A surprising spectrum--from stupidly easy to Photoshop-savvy--of Web-based photo editing tools can be found for free. We checked out 5 of the most interesting options: FotoFlexer, Pixlr, Phixr, iPiccy and Lunapic
If advertisements don’t bother you, you’ll have no problem using Lunapic for your photo editing. If they do, however, you may want to look for a no- or less-commercial service. With that said, Lunapic may look like an older website, because it’s not Flash-based, but it certainly gets the job done for people looking for a free way to make their pictures come alive.
Lunapics navigational menu is comparable to Adobe PhotoShop Or CorelDraw, with its horizontal menu bar and drop-down style sub menus. But the entire interface is somewhat simplistic and bare in nature, with text-only-based menu selections and a grayed-out vertical navigation menu on the left. Lunapic scrimped here, but again, it depends on what you can work with.
Lunapic has tons of effects, including placing your picture on a Christmas tree bulb and adding fiery flames to your photo. One neat animated effect is the “reflecting water animation” effect, which lets you place an area on a picture that acts as a water reflection of the content above it. We haven’t had to use that one ourselves, but if we ever do...
Lunapic also lets you undo your changes, and actually displays your history of changes in a chronological order, letting you select the picture as it was a number of changes ago - going back to the picture that way it was in one click. Lunapic includes a tutorial and help section that can come in handy for those that need to be walked through specific effects or photo manipulation techniques. It’s sometimes hard to find good help with free programs, but Lunapic decided to go the extra mile here. You can open and edit your pictures for Tumblr, Twitter and Facebook.
Using this free online photo editor, you can also upload images or video from your computer, open an image from the Web using a URL , and also open images from Facebook, LunaPic, Flickr or FireFox. Lunapic also lets you save your edited pictures to your computer, your email, MySpace, Twitter, Tumblr, Picasa, Facebook, and the Web.
Supported image and video types include: GIF, JPG, BMP, PNG, AVI, MPG, MOV, FLV and RM (and many more). The maximum total upload size is 20 Mb per file.