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Top 5 Free Photo Editors – Any real free Photoshop Alternative Out There?

Not everybody needs full functionality of Adobe Photoshop. It may be the  best photo editing but comes with a big price tag. So what are the alternatives? Here I have listed the five most popular free editing softwares that are capable of delivering results that will satisfy most of us.

1. GIMP for Windows


Some people call GIMP the “free Photoshop”. It is an open-source image editor originally developed for Unix/Linux but now it is available for almost all platforms. Its interface is similar to Photoshop, but takes some to learn and get used to it. GIMP has full layer support and you can extent the functionality with plug-ins. It doesn’t have a native RAW support but can be added by plug-ins. GIMP would be my first choice if I didn’t have Photoshop.

2. PhotoScape


Photoscape offers the full package you would expect from a photography suite: A viewer, editor, batch processor, Raw converter, file renamer, print layout tool, screen capture tool, color picker, and more. And it is very easy to use.

3. Paint.NET


 Paint.NET has an open source code and features layers, painting and drawing tools, special effects, unlimited undo history, and levels adjustments. And it is possible to extend Paint.NET with plugins.

4. Picasa


Picasa is not a real photo editing software featuring only basic functions but it is very good at organizing your photos and easy to use. Supported by the Google, it is regulary updated and basic editing functions, it is primarily photo organizing software, and as such it is listed in my Top Digital Photo Software for Family Photos list.

5. PhotoFiltre


PhotoFiltre is a great tool for retouching your photos and it’s capable of providing some spectacular results. It has an easy to user interface and offer many one-click image adjustments, filters, and effects. The built-in image explorer makes exploring your files very easy and makes. PhotoFiltre’s batch processing capabilities are very handy when you want to apply same effects anf filters to more than one image . PhotoFiltre is free for private, non commercial or educational use.

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