Editing a photo can be done for many reasons. It can be for professional purposes, for sharing with family and showing off your creative skills, or even just for fun. Whether its simple cropping or adjusting contrast, you’ll need an image editor to do so, and what better if the said editor is available anywhere, as a web app! Recently, I’ve been playing around with a range of photo editing web apps, and I must say, I’m impressed with their capabilities. Most of these apps let you add filters, frames, create avatars, cartoons, paintings and so much more. Furthermore, you can also work on your photos by using a combinations of these amazing tools. In summary, they provide a more-than-sufficient photo editing experience for the casual photographer.
Now, it’s my belief that a new contender has a hard time making space for itself in presence of well-established names and brands. With this in mind, I chose to ignore famous photo editing web apps like Picnik and Pixlr, and right after the jump is a run down of 5 of my favorite, lesser-known online image editors.
PsykoPaint is a unique and creative photo editor that allows you to change your photos to amazing paintings. The brushes and tools it presents offer a wide variety of shapes and textures to paint a photo. It features three basic modes, Good Old Painting, Paint A Photo and Try A Sample, and come with many other creative brush styles, including Butterflies, Ribbons, Fireworks etc. You can easily change the size and opacity of each brush, as well as the Colorfulness, Color, Brightness and Contrast. PsykoPaint allows you to be artistic in a fun and easy way. You can log in with your Facebook account to save images, share them online or create e-cards.
Picfull is a fast and creative photo editor that lets you add creative filters to your photos in a few simple steps. You can apply custom filters such as Vintage Dark, Line Coloring, Pen Outline and Color Separation etc. Each filter, in turn, can be adjusted for options like Fade, Gamma, Vignette, Contrast and others. Edited files can either be saved locally, or shared on popular social networks. Picfull gives unique effects to your photos and makes them stand out from the usual lot.
iPiccy has a extensive variety of photo-editing tools and is quite different from the traditional editors. One useful quality of iPiccy is that users can map photos from Facebook. It comes with advanced features such as frames, borders, a built-in painter and text editor, and also offers basic effects such as Sepia, Color tint, Black and White and various others. iPiccy has several uploading options, including Upload photo, From URL, From camera, From Facebook or New painting. The Text category is a special feature of iPiccy, which consists of three different font categories, and this is what makes iPiccy different from other photo editors.
Pho.to is yet another app that adds funny effects to images, and lets you even create avatars. It makes your photos quite amusing by allowing you to add cartoon effects, frames and avatar effects, and much more. In addition to that, you can also add professional touch ups and use filters to edit your photos. The website has six options displayed at the top the page. You will find Touch up, Smart fix, Tools & Filters, Fun montages & Frames, Cartoons & face fun and Avatar options. Photos can either be uploaded from the local file system or by entering a URL. The Cartoons & Face Fun category has three basic options, letting you choose between Face morphing, Cartoon effect or Face auto crop options.
SimpleRetro lets users add multiple retro filters to their photos, that you can quickly share with your friends on Facebook or Twitter. SimpleRetro comes with a unique feature called ‘snap’ that lets you instantly take pictures with your webcam. You can either register or sign in using your Facebook or Twitter account, and upload photos from your local system or use the Snap option to take webcam pictures. Furthermore, you will be able to see multiple filters in the right panel, such as Sunny, Daydream, Instant Snapshot and so on. These filters make simple-looking photos stand out immediately.
This concludes our round up. Know some more web apps that should’ve been included here? Drop a comment in the section below!