Top 7 Free Photo Editing Software For Making Professional Looking Images

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We all want to use and share great-looking images, whether it’s for professional or personal use. And when it comes to creating content for an audience, that bar gets raised even higher.

But the problem is not everyone is a Photoshop wizard, myself included.

During the first few months of blogging and learning to create a website, I realized that it not only takes time to master Photoshop, it’s also expensive.

Luckily, there are many free photo editing tools that work just as great. If you value the importance of a good image but don’t want to spend too much time (or money) to make it look good, then it’s time you check out this list.

The 7 Best Free Photo Editing Software’s

I’ve used all of the tools on this list, and they’ve all helped me deliver superb images for me and my clients.

I hope you’ll also find these helpful for your own photo editing needs.

The important thing to remember is that a tool doesn’t need to have too many features. You just need the ones that make your photos look better.

Online Photo Editing Software’s

1. Pixlr

When you go to Pixlr’s website, you can choose to use Pixlr Editor or Pixlr Express.

Pixlr Editor has more photo editing features that are similar to Photoshop, while Pixlr Express is more suited for applying filters, overlays, texts, and other effects to a photo.

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With Pixlr Editor, you can do basic stuff like cropping, resizing, and changing the color of the entire image.

In addition to this, you get more editing tools like adding layers, adjusting image properties like contrast, hue, and brightness, as well as applying masks for more advanced image editing.

You also get to apply a decent number of filters including HD Toning and Tilt-Shift.

All images can be saved as JPG, PNG, BMP, TIFF, and PXD (layered Pixlr image).

Check out Pixlr

Pixlr Editor
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2. SumoPaint

SumoPaint is another free online and desktop photo editor with basic and advanced features. You can upload a photo from your computer or from a URL.

Basic overall photo editing like brightness/contrast, hue/saturation, color balance, and levels can be achieved from the menu bar on top of the editor.

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The left pane has the drawing tools which include several shapes. One, in particular, is called the Symmetry tool, which “mirrors” a shape’s stroke, creating a symmetric pattern.

Besides tweaking images, I find Sumopaint to be useful in creating simple logos using the text and brush tools.

Other than the ads that appear on both sides of the web editor and intermittently crash Chrome (the tool uses Flash to run the web version), this photo editor gets the job done easily and is more than suitable for users who are not photo editing experts.

Check out SumoPaint

3. Canva

Unlike the two online tools previously mentioned, Canva doesn’t have conventional photo editing features.

Instead, this tool focuses on editing images for social media and other digital formats. Most bloggers use Canva to edit images to post on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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As far as editing a photo is concerned, you can only do a few things in Canva. You can flip, crop, and apply some basic filters to photos uploaded from your computer. Canva also has a library where you can get some photos for free.

Where Canva really shines is adding elements to images… like modern and attractive fonts, illustrations, grids, frames, charts, and icons. The editor itself is easy to use and most tasks can be done with drag-and-drop actions.

Check out Canva

Desktop Photo Editors

4. Gimp

Gimp is an advanced photo editing tool that’s more suited for professional photo editors and programmers.

Similar to Photoshop, Gimp’s image editing features comprise mainly of adding layers to images and giving the user a handful of tools to then manipulate these images.

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You can use Gimp for basic image resizing, cropping, and converting to another format. However, the cool things you can do with this software can only be achieved if you are already familiar with photo editing techniques.

For instance, you can select a color to “show through” a black and white image to create an interesting effect by using Layer Masks and features in the software called Desaturate and Paintbrush.

If you don’t want to spend on Photoshop but want to create advanced photo tweaks, then it’s surely worth your time to learn Gimp.

Check out Gimp

5. Fotor

Fotor is another free editing tool for Windows that’s easier to use than Gimp.

You can edit a photo from your computer or select the Batch option to apply editing properties to multiple files.

You won’t find layering and drawing tools here in Fotor. Instead, you’re given Scenes, which are different filters you can apply to a photo.

The Crop feature is ready to cut images to predetermined dimensions (square, postcard size, 16 x 9).

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In addition to the filters, you can also use different image enhancements for red-eye, tone, detail (sharpness), white balance, vignette, highlight/shadows, and curve (color levels).

There’s also an option to add text with great-looking fonts.

When you’re done with your work, you can save an image as JPG, PNG, BMP, or TIFF. You can also share the image to Facebook, Flickr, or Twitter straight from the software.

Check out Fotor

6. PhotoScape

PhotoScape has something for both basic and advanced users. This flexible desktop tool has several functions in addition to editing photos. It can edit in batches, create GIF animations, and process images for printing (to name a few).

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The editing interface is quite different from the more advanced photo editors.

The left panel serves as a file explorer where you can simply click on which folders you want to get images from. Clicking an image opens it in the editing area where you can then apply several editing tools found below. You can crop, resize, apply a frame, tweak image appearance, and even add word balloons and other funny drawings.

If you’re looking to make photos look old, this tool has more than enough filters and frames for that. With features like Vignetting, Antique Photo, and Film Effect, the possibilities for interesting images are endless.

Check out PhotoScape

7. falls somewhere between basic and advanced photo editing. It’s easy enough for novices to learn while still providing powerful features.

This editor is close to what Gimp and Photoshop look like, although with fewer bells and whistles.

Basic image editing functions like resizing, cropping, rotating, flipping, and saving images to another format are easy to figure out with this tool.
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Surprisingly, its more advanced features like adding layers, adjusting image properties, and applying filters can be learned if you spend enough time with the software. This is mostly because the menus and tools are presented in an organized and logical manner.

