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Graphic Editors

Online Editors

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Create (or edit) an image online 

  • Pixlr -  http://pixlr.com/ - (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 editor has changed. Previously, you could go to the editor and create without having an account. However, that has now changed. The new link to the site is https://www.sumo.fm/ - Online graphics editor. Before the change, the site had many useful filters and you could use layers and create transparencies. 

Add effects to an image you upload

  • Blingee - http://blingee.com - "Add Glitter, Graphics, and Comments to personalize your images" Worth checking out if you like animated glittery images.
  • FotoFlexer - http://fotoflexer.com/ - If you don't have a graphics program on your own computer, this can be a great help! 
  • iaza (Now called Ezimba) online - http://www.ezimba.com/ - 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 - http://www.lunapic.com/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 - http://bgpatterns.com/ - Make your own! Choose a pattern - change the color, opacity, size, etc. and make your own background "tiles".

Online Editors for Specific Purpose

  • Gifmake - http://gifmake.com - 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.
  • Repper - http://repperpatterns.com/2010/11/welcome/ - "Repper is a free-to-use pattern creator that turns your images into eye-catching designs. You can start playing right away: just upload an image and start dragging! We have even provided you with some samples images to get started with."
  • Round Pic - http://www.roundpic.com/index.php - Upload your image and give it rounded corners. Quick and Easy.
  • Web Graphics Maker - http://en.web-graphics-maker.com/backgrounds/ - 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 -  http://www.gimp.org -  free graphics software program for Windows, Unix and Mac OS10 Some folks have compared it favorably to Photoshop (See tutorials below)
  • Inkscape -download - http://inkscape.org/ -  " 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.
  • Paint.net - download - http://www.getpaint.net/ - 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. 
  • PhotoPlus - download - http://www.serif.com/free-photo-editing-software/ - Free - Enhance your images with easy-to-use creative tools, such as paintbrush, airbrush, clone, smudge and erase - adjustable brush settings include size, shape, softness and fade for complete control. Requirements: Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP
  • Picasa (Google) Photo Editor download - http://picasa.google.com/  Organize, edit, create and share your photos. Works with Windows XP/Vista, Mac and Linux. (See tutorials below)
  • Photobie - http://www.photobie.com/ - Windows - Edit photos, capture screenshots, and create animations. Free for personal use

Photo album generators

  • Jalbum - http://jalbum.net/en/ - 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.