There’s no denying how much easier it is to read lengthy articles when there are pictures and photographs interspersed throughout the text. Text alone can get overwhelming and boring, so having a pop of color or an interesting graphic to look at gives our brain a nice little break before we continue on throughout the article. However not all pictures come out exactly as we want them to, which makes photo editing an important part of the blogging process. And unless you’re a photo snob, you probably aren’t itching to spend a lot on photo-editing supplies. Luckily the Internet is stocked with free photo-editing websites, and some make photo-editing not only easy but also fun.

These five come out on top in terms of good, free photo-editing websites:

The brainchild of some former Picnik (who was recently snatched up by Google) engineers, a rabbi, and a monkey, PicMonkey is a user-friendly photo-editing site that lets you play around with photos they already have loaded onto the website so you can get familiar with their effects or lets you upload your own pictures so you can just dive right in and get to editing. Everything is done with the simple click of a graphic that details the effect and you can easily reverse back to the original if you’re not happy with it.

DesignWizard is a quick and easy tool for image editing online. Their free features allow the user to magically resize images and photos with the click of a button, while also having the ability to upload fonts, photos, logos, and custom color palettes. In addition to the many features on the site, each user can be rest assured that their personal data and images are safe as well, as every image on the site has been licensed for commercial use — thus protecting the end user from any copyright complications. In short, this design tool is perfect for all of your online image and design needs. Check out the template examples on that site for how to get started with your own social media, posters, web sizes images and more.

BeFunky has hundreds of different effects that you can use to take your pictures from ordinary to extraordinary in no time at all. You don’t have to be photo-editing savvy in the least to navigate through the different features and apply them to photos. You’ll never have a dull photo again with this editor – you’ll have a work of art!

Boasting that they are the world’s most advanced online image editor, FotoFlexer offers not only the basics of photo-editing that you can find on most free websites, but also much more advanced features that are usually only available to pricey software such as Photoshop. If you’re ready to take your editing skills to the next level, this site is where you should start!

LunaPic allows you to not only upload pictures from your computer desktop, but also from popular sites like Facebook, photobucket, Picasa, and more. It has over 200 effects available to tweak your photos with, and lets you add in fun and interesting twists to photos, such as reflections, slideshows, and blending two photos into one.

FotoFlexr may be the most advanced online image editor, but Pixlr claims they have the number one spot when it comes to being the most popular online photo editor! This easy-to-use website makes photo-editing a breeze and gives you several different options to choose from depending on how much time you have to edit and what it is you want to do. It’s a regular one-stop shop!

Photo-editing is an essential part of blogging, but it shouldn’t be all-consuming with your time nor should it be expensive to undertake. These five free photo-editing websites each give their own unique twists to editing photos while saving you time and money.

This post was written by Laura Backes, she enjoys writing about all kinds of subjects and also topics related to internet service providers in my area.