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Published on Wed, Apr-14-2010 by Dainis

30 Useful Photo Editing Softwares


Post-production work on pictures brings them a lot more close to perfection. However, your photo editing software plays a crucial role in this. Adobe Photoshop is the most popular and widely used software for this purpose. Smart programmers do not confine themselves to this one software and often explore other photo editing software that are available nowadays. Photo editing software can be highly expensive but many of them are also available for free, though with limited features. Given below is my list of best photo editing software these days. So, it gets easy for you to pick a good photo editing for your work or hobby, as you can easily compare the features and prices of these software all at one place.

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Free Photo Editing Softwares

Artweaver

Artweaver is a painting program which is suitable for beginners but also suitable for advanced users. You can record all your steps and replay them afterwards or provide them to other users. Also there are many tools and features like layers and effect filter.

Artweaver

Pixia

Pixia is the English version of a popular Japanese painting and retouching software for full color graphics. It supports mask, layer and many other editing functions. You can use your own customized brush tips and even use an image file as a brush tip to create unique effects.

Pixia

GIMP

GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It has many capabilities. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter.

GIMP

Digikam

DigiKam is an advanced digital photo management application for KDE, which makes importing and organizing digital photos a “snap”. The photos are organized in albums which can be sorted chronologically, by folder layout or by custom collections. In addition, DigiKam offers image enhancement tools through its KIPI framework and its own plugins, like red-eye removal, color management, image filters, or special effects.

Digikam

Krita

Krita is a KDE program for sketching and painting, offering an end–to–end solution for creating digital painting files from scratch by masters. Fields of painting that Krita explicitly supports are concept art, creation of comics and textures for rendering.

Krita

Pinta

Pinta is open-source image drawing and editing program for Linux inspired by Paint.NET. It’s uses GTK+ toolkit, cairo library and some code from Paint.NET. It is newest graphic editor programm, that was created in February 2010, but still it have pretty much tool and amount of tool grouw up very fast.

Pinta

KolourPaint

KolourPaint is a free, easy-to-use paint program for KDE. It aims to be conceptually simple to understand; providing a level of functionality targeted towards the average user. KolourPaint is designed for daily tasks like: painting, image manipulation and icon editing.

KolourPaint

Tux Paint

Tux Paint is an easy-to-use drawing program, designed for children ages 3 and up. It offers a simple interface, with large, colorful buttons and sound effects. Even though it is designed for kids, the program is not limited to simple paint operations, but includes a good array of features like paint effects, auto-fill, text insertion, shapes, image gallery, image stamps and more.

Tux Paint

Grafx2

Grafx2 is a 256 colours bitmap paint program. GrafX2 supports many bitmap format like png, iff, bmp, gif. The program support multiple undo, and all keyboard shortcuts can be redefined. Unlike other bitmap paint program Grafx2 is freeware. The program is mostly developed on Linux and Windows

Grafx2

MyPaint

MyPaint is a fast and easy open-source graphics application for digital painters. It lets you focus on the art instead of the program. You work on your canvas with minimum distractions, bringing up the interface only when you need it.

MyPaint

Paint.NET

Paint.NET is a free photo editor for Windows which features layers, blending modes, special effects, unlimited undo history, and a number of image adjustments and filter effects. Besides the standard pixel-based painting and selection tools, Paint.NET also includes easy to use tools for drawing shapes and lines, a text tool, a clone stamp, and a recolor tool.

Paint.NET

IrfanView

IrfanView is a freeware image viewer for Microsoft Windows that can view, edit, and convert image files and play video/audio formats. IrfanView is trying to create new and interesting features in its own way, unlike some other graphic viewers, whose whole “creativity” is based on feature cloning, stealing of ideas and whole dialogs from ACDSee and IrfanView.

IrfanView

Active Pixels

Active Pixels is a unique image and computer graphics editor offering users a wide variety of possibilities in the fields of image enhancing and image editing and in the field of computer graphics. Using the editor you can perform various tasks, from simple basic tasks to complex tasks; you can edit existing images, create new works based on existing images, create new works from scratch and more.

Active Pixels

PaintStar’s

PaintStar is a versatile digital image processing software suitable for such tasks as retouching of photographs, composing and authoring images, image morphing, screen capture, and displaying image thumbnail in Windows Explorer context menu. It supports alpha, layer, path ,and the most common editing techniques. PaintStar has many of the tools and filters you would expect to find in commercial offerings, and some interesting extras as well.

PaintStar's

Chocoflop

ChocoFlop clearly positions itself as a lightweight alternative to very expensive graphics tools such as Adobe Photoshop, Corel Painter. It is meant to be smaller and much cheaper. Ideally the target users would be web or mobile designers and other creative people working with reasonably sized images.

Chocoflop

Seashore

Seashore is an open source image editor for Mac OS X’s Cocoa framework. It features gradients, textures and anti-aliasing for both text and brush strokes. It supports multiple layers and alpha channel editing. It is based around the GIMP’s technology and uses the same native file format.

