Best Free Photo Editing Software


For most people, Photoshop
is complete overkill for basic everyday
photo editing tasks like resizing, cropping,
and exposure correction. Free photo editing tools
have advanced light years since good old MS
Paint, and here are a few of our favorites. Our favorite free alternative
to Photoshop is Gimp. It’s an open-source
application that relies on a community
of volunteer developers who maintain and improve it. You can get it for
both Mac and PC, and it comes with a lot of
professional-level editing and retouching tools,
perfect for designers who can’t or won’t shell out
hundreds of dollars to Adobe. Once you launch
the program, you’ll find a dedicated
window that displays the image and separate
windows to organize the tool box and layers. Icons in the tool box
represent actions, such as the crop, lasso,
paint, and brush tools, and you can apply various
effects to your photos. It may seem like Photoshop, but
Gimp has its own look and feel. PhotoScape is going to do
your basic photo editing, plus it also lets you create
slideshows and animated gifs, capture screenshots, and
combine and split images. Another cool feature is that
you can customize the toolbar to organize the
features you use most. Free comes with
a price, however. PhotoScape’s software
is free to download, but it’s part of the
OpenCandy network, so unfortunately, you’ll get ads
for other recommended software. The Nik Collection is
a full image editing suite offered by Google,
and it’s now totally free. This is one of the most powerful
and complete online photo tools at the moment. The collection includes
a group of plug-ins that let you do a range of things. The only downside here is
that the Nik Collection is basically one and done. It doesn’t look like Google will
be offering patches or updates to these tools, so they may
not have much longevity. Get them while they still work. Don’t want to download
and install software on your computer? Try Pixlr.com. The site separates
its photo editing into advanced and basic options. The Pixlr Editor is
more like Photoshop. It’s a straightforward
photo editing tool that lets you crop,
size, and tweak the image. Express, on the other hand,
lets you put creative overlays on your images. This is really for
playing with your photos. You can put a stain
on a picture to make it look like you rested a coffee
mug on the photo, for example. Happy editing.

21 thoughts on “Best Free Photo Editing Software

  1. wait… did you just say…jif?

    why did every person who says "gif" stop and comment about him saying jif? (dont worry i say gif too)
    1:01 STOP! get mad at him saying jif

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