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7 Affordable, Web-Based Tools for Easy Photo Editing and Graphic Design

It seems that now more than ever, aesthetics are everything. It’s no longer good enough to have nice photos or graphics—they have to be amazing. 

Whether you’re looking to edit photos to specifically fit your brand’s website or you’re trying to up your social media marketing game, your photos could benefit from high-quality editing tools. Fortunately, there are options for those who don’t have the budget or the bandwidth to download a professional-level software. Here are some of our favorite web-based tools for photo editing and graphic design:

BeFunky

Good For: Photo editing, graphic design and collage making

Cost: Free, Plus ($6.99/month)

With thousands of stock images and vector graphics, customizable design templates and photo editing tools, BeFunky is a great tool for making your photos really pop. While you can do a lot of basic photo editing with the free version, you may want to consider upgrading for exciting and useful features like batch processing and special retouching tools.

Canva

Good For: Creating images, graphics and infographics

Cost: Free, Pro ($9.95/month), Enterprise ($30/month)

Canva has become one of our go-to tools. We’ve created all of our social media assets through the site, and we’re constantly wowed by all of its capabilities. Canva is really easy and intuitive to pick up, so it’s a great option for someone who is just dipping their toes in the design pool. It recently added a bunch of helpful photo effects (like background remover and duotone), so it’s a great tool for easy photo editing as well. You can also animate your creations (perfect for Instagram stories)!

Ezgif.com

Good For: Making your own GIFs

Cost: Free

Everyone and their mothers have used GIFs—so why not start building your own? Ezgif.com is a user-friendly site that lets you create GIFs from your favorite videos. You can also add text, filters and special effects.

Fotoflexer

Good For: Quick fixes and some advanced tools

Cost: Free

FotoFlexer is a user-friendly photo editor that’s as easy as it is powerful. It offers advanced tools such as coloring, retouch, distortion, morphing and resizing, and its use of AI and advanced algorithms lend it a clean and intuitive user experience.

PicMonkey

Good For: Photo editing and brand building

Cost: Free, Basic ($7.99/month), Pro ($12.99/month), Team ($33.99/month)

PicMonkey makes it simple to keep your brand assets in line. It’s an easy-to-use tool that offers features like photo editing, text effects (such as outline and curve) and tons of templates. Note: You can create assets on PicMonkey with a free account, but you will need to sign up with a paid account in order to download.

Pixlr X or Pixlr E

Good For: A photo editing experience that’s similar to Adobe Photoshop

Cost: Free, Premium ($7.99/month), Professional ($19.99)

Pixlr offers two web-based tools that can cover all your photo editing needs. Pixlr E is a robust editor that provides full control over images and layers of effects. Pixlr X is good for quick and easy editing such small fixes, overlays, stickers and filters.

SUMO Paint

Good For: Photo editing and drawing capabilities

Cost: Free, Pro ($9/month)

SUMO Paint offers a ton of features for anyone looking to create beautiful, unique images. For its drawing capabilities, it has over 300 brushes, a symmetry tool, layer effects and much more. The site also has photo editing tools such as color picker, selection tools and plenty of filters.

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