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Graphic Editors

Online Editors

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Create (or edit) an image online 

  • Pixlr - - (My favorite) You don't need to register to use the editor. It's flash-based, so it works with most browsers. You can create an image from scratch or work with one you upload. You can work with layers, add effects and do much more. Some folks have compared it favorably to Photoshop.  (See tutorials below)
  • Sumopaint - - This online graphics editor has some unique features and tools - shape tools, gradient editor, many different effects, over 300 brushes, and more. Well worth checking out.

Add effects to an image you upload

  • Blingee - - "Add Glitter, Graphics, and Comments to personalize your images" Worth checking out if you like animated glittery images.
  • iaza (Now called Ezimba) online - - You upload an image and then you can do all kinds of things to it including adding effects, converting it to a different type of image or making the background transparent.
  • LunaPic Online Photo Editor - Create slideshows, reflecting animation, groovy color animations, animated transitions and more. Upload your image and have fun!

Create backgrounds images that tile

  • Background Pattern Maker (old versions)- - Make your own! Choose a pattern - change the color, opacity, size, etc. and make your own background "tiles".
  • Pattern Ninja (new version of Background Pattern Maker)- - has more features

Online Editors for Specific Purpose

  • Gifmake - - Create an animated slideshow gif. Upload your different images. This site combines them into a slideshow or and animated image. You can adjust the timing between the scenes.
  • Cut My Pic - - A fun, free, online web tool that quickly enables you to resize, edit, cut, crop, add rounded corners and a drop shadow to your image, picture or photo!
  • Web Graphics Maker - - Backgrounds, lines, bullets and color picker -  Free online tools which generate web graphics for your site or blog.

Software you can download

Graphics editors

  • Gimp - -  free graphics software program for Windows, Unix and Mac OS10 Some folks have compared it favorably to Photoshop (See tutorials below)
  • Inkscape -download - -  " An Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format." There are versions for most operating systems. The site also has links to tutorials,forums and more.
  • - download - - is free image and photo editing software for computers that run Windows. It has support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of tools. 
  • PhotoPad Photo Editing Software (Mac) - download - - Free for non-commercial use only - Easily edit digital photos and other pictures; Supports all popular image formats; Crop, rotate, resize and flip photos fast

Photo album generators

  • Jalbum - - No longer offers a free version. Easily and quickly generate a photo gallery complete with thumbnail images, choose a skin and store the album on jalbum or on your own website.