Please see my updated post published in November 2016 – How to Easily Make Free Picture Quotes
In this third post of the series I review more free online Image editors for Picture Quotes. In my last post, How to easily make picture quotes, I discussed simple image editors and specific picture quote tools. My first article gave you reasons for making your own picture quotes in for Facebook, instead of sharing others images. Today I cover more advanced image creation and photo editing applications.
If you post photos or picture quotes to Facebook, or run a blog or website, it is worth learning how to use at least one of these programs. Unless you want to do very complicated editing and special effects they are not hard to find your way around if you take a little time with them. They are all free and offer almost as much as expensive programs such as Photoshop.
The best Online Image Editors for Picture Quotes
Canva is quickly becoming the most popular image editor. It has options for creating various types of images including social media, Facebook headers, blog images, posters and presentations. The default social media size is 800 x 800 but if you want to define a custom size before you start you can. Instead of using on one of the predefined categories click on “Use custom dimensions” at the top right.
There’s a good range of free background images and layouts suitable for picture quotes. Their premium images cost $1 each. Here’s an example of a pre-made Canva template with free background. All I did was change the text.
Lillian De Jesus has created whole set of posts and tutorial videos on Canva as well as a free e-book on “How To Use Canva Like A Pro For Business”
iPiccy is my favorite of them all. It has a simple interface but so many features for editing and creating images and adding special effects. You can create or edit your own background images and add text to make picture quotes.
Here are just some of the features available on iPiccy:
You can enhance photos that are not as perfect as you like: recoloring, sharpening, fixing red eye, skin color alterations, removing blemishes and wrinkles. You can even give yourself a tan, add mascara, blush and lip color.
For the images below I uploaded a plain light blue image and had great fun trying all the different coloring and special effect options. I was just playing, without any ideas of what the result would be but I was pleased with what I produced. I am only touching the surface of what you can do with this application.
All these are perfect for adding text to make picture quotes, joke images, or greetings cards.
I made a picture quote too of course.
Pixlr Editor is a fully featured online image creator and editor, like Photoshop. Uploading a background image, adjusting, sizing, and adding text is relatively simple. If you want to make or edit a background image there are tools to create some great results. Although there is some learning involved, there are many online tutorials, on the Pixlr blog and YouTube, to help you.
No registration is needed to upload an image from your computer or a URL or to create an image from scratch.,You need to sign up and login to load an image from your own Facebook, Picasa, Flickr accounts, or your Pixlr library.
This video shows you how you can create a background image using Pixlr
Pixlr Express is simpler but more limited in its options. You can upload an image from your computer or a url, add a choice of overlay effects, borders and text. For a background image you could use a photo as it is or a plain colored image and add effects. You cannot create an image from scratch with Express.
In hindsight I should have used clearer fonts or different font colors on the above two images, to make the text stand out more.
Pixlr-o-matic is termed their ‘playful” editor. You can recolor images, create fancy overlay effects and add frames but you cannot add text.
There is a downloadable version of the Pixlr. Pixlr Express and Pixlr-o-matic are available as free apps from Google Play and iTunes App Store. The Pixlr Grabber add ins for Firefox and Chrome allow you to open images into Pixlr directly from the web.
Photoshop Express Editor Review
Photoshop Express is Adobe Photoshop’s free online version which includes many of Photoshop’s powerful features but with a simpler user interface. Here is the picture quote I created.
Included are some decorating/special effect features that are not included in Photoshop. Above I used one of the speech bubbles and a “sticky”. The frame feature is not as you would expect as there are no plain frames here only decorative border effects:
Other decorative features include various categories of clipart but they would be of limited use.
Splashup is a relatively simple online photo editor although the Photoshop-like interface may look daunting.
Upload your background image from the File/Open Filemenu and click on the Text button (A) in the left hand side menu. Alternatively, for a blank background, choose File/New, choose your image size and fill in with the color of your choice. Then choose your font, font size and text color from the menu that appears at the top of the window.
You can upload and save your edited images directly from/to your computer, Facebook, Twitter, Picasa, SmugMug, Photobucket or Flickr. Saving images to Splashup requires free registration. Splashup Light is a version that you can download to your computer. I uploaded my own image for this picture quote:
SumoPaint is a powerful image fully featured image editor, with a Photoshop like interface, which allows you to upload an image or create a blank canvas to start from scratch. It comes with the largest range of fonts out of all the editors I am reviewing today.
Although relatively complex to use, unlike most of the other online editing tools SumoPaint comes with plenty of video tutorials.
For this picture quote I uploaded the “success” background image and added text and a few stars.
Excluding iPiccy, I was a little disappointed by the range of additions available to add to images in the way of clipart, borders, frames and other special effects. The number of fonts available is limited in all apart from in iPiccy and Sumopaint.
My next post in this series will discuss where you can download free images for use on blogs and social networking sites.