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Best Free Photo Editing Software | Download and No-Download Free Photo Editor

Updated on May 23, 2014

There are so many photo editing software out there but in this hub, I have listed the best photo editing software free to download and install to make your photos more stunning and beautiful than they’ve been. One from them doesn't even require a download to operate. These photo editor software don’t only create beautiful pictures but can be used easily as well. The best are easy. The best are free. The best creates magic.

The amazing photos you have captured could be edited and retouched to bring the spellbinding effect you want to show and portray. You don’t have to be a professional photographer to capture and create fantastic photos just like those professionally made digital art and photography on magazines and billboards. You don’t have to understand photoshop 101 and undergo tricky training to understand the features and methods these photo editing software I’m gonna list. And you don’t have to own the latest digital SLR to have those realistic pictures on your collections. You don’t even have to go online. Lastly, you don’t have to shop for anything. All you need is to read my hub and download the photo editor program you think would suit your interests and expectations. So here they are…


Why should I use GIMP than the others?

  • I don’t want to be a beginner forever. By using GIMP software, your expertise to photo editing and architecture will level up from being a beginner to intermediate to an expert.
  • Free and easy to install and download the complete version.
  • I want high end graphic applications and advanced photo editing interface in creating and editing my photos and images.
  • The tutorials are easy and specific.
  • I love learning and experimenting batches of edited photos.


I listed GIMP as the top from my list of best free photo editing software because it’s more of a complex and professional program designed to create simple photographs into different batches of high quality images. GIMP by the way stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program and is available to download for free whatever versions you want to use and install. Right now, the latest available version is the 2.6 though GIMP has announced they are currently working on finalizing the version 2.8 for a more advanced features like layer groups, improved brushes dynamics, a new unique transformation tool, optional single-window mode and more. This amazing photo editor program can be used for Windows, Mac OS X, and GNU/Linux.

As to Photoshop vs GIMP, I prefer GIMP because of the detailed tutorials. Their user manual is also available to many languages. It supports file formats such as JPEG (JFIF), GIF, PNG, TIFF, PSD. The dazzling photo editing tool can also extend to other compatibilities through its amazing plug-ins. If photography fascinates you and you want to develop your photo editing experience and skills to be more professional and expert, GIMP would be perfect for your needs. Download GIMP now and begin the experience!

a photo I edited using Picasa
a photo I edited using Picasa
some of Picasa's feautres and tools
some of Picasa's feautres and tools

Why should I use Picasa than the others?

  • It’s so freaking easy to edit, retouch and save photos.
  • I can easily sync to my iPhone, iPad and view my photos online and offline
  • It’s a photo editor in a click. No headaches.
  • Free to download from Google.
  • I can switch and edit in Picnik and Picasa back again.


Picasa was acquired by Google in 2004 and it’s now a popular free photo editing software and photo-sharing web in the world. The name was blended from the famous Spanish painter Picasso and ‘pic’ (obviously from pictures) and ‘mi casa’ (meaning my house). With the Picasa Web Album, we can now share our photos and albums to our friends and everyone in the world. With Picasa, no other photo editing software could be used to sync in to your web albums in your iPhone, iPad and other gadgets this easy than Picasa. You can even browse your photos and your friends’ photos even when you’re not online. As one of the best photo editing software, this is so easy and simple to use. This is also compatible with Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Picasa is totally free to download. The latest version is Picasa 3.8. If you want a photo editor program without learning those complicated tutorials, this one is perfect for you. You can easily crop, edit, retouch, tune color and apply awesome effects to your photos in a click. Easy, simple and accessible, that’s Picasa. You can edit thru Picnik too using this amazing software.

one of the pics I tried in Picnik
one of the pics I tried in Picnik


Picnik is a popular photo editing service online. Just like Picasa, you can edit, retouch and beautify your photos using its fabulous features. Some of its features can be used in Flickr photo editor default. Last March, 2010 Picnik was acquired by Google. Picnik offers more advanced effects and tools for its premium members. If you enjoyed using Picasa’s features and Picnik’s tools, you definitely enjoy the stunning effects Picnik offers to its premium members. Just like any other software, this photo editing program works on Windows, Mac and Linux, too. You can import pictures from Facebook, Myspace, Flickr, Yahoo image search and Picasa and edit them in Picnik. This one is known for its magnificent collage maker.

few from Picnik's tools
few from Picnik's tools

Why should I use Picnik than the others?

  • To have another fabulous flavors to your photo editing experience.
  • It’s so easy like click and fix.
  • Design awesomeness right at your browser.
  • It’s free to use, NO DOWNLOAD REQUIRED, no registration.
  • It’s so simple to use, you won’t even need a tutorial.
  • I loved it the most!


