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Zhopped – this free crowdsourced image editing service rocks. Uh…did we mention it’s free…?

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Digital photos is awesome, amiright? We’ve got thousands of them stored on disks across the universe, but only a few are actually worth showing to anyone else. But how cool would it be if you could upload a shot and ask someone to tweak, fix, enhance and otherwise improve the shot to make you look like a total awesome photographer? And for free?

Zhopped is a new service which does just that. The site bills itself as a free, online image editing community, and the premise is simple. You upload your photo to the service, state your request (e.g. please remove the trees in the background) and members of the community will provide their version of the solution.

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The interface and navigation is beautifully clean and easy to use, and you can get going and upload a request in seconds. The basic service, which includes ‘advanced’ editing is totally free, and because anyone can join in, there’s usually a nice choice of edits to choose from. Some, as you would expect, are a little amateurish, but other’s are excellent, which suggests that there’s a mix of talent on the service.

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There are plans to offer a proper editing marketplace soon, where contributors can charge a fee for more sophisticated editing services, so the site definitely seems to have the makings of a successful venture, as long as they don’t water down the free option and make it useless for anything other than ultra simple edits.

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The other nice touches include a nice search function, as well as a leaderboard for the editors, to see who’s contributing the most. The site supports JPG and PNG and the max upload size is 10MB, which should be enough for most people. The team behind the service are also planning to introduce contests and giveaways to benefit editors, which is a nice idea.

All in all, a great idea and beautifully executed. Recommended.

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Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.


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