My yoga instructor always tells me the yoga won’t end unless you do a small mediation session and pray to the universe. It means that everything that we do has an importance on the overall results. For instance, if you want to upload an appealing and compelling image on your social media, you need to edit it.
No, it doesn’t mean that you have to make a person look fair or skinner. But you do have to edit the surrounding or add text to the image, or maybe you want to blur the background to focus on the person. So, editing an image is always a requirement. We love honest and authentic images, but even if you don’t add filters, you need to either crop it or add text, and all this is part of editing an image.
Now, if you don’t edit an image and upload it as it is, it may not attract a response that you were expecting. So, if an image requires editing, don’t shy away from doing it, even if you only want to add funny doodles to it. Editing an image is post-processing, and you should never skip this step.
For this purpose, there are tons of editing software on the internet that you can download. For a common person who wants to edit an image or create a collage or insert filters, you can find tons of free photo editing software which have the basic features to do all this, and in addition to that, some advanced features. If you are someone who wants to learn editing for professional reasons, some software on the list that we will discuss below can help you too in that direction.
In this blog, we will focus on photo editing software that is free or has nominal charges. Let’s begin.
The first tool on our list is Canva. It is an online website where you can create original images and edit them as well. With Canva, you can add filters, write text, crop an image, add effects, and frames. The photo editing feature of Canva is completely free, you only have to sign up to use this feature.
It doesn’t even leave a watermark on your images, and you can edit them by dragging and dropping the images right in the browser.
Also, canva is more than just a photo editor. It can aid you in creating logos and other elements for a website using thousands of stock images and templates present in its library. Moreover, you can design a calendar, a wedding invite, a poster, and so much more with Canva. The tool is perfect if you want to start a career in designing or have a blog. Most of these features including the photo editor are free. If you want to use the advance feature that this tool offers, you can buy it for $12.99 per month.
If you are new to editing and want a simple tool with good features, pixlr is a great choice. With an easy interface, you can edit the image easily, as it supports full-screen mode. Another benefit of using this tool is that it lets you create a custom workspace as all the tools and layers are flexible, meaning you can change their location.
You can do a lot of things with this app, like remove red-eye, colour fill, crop, add filters, do adjustments, and so on. You can even create a picture using a blank canvas. Also, this tool lets you save the image to your PC or online.
This online tool works only on desktop and was supposed to be the next Microsoft paint. But it became more, and people who are inexperienced photo editors use it wildly for editing images. It is quite easy to use this tool, as it has clear functions and instructions resulting in a high-quality image. It doesn’t take much power, so if you have a notebook, you can use this tool for editing images.
Paint.NET is a free tool, but it provides basic editing functions like layers, contrasts, gradient, and so on.
4. PhotoScape X
Another free tool with impressive features is PhotoScape. You can edit your images using tons of features like awesome filters, image viewer, screen-capture tool, and so on. It also lets you store and manage your gallery, but it is best for editing images. With the help of PhotoScape, you can create a professional image.
The tool has over 200 frames, figures, borders and 1000 patterns that can help you edit your image beautifully.
Another great and simple photo-editing tool is PicMonkey. If you want to use this site for free, you can, but it will be the trial version. To unlock other advanced tools, you will have to pay for the premium version. But the free version includes photo editing, creating collages, adding texts, and adjusting the size of the image, and some more features.
Keep in mind that you do need to install flash to edit an image using this tool.
Fotor has one of the best interfaces for a photo-editing tool. In this tool, with a single click, you can enhance an image or choose other tasks for editing purposes. It has all the basic editing features like cropping, filters, altering the brightness or so on, and many more. Other than this, you can even add text or borders or apply multiple styles to your images.
You do need to create a free account to use some of the features. But you can save the image without it or even share it on certain social media platforms.
7. Adobe Photoshop Express Editor
We all know that Adobe is one of the best professional photo editing tools in the market. Since it is not free, we are not including it in our list, but it does have a free version, and that is Adobe Photoshop Express Editor. The features in this tool are less as compared to its paid counterpart, but it is a great tool with an easy interface.
Here are the things that you can do with this tool:
- The basic editing- crop, cut, rotate, remove red-eye, contrast, and so on.
- Add text or frames or costumes and multiple elements to an image.
- It has a full screen mode which makes viewing the image and editing it easy.
- It supports JPE, JPEG, and JPG format, but it saves images only in JPG.
For people who have a zest for learning the art of photography and editing, this tool is great for them. It provides users with two different interfaces to choose from depending on their level as an expert or a beginner.
If you choose the expert one, you get advanced features like brushes, gradient, textures, action, and so on. For a beginner, the interface is simple with a focus on automated tools to help users edit an image in the best manner.
The tool has numerous filters for your use and works only on a desktop with WINDOWS operating system.
It doesn’t matter whether you are a professional or an amateur or in your learning phase, this tool is great for anyone who wants a quality image. It lets you see the results of every feature in real-time. Also, the interface doesn’t have too much going on and is easy, so editing an image using various tools is pretty simple.
It has three section-design creators, photo editor, and collage creator. It has tons of features in every section, but you need to pay for the premium version to unlock all of these features. If you want to create a collage using this tool, you have at your disposal tons of templates which are pretty cool and simple to work with. It works on both Android and iOS and has a website too.
For a person or a designer who is looking for a tool that has tons of similar features like photoshop, Photopea is perfect. It not only supports numerous file formats but allows the user to work with layers as well. The beauty of this app is that you can edit an image by choosing the layout of the platform you want to share it on like a Facebook page or so on.
It has tons of tools like gradient or blur or text or shapes or filters or so on which makes it a great tool to use. You don’t need to create an account to use this app, but you will have to go through ads. Or you can choose the premium version, and sign up.
Every picture speaks a thousand words. So, if you want people to get your message, editing is a good idea. Whether you are a designer, a blog writer, a social media curator, or a person who wants to upload a picture of themselves, give your best, and these editing software can help you with them. Comment below to let me know which of these editing software features blew your mind.