Best Photo Editing Software

Best Photo Editing Software

Depending on how you edit your photos, there are many photo editor softwares and apps to download. To help you choose the best photo editing software, I’ve tested 10 demanding picture editing softwares that are free or can cost about $100 as Adobe Photoshop CC, Lightroom CC, Capture One Pro, Gimp, Polarr, Movavi, etc.

What Is Photo Editing Software?

Photo editing software is a specially designed application with the appropriate interface and image retouching/managing tools. Today image editing is not only the obligation of art directors and professional photographers. No matter you taking photos with your iPhone XS or a digital/mirrorless camera, you'll want to import them into your laptop to organize them, make image culling, enhance them, and print or share them online.

Among the variety of photo editors, there are a few of them, which have a wide range of tools for professional photo editing.

BEGINNER:

  • Movavi
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements

AMATEUR:

  • Gimp
  • Pixlr X
  • Polarr
  • ACDSee Ultimate
  • DxO PhotoLab

PROFESSIONAL:

  • Adobe Photoshop CC
  • Adobe Lightroom Classic CC
  • Capture One 

Firstly, pay attention to the functions and tools, which the photo editor has. Check whether a photo editor supports existing file formats and works with digital profiles.  The program should be user-friendly, it influences the way and speed of your image editing.

10 Best Photo Editing Softwares

1. Adobe Photoshop CC 2019

adobe photoshop editing before and afteradobe photoshop editing before and after
 
Overall Rating85
Color Correction
0
30
100
Photo Retouching
0
100
100
App's Design
0
100
100
Easy Navigation
0
70
100
User-friendly Interface
0
100
100
Additional Functions
0
100
100
Response Speed
0
90
100
Advertising
0
100
100
 
 
Pros+
  • Perfect photo color correction/image manipulation/digital drawing/designing
  • Stable work
  • All existence file formats support
  • Synchronized libraries
  • A large number of actions/overlays/textures/brushes
  • Many “how to use” tutorials
Cons-
  • The interface may seem complex for beginners
 
 

Adobe Photoshop is a multifunctional picture editing software as well as the indispensable tool for professional photographers and designers. Nowadays, despite the number of competitors, Adobe is a world brand and a reference standard in photo editing industry. The photo editor gets impressive monthly updates and bugs correction.


Professional Photoshop Actions for Creative Photo Retouchers

 

In terms of photo editor possibilities, they are almost boundless. Photoshop allows to perform professional photo retouching, GIF editing, create design projects, 3D modeling, and digital drawing.

Download Photoshop free right now and start editing images like professional photographers. If you don’t need all features of the full Photoshop version, you can download Photoshop Elements free.
 

2. Adobe Lightroom Classic CC

adobe lightroom editing before and afteradobe lightroom editing before and after
 
Overall Rating85
Color Correction
0
100
100
Photo Retouching
0
20
100
App's Design
0
90
100
Easy Navigation
0
100
100
User-friendly Interface
0
100
100
Additional Functions
0
50
100
Response Speed
0
100
100
Advertising
0
100
100
 
 
Pros+
  • Professional color correction
  • Basic image retouching features
  • Easy-to-use
  • Simple interface
  • Automatic saving of source files
  • The possibility to work simultaneously with several pictures or albums
  • A huge number of presets
Cons-
  • Inconvenient catalog system
 
 

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is a graphics editor from Adobe for image culling and color correction. Lightroom is mostly used for quick work with a huge number of pictures and frequently used by event and wedding photographers. Lightroom is an excellent image management and organization program. You can use many Lightroom presets to get any effect you want in several clicks.


 

You can make camera and lens-based corrections. Moreover, you may use Lightroom brushes and do gradient adjustments with color and luminance masking. You can download its mobile version to edit photos on the go.

Find out how to get Lightroom for free without paying a month subscription.
 

3. Capture One Pro

capture one pro editing before and aftercapture one pro editing before and after
 
If you want the same level of photo color correction and image retouching as on the example above, send your pictures to FixThePhoto and get high quality image retouching for about $5 per photo.
 
Overall Rating80
Color Correction
0
90
100
Photo Retouching
0
90
100
App's Design
0
70
100
Easy Navigation
0
60
100
User-friendly Interface
0
100
100
Additional Functions
0
100
100
Response Speed
0
90
100
Advertising
0
100
100
 
 
Pros+
    • A large set of photo retouching features and color correction tools
    • Easy to use interface
    • Fast import and export
    • Masks and layers
    • Cloud storage
Cons-
    • Expensive
    • Help function has to be improved
    • Requires good PC configuration
    • No Face Recognition tool
 
 

Capture One Pro is a professional photography software. It allows you to perform professional picture retouching, as well as photo color correction. It is resource intensive and requires a powerful PC configuration. Capture One Pro has a large number of tools to work with masks and layers, filters, effects. You can use Capture One styles free that are Lightroom presets alternatives.

