Who needs Photoshop? The five best FREE photo-editing apps


posted Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 6:58 AM EDT


[Editor's note: This piece is from 2016, but has been so popular we are re-featuring it for those of you who may have missed out!]

The High Tech Hobbyist has compiled a list of the five best free photo editing applications of 2016. Photoshop is fantastic and I think that around $10 a month for Photoshop and Lightroom is a solid deal. But it's still $120 a year that could've been spent elsewhere. If you want to be frugal without losing all of Photoshop's capabilities, consider the free photo editors below.

You can find a lot of the same great features you find in Photoshop in the free GIMP. Available for Windows, Mac and Linux, GIMP also supports plugins. For GIMP tutorials, see the video below or check out this list.

More similar in layout to Photoshop is Pixlr. What makes Pixlr stand out is that it's available as a browser-based editor and as a mobile app (for Android and iOS devices). Without needing to download anything, you can open up Pixlr.com and go to work on your images inside your preferred browser.

Photoscape is available for Mac and Windows and is the simplest editor of the bunch. You can apply filters, crop and do some other basic adjustments to your images. Also available is a simple GIF creator tool. This is a rather watered down editor, however.

To see the other two (Windows-exclusive) free photo editing applications, check out the full list at The High Tech Hobbyist.

Readers, do you have experience with any the software options listed above or know of another free photo editor not mentioned? Let us know in the comments below.

(Seen via The High Tech Hobbyist