Friday, July 26, 2013

TOP FIVE BEST FREE PHOTO EDITING SOFTWARE

For bloggers, pictures play a very important role to make our entries more engaging for our readers. We usually need some software or online tools to edit our photos either to fix something on the picture, to enhance it or to input our very own watermarks. Photoshop is probably the most ideal photo editing software that we can try on but for a frugal guy like me, i would rather search for some free software alternatives than spending my money to it (I am nothing against Photoshop though). We can't deny the fact that Photoshop requires a lot of skills before you can manage to embrace all its impressive features. Listed below are five great software and web based tools that can be used as an effective alternative for Photoshop. They may not have all the features but these software are extremely useful as they got all the basic tools you need to edit your photos.
TOP FIVE BEST FREE PHOTO EDITING SOFTWARE
Author's Note : This is NOT a sponsored post. This entry is listed subjectively and is merely based on my very own experiences. 
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TOP 5 BEST FREE PHOTO EDITING SOFTWARE
"PHOTOFILTRE"
As what the title of this software suggests, the main highlight of PhotoFiltre are the basic Filters that you can also be found on Photoshop. It has a very user-friendly interface and something that beginners should try on. The software is known for its apparent simplicity. Generally, it doesn't require any extensive skills and you can easily explore and experiment with its features without asking for help. Some of its notable features are Auto Levels and Auto Contrast which are very useful and important image adjustment tools. Apart from its easy to use tools, PhotoFiltre can also covert the image files into any available format. The software, however, doesn't have layer adjustments compare to Photoshop but for those who are not rooting for such feature, Photofiltre is indeed a great tool. It also has a paid version which gives you a wider option. 

TOP 4 BEST FREE PHOTO EDITING SOFTWARE
"PHOTOSCAPE"
Photoscape is personally one of my favorite photo editing software. Just like Photofiltre, Photoscape has a very easily manageable interface (but not as intuitive as Photofiltre) . It offers an impressive thumbnail browser and it gives the user a capability to use a lot of  cool image effects and adjustment tools. It has very simple tools and basic filters. What makes Photoscape more distinctive is the fact that it comes up with an object tab that allows you to easily input texts, shapes and speech bubbles on top of the photo you are working with. It comes up with a wide array of clips that can be stamped on top of your images. You can also add your own image to its clipboard which is very useful for those who want to input their watermarks on their photo in a very convenient and faster way. 

TOP 3 BEST FREE PHOTO EDITING SOFTWARE
"PAINT.NET"
Paint.net is a simple yet surprisingly impressive photo editing tool. It features a simple pixel based editor tool that users will definitely enjoy dealing with. It has a very easy to use interface and it got all the basic elements and image adjustments tools that you need to edit your photos. The highlight of Paint.net are the plugins that you can add to the software to enhance or improve its functionality. Even though it doesn't offer an adjustment layers, Paint.Net has a comprehensive range of image adjustment tools. Interestingly, they said that Paint.Net started as college project that aims to produce an alternative to Microsoft Paint. Generally, Paint.Net is a very easy to use tool to retouch your photos quickly and professionally. 

TOP 2 BEST FREE PHOTO EDITING SOFTWARE
"PIXLR EDITOR"
I am currently hooked with Pixlr Editor. Unlike the software mentioned above. Pixlr Editor is a web based tool. It also has a mobile app for Android and Apple smartphones but what makes it more fascinating is thge Pixlr Editor (Advanced) which gives you everything you need as far as the image editing is concerned. It has all the basic image adjustment tools, some cool filters, layer adjustments, dodge tool and more. If you are aiming for a very convenient photo editing tool, then Pixlr is a very ideal tool for you. You can access the site at pixlr.com and you will be given a chance to choose among Pixlr Editor (Advanced), Pixlr Express, and Pixlr-o-matic. The only problem i have for his website is the file saving procedure. In order to save the file directly on your pc, you have to input your desired format at the end of each image (.jpg, ,png, and more). Other than that, Pixlr Editor is a cool and very impressive free photo editing tool for you. 

THE BEST FREE PHOTO EDITING SOFTWARE
"GIMP"
GNU Image Manipulation Program or better known as GIMP is probably the most powerful free photo editing software available. It is actually being dubbed as the "Free Photoshop" simply because it features all the notable tools found in Adobe Photoshop. In addition to that, the software is notable for its Floating Palettes which makes it even more engaging. It has all the advanced editing tools, it supports layers and layers adjustments, it also supports a huge number of file formats. The features can also be extended though plugins and more. It also comes up with a "GIMPshop" which guarantees the user to have a Photoshop-like experience.

I wish i could include Incscape and SAI Paint Tool (the one shown above), but they are considered as Painting tool rather than photo editing.
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