Online Image Editors – Why To Use Them And 5 Amazing Ones For Designers
Online image editors have evolved so much in the last few years & became very mature + functional for designers at every level.
They generally offer a similar interface with the popular image editing softwares which lowers the learning curve so much.
Almost all of them are Flash-based (no extra installations -like plugins- are required) & load/work very fast.
Why To Use Them?
You may be asking yourself why to use a web-based one when there is a powerful image editing software installed on your computer like Photoshop, Fireworks, GIMP, etc.?
There is no need to have a software other than a browser to run such applications. Also designs created with them can be saved instantly online.
This function is specially handy for anyone working at different locations/computers.
The Price Factor
Most popular image editing softwares, except GIMP, are generally not cheap & every new version requires a new license.
Online image editing platforms are free or come with cheap subscription plans.
Lower System Resources
As such applications would run on browsers & files are remotely hosted, they will be consuming much less system resources.
This makes them a good fit for older & non-strong (like netbooks) computers.
Every designer/developer, generally, experiences data losses because of hardware failures & no backups.
All the content created can be saved in these platforms which are mostly hosted in the cloud with daily backups. So, this is taken care of.
They have cons too:
As expected, they are not perfect:
- you may not add your custom fonts, brushes, shapes, etc.
- not being able to export designs to formats of popular applications (generally, only PNG, JPG, GIF & TIFF)
- lack of some features
- some of them don't have keyboard shortcuts
Here are 5 amazing applications which offer a similar functionality with your favorite image editing software & have support for creating new images (not editing-only):
Sumo Paint is an amazing application which Photoshop users will find it very friendly as the interface & functionality is very similar.
It offers most things Photoshop offers, supports layers, filters & has some awesome geometric shape tools.
There is also a huge community behind the application where you can get inspired.
Phoenix is the image editor part of the powerful other Aviary applications.
The editor works with layers, has various filters & can be exported to popular file formats or saved online for future editing.
Official online Photoshop service of Adobe.
The application has a very different interface compared to Photoshop itself & offers fewer functions. It is mostly focused on editing & optimizing images.
Pixlr is a feature rich online image editor that has several versions to make things easier:
- Editor – all-functions included editor
- Express – more basic version
- Grabber – to right click any image and start editing from Firefox browser + Windows desktop
A very Photoshop-like application that can run multiple images.
It integrates well with photo sharing services like Picasa & Flickr.
There is also a light version for simpler functions.
There are also other great applications like:
which are totally focused on editing images & don't offer creating a new one from scratch.
Which one do you prefer? Any great ones missing? Share them in the comments.