The Best 5 Free Photo Editors

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Best 5 Free Photo Editors

Hi guys, nowadays if you’re in the blogging or YouTube world it’s almost imperative to edit your own photos. Whether it is to add an image with text to your blog post or create a catchy YouTube thumbnail.

I use various photo editors. For most of my images and jobs, I use Photoshop because I love it so much, but there are always free sites or other editing software that are free and you can get the job done.

Let me share with you my list of 5 free photo editing sites you can use for blog images, YouTube thumbnails, or just because you like sharing photos on social media…

1. Canva
I’ve seen more, and more bloggers use Canva. Canva is a great editing site to edit and add text to your blog post images. With Canva you can create images for social media posts like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, to create your resume, eBook, Kindle cover, infographic, and business cards, the possibilities are endless! You can select one of their hundreds of available images. It has a handy search box, and you add text, backgrounds, lines, shapes, icons, and lots more to your creations.

2. Pixlr
As soon as you land on the home page it has a beautiful interface. You can select Pixlr editor or Pixlr express. The Pixlr editor has similar features to Photoshop, and even the Tools panel is very similar. The Pixlr express section has various effects like bokeh, and color correction, and you can even create collages. Pixlr is a great photo editor to use similar to Photoshop, and it even has the same keyboard shortcuts as Photoshop! Really cool 🙂

3. Gimp
I’ve known about Gimp for many years now. I think I found out about Gimp almost at the same time I started learning Photoshop. Gimp is a free photo editing site and it’s great if you want a completely free editor. I never got around to learning Gimp because it has a lot of features to learn but so does Photoshop. Gimp runs on Windows, Mac, and also Linux!

4. SumoPaint
SumoPaint is very similar to Photoshop and Pixlr. If you don’t mind ads you will like SumoPaint to edit your photos since it’s a great alternative to Photoshop. With SumoPaint you can create png and jpg files. You can use SumoPaint online (in your browser) or offline. Definitely worth looking into.

5. Fotor
Fotor is an online image editor. It has similar functions to PicMonkey. It has a lot of editing tools like basic edits, effects, beauty, frames, stickers, and text. With Fotor not only can you edit photos, but you can also create collages, and create designs. Fotor has a Chrome extension for deeper browser integration.


My favorite: PicMonkey
I love PicMonkey! I have PicMonkey saved in my Bookmarks toolbar because I use it often. I love how customizable it is, and I love to create collages with it. In fact, all of the collages that you will see on my blog posts are created with PicMonkey. I like that you can add your own photos straight from your computer and you can just drag and drop to create a collage. A lot of YouTubers use PicMonkey to create their video thumbnails. PicMonkey is also great to edit photos, do touch-ups, and designing Facebook covers. Make sure to check out their Tutorial section and photo tips page to learn more about photo editing. I have a tutorial available on how you can add bokeh using PicMonkey. You can also sign up with them for a small monthly fee to get full access to all of their features.


This concludes my list of the 5 best free photo editors. These are so useful if you’re looking to create your blog post image or edit your YouTube video thumbnail. What’s your favorite photo editing program? I would love to know! Until next time :))


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  • Jessica September 21, 2016 at 2:21 PM

    I haven't heard about several of these but I want to try them. They sound awesome.

  • Rosalyn Osorto September 21, 2016 at 2:24 PM

    Sounds great! Have a great week Jessica <3

  • Rachel Ritlop September 21, 2016 at 2:36 PM

    I've never heard of gimp or fotor! But I love canva and picmonkey! Thanks for sharing!

    Rachel | http://www.theconfusedmillennial.com

  • Christina Sadell September 21, 2016 at 2:48 PM

    I love Picmonkey but I also use Photoshop and use that most of the time. Thanks for sharing this list!
    xo. Christina

  • Vaishnavi September 21, 2016 at 4:18 PM

    Awesome products – they've truly democratized graphic design! I'm using Canva and Picmonkey. I will try the rest out now. Thanks for sharing this cool list!

  • Liz September 21, 2016 at 11:48 PM

    I love Canva! My other go-to's are PhotoShop and Pablo from Buffer. Great list. 🙂

  • Cara (Kindly Unspoken) September 22, 2016 at 12:16 AM

    Pic monkey is my absolute fave! I also like Canva, but I always prefer Picmonkey the most just because it seems a little more user friendly. Great post!

  • MAPLELEOPARD September 22, 2016 at 12:30 AM

    These are great shares! I have always used picmonkey..want to use Canva for covers on my social media, but it is so dang hard to figure out. I just bought lightroom monthly so we will see how that goes..ha!

  • Jennifer Hamra September 22, 2016 at 12:40 AM

    I haven't used the other photo editors before, but I do use Picmonkey and I LOVE it!! I use it for adding watermarks and creating my Pinterest graphics. And I also love the low price of Picmonkey!

  • Rachel Gault September 22, 2016 at 1:10 AM

    Great roundup! Canva is my favorite!

  • Allison September 22, 2016 at 1:46 AM

    The only ones I've used are PicMonkey and Canva. I love all of the suggestions though!

  • Molly Moon September 22, 2016 at 3:30 AM

    Oh, these are great! I've only ever tried Canva, but I may have to check out a couple more of these!

    Molly | http://www.heytheresunshine.com

  • Adaleta September 22, 2016 at 5:30 AM

    I've heard of a few of these, but definitely not all of them. Canva is the one I've played around with the most, and I have to say photo editing apps are the best! xx Adaleta Avdic

  • Andrea Bai September 22, 2016 at 5:15 PM

    I use PicMonkey and Canva a lot. Gotta check the other ones out!

    Glam Hungry Mom

  • All The Things I Do September 22, 2016 at 5:40 PM

    Canva has been such a life saver. Thanks for sharing these other tools. I'll have to play around.

  • All Things Big and Small September 23, 2016 at 2:39 AM

    I use Canva and Photoshop–but Canva is so much more user friendly! I will have to try out the others as I am just starting to dip my feet into video! Thanks for great resources!

  • Rachel Golden September 23, 2016 at 4:03 AM

    I love using PicMonkey for my Pinterest vertical pins! & I love Canva for any other graphic I need to make. Those are my go to, always!!

  • Nikki Of April & October September 23, 2016 at 9:22 AM

    Great list! I just broke my laptop that I used photoshop on so I'm going to have to start using one of these.

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