Fabulous Photo Fun – 30+ photo editing sites

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Many Compassion families may not be able to afford photos of their own. One of our girls always spends part of her precious gift money which we send to her, to buy us a photo! It is so sweet. Compassion takes updated photos of all the children every couple of years to send to their sponsors. For this reason, many sponsors like to play with the photo and send it back to their child. Here are a couple of different options for doing this:

  1. Play with the photo yourself in a photo editing program (like Photoshop, MS Publisher, Open Office Draw, etc). This DIY tutorial will show you how to turn your photo into a simple poster or postcard.
  2. Put the photo behind a free-printable photo frame (like this smarties frame).
  3. Upload your photo into a specialised photo editing site online; click a few buttons and press ‘go’.

For those who prefer the last option, here are some great photo editing sites online – in no particular order – that sponsors on the child sponsorship forum have found helpful, plus some other sites that looked interesting. Many scenarios will not be appropriate for our kids, but happy exploring through all the various options. Let me know which sites you enjoyed the most. Have fun!




picfont.com claims that you will be able to insert text onto a picture, canvas or shape in 10 seconds. Now that sounds like an irresistible offer!

photofunia.com uses ‘face detection technology’ which needs well-lit faces. Images stay in front of you, which is helpful if you’re trying to do a few photos at once.




pizap.com edit photos, make a collage, add a photo to a background; really easy to use.

shutterfly.com was highly recommended by sponsors who have used this site; excellent quality, plus they have free offers.

imagechef.com lots of fun; you can also create poetry and word mosaics

loonapix.com great site; easy to scale pictures and move them around in the frame; see as you are creating it. Photo effects, photo frames; face effects; trim photos; make funny photos by putting a face into various templates.

picmonkey.net  free online photo editor by ex Picnik staffers. So for all those Picnik fans out there, you can do collages, touch up, fonts, effects, filters, frames, stickers and more.


photofacefun.com has some really cute images and frames for kids, including a princess one (a favourite theme for sponsors) – add your child’s face and print.



Anymaking create a reflection, cartoon, vintage photo, wanted photo, puzzle, painting, pencil drawing; or artwork from photos.

snapfish.com.au make cards, calendars, collage, gift certificates, photo books, posters, stationery; for purchase


picjoke.net  has some fun special effects, which allows you to create multiple interesting effects from normal photos; available in various languages

Blingee add glitter, graphics and captions to your photos.




Face in hole Add your face into the photo – sports, magazines, books or make your child the president of the USA!



Yearbook Yourself Turn your child’s photo into a black & white old school photo yearbook; or put your face or your family’s faces into vintage photos.



Personalized Money Make your child the king or queen – put their head into a dollar bill; many different countries to choose from.



jigzone.com Make your photos into an (online only) jigsaw puzzle to share with family and friends. This might be a novel way for sponsors, bloggers or advocates to use your Compassion photos and talk about Compassion.



Spring Photo Overlay a simple free printable overlay (.png file) to place over your child’s photo and give it a fun Springtime feel. It adds a dotted border; a few swirls; a couple of bugs and the words ‘Spring’. Basically you just open up your photo in a photo editing program and then insert this transparent overlay over the top, so you can clearly see the photo underneath. It’s fairly easy to do, but if you are not sure how to do this, use this tutorial as a guide.



If you prefer DIY digital scrapbooking your photos, you may like to check out these resources:

Pixel Scrapper   Templates, kits, forums, tutorials, ideas and everything you need to make digital scrapbooking easy.

Daisy Trail   Make beautiful cards, scrapbooks, invitations and more. Download CraftArtist Compact and digikits – it’s fun, easy to use and free.

Canon free printable photo frames and scrapbook pages



Which photo editing sites have you used? Which sites do you find yourself going back to? Which are the most fun? Which theme did your Compassion child love? Please share your favourite photos, favourite themes and direct links with us.


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