27Oct 2017

Best Free Image Editing Tools

We know Adobe Photoshop is the coolest and dominant digital imaging program among professionals. But in case of the beginners, Adobe Photoshop might be not easy to handle. There are people out there who just just want to do small image tweaking like lighting, white balance, red-eye etc., rather than high end detailing. Here are some of the image editing tools that may save your day.

GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program)

Written and developed under X11 on UNIX platforms, GIMP is the coolest freely distributed image editing program of all time. It can perform tasks such as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It also has vast capabilities that you can’t expect in other free image editing tools. You can use it like a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc. Like Photoshop, GIMP can also be augmented with Plug-ins and extensions. GIMP includes variety of design tools such as Brush, Pencil, Airbrush, Clone, etc. Currently GIMP supports on GNU/Linux (i386, PPC), Microsoft Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1), Mac OS X, Sun OpenSolaris and FreeBSD platforms.

Pic Monkey

With Pic Monkey, you can perform tons of changes to your photos by picking through their simple drop-down menus. This tool works online with an easy-to-use interface. You can simply upload your photo to Pic Monkey and start editing. There are some cool bunch of effects and filters to mess around with. You can also add texts on your images with sleek designer fonts. Touch up tools like wrinkle remover and airbrush are just cool. They also have facebook and twitter cover photo templates which will save your time rather than going for resizing images in other editing softwares. You can enjoy all these features for free and they also offer more features such as 40% more effects Frame,  50% more Overlay, Texture options and other cool features if you want to go Royale.


PhoXo is another free but powerful image editing software thats works in Windows platform. Amazing feature of PhoXo is that its incredibly small in size (just 4MB) and still includes features such as layers, undo, over 50 special effects, batch processing, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools for selecting, crop, painting, retouching, measuring and navigation. With PhoXo, you can add text effects to image including ripple text, shadow text, gradient color text etc. From their website you can find large number of cool resources along with tutorials.


This is another effective  image and photo editing software for Windows PC platform. Their latest stable version 3.5.11 is packed with cool features supporting layers, unlimited undo, special effects and other handy features. they also have an active and growing online community providing friendly help, tutorials, and plugins.

What are the free Image Editing Tools that you use often ? Feel free to share your list with us.

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Rajeesh P.K. is the Director and Creative Head at Acodez . With an experience of 10+ years in UX Design & User Interface Design, when coupled with his expert coding skills in HTML5, CSS3 and Javascript, makes him one of the top UX Architects in India, with more than 15 international awards to his credit.

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