If you don’t know what photo editing software to download, read about Capture One vs Lightroom.
 

4. Adobe Photoshop Elements

adobe photoshop elements editing and before afteradobe photoshop elements editing and before after
 
Overall Rating70
Color Correction
0
30
100
Photo Retouching
0
80
100
App's Design
0
80
100
Easy Navigation
0
100
100
User-friendly Interface
0
100
100
Additional Functions
0
70
100
Response Speed
0
70
100
Advertising
0
90
100
 
 
Pros+
    • Many powerful tools for picture editing
    • Automatic tags and powerful search options
    • Simple interface
    • Simple organization
    • Smart photo editing
Cons-
    • Limited photo editing
 
 

Adobe Photoshop Elements is a photo editor to edit pictures, create slideshows and collages. It is equipped with specific tools and features to systematize the portfolio. Thanks to Adobe Sensei technology, this photo editing software removes unnecessary elements from the photo, performs color correction and make the photo more natural. There is a face-recognition system, which is combined with a photo editor.

Adobe Photoshop Elements was created for inexperienced users, so it includes simple tools for image editing, image management, and publication. AI function is embedded into the program to search and improve facial features. In other words, it is a Photoshop younger brother that has simpler functionality and intuitively understandable tools for beginners.

5. Gimp

gimp editing before and aftergimp editing before and after
 
Overall Rating60
Color Correction
0
20
100
Photo Retouching
0
50
100
App's Design
0
85
100
Easy Navigation
0
90
100
User-friendly Interface
0
70
100
Additional Functions
0
80
100
Response Speed
0
100
100
Advertising
0
85
100
 
 
Pros+
    • Absolutely free
    • Open source code
    • Intuitive interface
    • Powerful photo retouching and color correction tools
Cons-
    • No 16-bit channel support
    • Weak optimization
 
 

Gimp is a good photo editing software based on open source code. The photo editor is equipped with quite simple and easy-to-understand interface together with powerful picture retouching tools similar to Photoshop.

Read about other 11 best free photo editors you can use to edit photos fast and free of charge.
 

With first update and release, this photo editor could perform the basic photo editing tasks: create graphics, logos, zoom and crop photos, paint and perform basic image retouching. This free professional photo editing software impressed a huge number of users because it was based on the open source code, which allows to manually make changes in the program code, modifying and supplementing it with necessary functions. Today, Gimp photo editor is a full-fledged free photo editing program that has a simple and easy-to-understand interface, and quite powerful, comparable to Photoshop tools: masks and layers, big number of color correction features, various effects and filters, which you can download, options to design projects and many other things.

6. Polarr

polarr editing before and afterpolarr editing before and after
 
Overall Rating60
Color Correction
0
80
100
Photo Retouching
0
20
100
App's Design
0
70
100
Easy Navigation
0
70
100
User-friendly Interface
0
70
100
Additional Functions
0
70
100
Response Speed
0
80
100
Advertising
0
70
100
 
 
Pros+
    • Many photo retouching tools
    • Intuitive interface
    • Many tools for design
Cons-
    • Quite expensive in comparison with analogs
 
 

Polarr is one of the best photo editing programs that has a variety of unique filters together with basic photo editing tools. The app allows to save the image editing history, perform color correction on the professional level, work with light, photo details, add watermarks etc. It is possible to see the original photo and edited one in the comparison mode.

It was one of the first browser photo editors that can download and edit RAW images free of charge. The paid app offers powerful image retouching functions such as masks, layers, texts and vectors. These tools together with the batch exporting, resizing and renaming are the part of Pro version for $19,99. However, do not hurry to buy it. Polarr provides a 30-day trial version and most importantly with full functionality for free.

This photo editing software has professional color correction tools similar to Lightroom and allows to work with a huge number of various filters and effects.  It is very simple to use in comparison to Photoshop. Polarr is the best photo editor for a beginning photographer, designer, as it has intuitive interface and basic photo retouching tools.

