Last updated February 19, 2019
The difference between a photo that stops someone dead in their tracks or barely deserves a second chance depends on the camera and the skill of the photographer. After that, you need some bad ass photo editors. This curated list of photo editors will give you an idea of what’s available for free and what requires a little investment to make stunning photos.
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Design Wizard is a web-based photo editor but to stop there would be to do it a disservice. With this app, you’re able to make simple changes to your images and add layered elements such as logos, shapes, and custom graphics. They have a library of over one million images you can use for any project and templates that make it easy to get the perfect social media image.
I find myself using Pixlr more and more often for quick jobs that are too involved for Canva, but don’t require the functionality of Photoshop. With this free tool, you can add layers, transparency, make design elements, and a whole lot of other things. A neat feature is being able to save to their database once you create an account and access them through Pixlr phone app.
Picmonkey is an awesome tool that is very easy to learn. You can do many of the things a fully-fledged photo editor can do without having to download anything on your computer. Touch up, make graphics, collages, etc. They have a free plan that lets you unlock most of the features you need for a quick editing run. The only setback is that you’re bombarded with ads.
befunky is divided into three main aspects; photo editing, collages, and graphic design. The tool is powerful enough to help you create amazing photos without stressing yourself too much. You can use it to make engaging social media posts. They have a large database of projects and tutorials to help you get the most out of the software.
Ribbet is a simple photo editing app that allows you to make whimsical photos with just a few keystrokes. You can also add filters and change the look and feel of your images.
LunaPic is not the most robust photo editor, but it can be used for one thing when all else fails, making your images transparent. If you just want to do some very minor touchups then Lunapic may be enough for you to get it done.
Sumopaint comes as a Chrome extension and has plenty of bells and whistles to keep you occupied. Even though it’s not as robust as Photoshop, you’ll soon find out that it more than meets your needs. Especially if you don’t work with pictures for a living.
Photoshop needs no introduction. This bad boy has been on the market for a while and is so popular that an entire mini-economy has grown up around it. You can do just about anything with the editing features from giving someone a beard to making them a hundred pounds lighter. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll have a hard time using anything else.
Gimp is an open source photo editor that has many of the same functionalities as photoshop.If you can devote the time necessary to learn the intricacies of its feature set (I couldn’t) then you’ll be well on your way to making awesome images.
Sketch is a premium design tool made exclusively for Mac users. It allows you to quickly create UI and UZ elements from scratch. They have a proprietary tool called the inspector that makes sure all your designs and interfaces are up to par with best practices on the web. If you can shell out the 99 dollars then this may be a great solution for you.
Pixelmator is another tool made exclusively for Mac users. You can do everything you’d expect with a premium tool. Adding layers, vectors, and retouching are just part of the package. If you’re a beginner or a pro, Pixelmator will be able to fulfill your photo editing needs without making you go broke in the process.
Serif has been around for a while and shows no signs of slowing down. They have an entire suite of tools from photo editing software to website design, they left no stone unturned. Sometimes, it can be a little difficult to learn what’s going on, but a well-documented features library makes the learning curve less steep and the beautiful part is, you don’t need to have tons of experience before making works of art with their tools.
Going back to tools made exclusively for Mac devices, Acorn is a strong contender for the throne. You can fully customize your images with graphics, touch-ups, remove elements, vectors, etc. The list goes on, but it’s definitely a great buy at its price point of 29.99.
Photoscape is a free tool that will allow you to perform basic editing tasks without having to learn the intricacies of a new piece of software. Crop, image stacking, and converting between different formats are just a few of the things you can do with this simple app. If you need something serious, then this tool is not for you.
Google has done it again with Picasa, a very simple tool to edit your pictures. What sets this tool apart from others is its intuitive interface, geotagging, facial recognition, and extremely easy importing and exporting functionality. In addition to all that, it’s free.
iPiccy is a fun tool that allows you to easily edit your photos. It’s not as robust as Photoshop and Gimp, but it’ll definitely get the job done for smaller projects. Add effects, text, and touch up photos without having to learn an entirely new skill set.