Paint has been standard issue with Microsoft Windows since its early days. It’s a great utility app for creating drawings from scratch and making quick edits to photos. Happily, there are plenty of apps you can use to do exactly those tasks and more. The simple built-in editor works great offline, but for the others you’ll need to upload your image, edit it, and download it again.
Chrome OS itself
It’s not obvious, but Chrome OS has some simple image editing tools built in. Just head into the Files app, click on your image, then click the pencil icon to flick into editing mode where you can auto-fix colour, crop, adjust brightness and rotate your image. It all works offline, so you can process your images any time.
Google Docs Drawing
If you’re creating a simple line drawing, you can use a Google Docs drawing. Just head to Drive and click Create Drawing to get started. Unlike Paint it’s made for vectors, so you’ll find better tools for lines, shapes and text, but no brushes or colour adjustment tools.
Adobe have their own version of Photoshop that runs on the web, called Photoshop Express. If you’re a hardcore photoshop user you’re still out of luck, but if you want some simple and neat tools for photo editing, it’s pretty good. (Quick note – if you’re running Adblock Plus, make sure you disable it on this site or it won’t load.)
Pixlr is an online image editor that works great for cropping, resizing and annotating images. The advanced mode can handle layers, automatic area selection and has multiple undo levels.
PicMonkey is a smartly designed online photo editor. It’s perfect for adding filters, touching up and adding text to a photo, and it’s integrated with Google Drive so you can open images directly from your Drive rather than heading to PicMonkey and uploading. The only slight downside is that many of the fonts & filters are displayed but restricted to a subscription version.
PiZap is a simple and slightly rough flash based online editor. It’s more designed for simple edits that end up in forums than creating a digital masterpiece.