17 Best Photo Editing Tools

Images add color, visual appeal, and life to online content. Blog posts and articles with images get 94% more views than those without, according to Jeff Bullas. Pictures make your news release more likely to be read and your business more likely to be contacted.

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Photos grab our attention. Photos of faces even more so, generating 38% more likes and comments. And pictures really draw us in when they are optimized, modified, and combined with other content.

Your photos don’t have to stand on their own. Use the tools here to retouch images, add layers, apply effects, overlay text, create collages, replace colors, optimize file sizes, crop images, add transparency, rotate, resize, blur, distort, add icons and stickers, cartoonize photos, drop backgrounds, and more.

1) FotoFlexer
Google Review Count: 423

An advanced online image editor with features like layers, distortion, retouching, and various effects.

Sample review: “FotoFlexer (has) a clean, tabbed interface featuring basic edits, effects, and animations, and the ability to beautify, distort, and decorate your images. Unique aspects, such as glittery text and object animations and distortion tools work well. There’s even an eyedropper tool that lets you choose and pull colors from the image to use with text—a sophisticated touch.” — TNW News

Pricing: free

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2) PicMonkey
Google Review Count: 419

A premium photo editor with effects like ombre and mirroring, touch-up tools, and fonts, plus filters, overlays, design and collage tools.

Sample review: “PicMonkey (is an) online photo editing tool that makes it easy for you to create cool images for your blog posts.” — BuzzBlogger

Pricing: free, $4 or $8 per month

Showcase reviews: BuzzBlogger, Kathryn Aragon Media, RazorSocial, Siasat, SmallBusinessNewz, TNW News

3) Pixlr
Google Review Count: 371

Work in layers, replace color, transform objects, and more from this browser-based editor. Create new images, draw with SketchBook, or open images from your files, a URL, or an online image library.

Sample review: “Pixlr…is a more advanced tool which is like a lightweight version of Photoshop.” — RazorSocial

Pricing: free or $2 per month/$14 per year

Showcase reviews: Likeable Media, RazorSocial, StoreYa Blog, TNW News

4) TinyPNG
Google Review Count: 330

TinyPNG uses lossy compression techniques to reduce the file size of PNG files. By selectively decreasing the number of colors in the image, fewer bytes are required to store the data. The effect is nearly invisible but the resulting files are much smaller, use less bandwidth and load faster.

Sample review: “Need to shrink your images without losing their high-quality? Feel free to use (TinyPNG)…Your SEO will thank you for shrinking your images with these tools.” — StoreYa Blog

Pricing: free or $25 per year

Showcase reviews: StoreYa Blog

5) LunaPic
Google Review Count: 325

An image editor with a variety of editing tools (cropping, transparency, text and drawing tools) plus more than 200 effects and filters.

Sample review: “(LunaPic offers) a huge amount of interesting material, including entire menus of drawing tools, effects, adjustments and animations. Old Movie Effect animation, for example, makes a color photo black and white and adds scratchy moving vertical age lines throughout. Groovy Color gives you looping animations…It’s worth having a look at what LunaPic has to offer.” — StoreYa Blog

Pricing: free

Showcase reviews: TNW News

Google Review Count: 318

GIMP is a cross-platform image editor that provides sophisticated tools for graphic designers, photographers, illustrators, scientists and others. Manipulate photos, create original artwork, or produce icons, graphical design elements, and art for user interface components and mockups.

Pricing: free

Showcase reviews: Likeable Media

7) Compressor.io
Google Review Count: 246

A powerful online tool for reducing the file size of your images and photos by up to 90% while maintaining high image quality.

Pricing: free

Showcase reviews: StoreYa Blog

8) Sumo Paint
Google Review Count: 191

A simple yet powerful image editing tool that lets you rotate, resize, perform a variety of adjustments (brightness, color, hue), apply filters (3D, blur, distort), and work in image layers.

Sample review: “Sumo Paint opens up to a Photoshop fascimile that provides a clean, non-distracting gray background complete with the most important palettes photo editors need to process their images…Sumo Paint has vast potential to be your image editor of choice in the cloud.” — TNW News

Pricing: free or $4 per month

Showcase reviews: Siasat, TNW News

9) PhotoShop Express
Google Review Count: 189

Perform a variety of image edits and adjustments including crop & rotate, auto-correct, white balance, and color effects.

