Last week we looked at 5 free online picture and image editing tools that I had seen mentioned in this Campus Technology article. A few readers responded to this post and mentioned some other tools they liked. I took a look at these tools, and share my experiences and observations about them below. I then did a little searching to find other popular free, web based tools that I hadn’t come across already, tried a couple of them out too.
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Aviary (Phoenix image editor)
I found Aviary to be a lot of fun. Aviary is actually a suite of tools for working with a variety of media types, including photos, video, and audio. Their image editor is an app they call Phoenix, and it has standard functions to control things like Brightness & Contract, and Hue & Saturation. There is also a set of cool filters that produce effects like the “Metal Glow” effect shown in the picture below. I guess I’m a bit of a sucker for cool effects like this, but it seems to be one of the things that often differentiates these tools from each other.