Pictures are visual memories and story tellers. Creating images, enhancing a photo, revealing details and adding effects is like changing the perspective, like telling a story with different words from different angles. The list of tools available is endless.
Here are three very simple ones.
Beware, the interface is pretty ugly and it’s lined with ads. BUT besides supporting basic editing, you can easily add some artsy effects and animations to your images. The gif animations are pretty cool.
Yes, it remains basic, you cannot customize these special effects, the most you can do is combine several animations. Definitely a bore for the advanced user. However, it is a great tool to quickly spruce up an image without having to load a bloated desktop program.
Also check out recently mentioned GIFmake that can be used to compose and decompose GIF animations online.
Here we actually have more than just one tool. With J-Painter you can draw a sketch, annotate a photo, draw a diagram, draw a road map, paint a greeting card or perform some medicine drawing. Images can be downloaded as png files.
Yet another very basic looking and easy to use tool. What really got me hooked is the map editor with the predefined symbols.
You can use the tool online or download to your desktop for free. Licenses to install J-Painter on your own website are available as well, including a 30 day free evaluation.
The people from Mosaizer developed a program that lets you combine a picture and a text file of your choice to produce a text mosaic. Or you can transform your image into ASCII Art, create ASCII text, and there is a lot more Textaizer can do.
Do you know of any web-based or desktop-based image editing tools? Drop the links in the comments.