Which On-line Photo Editing Software is incredibly easy to use, gives you stunning results (without having to be artistic) and has room for growth?

best photo editing software

We’ve been ruminating..

However, we’re pleased to report that we’re recovering 😉

Which online photo editing software is the best for our subscribers and readers of this Blog?

For the last 6 months we’ve been asking people who sign up for our free video tutorials to tell us.

What do you want to learn?

A large number of people have responded with:

We want to know how to make Facebook Posters

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Just to clarify the meaning here as we were confused at first.

A Facebook Poster is an image that you put on your Facebook wall that has a message/a quote/ a picture of your dog – you get the idea.

As opposed to a Poster comprising a single sheet of paper that you would put on the noticeboard of your local Village Hall ( that’s a typically British quirk, by the way).

Mind you, having just written that, I guess they are both pretty much the same.

I digress. Many of you who have been with us since we started out on this adventure know we are great advocates of Inkscape (the free vector graphics editor programme) and of Gimp (the free photo editing programme).

These 2 pretty much do what Photoshop (around $700 to buy) and Adobe Illustrator do ( I failed to easily find a price for this one).

However, when you are first starting out in your business we don’t think you need to shell out that sort of money to be able to make your own professional looking images, not to mention the programmes can be pretty intimidating.

That’s why we promote and suggest using these 2 free programmes.

But we’ve been thinking a lot about what people are looking for..

We do know however, that some of you have found that there’s quite a learning curve with Inkscape and Gimp, even with our tutorials to help you on your way.

Also, if there are fairly big gaps in between using the software, it’s just too easy to forget how to use it – perhaps some of you can relate to this?

We’ve thought long and hard about this.

And decided that as we want to help as many of you as possible to make your own incredible looking images, we should look  for software that is:

  • very simple to use,
  • doesn’t require any special skill (including having a memory like an elephant)
  • is quite intuitive
  • is free to use
  • on-line/ or you have to download it – we were divided on this one!
  • and has the depth of functionality for us to be able to show people more than just the basics of photo editing, for those of you who want to. More of this in a moment.

There are lots of online photo editing software programmes 

They are mainly intended for people who want a quick, easy and cheap way to make basic fixes, add cool effects and filters, and share photos almost instantly.

They really shouldn’t be compared with the traditional desktop tools such as Gimp, Inkscape and Photoshop as they just don’t have the same features.

However, there are some programmes that have a fair range of functionality and just do the job.

We’ve narrowed these down to 3 contenders:

In all honesty, all three are pretty similar. That is:

  • None of them require registration
  • They are Internet based and therefore you don’t need to download any software
  • They are free to use and the ads aren’t really intrusive
  • They all offer similar retro,artsy effects/textures.cosmetic adjustment tools and so on

But there are some subtle, but important differences which we’ve highlighted here:

Comparing 3 online photo editing programs

Comparing 3 online photo editing programs

The Bottom Line

We felt that all 3 programmes performed well, however we decided to choose ipiccy to work with because it just has that extra functionality that gives it more depth and flexibility whilst at the same time being easy to use.

For those people who do want to create their own simple images from scratch as well as use existing photos – and we know there are many of you – and not have to learn another programme, this was by far the best option.

Being able to remove a background, being able to undo an action and previewing changes were also valuable features we liked. We get asked about how to remove a background. A lot.

We felt that it is an all round excellent tool for both novices and more advanced users alike. We hope you get to like it too.


What about you?

Do you find the ‘get in, make a few changes and get out’ type software suits your needs best, or do you like to have a bit more control and flexibility? What’s your favourite photo editing programme? Let us know in the comments.

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About The Author

Caroline Jones

I’m Caroline and I look to help small business owners create their own graphics by writing tutorials and tips on graphics editing software. I live in Wales , love Tartan and Coffee Ice Cream. You can read more about me here

  • I am so proud of you both for this big step! I still remember our early on conversations about your passion for graphics and how you wanted to turn it into something big ;-). I know it has been a long journey but you ladies are a tribute to the phrase ‘with the right mindset anything is possible’!

    • Hi there Eden! How nice to see you over in these parts, and what a really nice thing to say.
      It’s been an interesting and exciting journey and we’ve been ‘learning our craft’ – still learning of course, but very much enjoying it and certainly want to share with others.

  • Irene Brodie

    Hi Caroline and Davina,

    Thanks for the news update, and having read through the list, I think ipiccy sounds really useful. Look forward to getting started. 🙂

    • Hello Irene – we think so and we’ve done a fair bit of ruminating, cogitating and testing! 🙂

      • Irene Brodie

        Good Girls! Thank you. 🙂

  • Just leaving a message to myself here.
    We are trialling Disqus comments, and so far am really liking it for no other reason that you can edit your comments (excellent stuff) and the interface is nice and clean. Will let you all know how we get on.
    Oh, and it’s good for SEO too!

