You don’t need to download software like Photoshop for basic photo editing. Everything you need is right in your browser with these five free online image editors.
There are some one click photo enhancement websites , but sometimes you have to do more. Whether you need to edit images in large batches, remove backgrounds from GIFs, or just add filters and stickers, there is a great and simple online image editor for it.
Oh, and let’s also come back to a new take on one of the most popular photo editors of all time.
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1. Photostack (Web, Android): batch resize images, add watermarks
Photostack would be a really useful tool for bloggers, influencers, social media marketers, and anyone else who regularly works with lots of images online. This app does a few things and does it perfectly.
You can upload images to your hard drive, via Dropbox, or add links. Once the batch of images is defined, the application allows you to do three things:
- Resize by width: you don’t have to worry about the height of the image. Just set the desired width, and Photostack will resize and scale.
- Add watermark: you will need to upload the watermark to Photostack, where you can choose the position as well as set the size and opacity.
- File format and name: you can export all these images in JPEG, PNG or WebP format. You can also define a file name and Photostack will add numbers with a space between the name and number.
You can download the images as a zip file or as separate files. Photostack also allows you to delete EXIF data in the editing process. The app also works offline once you open it and also has a mobile version.
Download: Photostack for Android (free)
2. Doka Photo (Web): Easy, free and fast image editor with filters and markup
There are plenty of free online photo editors out there to make any picture exactly what you want. I often come back to the Doka photo editor because it is free, easy, and fast while still providing most of the features I need.
It sounds like a lot of the tools you’re used to using with apps like Instagram. Once you upload an image to Doka, you can crop it, rotate it, flip it, and resize it. You can modify its colors (brightness, contrast, exposure and saturation). You can add different filters. And you can tag the image with arrows, text, squares, circles or by drawing on it.
The controls are easy, as is the personalization for each element. For example, if you draw an arrow, you can replace it with a double head, change its thickness, etc. Doka doesn’t do anything fancy, but he does the basics very well.
3. Unscreen (Web): Remove backgrounds from GIFs and videos
It’s shocking what artificial intelligence can do these days. Not long ago, removing backgrounds from a simple photo required a good designer. Now Unscreen uses AI to remove backgrounds from GIFs and videos with amazing ease.
You can upload a video or GIF, or copy and paste links directly. Unscreen even has an easy option to search Giphy for the right GIF. Once you’ve selected or downloaded what you want, the AI gets to work. It will identify a foreground element and remove all background elements. You can’t choose what it considers foreground and background.
After removing the background, you are ready to edit the GIF or video. You can keep the background transparent, add solid color, or add different image or animated video from gallery. You cannot download a custom background yet.
4. Pixi Worker (Web): Easily add text, stickers, and shapes to photos
If you want to edit pictures like adding stickers, speech bubbles etc. Pixi Worker is a great online photo editor. It is much easier to use than the others and also has more customization.
Besides drawing on the image, you can add text, shapes, stickers and frames. The number of options in each is remarkable. For example, you can choose from a large collection of fonts that you won’t find in other apps. When adding stickers, you can choose from emoticons, speech bubbles, doodles, landmarks, and other elements.
With so much variety, you can get more creative with the way you annotate pictures. Along with that, Pixi Worker has all the usual image editing tools you would expect. You can crop images, resize them, change colors, etc. The only markup tool Pixi Worker lacks is the watermark.
5. Pixlr X and Pixlr E (Web): All new versions of the popular image editor
For a long time, Pixlr has been the gold standard for online image editors. But it was then bought by Autodesk and the web ditched Adobe Flash, making it obsolete. Well, now the original developer is back in charge and rewrote the Photo Editor in Canvas / WebGL to make it lighter, faster, and better than ever.
It is now available in two avatars: Pixlr X and Pixlr E. Both versions work in any modern browser and have many of the same tools. They look modern and have all the features that any image editor should have. In both versions, you can search archive images on Unsplash or upload your own images from hard drive or from a URL.
Pixlr X is best suited for regular users who want basic tools and a lot of help, like a handy “auto-correct” button for optimal lighting of the photo. It also has a sparse toolbar. Pixlr E adds a few extra tools like layers, lasso and brush tool, history pane, cloning, etc. Try both tools and see which one you like the most, they’re still free.
Additionally, Pixlr X and Pixlr E work great in mobile browsers, in case you need a robust image editing app on your smartphone.
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Replace Photoshop with web apps
These aren’t the only image editing web apps, and in fact, we’ve covered several of them already. Pixlr E is a great alternative for Adobe Photoshop, but there might be even better tools for it.