Building onÂ last week's review ofÂ free image editing applications with a look at 5 more of these types of tools.
Last week we looked at 5 free online picture and image editing tools that I had seen mentionedÂ in a Campus Technology article (ed note – Unfortunately, most of those apps are no longer available as of Jan 2018, but the ones below still are! – KW). A few readers responded to this post and mentioned some other tools they liked. I took a look at these tools, and share my experiences and observations about them below. I then did a little searching to find other popular free, web based tools that I hadn't come across already,Â tried a couple of them out too.
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An aptlyÂ named tool, PhotofuniaÂ really is fun! This application uses face recognition technology to merge a picture of a face into any of over a hundred different preformatted scenarios, like the amusing example I've included below. There is also a “Lab” area where you can do things like create an animated GIF using up to 5 pictures, and much more. While the utility of this application is very specific, it is a really pretty neat and worth checking out.
FotoFlexer claims to be “The world's most advanced online editing tool” (it's right there in their home page!). Like many of the other tools we looked at there are simple image editing and correction tools, but the array of effects and other image enhancing and manipulating tools does in fact seem to be more extensive than any of the other tools I've looked at so far. These are grouped into Tabbed sections such as “Beautify”, “Decorate”, “Animations”, “Effects”, “Distort”, and more. Below is an image I applied the “Color Sketch” effect to.
FotoFlexer really does look like a prettyÂ seriousÂ application for image editing and enhancement, and is quite impressiveÂ for a free tool!
Photoscape.orgÂ was mentioned by a reader on the EmergingEdTech Facebook Fan Page, so I took a peek at it. The app is free, but it had to be downloaded and installed, and I just don't see a real good reason to do that since I don't see any features that look notably different from those available in fully online apps (why burden my computer with more software, registry updates, etc., if there's no real benefit?).Â The oneÂ feature that did jump out as beingÂ something thatÂ I haven'tÂ seen mentionedÂ in other tools is aÂ ‘Batch editor',Â which could allow you to perform edits (presumably the same types of edit) on a group of pictures, which might beÂ useful, andÂ worth checking out if you do a lot of photo editing.
Aviary (Phoenix image editor)
I found Aviary to be a lot of fun. Aviary is actually aÂ suite of tools for working with a variety of media types, including photos, video, and audio. There is also a set of cool filters that produce effects like the “Metal Glow” effect shown in the picture below. I guess I'm a bit of a sucker for cool effects like this, but it seems to be one of the things that often differentiatesÂ these tools from each other.
Aviary has a good deal of other functionality that goes well beyond the standard fare offered by many other free online image editing apps, andÂ a bunch of great tutorials about how to use them. I may have to revisit Aviary to learn more!
Conclusions & Recommendations
I could have spent weeks looking at these types of tools – there are so many of these.Â I think that severalÂ of the tools that I looked at this week andÂ last are very worth knowing about andÂ puttingÂ to use depending on your needs. These were my favorites:
- FotoFlexer: While I don't really have the expertise to weigh in on whether or not this app truly is “the world's most advanced online editing tool”, I can certainly say that it has an impressive range of utility, and may be one tool that meets most image editing needs.
- Pixenate: Some of the effects here (things like Lomo, or the Speech Bubble) I didn't see in some of these other tools, so this is a good app to keep in mind if you're looking for that sort of thing.
- Photofunia: This was a very unique app with the specific function of inserting pictures of faces into pre-configured templates. There are over a hundred of these templates and the results can be pretty funny, and pretty impressive.
If youÂ wish to learn more about other free image editing applications, I found this Squidoo pageÂ to be a good source of insight into popular tools. It hasÂ a nice clickable Tag Cloud with linksÂ to a lot of popular tools.
If you wish to recommend any tools that haven't been covered in these posts, or share any other relevant observations, please don't hesitate to comment. Thanks.