If you are someone like me who regularly needs to use images for your blog, presentations, reports or website, then it’s highly likely that you will need to edit some of them at some point.  Whether that’s because you want to change the size and shape of the image, or add colour, text or other special effects to it.

In fact, one of the things that I was asked to do recently for a client was to put a portrait image into a landscape slider without distorting the picture itself.  Now this can sound complicated but in fact it’s very easy to do if you have image editing software.  But a lot of people are put off buying software such as Photoshop because it’s so expensive.

So here’s how to edit pictures online for free.

You can use one of the many online photo editing tools and the one that I regularly use is Pixlr.com.  Pixlr has many of the features that you find in Photoshop.  You can either edit existing images or create a new one such as a button or background image.  You can also create formatting effects such as changing brightness and contrast, and adding gradients, colour and text, as well as other advanced effects such as distortion, blur, smudge, sharpen and red eye reduction.

Using Pixlr will save you both time and money.  You don’t have to open up software to get started – I know that Photoshop can take several minutes to open  up – and as its free, then it will save you a few pennies too.

There’s just one thing to note: because all the editing is done online, you must save your work on your computer as you go along because you will lose it as soon as you close the browser window.

Apart from that, using tools such as Pixlr are a great way to edit images online for free quickly and easily.

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