Top 10 Best Free Photo Editing Software That Are Great Photoshop Alternatives

Aside from Photoshop, there are other best free photo editing software products that you could use to enhance, modify and create images. Here are our top ten choices:

Top 10 Best Free Photo Editing Software

10. Image Tricks

Image Tricks is a photo editing software designed for Mac. It is an ideal option if you are looking for visual filters in editing. It is a premium software product that costs less than $20 but comes with useful features such as an easy-to-use color filter. However, it does not have the ability to crop photos.

9. Picmonkey

Picmonkey is a Web-based photo editing software application that is available in its free and premium versions. It has Instagram-like features to make fun photo editing, but not in-depth editing. Some of its basic features include wrinkle removers, air brushes and overlays such as party hats, mustaches and others.

8. Sumo Paint Air

Sumo Paint Air is another free desktop application that helps you edit photos in your computer. It is a lightweight program that runs using Adobe AIR. You could use this application software to make or modify images to suit your preference. It has features for adjusting hue, saturation, contrast and brightness. It also has many fun filters to change the appearance of your images.

7. Seashore

Seashore is an open source photo editing software that is based on GIMP but with a simpler interface. Its menus are also laid out like that of Photoshop. Its basic features include textures, gradients and anti-aliasing for brushes and text strokes. It is capable of multi-layering and alpha-channel editing. As a free software application, Seashore is a must-try.

6. Picfull

Picfull boasts of one-click editing among its most important features. It has 21 filters including color  and saturation filters that can accomplish different effects. Compared to other photo editing software however, this free program has just a smaller window.

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5. Splashup

Splashup is a powerful tool for photo editing with features that can be useful even for professional editors. This application software is easy to work with and can work in real-time. You can use this program to edit numerous photos at once. Additionally, it supports all browsers and can seamlessly integrate with photosharing sites. For work in progress, you could also save it in its own file format. 

4. Fotor  

If you are looking for a comprehensive option for filters, Fotor might be a good alternative for you. It is a free photo editing software application that can help you customize photos and then upload or share them online. It is an ideal tool for beginners because of its simple interface. One interesting feature of this program is its collage menu for creating fun and attractive collages. 

3. Pixlr-o-matic

Pixlr-o-matic is a software application that offers a number of features for photo editing. Using this product, you could edit photos in only three steps involving the selection of filters, secondary effects and frames. It is easy to use with a number of tools such as its workbench and filter area.

However, this free program is only capable of saving photos to JPEG. It also only allows you to share them on, which is Pixlr’s photo sharing service. 


GIMP is a multi-purpose tool for painting, drawing, photo editing, and batch processing and conversion. It comes with many sophisticated features such as filters, layers and effects. It also has an intuitive layout for ease of use. This program has multiple help resources that can guide you when using it. 

1. NCH Software

NCH Software is a comprehensive photo editing tool with features for in-depth photo editing. You could use this to crop, touch up, remove blemishes and red-eyes, and apply effects to photos. It also has the ability to improve photo quality and adjust color, brightness, hue and contrast. You could also make mosaics and collages using this application software. Once you are done editing, you could easily share your photos on Flickr or Facebook.

Aside from its basic features, NCH Software also has a built-in clip art library including frames and borders that you could use when editing. With this program, you could edit all popular image formats such as JPEG, PNG and GIF.

It is good to know that there are comprehensive free photo editing software solutions at your disposal. You could try any of the application software listed above and share with us your comments about it.

There are many good software that are useful which are good as to save time and to work professionally.

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About the Author: Shameem

I am Shameem, Software Engineer, Web Addicted, Living in Chennai, India.


  1. Great list to edit images at free of cost and the post was nicely written by the guest author 🙂

    I know only Picmoney and am unaware of other software. Will check it whenever I needed. Thanks for sharing this beneficial post, keep doing the same Shameem 🙂

  2. Cool. Nice list.. You can also add PhotoScape in this list. It is best editing software for basic users. It has simplified UI too.

  3. This is list of 10 best images editor softwares. These softwares are easy to install and use in simple way. Also @Lilesh photoscape is also userfriendly software. Thanks for sharing your best collection of softwares for images editor.

  4. Hello Shameem,

    I generally use Adobe Photoshop & online editing tool. But this software seems awesome to edit picture who have no knowledge on Photoshop.

    Thanks for share

  5. NCH photo editor is great, it also really tiny, less than 1 MB. I just playing with that software before writing this comment 🙂

    Thanks Shameem.

  6. Photo editing apps are used by many and these apps help us to make or photo more live and beautiful. I hope most of us loves towmork on it. Thanks for sharing the fantastic list ith us.

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