Note: if you're looking for quick and easy ways to create quote fun and beautiful graphics and don't need photo editing, go to the Social Media Text Graphics Page.
PicMonkey has most of the features of Photoshop in an easy to use package, with many things Photoshop can't do well, like how easy it is to add text. They have a premium plan called Royale for $4.99 a month or $33 a year which I think is well worth it. PicMonkey also does nice collages.
My second choice is Pixlr, which comes in three versions: Pixlr-o-Matic (playful), Pixlr Express (efficient), and Pixlr Editor (advanced). Pixlr-o-Matic and Pixlr Express are also available in mobile versions. They are worth checking out because there are some things they do that PicMonkey can't, and you can choose your skill level.
There are things that no online app will ever be able to do. No matter how good they are, you will be frustrated and waste time unless you spring for the $90 for PhotoShop Elements,
Pixlr Editor and Photoshop are the only tools above that allow your to use any font that's installed in your computer. When you're searching for a font, you might want to try MyFonts,and in particular WhatTheFont, which allows you to upload a file or specify a URL of a font you like and get the closest match in their database.
and in particular WhatTheFont, which allows you to upload a file or specify a URL of a font you like and get the closest match in their database.
If you are putting pictures up on your blog or on social media it is essential to compress them so they load quickly. PicMonkey, Pixlr and Pixlr Express offer compression, but Photoshop is the only tool that allows you to choose your compression ratio with a side by side comparison between what the image looks like compressed and uncompressed. If you just want a quick and dirty way to compress a photo for the web, try Smush.it or Pic Resize
One thing you'll need to do often is to remove the backgrounds from images--silhouette, mask, cutout, whatever you want to call it. Clipping Magic is an easy-to-use tool that accomplishes this remarkably well. Far better than Photoshop, in my opinion.
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