$10\month subscribing to Adobe softwares is not a huge price, however, if you are starting out your photo retouching career, or you do not need all this number of tools, or you can’t understand how to use them, one of the following free photo editors will work for you.
GIMP is the most powerful free photo editor that can completely replace Photoshop. It has an open source code. You can change the program yourself, fix various bugs and errors that you noticed, as well as add your own tools.
Download Photoshop Free before paying for a monthly subscription.
One of the main advantages, except all of the above mentioned, is that the program supports RAW files. However, to open all the formats, you need to prepare this free photo editor in advance by downloading all the necessary updates.
GIMP has layers, customizable brushes, filters and automatic actions to improve an image quality faster.
Pixlr has several versions: Pro, Editor, and Express. Pixlr Pro has a number of advantages and almost does not differ from Photoshop with tools.
Pixlr Editor is a simplified version of Pro. This version has a quite large space for advertising which occupies about 20% of the entire working space. Editor version does not support RAW, like most of all web free photo editors.
Pixlr Express is some kind of Lightroom analog. There are several main effects that work pretty well, but I'd like to have a bit more. You can save files only in JPEG.
Download Lightroom Free to test this photo editing software.
If you don’t need to perform the complicated actions related to the image editing but are interested in the small changes, most likely your choice will fall on PaintNet.
You can use layers and a large selection of tools, but their functions are not as comprehensive as I would like. PaintNet reminds me of the earlier versions of Photoshop where the interface was very simple.
Fotor Edit is a simple photo editor for basic image enhancement but with some limitations. Previously, this program was a bit more convenient, but now they have added much advertising on both sides of the workspace.
Also, 60% of the available functions, such as effects and portrait editing tools, will be closed for you until you purchase the full version of the program.
The web version of this free photo editor is not suitable for editing RAW files, but it is quite good for JPG and PNG.
Canva is a photo editor software for graphic design of Drag & Drop format and hundreds of ready-made layouts. Canva is appreciated for the simple work with design, but the guys have also created the separate program – Canva Photo Editor, that’s why they got into this list.
If we treat Canva as a photo editor program, it is an openly weak program with a minimum of functions. So if you need a photo editor with extensive color correction functions, Canva is not for you.
This program has only three characteristics - Brightness, Contrast, and Saturation, as well as 15 effects which, frankly speaking, are bad.
iPiccy is a simple and free photo editing software that is considered to be one of the most popular on the web. IPiccy has a basic set - Editor, Collage, and Designer.
Despite simple and slightly outdated interface design, iPiccy free photo editor has a really wide range of image editing tools.
Here you can use all of them absolutely free of charge, and it is not only about the exposure, saturation, and sharpness, but about the Dodge and Burn, Clone Tool, Erase Background tools as well.
Photoscape PC photo editor is a vivid example when an excellent program just requires a little more advertising among photographers and Insta bloggers. The first thing that surprises about this free photo editor is that it supports opening RAW files without any additional plug-ins.
This is the only program which opens the folder with RAW photos within a couple of seconds. The color correction menu is even more attractive – there is a considerable number of various settings that remind Lightroom rather than other similar programs.
This photo editor software is, probably, everything that you may need to perform the tasks related to image editing on Windows. It includes a really large set of color correction tools, supports creating Actions, layers, effects, and even the supports RAW and PSD.
The program is equipped with a lot of functions for basic photo editing, so you can perform such general actions as cropping, adjusting exposure, enhancing colors and so on.
The problem is that 70% of the functions are available only for money. There's a lot of advertising too, similar Fotor – the right and bottom lines are occupied with the banners about purchasing BeFunky Plus.
InPixio is a desktop photo editor that includes seven free programs: InPixio Photo Editor - for basic color correction, Photo Focus - to artificially blur the background, Photo Maximizer - for zooming in, Photo Cutter – for cropping photos, Photo Suite – for broader image editing and Photo Erazer – to remove the unwanted objects in the photo. As for Photo Clip, it is a paid program for image editing without a Trial version.
InPixio wants too much money for its programs. Each of them costs from $20 to $100, and you will need at least 2-3 programs for proper work so that it will cost you $150 on average.
PhotoWorks is a really powerful and easy-to-learn image editor suitable for both new and advanced users. It has three versions: Standard, Deluxe and PRO. The choice depends on how complex your work is.
You will be able to do almost anything. Fine-tune the tones and colors, replace image background, remove unwanted objects like spots or wrinkles, fix a tilted horizon and improve the overall composition.
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. read more