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Question from Roger: Hi Rick. I’d love to have your advice on a good online photo editor.
I have Photoshop Elements on my desktop computer at work, and I use it a lot. I also need to have some way of editing a photo every now and then on my laptop.
The thing is I just can’t justify paying $100 for another copy of Elements. Is there a good free online photo editor that you feel comfortable recommending?
Rick‘s answer: Roger, you have a number of great options to choose from, but if I were you I’d download and install GIMP onto the laptop.
GIMP offers much of the functionality of Photoshop, and it’s completely free.
There will be a learning curve involved since GIMP’s user interface is quite different from Elements, but the time spent learning it will be time well spent in my opinion.
If you end up needing it you’ll find plenty of free help by typing “gimp tutorial” into Google.
Now all of the above being said, if you really would prefer using an online image editor, I recommend using Pixlr.
Pixlr is free, and it offers many of the most common photo editing tools that you’re already used to using.
Its user interface is very intuitive so you shouldn’t have any trouble at all with the minor learning curve.
If you’d like to give Pixlr a try, simply visit this page and then click the button labeled Pixlr E Advanced Photo Editor.
I hope this helps, Roger. Good luck!
Update from Roger: I downloaded GIMP and it’s just too confusing for me. But Pixlr I love! Thanks so much!