How to Edit Your Photo Using a Free Online Photo Editor

Crop, Resize, Adjust Brightness and Contrast, Remove Unwanted Artifacts

How to Edit Your Photo Using a Free Online Photo Editor
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Have you ever wanted to learn how to edit your own photos, but don't want to spend a fortune on photo editing software? These days there are many free tools available both off and online for that very purpose! One such free online photo editing software is called Photopea. It is open source so is completely free to use!

I ran into this on my own personal quest to find an alternative to the all-powerful Photoshop, since I did not want to spend money every month for a subscription...

In this post, I will show you how to make some light edits to your photos using Photopea.

First, go to www.photopea.com

Photopea Homepage

Then, you can either go to File—Open, or hit Open From Computer to find your photo...

Open Photo

Navigate to your photo and hit Open...

Opened File

With this photo, we will be cropping, resizing and adjusting the brightness and contrast.

Cropping

Over on the left hand side there is the tool bar. Find the Crop button...

Crop Tool

click it and then draw a box around the part of your photo you wish to crop...

Draw Crop Box

After you draw the box, there is a check mark in the upper right that you can hit to confirm...

Confirm Check Mark

you should now have a cropped image...

Cropped Image

Resize

This image is now a little small, why don't we make it bigger? In order to resize, go under Image and choose Image Size...

Image Size

A screen will pop up with options. You can resize using several different measurements, including pixels, percentage, millimeters, and inches. The fastest and easiest way is to use percentage, unless you already know the exact size you want your photo to be. You can also adjust the DPI, which effects image quality (the higher the better), and leave the interpolation to Bilinear, unless you want to try out another option to see what happens;)

Image Size Options

once you make your adjustments, hit okay. Now your image should be bigger...

Bigger Cropped Image

Adjust Brightness and Contrast

Once your image is the size you want it, you can play around with adjusting the brightness and contrast, among other things. Go under Image again and then to Adjustments, go to Brightness/Contrast...

Brightness/Contrast in Image Adjustments

There are many other ways to adjust the image under Adjustments, feel free to play around and try them out! For this guide we will stick with Brightness/Contrast.

A new pop up will appear where you can adjust the brightness and contrast. You can drag it out of the way so you can see a preview before you commit to any changes...

Adjusting Brightness and Contrast

Once you like what you see, hit OK.

If everything looks great, go to File and Export As, which gives you several options and formats to save your files...

Export and Save Options

another window comes up where you can make final adjustments to format and size, then hit Save...

Save

Here is a before and after of the photo above...

Before and After Editing

Spot Healing- Get Rid of Unwanted Artifacts

Another thing that you can do in Photopea is use the Spot Healing tool to remove things you don't want in your photo. There are several other ways to do this as well, but we will stick with the spot healing tool for this guide.

Notice in the photo below that there are some pieces of pine needles, etc. on top of the lady slipper leaves...

Pine needles on Leaves

I want to remove these to make the photo look a little nicer. One of the ways I can do this is to use the Spot Healing Brush tool, which is found on the left hand side...

Spot Healing Tool

But before we begin, it would be easier to zoom in, so hit the zoom tool first and zoom in on the part of the photo that you want to work on...

Zoom Tool

after zooming in, hit the Spot Healing Brush tool and drag the cursor over a spot you want removed...

Using Spot Healing Brush

continue on for the other spots...

Erasing Unwanted Artifacts

until you are satisfied with how it looks...zoom out by using the minus sign in the upper left to see what your photo now looks like...

Zoomed Out Results

Here is a before and after of this photo...

Before and After Editing

Always remember to save when you are finished editing!

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