Five Best Photo Editing Software For Your Chromebook

Published by Lamin Kanteh on

Photo Editors, Images, Android

Chromebooks aren’t really known for their computing prowess due their perceived over-reliance on Web apps.

But, with Google’s push to unify Chrome OS with Android in addition to signing exclusive deals with well-known OEMs like Adobe, Chrome OS has expanded its capability as a different yet familiar desktop experience.

It is no secret that the platform has been slowly clawing its way into the consumer market especially among students and there is a huge chance that you might be reading this from a Chrome device.

If you are sporting a Chromebook and currently in the market for a photo editing tool you can run on your system, this list is for you.

Though, it should be noted that despite apps on Chrome OS offering an intriguing list of features, they are far less powerful than their Windows or Mac OS counterparts.

Adobe Creative Suite

The Advent of Android apps on Chrome OS has seen to a massive undertaking by established multimedia platforms to create a next best thing on Chrome OS. Not only was it paving the way for more apps accessibility to users, but it also meant the potential for an increased user base.

Adobe is one of the biggest players when it comes to offering media editing software.

The company also offers Android versions of several of its apps including Photoshop Express, Lightroom, Illustrator Draw, Photoshop Mix, as well as its Creative Cloud Platform.

Adobe Creative Suite
Adobe Creative Suite

Pixlr Editor

If you are not into any of the apps being bundled in the Adobe Creative Suite, then you should take a look at Pixlr Editor. The app is a cloud-based software that offers a long list of tools fully optimized to improve your photograph.

As an added extension on Chrome, some of its tools include a spot healing tool, red-eye reduction, drawing tools, clone tools, sharpen, blur, and many more.

Additionally, you can select from a list of filters like mimic HDR, glamour glow, tilt-shift, Gaussian blur, vignetting, noise, and a lot more.


Google is known for its tendency to create continuously recurring apps that litter the Play Store.

There are well-documented cases where some of these apps are disbanded for something new and one might think Snapseed would eventually fall on this list but the app keeps churning on.

The app comes with an extensive list of basic photo editing tools but you can do more with Snapseed as the app allows for the creation of engaging posters finished with automated text effects.

Polarr Photo Editor

One of the only two software created by the AI startup Polarr, the photo editing software gained popularity first on the IOS platform where it was named “Best of the App Store” for 2015 and 2016.

Polarr Photo Editor is one of the first in-browser photo editing software to support editing Raw files during its early days, Polarr Photo Editor has established itself as one of most powerful photo editing tools on Chrome.


The app allows you access to features like adding photorealistic effects that include clouds, weather effects, light leaks, flares and more.

You add your own taste to photos by duo toning them with available presets.

Sumo Paint – Online Image Editor

If you aren’t satisfied with any of the editors previously mentioned on the list, then may I turn your attention to Sumo Paint – Online Image Editor.

There is a reason thirty million people choose this platform as their premier editing software with over 300 highly optimize brushes in its collection and other tools that includes wave lab, a triangle pattern, liquid wave, kaleidoscope, spherical and cylindrical mapping, and a camouflage filter.

The app is available as an add on the Chrome Web Store with the pro version featuring no ads and a more robust collection of tools.


Chrome apps do feel limited and sometimes pale in comparison to what is available on other platforms but these offer some of the best photo editing tools to get the job done. Do you have any other suggestion in mind? Let us know in the comments.

Lamin Kanteh

I live, breath, and dream technology. I've only known myself to push the boundaries on what's possible in my mental scope in relation to technology. And having been a writer for the good part of the past three years (covering varying subjects on the major mobile platforms), No place has ever felt more like home than Chrome OS. And as you may know, Chrome OS is ushering us into a future of the unknown and I'm here to help in the process of easing the way into that future via ItsChromeOS.

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