Free Photo Editing Softwares

Abhinav

Wanting a powerful and free photo editing software is a common thing. I mean when you are trying it as a hobby or for some small time fun, why would you pay $649 for Photoshop ? This is where free softwares come to your aid. Of course if you are reading this, you have looked around for them and have come across the same old lists. So which one to use ? That question is very common – and very hard to answer too. You could go for an MS Paint-Style editor with a few extra functions or yield the real power from a Photoshop-Style editor. So I am here to help you in your quest for the right editor.

  • The GIMP : You will hear this name very often. GIMP ( GNU Image Manipulation Program ) is one of the most famous names out there. GIMP started as a free open-source replacement for Photoshop and has become what it wanted to be. It is getting better with each release and the number of users is increasing rapidly. It works on Linux, Unix, Windows and Macintosh and is Multilingual. It is the idle Photoshop replacement for many people. Here are a few screenshots. If you want to ask me, this is what I recommend to anyone who is looking for a free image manipulation software/image editor.
    • GIMP on Linux
    • GIMP on Unix
    • GIMP on Windows
    • GIMP on Mac
  • GIMPshop : GIMPshop is a GIMP hack to make it feel like Photoshop. It does not sacrifice or add any features but the interface is modified to make Photoshop users feel comfortable with it. So if you are switching from Photoshop to GIMP, you should probably go for this.
  • : Another great windows-only alternative. Considered by some as “Free Photoshop”. According to their site, Paint.NET started as a undergraduate college senior design project mentored my Microsoft and was originally intended to be used as a free replacement for Microsoft Paint. It kept getting more features and became what it is now. Personally, I don’t like it much. But then that is just my opinion. You should go and try and decide for yourself. It is very powerful, but I find GIMP better. Heres a screenshot of it.
  • Pixen : Pixen is a mac-only pixel art designer. Its made for pixel artists who do their work pixel by pixel. If you are looking for big sized realistic pictures, you better avoid this one. But if you are into pixel art or want to try it, and have a mac or a mac emulator on your Windows/Linux/Unix, then you can go for it. But keep in mind that this doesn’t support layers. If you need layers, try the next one.
  • mtPaint : Another one made for pixel art. This one comes for Linux and Windows. This has support for layers so you might want to go for it if you need layers ( Pixen doesn’t support layers ). Some useful features are present in there but don’t expect something really big.
  • : This ones not really that famous. Based on GIMP and for Mac only. And its not there to replace Photoshop. A simple interface for basic home users. So you are better off with GIMP.
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