Online and Offline Photo Editors for Pictures Enhancement

Having a digital camera makes anyone feel like a professional photographer a bit. However, captured pictures often require some basic enhancement, like red eye removal, contrast or brightness correction, cropping, aligning, etc. to look more professional. Even if you do not feel like splitting hairs of Photoshop with all its layers, curves, and masks, you can still significantly improve the quality of your pictures with the help of any of the multiple online and offline photo editors, which usually have a simple intuitive interface with easy-to-use tools, a sufficient set of filters for basic photo manipulations and, what is also of a particular value for common users, they are likely to drain neither your brain nor your wallet (most of them are distributed for free).

Online Tools for Photo Editing


If you are looking for a free online clone of Photoshop – Pixlr is definitely one of your choices with all sequential benefits and drawbacks. It has a vast array of tools for professional image manipulations, but if you’d better prefer some simple “one-button” enhancements for your pictures – you’ll probably want to move to another option.

Sumo Paint

Sumo Paint (current version 3.0) – is another online application, trying to mimic the functionality of professional image editors, such as Photoshop or Illustrator. Multiple tools for drawing, editing, and retouching are available here, as well as the option to upgrade to the commercial paid version of the application.


Picnik seems to be the Promised Land for those, who just want to have fun while enhancing their photographs. Simple intuitively understandable interface makes Picnic a nice option, if you want to automatically fix the contrast of your picture, add a frame, or create some fancy visual effect – all in one click.

Image Editor

If you don’t mind persistent online advertisements while working with your pictures – try The very basic manipulations such as hue, brightness, contrast plus a couple of popular filters are here.

Photoshop Express Photo Editor

Photoshop Express Photo Editor is a simplified free version of the image and photo editor developed and offered by Adobe guys. Basic tools for editing (crop, resize, exposure, sharpen, sketch, etc.) and for decorating your photo (adding text, graphics, frames) are all here. Easy and fun to use with cool interface layout.

Want to turn your photos into emotion avatars, cool slideshow or collages? is, definitely, worth of trying. Basic editing tools, quick smart fix, tools and filters are all here as well.


A simple online image editor with basic tools, such as scaling and cropping, balance, geometric shapes and decorative elements drawing offered.

Free Online Photo Editor

Another free option to edit your photos online. The standard set of common operations is available. Project is monetized by displaying sponsored ads.


Along with basic photo editing tools, Pixenate also allows uploading your images directly to Flickr.


Hooray! No advertising here. Very clean layout and all the necessary tools are offered, including free hand drawing, distortion filters and a substantial amount of visual effects.

Foto Flexer

This web application can edit photos stored at multiple online sharing services, such as Flickr, Facebook, Picasa Web Albums and many others. Both simple and enhanced functionality is realized in Foto Flexer.

Offline Editors

The below listed photo editors are full-featured stand-alone applications, which you can download and use locally on your computer. No need to be online constantly, no internet traffic, no speed-related problems.

Get Paint

An award-winning free image editor, which is familiar to many users of Windows platform.


Originating from the graphics editing project for Linux, Gimp is popular among advanced users for its powerful tools and impressive functionality.


Developed by Google – this is, perhaps, the best description for this application. It is a universal tool for all your photographic needs, from importing the images from your camera to sharing them in the web album.


A powerful solution for viewing, editing and batch editing of your photos, animated GIF creation, printing, and screen capturing.

Pos Free Photo Editor

Photo Pos editor is available in both free and commercial versions. The free editor contains only a limited amount of tools for image editing.


A Japanese application for image editing. Obviously, it is best for Japanese users, since the developers alert on the possible errors in English translation of the software.


If you like online editor, try VicMan from the same developers. Multiple brushes, transformation, effects, filters, powerful color management make VicMan a bit more than just a photo editor for enhancing your family photo album.


If you are a fan of applying filters and frames to your pictures, try Photofilter. The name of this image editor is, actually, self-descriptive.


Seashore is an open source image editor for Mac OS users. Based on GIMP technology, Seashore editor is said to be not a replacement for professional image editing solutions, but a free utility for most of the computer users, looking for an efficient yet simple photo editing tool.


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