No More Photoshop: 5 No-Signup Image Editors on the Web

Mihir Patkar 09-06-2018

It is a pain to fire up Photoshop, Pixelmator, or GIMP for a simple task like resizing some photos or blurring sensitive information in an image. Well, you don’t need to. Use these websites to do your job in a jiffy.


I’m a big fan of doing common web tasks without signing up 10 Common Web Tasks You Can Do Without Signing Up Security bugs like Heartbleed make it clear that your logins and passwords are not safe. But what if you could use the Web for common tasks without signing up for an account? Read More . Apart from the convenience, it’s also a big step in protecting your privacy online, especially when you realize how much information websites store about you.

When it comes to everyday operations for an image, you’d be better off using one of these web apps to quickly and efficiently finish what you need to do.

Image Blur [Broken URL Removed] (Web): Blur Sensitive Information in Photos

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When you share a screenshot or an image, it can often have sensitive information that you don’t want others to know. You might want to protect someone’s identity by blurring their face or even stop bots from reading your email address.

Image Blur is the simplest tool I’ve seen for this task. It only lets you upload images from your hard drive, so you can’t use links to photos. Once the image is uploaded, draw a rectangle anywhere and click “Blur it” to apply the effect. You can have multiple rectangles in the same image to blur different spots. After finishing, you can download the image to your hard drive again. Nothing is stored in the cloud, and the servers are purged periodically, so as to protect privacy.


Image Blur is tremendously convenient to use, but if you’re looking for a little more control, try LunaPic. You’ll need to register to use it, but the web app lets you both pixelate and blur images online How to Easily Pixelate or Blur Your Images Online Need to pixelate or blur an image real quick? Use these free tools and it won't take but a second. Read More .

Screely (Web): Add a Beautiful Background to Images or Screenshots

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Don’t share a drab old image on the internet, or a badly cropped screenshot that ruins the rounded edges of the window you took it in. There’s a better way. It’s called Screely.

Crop your drab image to the desired size first, and then upload it to Screely. The site will automatically add a background to it, along with a drop shadow, making it look like those professional screenshots and images you see online. You can change the color of the background too.

For screenshots, Screely lets you add a fake window title bar if you want. It only has the Mac title bar theme though.

Screely is a simple tool that does its job well. What was usually five to seven steps in Photoshop is now much faster.

AddText (Web, Android, iOS): Quickly Add Text to Any Image

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Whether you’re creating a “One Does Not Simply” meme or actually adding a caption to an image, AddText is the easiest and quickest way to finish the job. Plus, it’s quite customizable.

Once you upload the image, you can add as many text boxes as you want. Each box can have a different font style, color, size, and position. Go wild, it’s all up to you. There are some quirky and fun font styles available here, so go through the selections, you might find something cool to make your text look interesting 5 Sites That Make Any Text Look Interesting Make text look fun. You don't need to be an artist as these easy web tools make boring text look downright fascinating. Read More .

AddText also has mobile apps for Android and iOS, which are just as easy as the web app. Since the web version doesn’t work well on mobile screens, the apps are a better solution. But it defeats the purpose of a quick, no-signup app, so you might as well get one of the best smartphone photo-editing apps 12 Great Smartphone Photo-Editing Apps You Might Not Know You probably know about the big smartphone photo editing apps, but do you know about these 12 lesser-known options? Read More .

Social Image Resizer Tool (Web): Crop and Resize for Social Platforms

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The blog Internet Marketing Ninjas developed a cool web app for anyone who wants to change their social media picture. As you probably know, you usually need a cheat sheet for social media sizes Social Media Cheat Sheet: All the Key Image Sizes to Know We've put together a list of all the important image sizes that you'll need on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Tumblr. Read More , since Facebook, Twitter, and others keep changing the dimensions of profile pictures, headers, and so on.

