Is Aviary photo editor going to replace Lightroom? What is Aviary capable of? Does it have essential tools for basic photo retouching and deep color correction? What are the benefits and drawbacks of the Aviary photo editor for PC and mobile? Let’s find all the answers together!
Aviary photo editor is one of the best free online photo editor designed by Adobe Co, which is introduced with a full set of all basic color correction tools to add different filters, effects to the image, as well as fix defects and perform basic photo retouching.
What if we take Photoshop standard tools for the basic photo retouching, develop the pleasant and intuitive interface, and add everything in the free web app? We’ll get the best free photo editor to make basic photo changes fast and without special skills. Aviary is the photo editor which was developed with the support of outstanding Adobe company. Aviary Photo Editor features both basic and standard image editing options. Along with it, advanced features as actions and filters are also available.
Aviary is the first web app, without any advertisement. Start working with Aviary Picture Editor and you will find a full set of tools and the whole functionality for free, which is quite a rare phenomenon among similar programs. It allows you to learn all tools even if you have no experience working with the image editors. It might appear weak for someone since it does not have a wide range of tools for photo manipulations and deep photo retouching. Although Aviary photo editor is free, you can get a monthly subscription to get the access to some additional effects, filters, and stickers.
Aviary picture editor has no ads and it offers all the tools and opportunities for free. Since the last update Ado-be has introduced a monthly subscription and added different effects, filters, and funny stickers to a mobile app. If you decide to update your mobile app to the premium one for $1.99, you will have to log in the system with free Adobe ID or actual account.
Despite the fact that Aviary photo editor is available online, for PC, and mobile devices – the software is customized and does not need powerful device characteristics to run online. You just need an updated browser with a Flash Player support.
Tight integration with Creative Cloud enables you to place the images you retouched in the Cloud Store, thus, you can have an access to it from any device.
The photo editor has a plain and user-friendly interface. However, I did not like one thing: you cannot turn the photo editor in full screen. Moreover, 50% of the interface is empty, a bit strange developers’ decision. If they placed tools upright, we would have more working space to edit the image.
Aviary Photo Editor’s tools are Enhance, Effects, Frames, Adjust, Overlays, Stickers, Orientation, Crop, Resize, Sharpness, Focus, Vignette, Blemish, Whiten, Red Wye, Draw, Splash, Text, and Meme. Interestingly, all the tools are placed separately: they are not in the tabs. This is the first benefit, which I mentioned before. Let’s have a closer look at each one, what they capable of and if they have enough functionality for the basic photo retouching.
The Enhance tool works as AutoFix, however, in the case with Aviary, you are allowed to select the mode, where all the modifications will be done in an automatic way in hi-def, portrait, night, food or scenery. I like it.
The Effects tool is available in two tabs, they are Signature and Classic. You will find the effect which matches your image style: web, portrait or sunset.
Having selected Classic, you get about twenty different effects. Having applied an appropriate effect, Aviary Photo Editor offers a scroll so that you can enhance or reduce the effect. It is a well-developed tool with an accurate control slider. Besides, it is not as sharp as other web photo editors offer.
The Frames tool is designed in the same style. There are 2 tabs – Original and Bohemia, using which you can add and place the image in the frame. It is a well-developed tool. It fulfills the tasks without lags. Although I feel like there is a lack of details, let’s say, I’d like to create a tab, where you can create your own frames with variable funny stickers, apply effects, and upload ready frames.
The Adjust tab let you perform basic photo color correction using the following instruments: brightness, contrast, shadows, highlights, saturation, warmth, tint, and fade. There is one slider for each tool to adjust the applied effect. It has an accurate control slider, which doesn’t lag.
You can add an interesting framing with the Overlays tool – you can place it in a diamond or a circle. There are two tabs: Original and Boom with ready-made frames.
Having selected one of the frames, you can edit the selected area of the photo manually: stretch the frame or intensify it. The tool is properly done. However, I wish I had the Create function. I could have played with the photo settings and design my own unique frame, outline, etc.
The Stickers tool is also split into two tabs: Original and Signature with lots of funny stickers. Having selected an appropriate one, you can regulate its size. Still, you are not allowed to apply the sticker to the image like I have because the sticker cannot be rotated any side and placed sideways. It’s a bit strange.
You can turn, reflect or even crop the image using the Orientation, Crop and Resize tools. Besides, you can change its resolution or use the ready sizes 4:3 or 16:9. The tools are perfectly done and work without lags.
The Sharpen tool is designed as a slider you can use to adjust sharpness. There is no opportunity to select a certain area: the effect is immediately applied to the entire photo.
You can fix the image with the Focus tool if the focus had not been adjusted properly before or you just want to apply it to a certain area. It is a smoothly designed tool available in two variants: Circular and Linear, with a scroll for each one.
The Blemish tool enables you to remove the background using available brushes. In general, it is an elaborate tool, which you can use to edit portraits if the background has some defects. However, there are no sliders, which help you enhance or reduce the effect.
You can whiten the teeth with the Whiten tool. Moreover, you can apply it to skin, making it more expressive or pale, as in my case. It features several brushes. Besides, you can’t adjust the intensity of the effect.
I tried to remove the redeye effect with the Red Eye tool. However, I failed. Having selected one of the brushes, and clicking in a necessary area, the tool makes eyes less expressive, at the same time, leaves them red. The tool is poorly done and doesn’t cope with the problem.
