Best free online photo effect maker with filters, overlays, textures and fun layout.

Best free online photo effects and filters with textures, overlay and layout special effect.
Best free online photo effects and filters with textures, overlay and layout special effect.

You are searching for an online quick effect to apply on a picture, or a one click photo effects like vintage, retro, sepia or black and white, Lomo, flame or cross process filters like Instagram.  Apply some overlays and layouts with hearts shapes, old film alike effect or light leak effects ? Below are listed many specialized website to create a stunning photo in just one click, or to see your picture on a billboard alike.

 

Scratches, grunge, rainbow, bokeh, splashes and selective colors, cartoonist, gouache and oil painting, watercolor, sketcher to draw, tilt shift, swatches, film grains, magazine front page, puzzles, jigsaw, tiles, tilt shift and miniature, clip art.

 

1) Pixlr express The king of layout and special photo effects.

Pixlr express special effects with a very simple user interface
Pixlr express special effects with a very simple user interface

Pixlr Express might be the best free online photo effects outhere, due to its very high quality of its overlays and layouts. Pixlr express can do a sepia, black and white, grunge, film roll and a lot more effect in just one click.

 

Pixlr has an very impressive number of photo effects where you can also adjust the transparency and some other options.

 

No upload needed at all so it is extremely fast, Pixlr is also fully featured with frames, stickers and text.

 

Pixlr will save your picture at a maximum of 4000 pixels at the largest side, which mean it is plenty enough for a high quality print.


2) Toolpic Magic has so many layouts and photo effects.

Toolpic magick has a lot of photo effects
Toolpic Magick has an impressive number of effects

Toolpic Magic has an very impressive number of photo effects and layouts. All the Toolpic Magic photo effects and layout are well organized in categories, once you click on one category, an impressive numbers of effects and layouts appear from this category of photo effects.

 

Toolpic Magic should be put in Fullscreen mode to get rid of the tiny user interface, but once in fullscreen, it become a true pleasure to work with this wonderful photo effects and textures free online editor.


3) Deep dream generator a photo effect very special.

Deep Dream Generator does only 1 effect but it is absolutely unique
Deep Dream Generator does only 1 effect but it is absolutely unique

Deep Dream Generator does only one image effect at a max of 1100 pixels at the widest, but what the effect it generate!

 

You upload an image the Artificial Intelligence (AI) of the website (which is based on the Google code) will try to determine or to see what kind of image it is, like a portrait or a landscape.

Few second later the AI will generate a photo effect about what the AI think to be the most accurate of its dream match the best the photo (i didn't knew that computers can dream but it's another story).


4) PhotoMania free web photo filters and effects.

Photomania has plenty of very fun effects
Photomania has plenty of very fun effects

PhotoMania is a special effects online editor where all are about filters and effects.

 

It is very simple to use, you just need to choose a category, apply the effect you want, and download it to your desktop or share it online.

 

Photomania has many categories for the effects to add on a picture, depending on the effect you use the final picture could be in low resolution.


5) Funny Photo free web funny photo filters and effects.

Funny photos on Pho.to with more that 600 photos effects
Funny photos on Pho.to with more that 600 photos effects

Funny from Photo.to is a great place for photo effects, layouts and filters with fun and realistic Fx and layouts, photo borders and many more. In fact it have more than ... +600 effects and layouts, yes it is impressive!

 

Upload needed, but Funny Pho.to will recall your online photo session when you will go back, so it mean you need to upload only one time and try many effects without uploading each time, which is quite nice.

 

Funny photo has some thumbnail's example tagged HD which mean you will save the final photo montage effect around (plus or minus) 1000 pixels only (which is not a real HD), if not tagged HD it will be at around 800 pixels at the widest.


6) BeFunky free special effects and overlays online photo editor.

Befunky a very nice and easy to use web based photo effects
Befunky a very nice and easy to use web based photo effects

BeFunky is a very interesting and fully featured with special effects, overlays and other effects with a modern user friendly interface.

 

Befunky will save your picture at 4000 pixels at the widest side with a very high quality effects.

 

Befunky is able to transform any photograph in oil paint, cartoon, sketches and so. Befunky offer many control and options, for each one of the proposed photo effects in its photo editor.

Befunky has also a lot of natural photo effect like cross process, light leaks, fake HDR, grunge, lomo, old film photo, and so many more.


7) Photofunia the free online fun photo effects specialist.

Photofunia has more than 400 online photo effects
Photofunia has more than 400 online photo effects

PhotoFunia has more than 450 special effects, it is just incredible and so easy to apply them in one or two click. Posters, gallery, billboards, vintage, and more, a lot more to play with.

