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With news that Google is abandoning its photo-editing service, Picasa, you may be wondering how you’ll edit your pictures now. The choices are many, both online and via your mobile devices. Some services feature one-click fixes, stickers, frames and fun collages; others have the sophistication of high-end editing software. To save you time in choosing a photo-editing tool, we’ve tracked down four of our favorite photo-editing websites, including two that also have free apps for both iOS and Android mobile devices. Whether you’re a photo-editing genius or you want the ease of simple photo fixes, you’ll find your perfect solution below.
|Website||Cost||Description and Fave Features||User Tips|
|Canva||free||Easy-to-use tools include Resize, which easily decreases image size for sharing via email or online. Lots of filters let you change the tone of your photos.
||When resizing photos, check Lock Aspect Ratio. This keeps the image measurements in proportion so the picture won’t look “stretched.”|
|Fotor||free, with premium features||The clean, easy-to-use interface includes a full suite of tools for basic editing, effects, decorative frames, and social media templates. It offers multiple options for collage designs.
||To keep a free account, don’t select features with a diamond icon. Double-click stickers for an additional menu with lots of options.|
|PicMonkey||free, with premium features|| This full-featured editor, collage and graphic design tool is useful for headshot touch-ups.
||Doing basic photo editing? Use the Auto Adjust button for a quick fix. Try Special Effects for fun additions like snowfall and holly.|
|Pixlr||free|| This free suite makes editing as easy or as complex as you choose. Pixlr Editor is similar to Photoshop Elements; Pixlr Express is geared toward a quick fix.
||Try the fun effects tool in Express to give a modern image a vintage look. Use the Type tool to add a saying or a caption identifying who’s pictured.|
From the May/June 2016 Family Tree Magazine