Free Photo Editor With Special Effects

By Eirik Ott

Numerous websites allow photographers to upload their favorite images and edit them at no charge. Users can crop photos, change their sizes, alter colors and add special effects with the click of a mouse.

FotoFlexer.com

FotoFlexer.com allows users to upload photos and make simple automated edits, such as "Fix Red Eye." Special effects filters can add artful touches, including "Super Pixelate" and "Neon," by mouse-clicking onscreen buttons. Photos can also be decorated with text and graphic "stickers."

Pixlr.com

Pixlr.com is a Web-based application that mimics photo editing software such as Photoshop. Users can upload their photos and edit them using tools such as the "Eraser" and the "Lasso," or tweak elements of the photo such as brightness/contrast and color balance. Special effects can also be added, including creative blurs, distortions and painterly highlights.

Picnik.com

Picnik.com offers a variety of special effects filters and photo editing features. Images can be automatically adjusted by clicking buttons, such as "Fancy Focus," "Airbrush" and "Teeth Whiten." Text can be added in a variety of fonts and colors, while advanced controls are available for fine-tuning any edits.

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