Seashore

Acorn

Flying Meat Software has a very good alternative for Photoshop: Acorn. Priced at only $49.95. It’s a suprisingly powerful app with some features Adobe could learn a trick or two from. Acorn provides the options you’ll need without any overhead.

Acorn

PhotoZoom Pro

PhotoZoom Pro is software for enlarging digital images, available for OS X and Windows. With PhotoZoom Pro you can render sharp and crisp clear image magnifications, perfectly focused, yet without the jagged edges, loss of detail or lack of photorealism that normally come with enlarging images.

PhotoZoom Pro

Photo Pos Pro Photo Editor

Photo Pos Pro Photo Editor is a free photo editor offers users a wide variety of possibilities in the fields of image enhancing and image editing and in the field of computer graphics design. Using the editor you can perform various tasks, from simple basic tasks to complex tasks; you can edit existing images, create new works based on existing images, create new works from scratch and more.

Photo Pos Pro Photo Editor

Pixen

Pixen is an innovative graphics editor for the Mac. It’s designed from top to bottom for pixel artists – people who make low-resolution raster art like the sprites you see in old video games. But it’s great for artists of all arenas: Pixen is like a very powerful MSPaint or a simpler, more agile Photoshop.

Pixen

Paid Photo Editing Softwares

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop is leading graphics editing program developed by Adobe Systems. Photoshop arsenal there are tens or even hundreds of useful tools and effects to create photo manipulations, icons, web layouts, or anything else related to the design. In fact in the near future will be available the latest version of Adobe Photoshop: CS5.

Adobe Photoshop

Corel Painter

Corel Painter is a raster-based digital art application created to simulate as accurately as possible the appearance and behavior of traditional media associated with drawing, painting, and printmaking.

Corel Painter

Ulead PhotoImpact

Ulead PhotoImpact is a sophisticated photo editing and basic web page design program in one. This product comes with royalty free images, web elements, templates and bonus software. ExpressFix mode is perfect for beginners to get started fast. One-click fixes and enhancements make it great for anyone.

Ulead PhotoImpact

Pixel image editor

Pixel is a raster image editing program that runs on more than a dozen operating systems. Pixel’s feature set rivals that of Adobe Photoshop and outstrips the GIMP in several key areas. Pixel supports CMYK and Lab color modes, 16- and 32-bit color depth, and chic new features such as adjustment layers.

Pixel image editor

PhotoPerfect

PhotoPerfect combines the power of a professional photo editing software with the simplicity of one-click image optimizations to give photo enthusiasts, semi-professional and professional photographers the ability to create the best possible images. Start using this photo editor with one-click photo optimizations; then challenge yourself to achieve your dream shot.

PhotoPerfect

Pixelmator

Pixelmator is an easy-to-use, fast and powerful image editing program that has everything you need to enhance, edit and retouch your photos. Pixelmator’s powerful toolset includes selection, painting, color correction and retouching tools that easily transform and enhance your photos and images. Layer-based image editing, filters and special effects help you quickly achieve impressive imagery.

Pixelmator

ArtRage

With ArtRage you can paint with oils and watercolors, sketch with pencils, spray stickers over your canvas, and much more. Stencils and rulers let you create precise shapes or smooth curves freehand. Tracing and Reference images let you load photos to recreate either by eye or by letting ArtRage select colors for you as you paint. For professional users, ArtRage offers layers and layer groups, layer blend modes compatible with the Psd file format, plugin filter suport and more.

ArtRage

PhotoPlus X3

PhotoPlus X3 Digital Studio is Serif’s professional digital image editing solution. PhotoPlus X3 brings you an unrivalled combination of easy-to-use photo enhancement Studios, on-screen automated help, and a rich collection of professional-level tools and adjustments.

PhotoPlus X3

ACDSee Photo Editor

ACDSee Photo Editor, the perfect software for creating amazing digital projects with your photos. Take photos and combine them with digital scrapbooking kits to make pages that will be treasured for a lifetime. In Photo Editor, tasks such as writing text on a path, resizing multiple embellishments, and creating a vignette effect are all easy and straightforward. In addition to creating scrapbook pages, use ACDSee Photo Editor to create birth announcements, thank you cards and many more printable gifts for family, friends and relatives.

ACDSee Photo Editor

PhotoStudio 6

PhotoStudio by ArcSoft is a simple photo editor with dated effects. Navigation is simple and big icons point the way to all of the functions. PhotoStudio 6 offers an array of advanced editing tools, including simple selection, photo cloning, multi-layer support, brush and stamp, text layer, transform, and print.

PhotoStudio 6

Selteco Photo Lab

Selteco Photo Lab is a powerful image editor built with web designer’s needs in mind. If you’re looking for a fast photo editor with all of the essential tools, Photo Lab is the perfect choice for you. Similar to many basic programs, Photo Lab offers simple touch-up filters, including the all-important red-eye reduction. But it also provides effects such as Gaussian blur, sharpening, saturation adjustment, and brightness and contrast correction.

Selteco Photo Lab

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