  • Adrienne Saunders

    This new product launch sounds fantastic ladies!! Hope I can get on board! Very exciting!

    • Hi there Adrienne! Not long to go now – just putting the finished touches.

  • Bob Wareham

    Hi to you both
    I have tried all three but ended up with ipiccy as it works very well for me, you
    are correct in saying that if you don’t use software for some time then you
    forget how to use it and for me this is very true, so ipiccy will do the job.

    It could be like the ribbon in Microsoft office, then it would be easy to use as
    you would only see what you need.

    Its about time software became intelligent so when you load a photo the software only loads the tools you need, or if you load a blank page then you get the drawing tools.

    Thanks Bob

    • Hi Bob! I actually don’t use MS Office – prefer Open Office, but I know what you mean. You know we can’t have the software being more intelligent than the operator – LOL

  • Delia @ Blog Formatting

    I am loving pixlr so I think I’ll love ipiccy, I will definitely give it a try since you ladies recommended it 😉

    • Hi there Delia – I’m quite sure you will love it as it has a fair bit more functionality. Just a question Delia – did you have to crate a Disqus account to leave your comment? Perhaps you already have an account…just curious

  • Emma Burford

    Great comparison ladies, I’ve used Pixlr for some time now but perhaps I will take a closer look at iPiccy now 🙂

    • Hey Emma – do you use Pixlr for everything or just for embellishing the odd photo?

      • Emma Burford

        I don;t have Photoshop so I do use it quite a bit myself but do pay a graphic designer for logos etc. I also have some other Graphic Software which I have bought which I use for Social Media graphics and Infographics when i have time 😉

  • julie jamison

    Thanks for the review Caroline and Davina! I only knew of PicMonkey, but now I know that there are more options that I can play with.

    • Hi Julie – nice to see you over here and good that you’ve found other options to play around with. Promise you’ll come back and show us what you’ve made?

  • Robin Strohmaier

    Great review, Caroline and Davina! This is an invaluable review. I have tested Pixlr in the past looking for a solution for clients who wish to edit their photos. I found it very similar to Adobe Photoshop. I haven’t tried ipiccy and will definitely be testing it out.Thank you for this review!

    • Hi there Robin – Pixlr Advanced is okay, but there is still the issue of understanding things like layers, Magic Wand, Lasso tool etc and for some the interface is still intimidating. So if you know PS it’s great, but then if you know PS you’ll probably be using it! Let us know how you get on.

  • Thanks for your valuable advice girls. I am definitely interested in the training on making my own professional graphics using ipiccy, and I can’t wait till you launch! I am already subscribed to your site, do I have to register again for this new launch?

    • Hi Barb – two doses of us in a day. I say that because we’re now got our comments back on – trialling Disqus. Let’s see how this goes.

  • Terry L Schell

    Gals,once again, you have outdone yourselves! Great suggestions,
    and I got all three, but think the ipiccy platform works best in my instance,
    with my limited skills in this area.
    Thanks a Bunch!

    Texas Terry

    • Ah, *always* good to see you over here Mr Texas. Let us know how you get on with ipiccy.

  • Hi there folks – thanks very much for all your comments.
    We’re having a few technical challenges – ha ha- with our threaded replies in the comments here and so I’m replying personally by email. Please do continue with your comments because we love hearing from you!

  • Davina and Caroline,

    You are exactly right. This is what most people are looking for. They are not looking to pay Adobe tons of money for Photoshop and Illustrator.

    Thanks for providing this short list of free and easy alternatives for working on photos and stuff!

    Have a great weekend!

    ~ Jupiter Jim

    • Hi there Jim – really nice to see you over here. As you can see we’re spruced up the comments and are giving Disqus a test. Looks good so far.

  • Your analysis is most valuable. Your blog post sounds like you’re talking directly to me. Thank you so much. ipiccy would be my choice of the three you’ve reviewed.

    Very much looking forward to the upcoming announcement – I’m on the list.

    Great post!

    • Hi Sheila! You certainly are on the list! Wouldn’t be the same without you.

  • Thank you, thank you, thank you for this informative post. I’ve been looking for a way to make images (I’ve found a few places to add words to pictures . . . but I wanted more than that!) I am going to check out your recommendation today!



    • Hi Lisa – back on commenting and we’re trying out Disqus. So glad you’ve found it useful 🙂

  • Just testing the comments thread here