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14 Best Photo Editing Software for Photographers

by Waseem Abbas on Aug 16, 2018

Are you looking for a professional photo editing software for your photos? Editing your photos before uploading on your photography website is essential. In this guide, we will share the best photo editing software for photographers.

Why You Should Edit Your Photos?

Editing your photos not only brings out their beauty, but it also helps in reducing the file size, so your WordPress site will be fast and your search engine rankings will improve.

Having an intuitive and easy to use photo editing software can help you edit your photos quickly and take them to the next level.

Let’s take a look at some of the best photo editing software available online.

1. Canva


Canva is a simple graphic design software with a large number of users online. It comes with multiple photo editing tools and products.

You can also download Canva on your mobile phone and edit instant photos. The Canva Marketplace has tons of templates, photos, cards and icons that makes your life easy in creating the visual content of your site or blog.

2. PicMonkey


PicMonkey is a complete graphic design package that allows you to edit photos, make collages, touch up, crop and more. It will help you develop your design skills and bring out your creativity to easily edit the images.

You can also print photos, cards, canvases and more from PicMonkey directly.

3. Gimp


GIMP is a free professional photo editing software. It is easy to download and install on your computer. GIMP has multiple features which helps you with retouching photos, photo composition, picture enhancement and built-in file manager. You can also create image authority with GIMP.

It works great on Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. You can edit photos of all formats using GIMP.

4. PhotoScape


PhotoScape is another free and fun to use photo editing software. You can edit your photos with its simple tools. It allows you to create presets on your toolbar to edit your images faster.

PhotoScape can also create slideshows and animated GIFs for your photos. It has features like color picker, RAW to JPG converter, face finder, and more.

You can also resize, combine, batch edit multiple photos, split photos into pieces and do a lot more with your images in PhotoScape.

5. Fotor


Fotor is a famous cloud-based photo editing software. You can use its free desktop version with the all the features that are available on its online photo editing version.

You can check the effects on your photos with scalable editing option. It has a simple to use interface which allows you to open RAW files and combine images in layers.

The cloud-based software allows you to save the incomplete designs for future editing, so you can start from where you left the work.

6. Pixlr Editor


Pixlr Editor is the online photo editing software. It has a desktop app. You can download and install it on your computer. It’s also available as an Android and iOS app for editing photos on your phone.

Pixlr empowers you to edit photos like Photoshop. You can add your image to the blank canvas and add filters for effects that give impressive results.

7. Photo Editor by Aviary

Photo Editor By Aviary

Aviary is an app that works like magic to edit the photos swiftly. It has the best and powerful tools that helps you in creating beautiful photos in no time.

The Aviary app allows you to focus on minor details like tooth whitening, removing skin blemishes, face adjustments and more.

8. Paint.NET

Paint NET

Paint.NET is an image editing software with amazing interface designed for creative thinkers to develop beautiful photos. It has the options like unlimited undo to your edits, add effects and work on layers.

There’s a range of powerful tools by Paint.NET that allows you to edit the photos easily.

9. On1 Perfect Effects

ON1 Effects

On1 Effects is a complete photo editing software and you can use it for free.

It’s easy to download and install, and you can use it on any operating system. You will get 170 effects with photo editing, brush, and masking tool. It also has an addon available for Photoshop, Lightroom, and Aperture.

10. Snappa


Snappa is an online graphics and design software to edit the photos for your social media sites and blog. You can change the image dimensions, add effects and more on the go.

It has a drag and drop option to quickly add the photo and edit it online.

11. PortraitPro


PortraitPro is a professional image editor for portraits. It allows you to edit the skin tone, fix wrinkles and blemishes on face, add eye shadow, balance the blush and a lot more.

The other effects like lighting are really necessary for any portrait. You should also check out this guide on photography lighting.

12. Inkscape


Inkscape has tons of editing tools for photos. It is free to use. Some of the key features include object cloning, copy/paste styles, color picker, multiple text entering formats, calligraphy tool and more. It works great with all formats.

Inkscape comes with great effects to edit and brighten your photos. You should also check out this guide on best image formats and their features.

