The old expression, “A picture is worth a thousand words” has never been so apparent as it is today. Facebook posts with images attract exponentially more attention that simple status updates. News articles and other resources also include an image to bring the information to life for its readers, and sometimes even include video footage. We live in a world that requires photos that are cropped, edited, overlayed with text, and sport a great filter. Two of my go-to free photo editing online tools are BeFunky.com and PicMonkey.com. Both are very intuitive, meaning it’s easy to learn your way around, and produce quality results for social media, web, and mobile images.
BeFunky.com With the BeFunky online photo editor, you don’t need to register to use it (but you can!). This site offers a host of fun filters, frames, and text overlay options that are all easily navigable from the left side bar. You can save photo project straight to your computer, or share them on Facebook, Twitter, or other social media outlets directly from the BeFunky site. You can also download the free BeFunky app to your smartphone and edit images on the go. The app is a bit more limited than the full site, but it works in a pinch.
PicMonkey PicMonkey editing tools are also available without registering a user name. This tool is a bit more technical, in that it offers more options for the lighting, saturation, blur, color tone, etc. and less pre-made filters than BeFunky. What I love most about this site is the clarity of text on images. Too many times text is blurry or saves in a weird format, but PicMonkey converts the image file in such a way as to retain that crisp, clear text of a professional overlay. At this time, I have not discovered a mobile PicMonkey app (though that doesn’t mean there isn’t one!).
For personal use, I prefer BeFunky because the filters are pre-set and I can simply scroll through until I find one I like. For business use, it’s PicMonkey for the quality of the saved files as well as the clarity of added text to images. Both are great, FREE tools for editing your photos online. If you’ve tried one, let me know what you think! If you have an online photo editing site I should check out, please let me know that too.
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Sarah is the founder and sole proprietor of a small web design business in Indianapolis, IN. She works primarily with local nonprofits and small business in need of web services, like website design or social media management, at affordable rates for those smaller budgets.