6 free photo-editing programs

Want to take your online images up a notch but don’t want to use Photoshop? Here are six free editing platforms to consider.

Want to take your photos up a notch without breaking the bank? We’ve got good news.

Nowadays, the Internet is filled with downloadable or online photo editors that don’t cost a penny—so you can sharpen your images without any extra expense. Ready to try it?

Here are six free photo editors to consider, far from the high costs of Photoshop:

1. iPhoto: If you use a Mac computer, you have a built-in photo editor available to you. Although the free iPhoto system isn’t comprehensive, it does offer a wide range of capabilities to customize your pictures. Crop and resize photos. Adjust exposure or color temperature.

2. GIMP: Free and downloadable to your desktop, GIMP is short for the GNU Image Manipulation Program and offers most of the functionalities of Photoshop, but in a free package. Among its features, GIMP provides tools to retouch photos, change composition, adjust layers, and more. Download GIMP directly at GIMP.org, and go to its page of tutorials to find out how to do anything you wish.

3. PicMonkey: PicMonkey is an online photo editor beloved by bloggers, offering both free and premium versions. To use the free version, simply go to http://www.picmonkey.com and click either “edit a photo” or “create a collage” (i.e., put multiple pictures together). Some fonts and functions are locked for paid users only, but the free version still provides fast, user-friendly photo-editing on a basic level.

4. Google Photos: The photo editor formerly known as Picnik joined forces with Google to create the built-in photo editor now found within Google+. When logged into Google, click the “Photos” option beneath the “More” dropdown at the top of your screen. When you upload a photo and click on it, you see an “Edit” button above the image. Click it, and you have the ability to crop, rotate, adjust exposure, resize, and more.

5. FotoFlexer: Another online photo editor is Fotoflexer, which calls itself the “world’s most advanced online image editor.” From this photo editor’s home screen, simply upload a photo to begin working on it. Options include basic edits like resizing and rotating, tint edits to add filters to the picture, layers, decorations such as text or borders, and more.

6. BeFunky: Last but not least is BeFunky, one more online photo editor that allows you to edit pictures from any computer screen. With BeFunky, you upload an image to the site and have options to crop, rotate, add effects, add text, add textures, and more.

Thanks to the wide range of free photo-editing software available today, there’s no excuse to post ho-hum photos on your blog or website. Explore these tools today to find the one that works best for you-and take your photos up a notch.

Shanna Mallon is a writer for Straight North, a Chicago Web design firm providing specialized SEO, Web development, and other online marketing services. Follow Straight North on Twitter and Facebook.


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