The Text tool offers about a hundred fonts and a color palette. You can choose any color you need. You can make the text bold, italics or underlined, create your own unique font and add it to the library to use it later.
I am not satisfied with the photo saving. You can’t select image format and resolution. Having uploaded the image from Creative Cloud, you are not allowed to download it back. It is impossible to post the photo, send it to social networks or mail. You can only download the image to your computer.
Having tested Aviary Web Photo Editor, I got somehow confused. Most of the tools are properly done. However, some of them require upgrade. The Red Eye tool does not work correctly and eliminate the red eye effect. Using the Aviary Photo Editor for PC, I have noticed that many tools lack details. There is a bit wrong interface and tools arrangement. The strong advantage is that there is no distracting advertisement. It is the first online photo editor, which does not impose to remove the advertisement for a small payment. I’d like to highlight that all functions, tools, and the stickers are available for free.
Does this best mobile photo editor have enough functionality for basic photo retouching? It is free, though, as I mentioned before, there is the opportunity to extend its functionality, having got a monthly subscription, which provides a few additional filters, effects, stickers and allows you to save images in a high quality. The upgrade does not influence basic photo retouching tools. This is the first advantage of Aviary photo editor if we compare it to the other mobile photo editors.
Having opened this image editor, I was offered to upload the image from the photo gallery with Creative Cloud or via the browser. So you can create a general library, upload and exchange the images between these programs.
Having uploaded the image from the Creative Cloud, the photo editor offered plain, but, at the same time, helpful interface with such tools as Enhance, Effects, Frames, Adjust, Overlays, Stickers, Orientation, Crop, Resize, Sharpness, Focus, Vignette, Blemish, Whiten, Red Eye, Draw, Splash, Text, and Meme. The toolset is absolutely identical to the web version. The Enhance tool is done in the same style as in a web version. There are five modes in which the photo editor applies changes to your photo automatically. The results differ drastically. I have tested a portrait mode, using the same image, and got different results: the mobile app made the image brighter and contrasted, comparing with Aviary photo editor for PC. I can’t understand why. Talking about the mobile app, I like the details more.
The Effects tool is a bit different from Aviary Photo Editor for PC. There is only one “signature” tab with fewer filters. By the way, you can extend the number of filters getting the subscription. It is a bit strange, as after having the upgrade you will get the “original” filters list, which is available for free in the web version.
You can crop the image with the appropriate tool, or convert the image into the necessary format.
The Adjust tab enables you to adjust the following tools: brightness, contrast, shadows, highlights, saturation, warmth, tint, and fade. One slider for each tool to adjust the power of the effect.
The Text tool is developed not good. Instead a hundred fonts, there are six here. There is no color palette and you get only 24 colors to edit the text. You cannot do anything else with the text only adjust the tone or saturation.
The Focus tool works well. There are two variants – radial and linear. Although, there is no slider to adjust the opacity. Next, I decided to try the Red Eye tool. I was disappointed again. It lags a lot and affects the image improperly. Despite the fact that it works a bit better, I received the same result. An eye gets less bright and expressive, at the same time the red shade is left.
I have a few reasons to be dissatisfied with the Aviary mobile photo editor. Some tools are weaker in terms of functionality. The program provides the opportunity to upgrade the functionality for $1.99 per month, at the same time, they add the same tools which are available in the free software. I did not get the idea and this variant is a bit weird. The last but not the least is the image saving. You can save the retouched image on your mobile device only. Apparently, the developers know nothing about social media.
Phoenix is an online photo editing and designing addition to Aviary, which helps you work with images in many ways, from a quick photo retouching to applying complex color effects. As a part of the Aviary online package, Phoenix runs through the Aviary website opening in a separate window. You can make an image from scratch or upload an existing one from your hard drive or website. Phoenix is not Photoshop, but it does have some pretty interesting tools that make it quite a powerful image editor. It supports layers, includes basic editing tools (rotation, transformation, flipping), as well as many special effects. Once the photo retouching in Phoenix is ready, you can save it directly on the Aviary website, that is, when the system requests a user account, you can create it on the spot by entering your username and email address or use your existing Facebook account or Twitter. Aviary Phoenix is an easy-to-use photo editor online that is ideal for quick image drawing and designing complex photo effects.
Aviary is a photo editor from Adobe, and the tools it has are fairly accurate and well-developed. Moreover, the photo editor is completely free. Compared with Snapseed, a photo editor from Google, I’ll note that both apps are well developed, but in the case of Snapseed, fewer photo editing tools are available and not very convenient to use.
Gimp is a full-fledged desktop photo editor, with almost all Photoshop tools. If to compare with the PC version, Aviary loses. However, if we talk about the mobile versions, Gimp is left behind, because the app has not been updated by developers for a long time, moreover. Speaking about the Aviary mobile app, you will have an accessible, pleasant and intuitive interface with many basic image retouching tools.
Without doubts, the online and mobile photo editors by Aviary are useful. There are no ads and you will not get distracted while working. Nevertheless, using the Aviary Photo Editor, you have some limited functions. Moreover, some of the tools work incorrectly. As for the mobile app, I do not really recommend using it. Comparing it with PS Express, which is an absolutely free photo editor from Adobe, it has tight integration with Creative Cloud and offers the tools and functions, which are more powerful.
Hi there, I'm Ann Young - a photographer, photo retoucher and of course, journalist. Here on FixThePhoto blog you can find all of my reviews, photography and photo editing tips, pricing guides, and photography experiments.