13. Adobe Lightroom

Adobe Lightroom

Lightroom is a professional photo editing software. It has loads of features to edit your photos in detail. You can use it to edit images of any format with Lightroom.

It syncs with your devices, so you can save your work and open up from any other computer to continue edit the photos.

If you are using Envira Gallery, then you should check out our Adobe Lightroom to WordPress integration.

14. DxO Optics Pro 10


DxO Optics Pro 10 is an extraordinary photo editor. It converts your RAW images to JPG very smoothly. It works great with all operating systems.

We hope this guide has helped you to find the best photo editing software for photographers.

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  1. Hi Waseem,
    I would like to suggest you to include Zoner Photo Studio X in your list. It is very simple, universal photo editing software which at the same time offers wide range of advanced editing features including layers, refine edge, filter brush etc.

  2. The list you have created is very friendly and helpful. It is not easy to find software and get details of them. I saw PhotoScape on your list this software is perfect for everyone mostly it is useful for the website owners or bloggers. Will you suggest some software with some new effects and VFX for personal use?

  3. I’m colorblind and am having a hard time finding software that is good at doing comprehensive auto edits. Anyplace you can suggest or point me to?


  4. I’ve been using PhotoViewerPro for a while, and it made my life much easier.
    It’s quite nice, lite and powerful photo editing software and I don’t have any objections πŸ™‚ I prefer it over some other commercial software..
    It can edit JPG, JPEG, PNG and PDF! Also has great options about resizing multiple images..

  5. I have recently discovered PhotoViewerPro for editing my photos. It is very easy to use. I was able to explore several tools that could make my photo look like it was taken by a professional photographer.

  6. Hi,
    I am looking for a freeware photo editor for editing my website photos.
    Can you please suggest which would be the best one to go for?

    Thanks in advance

    1. If you only want to make small changes, Canva is a great choice because it’s so quick. If you want to do more in-depth photo manipulations, I’d suggest GIMP.

  7. Thanks for the guide sir. among this list sir, which of them is free for downloading and can work on windows 7?

  8. I have used pixlr, photo scape, picmonkey and many other in the list. To me picmonkey is very easy and smooth. I personally prefer picmonkey. But others are also good to use. I think this list includes a great option for those who needs editors to edit their photos. Thanks for sharing the list.

  9. Cool list of software! Thank you for sharing this, Waseem. Being acquainted with several ones from the above mentioned I may say that photographers basically use really powerful stuff for quite ordinary tasks. Operate with presets and layers, use various brushes and editing tools, as there are so many tech available.

  10. I”ve been looking for such a list, thank you. Great job! I like GIMP, it can be used by professionals, you just need to get used to how its functions work, coz it differes from adobe illustrator. But still if i need a serios photo retouching for some reasons, i turn to professionals https://geniusretouch.com/ , because you never want your pictures to look retouched, don’t you? For example my friend’s wedding… Especially if photos a poorly lit, it is hard to make them look shiny.

  11. The list is huge and almost have the Best Online Photo Editor Softwares and Apps (Free and Paid). But I want to add one more site in this which I had recently used for my Sister Pre-wedding photoshoot editing. They have awesome effects, layers and other options too that make your photo a memorable one.

    I did a small write up on this to let other know about this website. The best thing about this website is they are completely free and moreover if you will stuck somewhere they will help you out. Please check my recent blog on this: https://medium.com/@cherrysmith/the-best-photo-editing-tool-of-2018-b729bd1984f9

    Here is the website link: https://freeonlineimageseditor.com/

  12. Throughout the internet, there are a multitude of programs that allow us to edit product photos for our online store and you have shared a wonderful list here.
    Thanks for sharing this.

  13. Great discussion on the best photo editing software it’s an easy to use photo editing software can help you edit your photos quickly and take them to the next level. /

  14. I am a beginner and tbh, i am talented at taking photos but have really no knowledge at editing them. I have used photoshop n lightroom but what i need is a program where i take the photo then put card in conputer and it downloads to a program and within secs, pictures are done. WITHOUT me having to spend all day doing it. The program autonatically does it for me. Anyone know such a program? Im starting a buisness where i will booked back to back and ned to give them there photos instantly by printing them right there. Thank you in advance!

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