Using an online photo editor or photo editing app can take your personalized gift to the next level. The first step to creating a personalized photo blanket, pillow, or any other item is to choose the photos you would like to use. After choosing your picture, you might find that it needs some editing before it is ready to go. Whether you need to crop a photo, adjust lighting, add a border, or put together a collage, you will want to use an online photo editor.

Over the 20 years that The Memories Place has been in the online personalization business, photo editing has become much easier. Your photo blanket can now feature fully edited pictures. With the right photo editor, you can improve upon a photo easily and quickly.

You do not have to know Photoshop or pay a lot of money to make a high-quality image. But since certain editors require more input than others, you will want to choose the right one for your needs.

There are many free or paid photo-editing programs and apps available for you to use, but not all of them are good options for every situation. This post lists ten of the top photo editors and details some pros and cons of each program. Hopefully, this list will provide a place for you to weigh your options and choose the best editor for your personalized project.


Some Questions to Ask Before Choosing Your Photo Editor

With so many options for photo editing, it is important to know what qualities you are looking for. Depending on what you want to do with your photo, certain applications may suit your project better than others. Below are some questions to ask yourself to better understand your specific needs. Use these questions to filter through the top-ten list and choose the online photo editor that is best for you.


1. Do You Want to Pay to Edit Your Photos?

Using online photo editors can give your photos a high-quality look but can also cost some money. If you want to make many personalized projects or photo blankets, it might be worth it to spend some money on a highly rated photo editing program. But if you just want to edit one or two photos, there are plenty of free services that will work for you. It is also worth looking at the free trials that many of the paid services offer. Working on a personalized gift may be a good time for you to take advantage of those deals.


2. Do You Want to Edit on a Phone or a Computer?

This question is important if you do not have access to either a phone or a computer. There are highly effective online photo editors for all devices, but it is important to figure out your preferred method of editing before you begin. Editing photos on your computer gives you the advantage of a bigger screen, so this may be the better option if it is available to you. But it can also be nice to edit from your phone because you can work on your project from anywhere and many of your photos are already stored on your phone.


3. Are You Editing One Photo or Making a Collage?

This is an important question to ask before you get started because many programs either specialize in photo editing or collage making. If you are just editing one photo, there are plenty of options for either simple edits or more complex creations. Many people enjoy using collages for their photo blankets, and if that is you, specifically look for a program that has plenty of collage layouts. The two best collage makers on this list are FotoJet (computer) and Fotor (smartphone).


4. What is Your Skill Level?

The list below includes online photo editors for those ranging from amateurs to trained graphic designers. If you have little experience, you can easily discover how to use some of these complex programs by watching videos on YouTube or other resources. But you might want to start with the simpler options. On the other hand, if you have worked with editing photos before, you will do more with software like GIMP or Photoshop than the services that are easy to use.

Now that you have answered those questions, you are ready to look into your options. This list includes tried and true services as well as some newer apps, so feel free to try out a program you have never heard of before – it just may become your new favorite.

Also keep in mind that if an editor is not working for you, you can always come back to the list and try something else. This list gives you a variety of options. Each creator and picture are different, so keep trying new programs as you work on your photo blanket or other personalized gift.


1. Snapseed – Free App with Many Features

Snapseed is an app that you can use on either your smartphone or tablet. It has a range of filters or “looks,” as the app calls it, but its best feature is its many tools. In the tools section, you will find the ability to adjust the colors and brightness as well as add frames, textures, or text to your photo.

The pros of this app are that it is easy to use and gives you a variety of options for your photo. Its cons are that it can only be used on a smartphone or tablet, so if you are looking to work from your computer, this is not for you. Also, there is no option for making a collage with this application.


2. GIMP – Free Computer Program for Experienced Editors

GIMP is another free service, designed to use on your computer. This is a complex program (comparable to Photoshop), so if you only want to make a few quick fixes, this is not the best option for your project. GIMP has many features, so if you want to make drastic and personalized changes to your photo, GIMP is the best free option.

GIMP’s pros are that it has a lot of features and options for being completely free. The main downside of this program is that it is not intuitive to use – you have to have some background in similar programs to feel comfortable using it as an online photo editor.