7. Pixlr X

pixlr x editing before and afterpixlr x editing before and after
 
Overall Rating65
Color Correction
0
40
100
Photo Retouching
0
40
100
App's Design
0
80
100
Easy Navigation
0
70
100
User-friendly Interface
0
80
100
Additional Functions
0
90
100
Response Speed
0
70
100
Advertising
0
70
100
 
 
Pros+
    • Free
    • A large number of tools for image retouching
    • Friendly interface
    • Sophisticated tools for work with masks and layers
Cons-
    • Limited photo manipulation features in the free version
 
 

Pixlr is the best photo editing software with a large set of tools for image retouching. The functions of this program vary from simple to advanced/professional. Initially, this picture editor was positioned as a simple PC photo editor with an average interface. Today, Pixlr X is a full-featured, versatile image editing software that resembles Photoshop. It has basic picture retouching tools that allow you not only to retouch photos but also work on the design of various projects, drawing and creating marketing templates. It is interesting to note that this best photo editing software is available as a free version, with slightly reduced image retouching functions.

8. Movavi

movavi editing before and aftermovavi editing before and after
 
Overall Rating50
Color Correction
0
50
100
Photo Retouching
0
30
100
App's Design
0
60
100
Easy Navigation
0
60
100
User-friendly Interface
0
70
100
Additional Functions
0
60
100
Response Speed
0
65
100
Advertising
0
70
100
 
 
Pros+
    • It supports many RAW formats
    • Friendly interface
    • Many filters
    • A huge number of graphic effects
    • Low system requirements
Cons-
    • Reduced functionality in free access
 
 

Movavi is a free, raster image editor. Initially, the it was released as a photography software to remove unnecessary objects. However, over time, it acquired all the functions of a professional, full-fledged desktop photo editor for PC. In 2014, Movavi Company created free professional photo editing software, called Movavi.

The photo editor has several tools for automatic and manual color correction. Currently, Movavi Photo Editor provides a wide range of image retouching functions. Program users can perform color correction, add filters and text. Using this photo editing software, you can also remove objects from a photo, replace the background and retouch some skin/body flaws on the portraits. The program provides the possibility to publish the edited photo on Facebook, as well as save it in JPEG, PNG, BMP, PCX, TIFF, and others.

9. PhotoScape X

photoscape x editing before and afterphotoscape x editing before and after
 
Overall Rating50
Color Correction
0
40
100
Photo Retouching
0
30
100
App's Design
0
60
100
Easy Navigation
0
60
100
User-friendly Interface
0
50
100
Additional Functions
0
70
100
Response Speed
0
30
100
Advertising
0
100
100
 
 
Pros+
    • A wide range of image options
    • Professional picture retouching tools
    • It supports RAW formats
    • Low system requirements
Cons-
    • High cost compared to analogs
 
 

PhotoScape X is a universal image editing software that provides photo viewing, picture editor, collage maker, GIF creation, screen capture, and more. You can view and organize photos. It is possible to improve and balance color, resize, add effects and images. PhotoScape allows you edit several photos at once and rename several pictures simultaneously, combines several photos into one poster page or into one final photo, and allows you to turn multiple images into a GIF-animated image.

Moreover, you can print photos for special occasions, such as passport photos, or a page with a lining, such as a schedule, calendar, or music paper. You can save the monitor screen in an image file. It is possible to convert RAW format images to JPEG format. You get a chance to find similar faces over the Internet. It is worth mentioning that the image editor is supported not only by the Windows and Mac OS platforms, but it is also suitable for Linux.

10. DxO PhotoLab

dxo photolab editing before and afterdxo photolab editing before and after
 
Overall Rating65
Color Correction
0
50
100
Photo Retouching
0
60
100
App's Design
0
70
100
Easy Navigation
0
90
100
User-friendly Interface
0
80
100
Additional Functions
0
60
100
Response Speed
0
50
100
Advertising
0
60
100
 
 
Pros+
    • User-friendly interface
    • Noise reduction features
    • Excellent auto correction based on camera and lens characteristics
    • Geometric corrections
Cons-
    • The program is not suitable for professional photo retouching
    • High cost for the available functions
 
 

DxO PhotoLab is a software for basic photo retouching, and also suitable to correct color defects, remove unnecessary items from a photo. It is popular RAW image conversion software for Mac and PC. This application is among the best photo editing software for beginners. It is a full-fledged image retouching program that is fully integrated into a non-destructive RAW processing workflow and lets you use the automatic mask brush, a gradient filter, and many other useful tools.

In my opinion, a nice and fairly simple interface is the only advantage of this photo enhancer software because if you look at the portrait photo editing tools, the number is very limited. For basic and simple image retouching, this set of options will be quite enough, but the program will not be able to compete with Photoshop. Nevertheless, the program isn’t so bad. Firstly, it has an excellent auto-correction based on the characteristics of the camera and lens. Everything is done in just two clicks, and the result is quite good. Besides, this good photo editing software has one of the best noise reduction tools. Compared to others, it has a lot of extra settings.


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