Budding website developers–have you ever been overwhelmed by an onslaught of simple image edits and dreaded the thought of opening more cumbersome digital photography software like Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop? Small photographs and design elements play a crucial role in pretty much every blog post, website header, and front page slider featured image, but opening up one of the beasts can bring even the smoothest workflow to a screeching halt.
A lightweight editor would be nice, but what I really needed was photo editing that worked for website development. My search for an app to edit photos with usable tools and an intuitive user interface, but without an overwhelming array of cheesy photo effects, brought me to what I believe are the five best free online photo editors: Adobe Express, Sumo Paint, Picnik (often misspelled “Piknic”–another internet tongue twister like Flickr, I guess), Aviary, and Pixlr. Most of these free image editors are integrated with popular online photo hosting services, and some even allow you to store your pictures online. If you don’t need to keep images online and already know how to edit a picture using Adobe’s Photoshop, Gimp, or some other stand alone image editing tool, these lightweight apps might seem a bit fluffy. But don’t be so quick to judge–these free online editors come in very handy in a pinch. Continue reading