Top FREE Image and Photo Editing Sites

Reblogger Pat Mistretta
Real Estate Agent with PalmerHouse Properties & Associates

With Picnik shutting down in April 2012, Brad came up with some wonderful alternatives to make your life easier.  There are many choices here and worth checking into!

Original content by Brad Andersohn Non-Licensed

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! 





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Pat Mistretta

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PalmerHouse Properties

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Hello Pat,

Thank you for the article! You haven't mentioned the closest alternative to Picnik - - the other online photo editor. First of all iPiccy is very similar to Picnik's interface and functionality (includind mask effects painting).

The second reason - iPiccy officially started to replicate all Picnick features and tools for all unhappy Picnick users (have already updated with the most desirable Touch-Up tools, see their Facebook page/blog)


I think it would be very useful to highlight iPiccy in your article, so everyone can stop panicking and send all their suggestion and ideas to iPiccy (through their Facebook poll or contact form on the site)




Jan 30, 2012 02:52 AM
Pat Mistretta
PalmerHouse Properties & Associates - Atlanta, GA
Atlanta Lofts and City Living

Hi Michael,

I appreciate all of the valuable information that you listed and it is nice to know  there are additional avenues.  However, the blog as written was a re-blog of another member that I wanted to pass on.  I appreciate your taking the time to pass that info on.  Thanks!

Jan 30, 2012 05:33 AM
Susanna Haynie
CO-RE Group, LLC -Real estate sales and services - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Realtor GRI CNE MCNE ePro MRP

Michael thanks for mentioning! love it! No panicking for me anymore!

Feb 02, 2012 03:52 PM