3. PhotoScape X – Free Program for Artistic-looking Photos

If you are looking to add some artistic flair to your photo, this program may be right for you. PhotoScape X includes plenty of filters, effects, and patterns to play around with. PhotoScape X is also a free program that you can access from your computer. Once again, a con is that it can be confusing to use, so it is best for those who have experience in photo editing software. The main pro of PhotoScape X is that you can use it to create incredible art with your photos.


4. Lightroom – Well-loved and Versatile Software

Lightroom from Adobe comes in two forms: a smartphone app or a computer software program that you can buy for $119.88 a year. The app has a free function which includes some presets to quickly enhance your photo as well as tools to tweak color and light. You can also purchase a premium version of the app for $4.99 a month, which gives you features such as a healing brush (to remove blemishes or unwanted parts of your photo) and perspective adjustment.

The pro of the app is that it is free, while its con is that there are not a lot of features. The Lightroom program for a computer is much more advanced and is a favorite of photographers. The upside of the computer version is that it is more user-friendly than many photo-editing programs while remaining quite versatile in its abilities. The con of this program is its high price.


5. Prisma – App for Surreal-style Editing

Prisma is an app for your smartphone that costs $7.99 a month or $30 a year. Prisma’s number one advantage over other apps is its many filters and patterns that you can add to your photo. If you want to make your photo look otherworldly, this is the app for you. This app would also work great if you are creating a personalized gift for someone who likes modern and surrealist paintings, as many of the effects and filters are inspired by this kind of art. The con of this app is the cost and the fact that it is only for a specific style of photo editing.


6. VSCO – Best App for Quick and Easy Editing

While VSCO is now used as a form of social media, it began as a photo editing app. Certain features are free, but you can also pay $19.99 a year to unlock many more presets and filters to adjust your photos. VSCO is one of the easiest ways to quickly enhance your photo – especially if you have little experience in photo editing. The only con of this app is the price you must pay for its full range of features.


7. Pixlr – User-friendly App and Website

Pixlr is both an app and a tool that you can use in your internet browser (from your computer or other devices). It takes a bit of time to learn how to use, but the program has built-in teaching modules to help you get the hang of it. This program not only has many filters to use, but it also has stickers and graphics to add to your photo. Pixlr’s top advantage is that you can use it on any device for free, but the downside is that you will have to pay for some of the better features in the program.


8. Fotor – App and Website Collage Maker

Much like Pixlr, Fotor can be used in the app form or on your computer browser. It is extremely easy to use and is a great tool for making a collage or adding text and graphics to a photo. Fotor’s pros are that it is free and (unlike other apps) can be used to edit large files. The downside of this photo editor is that it is not as versatile as some of the others on this list. But if you are looking for some quick and easy-to-use tools, this may be a good option for you.


9. Photoshop – Versatile and High-quality Software

As one of the most well-known photo editing programs, we cannot leave Adobe Photoshop our list. While many more services have joined the photo editing world since Photoshop came out 30 years ago, this program has revamped its look and features to stay relevant and has remained a favorite of many photographers and graphic designers.

You can download the software to your computer for $20.99 a month or use the app (a much simpler version) for free. Photoshop’s advantage is the range of effects and edits you can make to a photo, while disadvantages include price and the need for prior experience.


10. FotoJet – Website with Many Collage Options

FotoJet can be used online for free but also includes a premium version that you can pay for (or use the seven-day free trial). This is one of the best options on this list for making a collage blanket or adding a frame to your photo. FotoJet has over 800 collage layouts for you to use and can be easily accessed from your internet browser. One disadvantage of this service is that it does not include the full range of photo editing tools. But its pro is that it is especially useful for putting multiple pictures together.

If you want to both edit and combine photos, you could consider using another online photo editor and then uploading those photos to FotoJet to make your collage.


Turn Your Edited Photos Into a Personalized Item

As you edit your photos for your personalized gift or photo blanket, remember to have fun and be creative. Once you have completed your editing, head on over to The Memories Place and choose the right product for your project. We have served many satisfied customers over our 20 years of online work and we would love to help you join that group.


Give us a call at 800 204 5478 if you have any questions about online photo editors – we look forward to creating with you.