user, depend on many online image editors to edit our photos to perfection. Today I am going to share with you the list of top 9 online image editors.
The Adobe products like Photoshop, Lightroom etc. offers best desktop image editing experience, none of them comes for free and requires good hardware to support seamless interaction. So, using such products doesn’t seem like a viable solution if your requirement is just to increase the brightness, add a text or may be tweak the basics little bit. This is where the Online Image Editors comes into life. They are very light weight, supports light to heavy editing options (depending on the application), loads in browser and some even offers cloud storage feature.
Top 8 Online Image Editors
Starting off the list with my personal favourite PicMonkey. I have been using PicMonkey for years now and I have seen the changes they have incorporated over the years. Started off as a simple image editing tool, picmonkey now supports lot of options and includes a paid upgrade to ‘royale account’ which unlocks lot more options and even lets you store your photos on the cloud.
To start, register an account with them. The interface is simple and straight forward. There are basic edits you can perform, add texts, apply overlays, add textures and frames, and an option to do touch up as well. For the premium users, there are exclusive fonts, effects and unlocks more options in each category. The primo touch up tools will help you as wrinkle remover, eye tint and mascara. You can do erase unwanted portions out of your image, mirror effect and professional templates. There are mobile apps for both iOS and android available. I use picmonkey for quick edits like; adding a text, general touch ups and edit my portraits.
Pixlr is like free version of Photoshop for me and its one of the best, fully functional online image editors. The best part is, it’s online editing tool which is very easy and convenient to use. There are two versions of it; the pixlr editor and pixlr express. Both versions are free to use and there is no upgrade option to premium. The pixlr editor gives you photoshop like interface with almost every option made available for the users. There are layers, there is the left side tool bar, you can even create new blank file and start working on your creativity.
The pixlr express on the other hand, is designed for quick edits. You can make basic adjustments, add some effects, apply overlay, borders, stickers and even texts. If you are looking for some quick touchups, then pixlr express is the best option. Like pickmonkey, pixlr is available for both android and iOS as well. Without a doubt, Pixlr is one of the best top online image editors.
Memes are the viral contents on internet these days. They are everywhere, whenever there is something good or bad happens memes pop up from nowhere. The images used in most of the memes will be same and who knew, there exists categories for each meme based on the image it comes with. If you are a follower of memes then you might be familiar with an image of a kid “success kid”, willy wonka, Grumpy cat, troll face etc. Let’s say, you have an idea for meme in your mind. It is too much work to collect all the images required, open the image editors and add texts etc.
The folks at Memegenerator has come up with an option to create your own memes. They have the largest collection of memes, images and creating a meme is very easy. You can choose or upload an image, add text to it and finally share.
Unlike the other online image editors, Pablo is very straight forward. It has some basic options to make your image better. Open the app, add an image, add some filters, you can add texts/quotes and finally select the size of the image, save and share.
The best part about Pablo is the option to select the size as per your purpose. There are options to switch to Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter sizes. This will help you edit on the image which looks exactly the same when it goes live. This tailor fit images for social networking sites will eliminate the need for last minute cropping.
Have you ever encountered a situation where you have a quote/text in mind and you need to put it in the presentable format? Well, recite is a simple website which lets you create beautiful images with your quote on it.
Just go to the Recite website, enter your text and click on Create. You will see your text is now added to predefined sets of templates from which you can choose the best one you want. The only downside I see, there will a logo of recite along with text “made with love @recite.com” which cannot be removed. There is no other option to go premium which should have had an option to disable the logo.
Infographics are everywhere, they are great for sharing information. I personally love going through infographics. There will be charts, graphs, colorful fonts to represent important information. The greatest challenge about creating infographics is that, it takes lot of time to create, a ton of creativity should be applied, you also should know what are the right tools to be used and if done by someone else, it will cost you a lot of money.
Head over to Easel.ly, a platform which is trusted by many universities which includes Stanford, Harvard and companies like IBM, Boeing etc. To create a customized infographic; choose a template from the list of 1000s, start changing the texts and images on the template as per your data and you are ready to share it to the world. It’s easy, convenient and free to use.
Canva is one of the best online image editors in this list. While writing this post, I have tried it personally. To start using Canva you should register first. Once you are past the register screen, you will be presented with thousands of templates, categorized perfectly, to choose from. I tried designing a Facebook post and it was super easy.
The basic account is free to use, there is also a premium account which will let you access more than 300,000 free photos and illustrations. This is clearly for professionals and I am satisfied with the basic version.
Social Image Resizer Tool
Uploading photos to social media platforms can be little tricky sometimes. Especially when the image size for each platform is different. I always had trouble when trying to update my cover picture or twitter header image since these pictures should be of right size. If it isn’t then most of the time, the important parts of the image will get cropped.
Using social Image resizer tool you can generate favicon, crop images to fit to twitter(header image), facebook (cover photo) and more.