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Edit Photos Online without Graphic Editing Software

For times when you need to edit photos on a computer that is not yours, the best idea is to use a Web application that can edit photos. One of our new favorites is PicMonkey.  via Edit Photos Online without Graphic Editing Software.

I just tried this and I recommend it.  Without doubt, PicMonkey has many more features in its basic editing menu than most Web apps that allow photo editing have at all.

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29 thoughts on “Edit Photos Online without Graphic Editing Software

  1. I’ve just tried out picmonkey and it’s great, but you and your other readers should know that in some circumstances the a little logo pops up that asks you to sign up for a free trial, and that free trial will eventually lead to a premium subscription. They are not saying (at present) how much this will cost, which doesn’t sound very transparent to me. Otherwise, it’s great and I’m going to recommend it to a friend who’s currently minus a good image editor! Thanks TiTi.

  2. Hi timethief,
    I wasn’t sure if I was editing my images properly until I came across your site. I used to export a picture from Picasa to my desktop or a folder, then format the picture using Microsoft Office Picture Manager. I chose “compress picture” for “web pages.”
    Original: 762 KB: Compressed: 57.3 KB
    Then I would save the picture with a different name. I read in your post above that 800×600 would be ideal size. I used IrfanView to resize the picture to 800×600 and it came out to 68.5KB for example. When I inserted the picture to my blog, it was large. I chose “full size.” Am I doing the steps correctly? Secondly, you advise setting the desired DPI for the final image. I’m not sure what DPI is, so I’m not sure what to change it to?

    • Stands for “Dots Per Inch.” DPI is used to measure the resolution of an image both on screen and in print. As the name suggests, the DPI measures how many dots fit into a linear inch. Therefore, the higher the DPI, the more detail can be shown in an image.

      It should be noted that DPI is not dots per square inch. Since a 600 dpi printer can print 600 dots both horizontally and vertically per inch, it actually prints 360,000 (600 x 600) dots per square inch.

      Also, since most monitors have a native resolution of 72 or 96 pixels per inch, they cannot display a 300 dpi image in actual size. Instead, when viewed at 100%, the image will look much larger than the print version because the pixels on the screen take up more space than the dots on the paper.

        • I believe you are using the correct steps and would like to say that your blog is looking very good to me. Those food images are mouth watering ones.

          P.S. I’m sorry for the delayed answer. I work in our business and part-time doing contracted writing. When my husband is away my work increases and my blogging is demoted to last place.

          • Thanks timethief! I have learned so much from you and the support forum already. My blog is only 2 weeks old today, and I’m finding it a real learning experience. I’m having a lot of fun.

            No apologies needed at all, your contributions are much appreciated!

  3. Thanks, TT, that’s a huge tip for all bloggers who use photos.

    Thanks as well to Scriptor Obscura for the Pixlr link– that was also new to me.

    And I’ve wondered the same thing many times: how do all these free services stay afloat?? One often reads that online advertising isn’t enough to support most sites– how the heck do they all survive and even seem to flourish?? : P

  4. I’ve been looking hard for a replacement for Picnik, which has enlivened my blog 1000%. PicMonkey looks fantastic — better even than Picnik. THANKS, as always, for your wonderful blog!

  5. iPiccy is also great. Right now – I primarily use it, along with PicMonkey. Both are definitely great and pretty easy to use resources for all my digital camera photos .

  6. Another one that I like a lot is called Pixlr:

    It is much more advanced than the basic and much simpler and easier to use features of PicMonkey. It is also totally free to use, and it is almost like using Photoshop. It has many of the same features as Photoshop.

    and I also found another one called:

    This one I haven’t used at all, I only found it when I was looking for alternatives to Picnik, which is shutting down. That’s how I found Pixlr initially too. I only found PicMonkey very recently, as it is such a new site that was created to fill the void left after Picnik moves to Google Plus. I really like the fact that PicMonkey is almost exactly like Picnik. I had been despairing that I would ever find a good alternative to Picnik that was exactly as good as Picnik was and had the same easy interface and easy to use features like Picnik. And then PicMonkey was created so recently to fill that void. I am so glad that I have discovered PicMonkey and Pixlr, and I am glad that you are spreading the word about this excellent site, so that others can use it too. Its so good that there is an alternative to Picnik and that I won’t have to get a Google Plus account just so that I could use the Picnik editing features, which I was not willing to do. Thank you so much, timethief. I really appreciate this. I too have used PicMonkey and I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone as well.

    But it makes me wonder, how do they keep these sites up and running, if everything is free? And why would they offer such a great photo editing program completely free for people to use? It almost seems too good to be true, especially Pixlr, which is so much more advanced and has so many more features than PicMonkey. Why would they do this? Where do they gain from this? Its a lot of effort on their part to offer such an excellent program for free. Not that I am complaining, and I am not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, so to speak. Its great that these services exist, and I am really glad that I can access such programs entirely for free.

    • Please accept my apology for not replying to you sooner. As my husband has taken a new position that inloves travel my workload in our business has increased and somehow I missed responding to these comments afte I read them and approved them. I have used both and as well but prefer picmonkey. I believe that all sites that offer free services are financed by advertising. Like you I’m happy to use them free of charge online.

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