GIMP is often considered the best free photo editor available on the market. The software includes a wide range of tools, ranging from basic actions to professional quality features. Beginners will benefit greatly from its selection and editing tools, cropping, color adjustment and automatic image enhancement tools. Advanced users will also find tools suited to them, such as content-sensitive resizing, swap face, animated gifs, layers, curves and customizable brushes.
Powerful editing tools
Photoshop style layers
Available for Mac, Windows and Linux.
There are many free photo editors that work like classic image editors, but Darktable is different and plays a much more ambitious role. It can import your images into a database. You can work on JPEG and RAW files with fairly powerful tools, including lens and perspective corrections. It’s completely free, with no boring upgrades or locked-in premium features.
A tool similar to the powerful Adobe Lightroom
Available for Mac, Windows and Linux.
The list of tools in PhotoScape X seems almost endless. The software, described as “all-in-one photo editing software,” is heavily focused on the one-click enhancement features that make it easy for beginners to bring their ideas to life. The program includes thousands of filters, frames, brushes, shape cultures, smart cutting tools, a color picker and cloning buffers. Photographers will take full advantage of the RAW conversion function, while those who have a large collection of images to process will be happy to hear about the many editing tools included in the software.
Thousands of filters and effects in one click,
Supports many file formats,
Available only on Windows.
The best photo editing software is often the easiest. With Paint.NET, simplicity is the key. This means that the photo editor is not only free but fast and easy to use. It’s a perfect photo editing tool to use for the minor changes you need. Although it looks like Microsoft Paint, it is a dedicated photo editor. Although basic. What you will find are photo editing tools such as layers, a variety of filters and community plugins. You will also notice an excellent 3D rotation / zoom function.
Layer and filter settings
3D rotation / zoom function
Not as powerful as other photo editing tools
Available on Windows.
Canva is a free online photo editor, which means you don’t have to download anything to your desktop. This software allows you to modify your photos as you see fit and create absolutely magnificent montages. You won’t find any advanced tools here. For clone brushes and smart selectors, you’ll have to look elsewhere. However, you can add colors, thumbnails or adjust the brightness…
Available on the web but also on Smartphone thanks to an application.
Large choice of models
Free cloud storage included
Fotor saves you from downloading software because it is entirely web-based (even if it is better to use Chrome). There are a lot of tweaks and effects to test, although the image resolution seems to be limited to 4000 pixels wide with a free account, and the frame effects come with an intrusive watermark, so you can’t not do much without switching to a subscription, which is $ 39.99 a year (around £ 31.44). Fotor is great for fun projects, but not really a high-end photo editor for hobbyists.
A variety of effects to use
No download required (web based)
Google Photos has had a somewhat confused story (Picasa, Google Drive Photos), but seems to have settled into a fast web-based image storage system with basic but efficient editing tools. You can use it in any web browser. You have a limited but effective choice of filters, a few basic but still effective editing tools and that’s about it: its real strength is its fast cloud-based image organization and its AI-led research.
Smart search tools
Available on the web and via an iOS and Android Application
The Pixlr X editor is basic but fast. Just download an image, adjust it and save it to your computer. It is a reliable tool for medium-sized printing and sharing on social networks. There is a Premium version, but the free version will be more than enough for basic photo editing.
No need to create an account
Simple and quick settings
Available on the web, IoS and Android.
Even if there is a Pro version, the wide range of features of BeFunky is also available for free. BeFunky is a powerful but easy-to-use photo editor. Its all-in-one online platform offers hundreds of fully customizable templates, an extensive library of tools, and stunning design elements to choose from. For touch-ups on the go, BeFunky offers an intuitive mobile photo editor for iOS and Android.
Easy to use interface
Available on the web but also on Smartphone via an application.
If you do any type of mobile photography, editing and sharing, this app has the most power and the greatest creative potential. You can apply a range of effects and filters to your social posts, but you can also explore a wide range of filters, each with its own set of controls, and each of them can be combined with others using layers – you can even combine images.
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