Best Photo Editing Software for Windows There’s no argument about it — Adobe Photoshop remains the best photo-editing software on the market. But unless you’ve undergone formal training, it’s a difficult program to master, and it’s not the cheapest of options out there. That’s why we’re taking a look at the best free photo-editing software on the market, each of which provides much of the same functionality as Photoshop but without the associated fees.
The programs below can perform basic functions, such as letting you resize, crop, and correct exposure with ease, and some more semi-advanced tasks. There are great options for both conventional desktop software and web-based solutions that don’t require installing any software.
Adobe Photoshop Elements 2018 Photoshop has long been the industry standard image-editing software and a benchmark for all other photo editors. Elements is the slightly stripped down alternative to Photoshop CC, and Adobe has already released the 2018 version for Windows 10, 8, 7 and Vista. Photoshop Elements 2018 is a more economical and straightforward application to utilize for photo editing than CC. The Elements 2018 software is retailing at $99, and unlike CC there’s no monthly subscription for it.
Photo Pos Pro isn’t as well known as Paint.net and GIMP, but it’s another top-quality free photo editor that’s packed with advanced image-enhancing tools.
This free photo editor’s interface is smarter and more accessible than GIMP’s array of menus and toolbars, with everything arranged in a logical and consistent way. If it’s still too intimidating, there’s also an optional ‘novice’ layout that resembles Fotor’s filter-based approach. The choice is yours.
PhotoScape might look like a rather simple free photo editor, but take a look at its main menu and you’ll find a wealth of features: raw conversion, photo splitting and merging, animated GIF creation, and even a rather odd (but useful) function with which you can print lined, graph or sheet music paper.
Paint.NET features an intuitive user interface that supports layers, an “unlimited undo” to back out of any mistake no matter how disastrous, various special effects, and other tools.
Where Microsoft Paint was able to do little more than resize images, Paint.NET is able to handle more advanced photo editing that you’d expect to be limited to Photoshop and other paid programs.
If the above options seem too derivative or you want more of that Adobe-experience without the associated price tag, Photoshop Express is another option worth considering. Although pared down compared to the standard Photoshop, the Express variant does have a number of great options for editing photos with a much more gradual learning curve.
Macphun Luminar 2018 is an all-in-one photo editor that packs in color toning, layers, sharpness, B&W processing, contrast, dehaze, luminosity mask, masking, object removal and layer photo enhancement tools. The software boasts more than 40 filters, such as soft focus, tone, grain, vignette, radiance, clarity and more besides.
The real beauty of Luminar 2018 lies in its presets that you can apply to outdoor, travel, dramatic, portrait and other photo categories. For example, you could select the 60’s Black and White preset to give your photo a retro feel. The latest Luminar version also includes a RAW-processing filter so that you can apply filters to RAW images.
Fotor is more a photo enhancer than a full-fat manual editing tool. If there’s specific area of retouching you need doing with, say, the clone brush or healing tool, you’re out of luck. However, if your needs are simple, its stack of high-end filters that really do shine.
Pixlr.com has a tiered offering that is entirely free. The site separates its photo editing into Pixlr Editor (advanced) and Pixlr Express (efficient).
The site also offers a mobile suite so you can edit photos on a smartphone or tablet — both iOS and Android versions are available.
Capture One Pro 10 is photo-editing software designed more for professional photographers. The software boasts the best RAW processing engine and supports tethered shooting for some camera models. As it’s retailing at $299, Capture One Pro 10 might not offer the best value; but you can get some terrific image output with the software.
There’s also an alternative $50 Capture One Pro 10 application for Sony cameras. The software is compatible with Windows 10/8/7 and requires at least 8 GB RAM and 10 GB hard drive space.
Picture Perfect users can draw over and add text (or captions) to their fave snapshots and have lots of fun with the photo stickers. Another good thing about Picture Perfect is that you can capture snapshots from within the app and then edit them. So it’s a great app for capturing and editing photographs on the go. Best Photo Editing Software for Windows