 

Upload needed, but Photofunia recall it when you want to try another effect, so you do not need to upload the same picture for differents photo effects.

When Photofunia show the tag HD beside an effects, it will save your picture at around 1000 pixels at the widest.


8) Pixlr O-Matic an easy photo effects and filters like Instagram.

UI of Pixlr O-Matic, very simple to use
UI of Pixlr O-Matic, very simple to use

Pixlr O-Matic is a very simple way to add filters, retro or old film effects, frames and borders.

It's all what it does, but it does it well and fast with hundreds and hundreds choices.

When you want to save your work you will encounter the same limitation in size of the 4000 pixels max, but if your picture is bigger it will be automatically resized.

 

This free online photos effect and layouts is aimed to people which do not want to spend time with editing, but just want to improve their pictures in one click only.


9) PicMonkey free special effects and overlays online.

Picmonkey has plenty of photos effects, overlays and swatches
Picmonkey has plenty of photos effects, overlays and swatches

PicMonkey has many photo effects like adding layouts with leak light, grunge photo effects, cross process, draw effects, HDR, polaroid film even a miniature photo effect and many more.

 

PicMonkey can add many kind of textures on a picture, textures like bokeh effect, space, water, metal and even your own texture to have a unique photo effect. PicMonkey has a modern user interface and well organized.


10) Rollip free internet photo effects, filters and borders.

simple user interface of Rollip free internet photo filters
simple user interface of Rollip free internet photo filters

Rollip is an editor which is centered around Filters, overlays effects and borders, only. I am mitigated because it propose to choose a filter before to upload a picture.

 

I, personally, need to see the picture and the filter side by side to see if i will choose the right filter, and on Rollip, you will never see both side by side.

 

Plus if you add a frames your pictures will be saved at a very low size (under 800 pixels), and without borders or frames you might have the surprise to download a final picture at 1280 pixels at the widest or at the original size, so i felt like it was a bit like a lottery.


11) Fun Photo Box photo on billboard and more effects.

Fun Photo Box  has nice online photo effects in just one click
Fun Photo Box has nice online photo effects in just one click

Fun Photo Box is a very nice photo effects website, Fun Photo Box has filters and cards editor, it does photo effect animation too.

 

Upload needed and sadly most of the effects are at low resolution, around 800 pixels at the widest, even less. Fun photo box has also many face effects, face in a hole, like being an Avatar (the movie) or Shrek.


12) Ribbet free online photo effects, textures and vintage film.

Ribbet has some nice and unique photo special effects
Ribbet has some nice and unique photo special effects

Ribbet resize your picture to around 3000 pixels at the widest which is very good even for nice printing. Ribbet editor has all the basic photo special effects like : Black and White, vignette and many more. Ribbet has also some filters like old film, lomography, true vintage photo effects, even infrared camera effect!

But the list of special effects does not stop here, Ribbet has also color effects, textures and so...

Each effect on Ribbet has parameters to personalize the intensity of the photo effects.


13) FakeAzine: be on the cover of your preferred magazine.

Fakeazine magazine alike effect for picture
Fakeazine has a plethora of magazine alike to put on picture

FakeAzine is just is very fun, because you can put yourself on a cover of a magazine.

 

You upload a picture and you choose a magazine's cover alike between all the choices of different magazines. Easy to do and in 2 click you made the front page.

 

Fakeazine to fake a magazine with your pictures on the front page. The only downside is the result in low resolution at 600 pixels high, good quality JPG although.


14) PhixR has more than 200 free online photo filters and effects.

PhixR is very easy to use with its one click photo effects
PhixR is very easy to use with its one click photo effects

PhixR First will shrink or crop your picture to 1440 pixels wide, which is plenty enough for social media and email, but for large computer screen or to print an 8x10, it's a lot too small in my opinion.

 

Phixr need you to upload your pictures before to work on it or to apply an effects (and do not forget to scroll down to find the save button). But once you find your mark with PhixR, you will discover all the photo effects you can do and it's quite impressive.


15) Photo Face Fun effects maker and photo filters online.

Photo face Fun has hundreds of template for effects generator
Photo face Fun has hundreds of template for effects generator

PhotoFaceFun has a lot of photo effects, filters, face in a hole overlay. Photo Face Fun, in fact is very impressive with the number of possible photo effects.

 

Photo face fun is very easy to use, it's almost a one click photo effect. You choose an effect for a photo, upload the picture and it's done, just save it on your computer or share it online on your prefered social media, at sadly a low resolution of 600 pixels at the widest side.


