Online Image Editors Review:
A selection of free online image editing tools were assessed...I selected several popular online image editors which have a free component; all of these editors also have paid services which I did not test.
With the assistance of my beautiful model Wilson, I took the photo on the right for testing purposes.
It turned out I probably should have selected a human model (sorry Wilson), since many of the online image editing tools appear to be aimed at perfecting your selfie for posting to social media, or as an environmentally friendly alternative to applying makeup perhaps? And 'skin smoothing' features don't work very well with feathers.
I selected an image which would I though would be challenging to remove the background from, to give the editors a realistic challenge. Background removal is one of the more time consuming tasks in image editing, and it's something lots of software is trying to master.
I wasn't willing to spend more than 30 minutes per image, so I set a timer as I started to edit, thinking I'd spend a half hour removing each background and show the resulting image for each editor, but that didn't prove possible. Some of the free editors don't let you save an image, and some don't let you deal with the background, so it was really only one service that allowed me to complete this test. Which makes for a rather clear conclusion I suppose.
Since everyone likes options, I included a bonus choice (link at the end) in case you find the online editors as difficult to work with as I did.
Conclusion: Only one of the tools tested proved to be useful in it's free form - Pixlr was by far the best of the online image editors, but I was hoping to provide options, so I've included a 'bonus option' (also free, although technically an online image editor, it's open source software free to download).
BONUS: Not an online image editor, but it's free to download and a very powerful tool - if any of the above fail to meet your needs, try this:
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