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6 Free Web-Based Design and Photo Tools

The Internet has given us so many free photo and design tools to create things that, until recently, we would have had to pay someone for. Below are some great tools that can be used for blogging, business or personal use.



Create a multimedia canvas through an easy drag and drop approach. “Buncee makes it easy for even the most ‘non-technical’ individuals to create and share engaging and interactive multi-media creations that can be shared publicly or privately.” The website is used by both adults and kids.

To make your Buncee, you add photos, videos, audio, text and more to a blank digital canvas. You can then move them around, shrink or expand them, rotate and add hyperlinks. When you are done, you can embed them on blogs and websites, share on social media or email and save as jpg’s or pdf’s and print. You can create greeting cards, flyers, marketing materials, etc. Buncee is free, however there is a pro account also, that you will only need if you begin using it regularly.


Canva also is a web tool for creating flyers, invitations, blog graphics and more. It is also free and uses the drag and drop approach. However, at least in my experience, it is not as easy to use as Canva. That might be because it is also a more sophisticated tool that allows you to do much more.

With Canva you can edit photos, collaborate with others and have a choice of different size and shape backgrounds. If you have decent artistic and technical skills, Canva is for you. If not, I would use Buncee.


This free tool does one thing simply, it joins two photos together to make one.


PhotoSnack is a photo slideshow tool that is both simple and free to use. Just upload or drag and drop your photos to the site, choose a template and you automatically have a slideshow of your photos. You can then share or embed it. If you want to do more, there are various pricing options available.

Website Tools To Add Text or Quotes to Images


Created with Quozio


Many people I know use PicMonkey for this purpose. However PicMonkey is a powerful photo editor that does many things, and sometimes it is easier to use a site that only does the one task you need. Also, with PicMonkey, you can only add text to your photos. These other web tools that I am recommending offer you backgrounds for your text, in addition to the choice of using your own photos. Here are two free simple tools I recommend:

  • Pinwords – You upload a picture or choose from four backgrounds. You are taken to the next page where you write your text and then choose from six themes, which will design the layout and font of the text. When you are done, you can pin it.
  • Quozio is made mostly for quotes, but can be used for any text.  There is no uploading of pictures. On the main page there are boxes to write in a quote and an optional box for author. You are then taken to the next page where they show you your quote on various background/themes. You keep scrolling until you find your favorite. You can then share your quotes on social media or email.

Do you have any favorite web based photo or design tools that you would like to share?

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Jennifer Wagner

In addition to writing two blogs, Connect with your Teens through Pop Culture and Technology and her new blog, Technology at Any Age, Jennifer Wagner has also published a book, The Gamer Generation: Reaping the Benefits of Video Games. She also writes about technology in education and social good on her blogs. She is married and lives in NYC and has two grown sons. Instagram: jenwag57

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Thursday 25th of September 2014

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