16) Picfull free effects maker and filters online.

Picfull is a nice little free online effects maker
Picfull is a nice little free online effects maker

Picfull is a nice little free online effects maker which seem to save at the original size of the picture.

 

I said "seems", because i tried first with a 3600 pixels squared photo it worked very nicely, so i tried with a 5700 pixels photo and i waited, waited and waited. So it might be my internet connection (which is actually very bad) or their website server which was overloaded ... who knows.

 

But overall Picfull is a simple and nice photo special effects maker, not a lot of choices, but a lot of options, so it's like a lot of choices because you can trigger the effects applied on the picture.


17) ImageBot free online photo unique special effects.

ImageBot and its text effects
ImageBot user interface with all the text and effects options

ImageBot might look a bit confusing in the beginning, but quite fast, we feel at home even if we feel a bit tight inside.

Imagebot is a very interesting online photo and texts special effects to apply on an image, with plenty of unique effects and layout, you will never find on other websites. Imagebot work with layers too and the quality of the the effects will fit your biggest pictures, it means that this online editor will save any picture at its original size, a very good point!

 

Did i said that Imagebot save your picture at the original size even with the effects? but if you want to crop or resize something the editing tools are available to do it.


18) G'IMIC OnLine with more than 300 unique photo effects.

G'MIC online photo effects
G'MIC online has a very impressive number of effect

G'MIC OnLine has an impressive number of photo effects, G'MIC online can even do things that you haven't thought yet.

 

G'MIC online need that you upload the picture to the server, and has a limitation of 2MB max, when you masterpiece is finished you can download it at a max size of 1280 pixels at the widest side, which is sad because some effects are gorgeous and we would like to get it at the original size of the photo. Anyway G'MIC online is a must to try.


19) Fotostars old and grunge photo effects with one click.

Fotostars and photo effects interface
Fotostars has many one click only photo effects

Fotostars does not have a lot of photo effects, but Fotostars photo effects are oriented old film or with some little grunge effects.

 

Fotostars will save the final picture at its original size. No upload needed with Fotostars, so it is super fast and secure to apply some effects on your pictures even if they are private, Fotostars is the site to go.


20) DreamDeeply a photo effect out of any dreams.

Dream deeply is capable to generate strange effect
Dream deeply is capable to generate strange effect

Dream Deeply is capable to generate very strange photo effects. If you are curious to know how Dream Deeply works, i invite you to watch this video about the Google code Deep Dream, which this online photo effect generator is based.

 

Easy to use this online special effect will always shrink your final masterpiece at 1280 pixels at the widest, which is already better than Deep Dream Generator.


21) DreamScope, the best of all the online deep dream maker.

Dreamscope app website
one of the many different Result with Dreamscope

DreamScope is the one which save at the biggest size (1600 pixels at the widest) and where you can control the effect.

When i said that with DreamScope you can "control", not really, you but chose the effect on the picture by choosing the photo effect you want on the thumbnail below (scroll horizontally).


22) Polarr Unsplash, few filter effect like unsplash.

Polarr Unsplash
Polarr Unsplash

The Unsplash collection arrived on Polarr, The Unsplash website has a community who make filters and they are now available for free on the Polarr website. Those filters are one click photo effects with the look of the pictures you can download on unsplash.com.

 

No Upload needed, drop a picture on the website, apply the photo effect you want, move the slider to adjust the opacity of the photo effect, hit the "Save" and it's done.


23) FotoFlexer one click photo FX effects.

FotoFlexer
FotoFlexer special effects

The FotoFlexer website has a collection of filters and effects, that you can use in just one click to apply to your pictures. But FotoFlexer has also the option "advanced" if you want to apply the effect on a particular part of the picture only, or if you want to control the opacity and so.

 

The cons are, that FotoFlexer is using a flash technology and upload your picture, is needed at first to work on it.


 You might also be interested with the last entry in the blog:

Photophone: How to do great pictures with a smartphone or a tablet.

How to take great pictures with a smartphone
How to take great pictures with a smartphone?

Nowadays our smartphones have more computer power than a 10 years old desktop computer. Technology is evolving fast and with it, the language acquiring new words like  smartphone or selfie.

We are doing everything with our phone, from a GPS assistant to photograph or record a movie in full 1080p HD, even post processing those images, and i don't even speak about playing 3D games, read some news on internet and so on...

 

At the end, when we compare how we use our phone the most, in percentage, I can say safely that we barely use it to call someone, and this is why i call mine a photophone.

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