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Splashup is a free online photo editor, which has lots of advanced picture editing features such as layers, brushes, filters, canvas, etc.  Unlike other online photo editors created for fun photo editing such as Picnik, Pixlr-o-Matic or PhotoMania, Splashup is considered to be a photo editor for professionals. But…

…There is also Splashup Light downloadable version for home users and it’s as good as the Splashup for pros.

Splashup Light
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What is Splashup and Splashup Light?

Splashup (also known as Fauxto) is an online photo editor which was created by Faux Labs, Inc in 2007. On October 27, 2008, Dave from Splashup Team announced Splashup Light, an offline photo editor for mobile devices.

Dave wrote in Splashup Blog: “Splashup Light was born out of a fruitful relationship with Intel Corporation and certain mobile device manufacturers. Soon you might see it coming installed on the many new Mobile Internet Devices entering the market. Splashup Light was tailor made for use on these portable devices, but we love it so much that we think people with normal desktops and laptops will like it too.”

Faux Labs, Inc company was closed on February 1, 2014. Both Splashup and Splashup Light were shut down in 2014.

But Splashup was a revolutionary online photo editor at the beginning of 2010. Unlike, dozens of other photo editors Splashup allowed you to work freely with layers like GIMP or Adobe PhotoShop (see the tutorial about it below) and edit a part of a photo or just one layer. Besides, Splashup was a full-featured online photo editor that could easily replace any desktop editors like FastStone Image Viewer for Windows of that time.

Let’s review main picture editing tools in Splashup that we loved so much! Attention: below there’s a review of 2012. All features are not available anymore!

How to Edit Photos in Splashup?

Go to and launch the web application. Please keep in mind, Splashup requires Adobe Flash support, so it doesn’t work on mobile devices including iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, and certain Android gadgets.

When the application is loaded, you can edit your ready picture or create a new image. If you plan to edit your picture, then upload the image t0 Splashup this way:

  • Go to File > Open Image (the second option in the menu after New Image);
  • In the popup window, select you image upload source: desktop (first tab), Facebook, Flickr, Picasa, SmugMug, Photobucket or a dedicated image link;
  • Let’s say, you want to upload a pic from your PC desktop, then click the Upload button and choose a file (as shown on the screenshot below).

Select a pic in Splashup

I have to confess, image upload in Splashup works badly. It took me 5 attempts to successfully upload the picture. All my previous efforts with Splashup uploader have failed. Maybe you’ll be luckier.

How to Resize Images in Splashup?

After you’ve added a photo file, you can make it smaller or bigger, so resize it with Splashup as you need.

Resize images with SplashupHere’s what you should do:

  1. Go to Image> Image Size;
  2. In the popup window, mark Constrain – this will help you save image proportions correctly;
  3. Then select image size in pixels in the drop-down list;
  4. Click the Ok button when you’re done and view the resized picture.
  5. To save the picture, go to File> Save Image.

I have no complains about image resizing in Splashup. The picture was shrinked right and didn’t lose its quality.

How to Rotate Pictures in Splashup?

As with resizing, first of all you should add a photo to Splashup in order to rotate it.

Rotate images in SplashupAfter that go through 6 steps to rotate picture:

  1. Click on the Rotate button (4 arrows one by one on the upper image editing toolbox);
  2. A small sign will spring up in the left corner of  your image (if Splashup works correctly);
  3. Hold the arrow with your mouse and drag it as you want;
  4. Above the image, you should see 2 buttons Apply Rotate and Cancel;
  5. Click the Apply button and view the resized picture.
  6. To save the picture, go to File> Save Image.

Besides, you can flip image horizontally or vertically. But, rotation here isn’t a piece of cake, so I advice you to use GIMP as an alternative to Splashup for rotation and resizing because GIMP does it much easier.

Moreover, if you plan to add transparent background or remove background via Splashup, we recommend you reading our PhotoScape tutorial on changing picture backgrounds, once again, or check other software for Mac and Windows to cut backgrounds due to its simplicity, in comparison to Splashup.

How to Edit Image Layers in Splashup?

Splashup is a unique online image editor since it permits you to work with layers like in downloadable software. Usually online image editors don’t have this feature. There is a special Layer tab in the editor. The tab allows you to copy existing layer, create a new layer, delete unwanted layer or set layers order.  Please watch this video guide called “Introduction to Splashup” which shows how to add layers in this app:

Splashup Online Photo Editor Review


  • powerful;
  • edit photo layers;
  • has all popular features like: cut, rotate, filters


  • need Adobe Flash Player plugin;
  • image upload fails regularly;
  • Splashup ended in 2014

What are Splashup Alternatives? Online and Offline

Here’s the list of Splashup online photo editor alternatives of 2021:

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