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Techie Tip of the Week: Free Online Alternatives to Photoshop

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Last week, we looked at the free, open source desktop program GIMP, a fully featured alternative to Photoshop.

This week, I want to introduce you to some of the free, online tools that can also be used to modify photos and other pictures/artwork.

  • Picnik:
    • Free, online image editing service. Upload a photo, and make your edits. No need to sign in unless you want to. Upgrade (for a fee) to gain access to more effects and other editing features.
  • Fotoflexer:
    • Another free, online image editing service.  Like Picnik, you can upload photos and gain access to a wide variety of image editing tools and effects. (They tout themselves as the “world’s most advanced online image editor”.) As with Picnik, there is no need to sign in unless you want to.
  • Pixenate:
    • Pixenate allows you to edit photos directly on their website, OR you can download and install the software directly on your own web server to add photo-editing capabilities to your web site. As they say on their web site, “Pixenate is fully customizable so you can change any aspect of Pixenate’s appearance to suit your own website’s unique identity.” You can install Pixenate on any web server that allows for CGI, and like both Picnik and Fotoflexer, there are a wide variety of image editing tools available.
  • Photoshop Express:
    • Adobe recently released a web version of its popular image editing tool. requires you to create an Adobe account, and limits you to 2 GB of disk space for free. (You can upgrade, for a fee, to increase the amount of disk space.) Many of the image editing features found in the desktop version of Photoshop are found in its online cousin, Photoshop Express.
Enjoy tweaking your photos!