Top FREE Image and Photo Editing Sites

Education & Training with Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty

There is so much concern and “Buzz” about Google shutting down, I decided to provide you with some alternative tools for editing and customizing your graphics, photos, and images.   While will be shutting down in April 2012, here are some other options you have available immediately.

FotoFlexer – Create some dazzling photo and image effects in your browser for FREE.  Use Animations, resizing, coloring, contrast and more.  Take a look at These 5 Demo’s for a quick tour of what FotoFlexer has to offer, you’ll love some of these cool features.  Smart Scissor is a favorite feature.

Pixlrand for Picnik users, try Pixlr Express.  You’ll love the Editor, the Pixlr-o-matic, the Pixlr Grabber for Firefox and Chrome browsers, and the Pixlr hosting, all of which are very robust and user friendly cool features.

LunaPic – This site will rock your world!  Lunapic offers more choices and options for photo editing and custom effects than some of the paid software applications I’ve purchased and used in the past.  Use vignettes, color bars, animated imaging, picture frames, retro color, collages, custom text, reflection animations, slide shows, and a ton more.  One of the most feature rich FREE online editors available.  You’re gonna love this site.

FreeOnlinePhotoEditor – A really simple and easy to use photo and image editor for those “quick fix and gotta go” graphics.  Very basic but simple and fast.  Some of the other online photo and image tools include: Online photo editorAutomatically resize your images when sending it by emailCreate an Image from your RSS feedCreate Image from your Tweet and Twitter account, and Create, save and email screenshots.

BeFunky -  Be Funky lets you do some pretty amazing things with your photos and graphics.  Most of the features and tools are focused on creating cool, fun, and funky effects and artwork.  The site’s name says it.  Some of the effects available would take hours to create in Photoshop or other high end and costly photo/image editors.

Definitely worthy of a visit and tour. – That’s right, you can use Photoshop online and for FREE.  You’ll need to register, but I promise it will be worth it.  The Photoshop tools are powerful and very easy to use.  Be prepared to spend a little time here, you’ll be amazed at what they have to offer and allow you to do online for free.  I’m not going to lie, this is one of my favorites and my personal replacement for closing down.

GIMP – GIMP is very similar to Adobe Photoshop except that GIMP is FREE.  It does require you to download the software but one huge benefit to that is it will never be bought and shut down on you.  It is a very powerful and feature intense program so unless you’re really experienced with editing and graphic design, or you have more time than it takes to close a short sale, you may want to stick with one of the others.

I personally like to use GIMP for graphic design more than image or photo editing.

Combine all these together and you’ll have more FREE editing tools and features than you’ll ever need or use and absolutely FREE.  Take a few moments to review each site, bookmark them, then give each one a try to see which one(s) best meet your photo and image editing needs.  Enjoy! 

Posted by



"Learn More. Get More. Do More. Be More."


Re-Blogged 18 times:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
  1. Monika McGillicuddy 01/22/2012 08:39 AM
  2. Kathy Streib 01/22/2012 09:24 AM
  3. Joni Bailey 01/22/2012 10:03 AM
  4. Praful Thakkar 01/22/2012 11:32 AM
  5. Susan Goulding 01/22/2012 11:37 AM
  6. Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES 01/22/2012 11:59 AM
  7. Terrie Leighton 01/22/2012 01:44 PM
  8. Kerry Lucasse 01/22/2012 02:48 PM
  9. Scott Fogleman 01/22/2012 09:19 PM
  10. David Popoff 01/22/2012 10:40 PM
  11. Roy Kelley 01/22/2012 11:05 PM
  12. Jeanean Gendron 01/22/2012 11:49 PM
  13. Cheryl Ritchie 01/23/2012 12:38 AM
  14. Sara Bonert 01/23/2012 01:17 AM
  15. Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor® 01/23/2012 08:50 AM
  16. Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC 01/23/2012 03:17 PM
  17. Mott Marvin Kornicki 01/24/2012 03:25 AM
  18. Pat Mistretta 01/29/2012 09:58 PM
ActiveRain Community
The Art Of Marketing You
Out Of The Box!
Real Estate Technology
free photo editing sites
free online image and graphics editors

Post a Comment
Spam prevention
Spam prevention
Show All Comments
Melissa Zavala
Broadpoint Properties - Escondido, CA
Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County

Brad: In your experience, which of the ones you suggest is best for resizing? Picnik resizes so quickly and easily; it is hard to compete.

Jan 23, 2012 01:35 AM #77
Bryan Robertson
Los Altos, CA

GIMP is classic.  They even have an overlay that makes it look and work like Photoshop.  This is a great list of free tools and they will address the loss of Picnik.

