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  FREE Photo Editing Software

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GIMP is a cross-platform image editor is a desktop application available for GNU/Linux, OS X, Windows and more operating systems. As with most free software, you can donate $ if you like – and they appreciate it!

Whether you are a graphic designer, photographer, illustrator, or scientist, GIMP provides you with sophisticated tools to get your job done. You can further enhance your productivity with GIMP thanks to many customization options and 3rd party plugins.

PROS

  • Robust, full featured program
  • Rivals Adobe Photoshop
  • Has all the editing features you will need
  • Provides the tools needed for high quality image manipulation. From retouching to restoring to creative composites, the only limit is your imagination
  • Fairly good resources if you need help – including a lot of YouTube resources 
  • Amazon has GIMP books for purchase

CONS

  • Has a fairly steep learning curve (similar to Adobe Photoshop)
  • May do more than you will ever need
  • Is not as intuitive as some other programs
  • Download required
  • Desktop or laptop required
  • A few of the functions you want (like removing background) may take multiple steps (clunky)

 

LunaPic is a web-based application that  probably has all of the editing options needed my a nonprofessional photographer, including some art effects.

PROS

  • Easy to use
  • Web based so accessible from any device with web connection
  • Works with any operating system
  • Help files plus a nice FAQ site for support
  • Has a lot of effects, including Art Effects such as Picasso, watercolor, etc.
  • Has a number of frequently used correction tools

CONS

  • Not as “slick” as higher priced programs
  • Only allows you to upload the images with a maximum size of 1400 x 2100
  • A lot of page refreshes
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Pixlr is an online flash-based image editing application. You just open your files through the app like you would any popular image editing software. That’s it! Furthermore, images edited on Pixlr are set to private.

PROS

  • Easy to use
  • Modern design
  • Full editing using masks and layers
  • Any operating system
  • Good help files
  • A lot of features including image retouching
  • Can save your work and continue it later

CONS

  • Has a learning curve
  • Requires Adobe flash plugin to work
  • May start charging for use (for now, it is free)
  • About 40% of functions are limited in the free version
  • It is rumored that ADOBE flash is going away in 2020 – not sure what that means for Pixlr free version