Sample review: “It should come as no surprise that an iPhone app from Adobe…is jam-packed with excellent photo-editing tools that are (mostly) free to use. But don’t be misled by the name into thinking of Photoshop Express as a mobile version of the main Photoshop …program. It’s not the killer, do-it-all app that Photoshop is on the desktop. It’s more of a selection of very useful photo correction tools. ” — PCMag

Pricing: free or $10 per month

Showcase reviews: PCMag, TNW News

10) Ribbet
Google Review Count: 187

Create original artwork, photo collages, apply shapes and effects (such as vintage photo aging), and design holiday cards from a collection of templates and stickers.

Sample review: “Sophisticated choices are available from cropping to specific photo sizes or services like a Flickr buddy icon, Twitter picture, or desktop or mobile sized versions. That attention to detail spans the app’s special effects, stickers, text, frames, touchup, pro features, and seasonal filters, most of which you can adjust to your liking.” — TNW News

Pricing: free

Showcase reviews: TNW News

11) Fotor
Google Review Count: 186

Fotor is a full-featured photo editor with basics like 1-tap enhance, resize, crop, rotate and straighten, plus a huge range of filters and effects including photo effects, AI photo effects, lomo effects, cool effects, funky effects, blur effect and webcam effects, but also include; photo frames, stickers, text, color splash, mosaic, and tilt shift tools. Retouch photos, create collages, and design image posts for social media.

Sample review: “Fotor.com is (a) great option to create one awesome visual using a few images. They let you do shape collages, photo stitching, photo montages, etc..” — Kathryn Aragon Media

Pricing: free, $9 per month or $40 per year

Showcase reviews: Kathryn Aragon Media, TNW News

12) Paint.net
Google Review Count: 180

Originally developed as a free replacement for Microsoft Paint, Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software for PCs that run Windows. It features an intuitive user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a variety of useful tools.

Pricing: free

Showcase reviews: Likeable Media

13) BeFunky
Google Review Count: 179

A photo editor/collage maker/design tool that lets you touch up high-res photos, design from templates, embellish photos, and apply effects like cartoonizer and oil painting.

Sample review: “You don’t need to learn any software. Spend an hour playing with (BeFunky) and you’ll find that it takes just 15 minutes to create a custom image that will pull social media interest to your website.” — SmallBusinessNewz

Pricing: free, $5 per month or $35 per year

Showcase reviews: SmallBusinessNewz, StoreYa Blog, TNW News

14) Pixelz
Google Review Count: 172

A combination of professional technology and service to retouch images and scale post-production for photographers and ad agencies. Get expertly edited images back in 24 hours or less with effects like background removal, cropping, alignment, shadows, and more.

Sample review: “(With) Pixelz, instead of taking the time to optimize the images yourself, this platform just wants you to upload the images. The rest is history, as they optimize your product images for e-commerce.” — Kathryn Aragon Media

Pricing: free, $49/$559 per month, enterprise pricing by quote

Showcase reviews: StoreYa Blog

15) PicResize
Google Review Count: 162

Easily crop, resize, and edit your images online for free.

Sample review: “From someone that has had to crop, resize and adjust many images over the years, I’m glad that Picresize has been there to help me every step of the way. With the ability to resize images to all of my marketing modules while keeping the best aspect ratios, crop out any unwanted space and reduce the file size for better image uploading, it’s a go-to for inbound marketers.” — SmartBufg Media

Pricing: free

Showcase reviews: SmartBug Media

16) Photo Raster
Google Review Count: 151

An online photo editor including paint tools (like photo retouching), layers, adjustment (color, saturation), filters and masks.

Sample review: “From someone that has had to crop, resize and adjust many images over the years, I’m glad that Picresize has been there to help me every step of the way. With the ability to resize images to all of my marketing modules while keeping the best aspect ratios, crop out any unwanted space and reduce the file size for better image uploading, it’s a go-to for inbound marketers.” — SmartBufg Media

Pricing: free

Showcase reviews: Likeable Media

17) Social Image Resizer
Google Review Count: 121

A simple image editor to properly resize images for social networks. Just upload an image then choose from a list to automatically resize it for any popular social media use (e.g., Facebook cover photo, Twitter header, Twitter image display, LinkedIn profile photo, etc.).

Sample review: “Unfortunately, designing and resizing images so that they render correctly across different sites can take up a lot of time, and can be pretty costly if you’re relying on a tool like Photoshop. Enter Internet Marketing Ninja’s Image Resizer Tool. It’s a super-simple-to-use tool that allows marketers to quickly crop and resize images to fit most common social media formats. ” — Marketing Insider Group

Pricing: free

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StoreYa Blog
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