Jan 23, 2012 01:37 AM #78
Surprise Arizona Realtor Jim Braun Sun City Grand Active Adult Communities
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Jim Braun Sun City Grand Az - Surprise, AZ
Surprise AZ real estate Phoenix West Valley

Brad: Thank you for sharing this information as I was just trying to figure out what I was going to try when Picnik goes out.

Jan 23, 2012 01:42 AM #79
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Brad, you may have some better alternatives to here. Thanks for the links.

Jan 23, 2012 02:09 AM #80
Erika Madsen
Fathom Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Fathom Realty - Southeast Valley District Director

Thanks you just reminded me I was planning to learn Gimp as an alternative....

Jan 23, 2012 04:39 AM #81
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Great info here, Brad. Thanks. I think the site may be a good spot for me next.

Jan 23, 2012 05:40 AM #82
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA


Thanks for offering alternatives to Picnic.  I hope they are as easy as picnik was.  That is the reason picnik was my go to photo editing.

Jan 23, 2012 05:57 AM #83
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging that Sells Portland Homes"

Thanks Brad as always for your SO helpful posts!  This one is bookmarked because I've used Picnik and Picasa, some of the others you mention are new for me, so I might as well learn about them!

Jan 23, 2012 06:06 AM #84
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Brad, thanks for the list of other sites that can replace Picnik when it goes away!


Jan 23, 2012 06:38 AM #85
Toronto, ON

Hi Brad - I am going to try out some of these sites.   They look very promising.

Jan 23, 2012 02:51 PM #86
Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner - Anderson, SC
Selling the Upstate since 1989

thanks so much for taking the time to put this together.. I will check out all of them for sure.. I will miss picnik but I'm sure there will be a great replacement in all of these.. you are awesome!

Jan 23, 2012 03:15 PM #87
Mary Macy
Top Agents Atlanta Metro - Roswell, GA
Top Agents Atlanta Metro

Brad, Thanks for all your support.  I personally use Photoshop CS for hard core photoshoppers.  But knowing what is online is great.  Thanks for the post.

Jan 23, 2012 03:23 PM #88
Christine Hooks
Pino Agency - Pennsville, NJ
Celebrating 25 Years in Real Estate!

I am absolutely WOWED by this post!  Thank you for taking the time to show us the way!

Jan 23, 2012 03:30 PM #89
Phil Leng
Retired - Kirkland, WA
Phil Leng - Retired

Hi Brad,

The outpouring of comments tells you how much we appreciate a helpful post such as this one.



Jan 23, 2012 04:23 PM #90
Doug Bullwinkel
Envoy Mortgage, NMLS 6666 - Roseville, CA
Mortgage Loan Originator NMLS #281609

I'm definitely going to try out some of these sites soon.  Thanks for all the helpful information on alternatives to Picnik.

Jan 24, 2012 06:25 PM #91
Kevin A. Guttman-Author, Reverse Mortgage Advisor
NMLS#384936 - Colorado Springs, CO

Brad, thanks for sharing these sites and options. Good thing to know we have tools available as it seems unclear what Google is going to do with picnik.

Jan 28, 2012 11:40 AM #92
Pat Mistretta
PalmerHouse Properties & Associates - Atlanta, GA
Atlanta Lofts and City Living

Thank you Brad!  A great source of information for alternative options.  I will defiitely check these out and re-blog this info.

Jan 29, 2012 09:56 PM #93
George Fanucci - Los Altos, CA
Internet - Technology - Business - Solutions

Brad, These online editors are great when you don't want to install software.  GIMP on PC and GraphicConverter on a Mac are some inexpensive or free alternatives to Photoshop.  Each comes with it's own mindset, metaphors, tools, and learning curve, of course.

Feb 11, 2012 06:36 AM #94
Karen Ann Martin
Safe Harbor Realty - Westport, MA
Realtor Fall River Westport MA Real Estate Agent

Brad,  which editor did you use for the kids pic ?  I am looking for a good editor to do a nice watercolor any suggestions / any one ? 

May 16, 2012 03:22 AM #95
Brad Andersohn
Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty - Fairfield, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876

Karen - each of them has unique options and features, if you're looking for watercolor or pastels type effects, try, or if it's up and running yet? is the new twin.  :-)

May 16, 2012 04:46 AM #96
Post a Comment
Spam prevention
Show All Comments

What's the reason you're reporting this blog entry?

Are you sure you want to report this blog entry as spam?


Brad Andersohn

ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876
Ask me a question
Spam prevention

Additional Information