Social Image Resizer Tool (SIRT) gets rid of the cheat sheet. Upload an image and you can start cropping it perfectly. Choose what you are making first, like a Facebook header or YouTube profile picture, and SIRT will automatically give you rectangle or circle selection accordingly. Resize and drag it to the desired part of your image. You can see the original image size, the selection size, and the final size at all times.

Once you’re done, choose JPEG, PNG, GIF, or ICO as the final file format and download it to your hard drive.

BIRME (Web): Resize and Rename Many Images in One Click

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Bulk Image Resizing Made Easy, or BIRME, is the simplest online tool I’ve come across to resize and rename images in a batch. Plus, it’s surprisingly customizable too.

First, upload all the images you want to resize. Choose the desired height or width (and you can have the height or width auto-adjust too, depending on portrait or landscape pictures). Apart from resizing, BIRME will also crop images to your desired aspect ratio, so choose wisely. You can also add a border to all the photos. Images will be saved in JPEG format at 80% quality by default, so you might want to pump that up. And you can rename them too, of course.

BIRME smartly gives users the option to download all photos as a ZIP file, or individually if that’s what you want. As long as you have a fast internet connection to upload and then download those pictures, BIRME is better than resizing images in bulk on a computer How To Convert & Resize Images In Bulk If there is a single time-saving tip that I could ever offer to any writer, student, professional or anyone else that needs to produce documents with images, it's the ability to bulk-resize images. Read More .

Not Just Photos, Videos Too

Such simple, no-signup editors aren’t the sole domain of photo editors. If it’s a video you want to crop or resize, there’s a solution for that too. Try one of these free online video editors that make you anonymous 5 No-Signup Free Online Video Editors That Keep You Anonymous Don't install an app for simple video editing. These free online video editors can do it without asking you to register. Read More , it takes almost no time to do what you need to.

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  1. Mvel
    November 4, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    Seriously? This is what you offer? What a waste of time!

    All these functions I can do in powerpoint and there is no upload/download waste. If you don't have powerpoint, use google docs.

  2. annie
    October 23, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    Thank you for sharing the article. This was so helpful and effective. I always use photoshop to do my simple task like resizing the photos or to crop the photos and it is actually painful that for this simple task I need to use photoshop. But thanks that you shared more apps and web editors which I can use in my need.

  3. Michael
    June 14, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    Lunapic really not mentioned? No signup, and has more features than all the above.

  4. MrJanus
    June 12, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    Photoshop CS-6 takes 3 seconds to boot on my PC, I defy any of these sites to perform as well as a full-blown application that can boot that fast. Once booted I have access to Actions, Scripts, Automate etc...

    And as others have said, uploading secure documents to unknown sites, just so you can blur out some sensitive information that you've just given them access to for free... ermmm, I think not. I'm not saying that's stupid... but well yeah, it is actually about the most ridiculous way to handle secure information I can think of.

    When it comes to simple tasks, pick software you know and keep things safe and secure. Uploading and downloading will take you longer than opening Photoshop or Gimp.

  5. Carl Friedberg
    June 11, 2018 at 5:41 pm

    Would be great to have an alternative to photoshop to stitch 2 (or more) images together. Photoshop does this really well, but it is hard to justify $500 USD/year to use that function maybe twice? Any suggestions?

  6. Adam
    June 11, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    GIMP & Firefox launch approximately at the same speed on my laptop. I don't see the savings in time or resources. I also don't see why sending photos to the cloud could ever be considered "safer" than working on them with your own machine. And, you don't have to wait for a resource heavy page to load in GIMP just to select and add a Gaussian Blur. If you have a netbook/Chromebook and don't want to add another app, then this might be fine. However, for the average (and security minded) user, I'd have to disagree with this article.

  7. Wally
    June 10, 2018 at 11:58 pm

    Image Blur: Upload a confidential document to blur the secret parts???
    Does anybody think this is a good idea?

  8. Robbie
    June 9, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    Thank you. Brilliant article. Simple and to the point. Thanks again.