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      passionate77 4 years ago

      thanks for sharing such an informative post twentyfive, its really so helpful that i bookmarked it for the further reference, would love to try them out. blessings for sharing this all information dear!

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      kin 4 years ago

      help me all

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      twentyfive 5 years ago

      Thanks CClitgirl! Gimp is the best one for me

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Enjoyed your analysis of the free photo editing software programs. I am totally a GIMP addict. I'm glad you like it, too. ;)

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      twentyfive 5 years ago

      thank you for sharing your best photo editing software. I'm gonna try iclone. Sounds cool

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      twentyfive 6 years ago

      Gimp photo editor is awesome and so enjoyable. Feels like a professional when I use it lol Thank you for dropping by :)

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      Binkster 6 years ago

      Thank you for this. I just found out about GIMP three days ago and I decided to download it. This was an awesome post.

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      twentyfive 6 years ago

      Thank you for sharing another photo editor here :) Looks awesome

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      infination 6 years ago from Columbus, MS

      GIMP is a great drop-in replacement for Photoshop, just like OpenOffice is a great drop-in replacement for Microsoft Office. I would add another one to your radar, which is 100% web-based, and offers simplicity and ease-of-use:

      Check it out.. It's like a free version of Photoshop Lite on the internet. Recommended.

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      twentyfive 6 years ago

      Picasa is so cool. One of the greatest inventions of Google :) I think you have to delete the "Picasa Original" folder and save your photos after editing. That case, they wont create duplicates.

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      Vicki 6 years ago

      I am very thankful for the help. I am just finding Picasa gets easily corrupted and has loaded my photos now about ten times in duplication. I have uninstalled and reinstalled but they continue to be duplicated. very frustrating as I like it otherwise and don't know how to transfer my videos and pictures to another program.

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      krystal 6 years ago

      ummm i like dis its free and i dnt have to istall anything thans for puttin dis dis is great

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      piano chord progressions 6 years ago

      Gimp takes the cake.

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      Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I'll have to look into these when I get caught up on things.

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      seriousnuts 6 years ago from Philippines

      I'm going to bookmark this hub. Thanks for the helpful info!

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      twentyfive 6 years ago

      Christine thanks for dropping by :)

      Plarson hi! Picasa and Picnik rock :) Enjoy your new cam and phone! Cheers!

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      Plarson 6 years ago from Alabama

      Thank you for posting this. I recently bought a new camera and smart phone. This definitely will come in as handy info as I learn the uses and functions of my new toys. lol -Paul

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      ChristineVianello 6 years ago from Philadelphia

      Very nice, Going to download!

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      twentyfive 6 years ago

      Aw you would surely enjoy this especially Picnik :) Never tried Photoshop though it's cheap in here coz I like click and drag.. Thanks Miss Astra! LOL :)

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      Cathy Nerujen 6 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

      This is a great hub on software, and yes I would love to try the whole lot. Cassy is pretty good with photoshop, and she did a course on how to use some of these. I personally am glad photoshop is not in this list as it has complicated things even though they are amazing. And it is expensive. Terrific Miss Twenty Five. :) This is a cool hub.

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      twentyfive 6 years ago

      Aw thank you guys :) You're all amazing!

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      Very useful information and thanks for sharing.

      Take care


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      Ingenira 6 years ago

      These are excellent photo editing software and glad to know that they are free! Cool! Voted up!

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      duffsmom 6 years ago

      Great Hub! Very useful.

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      Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi twentyfive, very nice list of photo editing software !

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      twentyfive 6 years ago

      haha yah I remember those 24 hr photo developer moments LOL Picasa has been good.. It's so easy. I love Picnik more but I wish they would allow everything free :D Happy to see you Prof. A :)

      Hi Fay! Thanks for rating up :) Picnik can be used without a download ;) It's perfect for us girls.

      Wow Corel and Photo Suite sounds awesome, too. Gotta try them when I get sick of these LOL Sometimes you just gotta try using other software. ;) Glad to see you dropped by Tom :)

      Hi dahoglund! Try them all :)

      Hi Drbj! Wow thanks a lot for bookmarking this. You're awesome :)

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, 25, thanks for this great information. I have bookmarked it for referral.

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      Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I'll try some.

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      justom 6 years ago from 41042

      Great, useful hub. I've heard of all these but I use Corel and Photo Suite. Maybe I'll try a couple of these just for the sake of comparison. Peace!! Tom

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      Fay Paxton 6 years ago

      Thank you so much for sharing this information. I have avoided downloading a photo editor because I just didn't feel informed enough. This is very helpful.


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      Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      After I get this Hub back from my neighborhood 24 hr. photo developer(remember those),I will give you a positive comment,I've got picasa,I'll need to check out their photoediting.;)