It’s a ridiculously powerful application, and you can pretty much guarantee that every movie poster and celebrity photo shoot has been through it at some point. However, if you’re just looking to crop your photos or create a poster for the school play, there are some great tools that work just as well.
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.
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.
Sumo Paint is more in the style of GIMP or an earlier version of Photoshop. You get layers, a bunch of colour, drawing and filter tools that will look very familiar.
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.)
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.
Piccy is very similar to PicMonkey, with a whole host of photo retouching tools, instagram style filters, and built-in export to Flickr. Currently, it appears to be completely free to use.
If all you’re after is some simple cropping or Instagram style filters, your photo sharing service itself probably has some of this built in. You can crop and edit photos on Facebook, Google+ and Flickr, and the latter two give you some pretty decent photo processing tools as well.