There are many image editors you can use to edit your photos for Amazon. While some image editors are better than others, they’ll all require you to learn some basic features and terminology in order to use them effectively.
If you’re looking at taking product pictures, make sure to read our article on some common mistakes new sellers make with the main product photo on Amazon. Take a look at our article on some product photography tips to get started too!
In this article, we’ll go over some common free and paid applications people use to edit their images. Many of the online image editors are aimed toward photo editing, so certain features like filters, stickers, or adding text just aren’t as useful. That’s why finding one that works well is a chore. Try out the websites we’ve tested below to see if one works for you.
Looking for free for commercial use stock photos? You can use these as placeholders for your website until you find something more permanent.
Want to work offline? Check out these free and paid (one-time cost) alternatives to Adobe Photoshop.
Free Online Image Editors
These image editors are free and available online only. They are a great option if you’re often traveling or don’t have access to a computer with an offline editor installed. Some of the websites here limit their features for the free version, but if you want to do some basic editing like contrast, brightness, or cropping, they’ll work fine.
Many of these websites also have a premium subscription if you need certain features or like the layout of the free version.
Pixlr Online Photo Editor Free and Premium
This free online image editor has some great basic features if you’re looking for a way to edit images quickly without having a local image editor. With a basic wand tool and a color picker tool, you can quickly refine your photos to remove any slight image imperfections or to make the background pure white. The free version has a vector editor as well, so you can edit your vector files.
The Pro version has some nice templates and free stock images. This may be useful if you don’t want to pay for images from other sites like Shutterstock.
Photo Editor by Aviary Free Online and App Store
Aviary Online Photo Editor has a lot of nice features for your images. It’s synced with Adobe Creative Cloud, so you can edit pictures from your Adobe account if you have one. Otherwise, you can take a picture from your device and edit. If you’re looking for quick, simple edits, then this online application is fine.
For more serious edits, like including different layers, you’ll want to look elsewhere. It’s still better than most free photo editors that are aimed at people rather than products.
Adobe Photoshop Express Editor Free and Subscription
This image editor requires Flash, but if you’re expecting Photoshop tools, you’re in for a disappointment. This editor has few of the features you’d hope to get from an editor that bears the Photoshop name, but it’s still better than many free photo editors. It also has some tools for photo sharing if you’re hoping to touch up or add some silly stickers or pictures on top of your photo.
This browser-based image editor is similar to Pixlr. You can also easily manipulate files from other apps like Photoshop.
Free Offline Image Editors
In this section, we’ll take a look at some great free offline image editing applications. One of the best features of the locally installed software is that you won’t have to worry about some server storing your images online. You also don’t need an internet connection or worry about slow speeds. These editors also have full feature sets, so you can edit the images in any way you want instead of being stuck with limited features.
GIMP Windows, Linux, and Mac
This is perhaps the most popular free, full-featured image editor available. For a free program, its features are almost comparable to Adobe Photoshop’s flagship software.
Paint.net Windows only
Don’t let the early 2000s-looking website and tons of ads fool you. This image editor is a great alternative for people who want something better than Microsoft Paint but not as complicated as Adobe Photoshop. Just make sure you click on the right download button or you may find yourself battling a bunch of ads and spam.
Photoscape or Photoscape X Windows and Mac
These free image editors are a great choice for a modern image editor. PhotoScape X has a bunch of features, and the interface is a little more polished than GIMP or Paint.net. It also has a bunch of great features like the GIF Maker, though that’s probably not as relevant for Amazon sellers.
These are some other free offline image editors below.
- Picasa (discontinued but you can find older installations online)
- Pixlr (for Apple App Store and Google Play)
If you’re serious about photo editing and want something more professional, then you may want to use Adobe Photoshop. Many photographers in the industry use Photoshop, and the community support for it is extensive. If you don’t want to pay for the subscription, then look for older offline versions like CS6 or Elements.
Many sellers don’t want to go through the trouble of editing their pictures since it can be time-consuming. But every little advantage can increase your sales, putting you ahead of your competition.
With the massive influx of new sellers using questionable tactics, you’ll want to distinguish yourself in any way possible. Disingenuous sellers don’t take time to polish their pictures, so taking time to make your photos shine gives you an advantage. And it’ll also give your brand reputation and image a boost.
last updated May 9, 2019