5 Best Online Image Editing Tools

30.07.10

Online Image Editing
Though recently online image editors have taken a great step forward, we do not recommend designers to pay attention on them - none of them can match the capabilities of Photoshop. However, for marketing specialists that use to draw simple banners, images for presentations or web site, these online tools may be be very useful. We selected the best 5 tools in this series. And the online Photoshop Express was not included in this rating (as well as Picnick owned by Google) - because these services are suitable only for cropping images and removing red-eyes. We included only those tools that can be really used for business purposes.

Pixlr

Pixlr
Perhaps, for now Pixlr - is the best option, which impresses by stable and fast performance and usable interface. It's very similar to Photoshop by function set and contains almost all the basic tools, including features for working with layers and filters. In addition, Pixlr provides API, which allows you to use image editor in your site or web application.

Splashup

Splashup
Splashup is almost as good as Pixlr. It's fast and functionally - provides layers, effects and powerful painting tools. It has very comfortable and nice interface. You can upload images from your computer and from the Internet. However, there is one big disadvantage - is doesn't support UTF, i.e. you can't enter characters in most languages.

Aviary

Aviary
Aviary - is not just an online image editor - it's a set of 8 online tools for working with raster and vector graphics, creating screenshots, 3D-images, image effects, icons and even sound files. Note Aviary uses the main advantage of online applications - collaborative tools. In addition, Aviary provides an online marketplace where you can buy or find free templates and graphics for your work.

SUMO Paint

SUMO Paint
SUMO Paint - is a very functional image editor, reminding the old Photoshop version. It provides full layers support, and the variety of effects and filters. But it works pretty slow when it comes to uploading or saving images. Also, some features may confuse those who used to work in Photoshop - for example the editor's intention to put all elements into one layer

CloudCanvas

CloudCanvas
Unlike all above listed services, CloudCanvas works not on Flash, but on HTML5 (this is especially important for iPad users). It appeared only a week ago and can't boast such a rich functionality yet. But it works with both raster and vector images - i.e. it's a combination of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. CloudCanvas contains a library of over 30,000 clip-arts and 500 fonts. And it is very easy to work with images that you can add from Google Images and other websites.