Photoshop is one of the best photo editors around, but what if you don’t have it, or just want to crop a Facebook cover photo and get on with your life?
Enter: Free online photo editors. These no-download, no-subscription services let you do just about anything, from cropping and resizing to sophisticated retouching. Here are five of the best worth checking out:
Created by two former Picnik engineers, PicMonkey is hands-down the most user-friendly, visually-appealing online photo editor out there. It’s great for simple photo manipulation, but is also expansive enough to do more advanced enhancements. Not Photoshop-style advanced, but just advanced enough to keep things lean and quick.
The wonderful world of Pixlr features a basic photo editor as well as a more advanced editor with Photoshop-esque tools. One day you can crop and resize a photo, and the next you can create an image from scratch using the massive feature set.
iPiccy is a frills-free photo editor that makes it super easy to get in, make your changes, and get out. But the best thing about iPiccy is that it has an excellent collage maker with tons of advanced shapes—a rare find in the world of free online photo editors.
In case you’re wondering why Ribbet seems so familiar, it’s because it looks EXACTLY like Picnik. Ribbet isn’t affiliated with Picnik or Google in any way, but it’s built on the same platform as Picnik (Google released the open source software shortly before they closed Picnik) and retains many of the same features that you’ve come to know and love.
As its name suggests, BeFunky is all about adding pizazz to your photos. A free account gives you access to almost 150 fun digital effects, from Warhol-style pop art to Instagrammy retro filters. BeFunky also has a basic photo editor that lets you do essential tweaks, like cropping, resizing and adding lipstick to your dog.