5 free image editing apps

Five free image-editing apps you need to know about

Posted by Colm Hanratty on Nov 26, 2015

While the word ‘photoshop’ is essentially a verb nowadays, owning a copy of Adobe’s world-renowned image-editing software isn’t necessary thanks to a host of free online websites and apps.

Of all of these apps and websites, each one is good for a different aspect of image-editing. Here are five to try out when creating standout photos for your blog, website or social media.

Good for blog post and social media images -

canva-list.pngOf all the free resources out there for creating images from pre-set templates, Canva.com is arguably the best-known. Images are conveniently divided into social network and blog imagery. All you need to do is choose the design and pick your preferred background before writing your message.

If you want to upload your own image as a background, you can do so. You can also change the colour of the font, the size… the list goes on.

Good for collages - 

amsterdam-collage-make-1.pngPicmonkey has lots of uses but the one I return to over and over is the collages it allows you to create. Choose from ‘Ducks in a Row’ which is a line of similarly sized images, the self-explanatory ‘Facebook photo’ or ‘L-egant’ like the one above.

Good for image editing - 

trekksoft-pixlr-1.pngI’m no graphic designer, but I do know that a lot of what Adobe Photoshop is down to is layers. The finished image we see is usually a bunch of images or elements layered on top of each other, before being compressed into one final image.

Pixlr allows you to do this. You open one original image or create an image from blank, then open other images as ‘layers’. Of course this is only one function this website offers. You can also play around with the contrast, add filters and more.


Good for filters - Ribbet

trekksoft-ribbet-example-1.pngIf you want to give your images the Instagram effect without having to actually use Instagram, Ribbet is where to go. I’ve been using it for years now and can go back and look at my past creations… and I’ve never spent a cent.

Rather than being listed under ‘filters’, the different effects are listed under just that – the word ‘effects’. If you want to add stickers and other things to your images you can do that too.

For design - 


All of these recommendations have one thing in common – they’re great for editing images. If you want to do some design work by creating an image from scratch for something like an invitation or a poster, there are sites out there that let you do that too.

Of all of these, I recommend BeFunky. Choose from invitation, menu and even business card templates along with many others. Similar to Canva, they also have image templates to choose from too.


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Colm Hanratty

Written by Colm Hanratty

Colm is Founder and Managing Director of digital marketing agency Sixtwo Digital. After running Hostelworld.com’s content and social media for almost 11 years he felt it was time to branch out on his own, using all his experience to educate others in the travel space.

Topics: Marketing tips, Business advice

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