Top FREE Image and Photo Editing Sites

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There is so much concern and “Buzz” about Google shutting down, I decided to provide you with some alternative tools for editing and customizing your graphics, photos, and images.   While will be shutting down in April 2012, here are some other options you have available immediately.

FotoFlexer – Create some dazzling photo and image effects in your browser for FREE.  Use Animations, resizing, coloring, contrast and more.  Take a look at These 5 Demo’s for a quick tour of what FotoFlexer has to offer, you’ll love some of these cool features.  Smart Scissor is a favorite feature.

Pixlrand for Picnik users, try Pixlr Express.  You’ll love the Editor, the Pixlr-o-matic, the Pixlr Grabber for Firefox and Chrome browsers, and the Pixlr hosting, all of which are very robust and user friendly cool features.

LunaPic – This site will rock your world!  Lunapic offers more choices and options for photo editing and custom effects than some of the paid software applications I’ve purchased and used in the past.  Use vignettes, color bars, animated imaging, picture frames, retro color, collages, custom text, reflection animations, slide shows, and a ton more.  One of the most feature rich FREE online editors available.  You’re gonna love this site.

FreeOnlinePhotoEditor – A really simple and easy to use photo and image editor for those “quick fix and gotta go” graphics.  Very basic but simple and fast.  Some of the other online photo and image tools include: Online photo editorAutomatically resize your images when sending it by emailCreate an Image from your RSS feedCreate Image from your Tweet and Twitter account, and Create, save and email screenshots.

BeFunky -  Be Funky lets you do some pretty amazing things with your photos and graphics.  Most of the features and tools are focused on creating cool, fun, and funky effects and artwork.  The site’s name says it.  Some of the effects available would take hours to create in Photoshop or other high end and costly photo/image editors.

Definitely worthy of a visit and tour. – That’s right, you can use Photoshop online and for FREE.  You’ll need to register, but I promise it will be worth it.  The Photoshop tools are powerful and very easy to use.  Be prepared to spend a little time here, you’ll be amazed at what they have to offer and allow you to do online for free.  I’m not going to lie, this is one of my favorites and my personal replacement for closing down.

GIMP – GIMP is very similar to Adobe Photoshop except that GIMP is FREE.  It does require you to download the software but one huge benefit to that is it will never be bought and shut down on you.  It is a very powerful and feature intense program so unless you’re really experienced with editing and graphic design, or you have more time than it takes to close a short sale, you may want to stick with one of the others.

I personally like to use GIMP for graphic design more than image or photo editing.

Combine all these together and you’ll have more FREE editing tools and features than you’ll ever need or use and absolutely FREE.  Take a few moments to review each site, bookmark them, then give each one a try to see which one(s) best meet your photo and image editing needs.  Enjoy! 


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Melissa Zavala
Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County
Broadpoint Properties

Brad: In your experience, which of the ones you suggest is best for resizing? Picnik resizes so quickly and easily; it is hard to compete.

January 23, 2012 09:35 AM
Bryan Robertson
Broker, Author, Speaker
Catarra Real Estate, Inc

GIMP is classic.  They even have an overlay that makes it look and work like Photoshop.  This is a great list of free tools and they will address the loss of Picnik.

January 23, 2012 09:37 AM
Surprise Arizona Realtor Jim Braun Sun City Grand Active Adult Communities
Surprise AZ real estate Phoenix West Valley
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Jim Braun Sun City Grand Az

Brad: Thank you for sharing this information as I was just trying to figure out what I was going to try when Picnik goes out.

January 23, 2012 09:42 AM
Michael Setunsky
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA
Michael's Commercial LLC

Brad, you may have some better alternatives to here. Thanks for the links.

January 23, 2012 10:09 AM
Erika Madsen
Fathom Realty - Southeast Valley District Director
Fathom Realty

Thanks you just reminded me I was planning to learn Gimp as an alternative....

January 23, 2012 12:39 PM
Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
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Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC

Great info here, Brad. Thanks. I think the site may be a good spot for me next.

January 23, 2012 01:40 PM
Evelyn Kennedy
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA
Gallagher & Lindsey, Alameda, California


Thanks for offering alternatives to Picnic.  I hope they are as easy as picnik was.  That is the reason picnik was my go to photo editing.

January 23, 2012 01:57 PM
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
"Staging that Sells Portland Homes"
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR

Thanks Brad as always for your SO helpful posts!  This one is bookmarked because I've used Picnik and Picasa, some of the others you mention are new for me, so I might as well learn about them!

January 23, 2012 02:06 PM
Sharon Alters
Your Fleming Island Relocation Agents.
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty

Brad, thanks for the list of other sites that can replace Picnik when it goes away!


January 23, 2012 02:38 PM
Marc Swartz
CPA, CA - Toronto, Durham & York Regions, Ontario

Hi Brad - I am going to try out some of these sites.   They look very promising.

January 23, 2012 10:51 PM
Sheila Newton Team -- Anderson & Greenville SC Real Estate
--Residential/Short Sales/Foreclosures
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner

thanks so much for taking the time to put this together.. I will check out all of them for sure.. I will miss picnik but I'm sure there will be a great replacement in all of these.. you are awesome!

January 23, 2012 11:15 PM
Mary Macy
Top Agents Atlanta Metro
Top Agents Atlanta Metro

Brad, Thanks for all your support.  I personally use Photoshop CS for hard core photoshoppers.  But knowing what is online is great.  Thanks for the post.

January 23, 2012 11:23 PM
Christine Hooks
Celebrating 20 Years in Real Estate!
Pino Agency

I am absolutely WOWED by this post!  Thank you for taking the time to show us the way!

January 23, 2012 11:30 PM
Phil Leng
Phil Leng Team - Residential Real Estate Experts &
Keller Williams Eastside Market Center

Hi Brad,

The outpouring of comments tells you how much we appreciate a helpful post such as this one.



January 24, 2012 12:23 AM
Doug Bullwinkel
NMLS #281609
Vitek Mortgage Group

I'm definitely going to try out some of these sites soon.  Thanks for all the helpful information on alternatives to Picnik.

January 25, 2012 02:25 AM
Kevin Guttman 877-251-9709
Top Mortgage Originator
Fairway Mortgage Corp.

Brad, thanks for sharing these sites and options. Good thing to know we have tools available as it seems unclear what Google is going to do with picnik.

January 28, 2012 07:40 PM
Pat Mistretta
Atlanta Lofts and City Living
ERA Morris & Raper Real Estate Consultants

Thank you Brad!  A great source of information for alternative options.  I will defiitely check these out and re-blog this info.

January 30, 2012 05:56 AM
George Fanucci
Internet - Technology - Business - Solutions

Brad, These online editors are great when you don't want to install software.  GIMP on PC and GraphicConverter on a Mac are some inexpensive or free alternatives to Photoshop.  Each comes with it's own mindset, metaphors, tools, and learning curve, of course.

February 11, 2012 02:36 PM
Karen Martin
Realtor Fall River Westport MA Real Estate Agent
Re/Max Right Choice Real Estate Fall River MA

Brad,  which editor did you use for the kids pic ?  I am looking for a good editor to do a nice watercolor any suggestions / any one ? 

May 16, 2012 10:22 AM
Brad Andersohn
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Zillow - Nat'l Outreach Mgr & Dir. of Zillow Academy

Karen - each of them has unique options and features, if you're looking for watercolor or pastels type effects, try, or if it's up and running yet? is the new twin.  :-)

May 16, 2012 11:46 AM
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