I've never been the best photographer. However, I love taking pictures. I especially love taking pictures of the people in my life: close up pictures of my kids laughing at a party - pictures of my husband staring intently at a football game (go Saints!) - and pictures of my nieces and nephews wrestling in the middle of their grandparent's floor.
But the problem is - I'm too cheap to buy a decent photo editing tool! Currently, the only photo editing tools I have on my computer are an old version of Paint Shop Pro and Microsoft Paint (the tool that comes free with every Microsoft PC).
Until I can justify purchasing a copy of Photoshop (or Photoshop Elements), I mostly use free online photo editors. Some of these editors are very nice, plus there's nothing to download. Some of the programs are definitely comparable to the photo editors you buy in stores. Here are a few of my favorite:
Picnik has a very slick interface. I use this one the most - simply because this is Flickr's default photo editor and I use Flickr as my photo sharing site. Picnik has all the features of a basic photo editor. I use this tool mostly for basic things like getting rid of red eye and for cropping pictures.
Pixlr seems like a real desktop application on your computer, complete with a workspace you can customize to your liking. Pixlr is where I go when I want to do a lot of photo editing (adjusting color/brightness/adding layers). This web application is probably my favorite online photo editor tool.
FlauntR is a beautiful photo editor filled effects, clip art, fonts, borders, and other features. Not only a photo editor, you can add designs to your pictures, create slide shows, make avatars for your Facebook page, or create elecronic greeting cards. My only complaint about this site is that I don't know where everything is! The Undo button (a NECESSITY in my world) was at first difficult to find.
FotoFlexer is another fun, easy to use web site. My favorite part of this tool was the ease of use when I erased my pale legs from the background of my son's aborable baby picture.