Do you want to create Instagram-worthy photos for free? Create them with these 5 suggested sites. In the digital age, we do not just capture memories, we can edit them to make the memory better. With this power, we can now use pictures to tell a better story of our lives. You can have this power free and with easy access. Here are the top 5 free online photo editors you can explore to create great-looking photos. All of these tools have paid options to unlock more features but the free edition is good enough for personal use.
This was the one of the first free editor I used. I was using Photoshop at work and I needed a photo editor for personal use. When I discovered Pixlr many years ago, I found that it has a very similar interface as Photoshop. Photoshop will always have better functions but for a free alternative, Pixlr E is at a competent level. You can also open PSD, photoshop files with it. It is always undergoing improvements and it is getting better. Some notable improvements are:
- Availability of stock images.
- Create animations and save them as mp4 or gif.
- Nice looking popup explanation of tools.
Sumo Paint is another free photo editor. It also has a similar interface as Pixlr E but it has lesser Adjustment and Filter functions. One thing it does better is with lines. If you are proficient with drawing lines, it does have better straight line and curve line tools. It also has a symmetry tool that allows you to draw symmetrical shapes quickly. This would be great for logo design.
When you start a new project in Photopea, the difference between the other two free apps jumps out. You are immediately greeted with a host of templates. You can select one for your need and you will see an interface very similar to Photoshop. For Photopea, should I say similar or even duplicate of Photoshop? You can even write scripts for Photopea. This would be beyond the scope of this article. One of the strengths of Photopea is that you can add Plugins, like pre-designed filters and brushes.
When you can use Photopea, you really question the need to pay for Photoshop.
Adobe Creative Cloud Express
This is an app with a free tier by Adobe. Surprisingly or unsurprisingly, this app is not like Photoshop at all. Instead of recreating Photoshop as an online version, it is redesigned as a new photo editor. This photo editor is really for beginners. When you start a new project, its menu shows suggested image types and commonly used functions for image editing.
If you want to start a project from scratch, you will enter the main interface. The first item on the menu is Templates which you will find many great options. This app tries its best to guide the user to create the most suitable and nice-looking graphics. If you reject its help and proceed to add text, you are faced with a list of predesigned text. This is a great app to start with as there is a lot of support given.
This is a no-frills photo editor. You come here to crop, add filters, or frames to your photo. It has a simple interface to do specifically what is needed. If you need a quick fix for a photo, this is the app to use. If you are creating images for a social media post, then it is better to use the other free apps. One interesting feature is that you can embed the app into your website. How this can be useful is up to your creativity.
Which one is your favourite?