+ Free Online Photo Editing Sites inc. Photoshop Express
The free photo editor downloads listed here include Photoshop and Corel which are
30-day trials. The other two free downloads, GIMP and Paint.net, are freeware so
once you download it, it's yours to keep for all time without any further obligation.
Below the list of free photo editor downloads you will find another list of free
photo editors which cannot be downloaded but can be used online. Some ask you to register, some don't, and some
have certain features which only unlock if you create an account so check first.
I suggest you try out more than one of the free photo editor downloads as they tend
to vary quite a bit. If you prefer to stick with one, then I recommend Photoshop - there's no doubt it is the best. You can either
download the 30-day trial or try out Photoshop Express online which is a cut-down version but
will give you a good idea of how the interface works and what sort of features it offers.
If you want to purchase Photoshop but don't want to invest several hundred dollars/quid in
the software now, another option is to purchase an older version which comes at a much reduced
price and then upgrade in the course of time. This spreads the cost over a longer period and you
will find that earlier versions are still jam-packed with all the features you will need for
a long time to come. And of course, you can buy Photoshop or Elements at a greatly reduced price if you are
eligible for student & teacher editions.
Photoshop is without a doubt, the best photo editor on the market but it comes with a hefty price tag. If you
want a 30-day trial, fully functioninng and totally free, click on one of the links below. You can use
upgrade or even downgrade to a cheaper version after the 30-day trial by purchasing a licence online.
Photoshop trial CS5
Photoshop Elements Free Download
Of the four free photo editor downloads listed here, GIMP is perhaps one of the better known
ones and has good online support. It is not dissimilar to Photoshop and with it you can retouch
your photographs. It works with Microsoft Windows,
Apple Macs and Linux. With GIMP, you can also do drawings and make animations but it's main strenghth is its image
editing capabilities which include cropping, resizing, making photo montages, and converting
your shots into different file formats.
Download GIMP free photo editor software here.
Paint.net is also free software for computers running on Windows. Don't confuse it with
Microsoft's Paint program which is for making drawings and is not used for photo editing. You
can use Paint.net to edit photos plus it has certain Photoshop-like features such as the ability to work with
layers, special effects and there are lots of tutorials and forum support.
Paint.net photo editor free download here.
Corel PaintShop Pro
The older versions of PaintShop Pro are still available as free software but more recent versions
need to be purchased. Some obsolete version are available in the UK on the free CD that comes
with certain computer magazines. You can download a 30-day, fully functional trial version
of PaintShop Pro X4 here.
Free software for photo editing - needs to be used online but no registration required. Connects
with Facebook or you can create your own photo library online but for that you need to register.
Try out Befunky here.
Lots of fun filters plus the ability to do more 'ordinary' photo editing - also has layers and more advanced
techniques. Integrated with PhotoBucket, Facebook, Picasa, Flickr, Smugmug and Myspace. Some actions
are not available unless you register. Try out FotoFlexer here.
Photo editor whose interface mimics Photoshop to some extent. Wide range of tools. Try out Pixlr here.
Being developed and added to all the time. Probably the best free photo editor that you can
use online without needing to download anything. Good range of tools, intuitive interface although
it looks a bit serious at first. Try Photoshop Express here.
Picnik is closing in April 2012 and will be moved to become part of Google+. So no way of
knowing what Google will do with it but it is available until 9th April if you want to try out
the photo editing tools. Picnik Premium is now free so you get full access to all their tools
up until the day it closes. Also, it's integrated with Picasa so if you have photos stored with
Picasa you can click on the edit tab and Picnik will launch. Try Picnik here.
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