I appreciate the placement of the History box on the top right corner because it’s easier to undo specific changes.

If Photoshop is too complicated for you, is a great alternative to master some basic to intermediate photo editing skills.

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The Powerful And Free Photo Editing software

Whether it’s getting that perfect photo to post on Instagram or a quick touch-up before sharing photos of your family vacation, these handy editing tools will help you get the job done. Each tool has its strengths and weaknesses, but it’s almost impossible to not find one that you like the most.

My online favorite is easily Canva because it’s quick, easy, and always produces great results. For a desktop editor, I really enjoy Gimp and am always impressed by what it can do with just a few steps.

Well, let me know which one you picked and why.

Bonus tip: If you are using WordPress, do use one of these image compression plugins to improve your blog load time.

Do you have a go-to photo editing tool that’s not on this list? Let us know in the comments below!

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41 thoughts on “Top 7 Free Photo Editing Software For Making Professional Looking Images”

  1. Chris

    Hey Kim,

    That’s the wonderful list of photo editing software. I’ve used GIMP and Canva from this list. Canva is my favorite for the social channels graphics and for creating the featured photo for the blogs posts as well. Though, I remember I was a Paint.Net fanboy in my school days.

    Thanks! Have a great day.

  2. Expro Academy

    Thank you for sharing such useful editing apps with us. Previously, I had used Pixlr and Fotor and the apps have proved to be really useful. The Photoshop alternative Gimp, is an app I want to try.
    Thank you.

  3. Mohit Verma

    Thank you Kim, I’ll deifinitely try some of these softwares for best results!

  4. Ayush

    Hey Kim,

    Thanks for sharing the informative blog about photo editing. It helped me a lot. Keep up the good

  5. Susan Velez

    Hi Kim,

    I am always looking for new tools that will help me create my images for Pinterest a lot easier. There are so many on this page that I haven’t heard of.

    I used to use PicMonkey and really liked it. However, I realized that Photoshop was a lot easier for me to use and save my templates so I could make my images quickly.

    These are definitely some great alternatives to Photoshop. Thanks for sharing these resources with us.

    Have a great day 🙂


  6. Sofor

    I use Canva, more than 5 times a day. It is the most used online tool for me.

  7. ravi shankar

    nice job buddy

    i really like this post now i’m going to try canva…
    is thear is any software which cen perform better then canva ???
    i need best photo editing tool to creat posters to publish my blog i social media.

    1. Kim Barloso

      In terms of features, Canva doesn’t have it all. But it’s easy to use and you get the job done in just a few clicks.

  8. Rinku Dogra

    Hello Kim,

    I am really thankful to you for this help. I was finding the tools and finally got it.


    1. Kim Barloso

      Glad this article helped you, Rinks.

  9. Aj Zafar


    Amazing info about the photo editor softwares, really nice topic,
    thanks for sharing. keep up the good work.

  10. VouchersGURU

    I know some other powerful photo editors, such as IrfanView, its just 2M size. Funny Photo Maker, which focuses on the development of photo realistic scenes, its a simple and fun photo editor, but let you easily DIY your photo.

    1. Kim Barloso

      Thanks for sharing these apps!

  11. Ravi

    Hi, Kim
    Thanks For Sharing Very Important and Useful Information about Photo Editing.

  12. Hari Mohan Sharma

    I am using Pixlr and Canva and very comfortable with them. The best free photo editor I found is Snappa. The audience can try that.

    1. Kim Barloso

      I haven’t tried Snappa. Will check it out. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Makoto Cole

    Thanks Kim for writing this. Although I pay and use Photoshop, I find myself always suggesting software to my friends, clients, and family. My go to recommendation in the past has always been GIMP and PAINT.Net. Thanks for sharing the other software’s as well. I trust this list!

  14. Abhishek Verma

    Hi Kim,
    Thanks for this Great list of Photo Editors.
    As My Laptop was lost a few days back, Now I am managing my Blog using my Android phone and there I am using PicsArt for making Featured Images and other Images for my Blog Posts.
    Abhishek Verma

    1. Kim Barloso

      Photo editing is tough on mobile, but with lots of Android and iOS apps, it’s totally possible.

  15. P.Nikhil Kumar

    Hi Kim,
    Thanks for the great article. I thinks fotor would be the best for all the people. But it would have been very good if it was available for mac user too. isn’t it?
    Apart from that this editor will get it’s job done!

  16. md kafilur raheman

    Hey Kim Very nice information.I use adobe photoshop for photo editing but now i decided to move canva.Thanks for sharing…

  17. Prabhat Kashyap

    Thanks for the blog. I am using canva for image editing. It is very much simple and easy tool to starts with.

  18. Anand

    Posting pictures to social media and running a small business, I am in need of basic image editing constantly, either for resizing pics for Facebook or optimizing pictures to post on my website. Being a non-graphic design user, this list will help me try out some of your recommended software.

    Thank you.

    Do you have a list of free online photo editors as well?

  19. Yogi

    Thank you Kim for letting me know these 7 great photo editing tools. I was knowing Canva from before and even used it. The other 6, I am going to try them too.

  20. Megan

    Great collection of free photo editing software.

    Canva also provides some free stock images and templates for photo editing, thats what is very great about it.

    If you are serious about Photo Editing its better to stick to Photoshop by Adobe even though its not free.

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