Photo Editing Web Sites

There are a handful of excellent free photo editing Web sites. They are appropriate for a wide range of photo editing capabilities. In addition to basic editing tools, all of these photo sites offer a number of other options for your photos including collages, frames and filters.

PicMonkey

PicMonkey was created in early 2012 to replace the very popular Picnik. You can upload a photo or drag a photo from any Web site. Basic editing tools such as crop, rotate, exposure, colors, sharpen and resize can be used to modify pictures. The site offers effects, such as cross process and soften; touch up options, such as red eye remover and airbrush are also available. You can also add text, overlays, frames and textures. In addition to the provided overlays and textures, you can upload your own.

PicMonkey also has a collage function. To use this feature, first upload the photos that you want to include in your collage. Next, choose from one of eight layouts or create your own. There are also a couple of layouts that are designed for particular Web site photo specifications including Facebook covers, Pinterest uploads and Etsy banners. After you have your layout designed, you can edit the background spacing and color. If you like, you can also round your photo corners.

BeFunky

For those who enjoy fun photo effects, BeFunkyR is the photo editing Web site for you. This site offers more photo effects than any other free editor, including a number of unique options that can't be found anywhere else. Choose from basic edits, effects, artsy filters, frames, texts and a variety of other goodies, such as holiday and themed clip art. BeFunky's artsy menu is the most unusual; it features watercolor, cartoonizer, impressionist, gouache, oil painting, inkify, sketcher, pointillism and underpainting filters.

BeFunky also offers one of the most extensive basic edit menus that you'll find anywhere with options such as fish eye and clone. They also offer a comprehensive upload menu. In addition to the standard PC upload, you can use previous uploads; additionally, you can upload from a webcam, Facebook, Photobucket, Flickr, Picasa and a web URL. If you're in the mood to edit but don't have a specific photo, choose from one of their sample photos.

FotoFlexer

If you are looking for a more powerful photo editor but aren't ready to make the jump to an advanced software platform such as GIMP or Photoshop, FotoFlexer is a good choice. It has basic edits, effects filters, and beautify menus that are similar to PicMonkey. Their other menu choices consist of decorations, animations, distortions, geek tools and layers. You can complete all of your editing within the browser or in a full screen mode.

Fans of advanced editing options will appreciate the 'geek' tools and layers. While these tools are not nearly as powerful as those available in more advanced platforms, they will allow amateurs to mimic similar effects with very pleasing results.

If you need help using any function for a photo editing Web site, search online for a tutorial. Many people have created free, easy to use tutorials for all of these sites.

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