Even the best free photo editor can’t replace our favorite Adobe Photoshop software, doesn’t it? If you think about Lightroom or Photoshop analogs that provide almost the same features for free, I’ve gathered and reviewed the most frequently used free online photo editors.
If you need something to replace Photoshop, then pay attention to Gimp, Pixlr and Photo Pos Pro. They have a fairly wide range of tools and can also be extended with plugins.
To replace Lightroom, you can use Fotor, BeFunky or PhotoWorks. They don’t have such a huge selection of tools, but they will be useful for basic color correction.
$10\month subscribing to Adobe software is not a huge price, however, if you are starting out your photo editing career or you do not need this number of tools, can’t understand how to use them, one of the following free photo editors will work for you.
Verdict: This Photoshop editor has a large set of features that you will not find in any online image editor. If you are familiar with Photoshop or GIMP, it will be very easy for you to master this image editor, because they look almost the same and have the identical toolbar, controls and keyboard shortcuts.
In Online Photoshop Editor, you can perform a lot of complex operations: work with layers to overlay images or effects, use color correction and sharpening tools to enhance your photo, apply text or other elements to the image to make it more appealing.
A nice bonus: Online Photoshop Editor can open PSD files and save them in the same format, as well as in PNG, JPEG, BMP and TIFF formats for posting on social networks or saving to your hard drive.
However, to open all the formats, you need to prepare this free photo editor in advance by downloading all the necessary updates.
Gimp – is an open source photo editor. You can change the program yourself, fix various bugs and errors that you noticed, as well as add your own tools.
It has layers, customizable brushes, filters and automatic actions to improve an image quality faster. What I really like is the possibility to open PSD files and edit them. You have access to a lot of lessons and training videos.
Verdict: 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.
Pixlr is a good choice for beginner retouchers, as you get two absolutely free photo editors to do all the necessary actions.
Verdict: 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 Paint Net.
You can use layers and a large selection of tools, but their functions are not as comprehensive as I would like. Paint Net reminds me of the earlier versions of Photoshop where the interface was very simple.
However, simplicity does not mean the lack of opportunities - you can do basic image editing: remove skin imperfections, red eyes, and improve background.
Verdict: 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.
You will get the full-fledged versions forever, but comparatively speaking, it's more than a year of using Photoshop and Lightroom with an additional cloud storage. The difference is that using these programs, you will do more than you can do with all InPixio programs.
Verdict: Canva is a photo editor 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.
However, Canva is bad only if we talk about photo editing. If it comes to design, Canva is the best free online program for these purposes.
Verdict: 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.
Color correction is a little annoying with its slow performance, and you will have to wait a few seconds until something is done, but the portrait editing is absolutely great.
Verdict: Achieve a stunning shot for your Instagram page without much effort using a classic picture editor or download PhotoDiva Pro for more advanced automatic adjustments!
One-click effects will drastically change the portrait shot, making it appealing and eye-catching. Regardless of whether you wish to apply digital makeup or add a pop of color, PhotoDiva will please you with stunning automatic results.
Verdict: Photo Pos Pro 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.
You can save your images in JPEG, GIF, PNG, TIFF, or formats that are rarely used, such as EMF or WMF. I also admire that you can choose an interface for beginners, advanced and for pros, which will help you understand how to use all the functions much faster.
Photo Pos Pro is a rather impressive photo editor, even though you might not find this out because it appears a little too complicated at a first glance and requires quite a bit of learning on your part. Its most recent version has a completely different and updated interface, some new selection tools, auto-correction, recovery brushes, etc.
You have an option to select between ‘pro’ and ‘novice’ interfaces and when it comes to the former, I feel like it is a little too chaotic. Don’t get me wrong, the tools themselves are amazing and really efficient, but I don’t get the principle behind the way the toolbar is organized. It will take you a while to get comfortable with using it.
Verdict: BeFunky 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.
There are many effects but you cannot use them as usual, because they are all marked with an asterisk, which literally asks you to pay for the full version. The photo editing work is also completely restricted, and is, actually, very inconvenient.
Verdict: Fotor 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.
Fotor Desktop Photo Editor is an offline free photo editing software with RAW support. However, only the desktop version provides the possibility of RAW conversion. I really like this free photo editor - almost no ads, a lot of great effects and scenes similar to the presets in Lightroom.
Verdict: 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.
If you are a newbie, you will definitely like the ability to search for tools and features. Now there is no need to waste time digging in the menus and lists - just type into the field a key word or two and here you go.