The ActiveRain Stuff You Won't Find Anywhere Else on the Web

10 FREE Ways To Edit Your Photos Online

There are some great photo editing tools and software programs available for the pro digital photographers in the world, but how easy are they to use?  What about the amateur photographer? Have you ever noticed the price tag on some of the software programs out there? And then there's the "lingo" and the "learning" curve... Geez, I give up!

Here's an alternative that will be inexpensive (free), give you a variety of options, and allow you to select the best and easiest way to get the most out of your photo editing experience.  Regardless of how techsavvy you are, or techy defficient, one of these will be just right for you.

Here's the original article about Watermarking and Protecting your online photos and images, which also includes the Top 10 Photo editing sites, a couple tips on what NOT to do with online photos, and a photo editing tool that you can embed into your Blog or website to increase traffic, provide additional value, and keep visitors on your page or site even longer.

These sites can be extremely fun, incredibly useful, and very addicting to any compulsive photo enthusiasts.



"Learn More. Get More. Do More. Be More."

Comment balloon 24 commentsBrad Andersohn • August 27 2011 05:35PM


I like picnic and picasa, Brad. Of course, I also like raw photOgraphs better than edited. Reality.
Posted by Maria Morton, Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758 (Platinum Realty) about 9 years ago

Brad....suggested.  I don't know of any of  them.  Simply amazing!  Love great information.  Thanks!

Posted by Larry Bettag, Vice-President of National Production (Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001) about 9 years ago

Hi Brad - Thanks for the links and the resources. Even though I've been using Photoshop since 1.0, I'm not always at my computer when I want to do some quick edits and these look like they're worth checking out.

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) about 9 years ago

More Kick A$$ info from Brad the man, I love using Picnik, and Picasa, will have to look into the others.  Thanks for the info Brad. 

Posted by Hrisco & Associates, Roanoke Homes for Sale - Roanoke Neighborhoods (Hrisco & Associates ) about 9 years ago

Brad -- I love phixr for lightening up those dark interior pics which I usually have had to retake.  Off hand, do you know if any of the others do a good (easy) job at lightening/brightening/contrasting?  Thanks for posting these!

Posted by Barbara Altieri, REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale (Kinard Realty Group Fairfield and New Haven County CT Real Estate) about 9 years ago

Thanks a bunch, Brad. I use Picnik alot and love it but I think it has some limitations. This is a great list - bookmarked - so I can try some different ones out.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) about 9 years ago

I really like Picnik but will check out some of these other sites. Thanks for sharing. Brad, we talked on the phone a couple of weeks ago. You were very helpful with your vast computer knowledge. And you were right, AR had to upload the social media icons due to some problem; not mine. Thanks, you are very smart and helpful.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) about 9 years ago

Thanks Brad, I've been trying to learn how to use Gimp - another free one. But... I'm no expert so mostly what I'm getting is frustrated.

I want to figure out how to remove the background and leave just the "foreground Image." Do you happen to know if one or more of these offers that function?

Posted by Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) about 9 years ago

Barbara - the contrast and brightness settings, etc. are available options in most of these sites.  You'll have to explore and play with them to see which ones you like best.  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 9 years ago

Brad, great post! I use Picasa and Picnik already in addition to the regular programs I have. Oh, and Gimp, you suggested Gimp and I LOVE IT!


Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) about 9 years ago


You always have such great tips.  Because of you, I am using Picnik.  I also use Picasa.

Posted by Cindy Edwards, CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677 (RE/MAX Checkmate) about 9 years ago

Brad - I use Picasso and LOVE it - I might check out some of the others - but loving that Picasso!

Posted by Louise Thaxton NMLS 69996, Military Mtg Specialist - 866-960-9115 VA FHA USDA (Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp Louisiana NMLS#2289 Equal Housing Lender) about 9 years ago

 I have used picasa and picnik and find these pretty easy to use.  I was looking for a good one to delete the background out from my profile pic and ending up using the trial version of corel paintshop pro.  Pretty cool but my image resolution ended up pixelated and not sure what I did wrong.  I will give one of these others a try my next time around.  Thanks for the info.

Posted by Jeremy Joslin, Professional Real Estate Marketing and Sales (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 9 years ago

Very helpful, thanks for sharing.  Lots to choose from! 

Posted by Yvonne Burdette-Van Camp, "Home"work, I have the Answers! (To Buy and Sell Real Estate, see me at Southwest Missouri Realty) about 9 years ago

Hi Brad,

Very useful recommendations.

I especially liked the warning:

These sites can be extremely fun, incredibly useful, and very addicting to any compulsive photo enthusiasts.

Made me laugh!


Posted by Phil Leng, Phil Leng - Retired (Retired) about 9 years ago

Brad, Thanks for the post.I have hit suggest and also reblogged it.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) about 9 years ago

Brad, these sites are great, I have used Picnik  and Picasa already but will have to check out the others, thanks for putting this together ~ Dave

Posted by David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct (DMK Real Estate ) about 9 years ago

Hi Brad,

Thanks for the great tips! That's one of the things I like about ActiveRain, people like yourself sharing useful and helpful tips to improve everyone's online experiances.

Have a GREAT day!

Posted by Warren Veach (State Continuing Education (StateCE)) about 9 years ago

Brad - great tips. You always have great tips on websites and technology. Thanks.

Posted by Mike Yeo (3:16 team REALTY) about 9 years ago

Brad, thanks for the direction. I need to start using something to give me and my blog a boost.

Enjoy the day

Posted by Don MacLean, Realtor-Homes for Sale- Easton Mass (New England Real Estate Center Inc.) about 9 years ago

Thanks brad i hae used picassa before and was not aware of all these others out there so thanks for the good info

Posted by Charlie Ragonesi, Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros ( about 9 years ago

Brad, I always use picnik and picasa. Love these sites!


Posted by Tatyana Makarov, Your Greater Hartford Area Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 9 years ago

Brad,  Thanks for the great ideas, photoshop is sometimes too cumbersome to open up with the speed of my computer, a quick online app may be the answer, I will check these out.

Posted by Mary Macy, Top Agents Atlanta Metro (Top Agents Atlanta Metro) about 9 years ago

Now that Google owns Picnik you can't beat the two of them together. I can do almost anything I want with the combo and it doesn't take me forever. It's a great tool for my listing pics especially.

Posted by Nathan Tutas, Your Central Florida Real Estate Expert (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) about 9 years ago