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Photo editors are programs or collection of programs that give you the opportunity to manipulate visual images on a computer. These programs enable you to make your pictures look just the way you want or need them to look. There are many photo editing programs, some free, some you have to pay for; this is a list of a few of the most popular and most used photo editing programs, which will help you optimize your pictures, adjust their colors, brightness, crop them, resize them and give you many more interesting options for working with pictures.

  • GIMP 

GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is often described as the best free alternative to Photoshop. It can be used on Mac and PC, and you get a lot of professional-level editing and retouching tools. It is the closest to Photoshop among the free photo editing programs. Once you launch the program, you’ll find a dedicated window that displays the image, and separate windows which will help you organize the toolbox and layers. When using a large or two displays you will have a big, organized workspace to edit your images. Icons in the toolbox represent actions such as the crop, lasso, paint and brush tools, and you can apply various effects to your photos.

Download link: http://www.gimp.org/downloads/

1. gimp

Picasa is less of a photo editor and more of a slideshow creator and photo organizer, but there are enough basic editing tools which will make any user satisfied with the program. The Mac and PC program, which Google acquired in 2004, lets you share photos on your Google+ profile. Using Picasa you can easily scoop up all the photos on your computer or drive, and format them in order to share. You can select a standard upload size and the program will take care of prepping the photos. In addition to Google+, you can sync your albums from Picasa to web albums on other sites.

Download link: http://picasa.google.com/intl/en/


  • Chasys Draw IES

Chasys Draw IES is a suite of applications including a layer-based image editor with animation, icon editing support and super-resolution via image stacking (Chasys Draw IES Artist), a multi-threaded image file converter (Chasys Draw IES Converter), a fast image viewer (Chasys Draw IES Viewer) and a RAW camera file processor (Chasys Draw IES raw-Photo). The whole suite is designed to take advantage of multi-core processors, touch-screens and pen-input devices.

Download link: http://www.jpchacha.com/chasysdraw/

3.Chasys Draw IES

Besides image editing, PhotoScape also lets you create slideshows and animated GIFs, capture screenshots, and combine and split images. You can customize the toolbar, so you can organize the features you use the most, and then revert to the default toolbar when you want to use the other software’s offerings. PhotoScape software is free to download. But it’s part of the Open Candy network, and runs ads for other “recommended” software. This is isolated to PhotoScape, and won’t infiltrate the rest of your computer with adware.

Download link: http://www.photoscape.org/ps/main/download.php

4. photoscape

Paint.NET was originally developed as a free replacement for Microsoft Paint, which comes as part of Windows. Paint.NET has surpassed Microsoft Paint in functionality, and has some advanced features. Paint.NET has an intuitive user interface that supports layers, undo, special effects, and other tools. Where Microsoft Paint was able to do little more than resize images, Paint.NET is able to handle more advanced photo editing that you’d expect from Photoshop and other paid programs.

Download link: http://www.getpaint.net/download.html

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  • PixBuilder Studio

PixBuilder Studio is a free image editing software program for digital photo editing, images processing, and resizing. For digital photo editing, you can use its many professional quality functions. It allows you to use many of the color management functions: brightness/contrast management, color balance, and levels manipulation. For professional looking photo editing, you can manipulate the image with color channels. Layers concept, multi-step undo, gradients and masks support, and text layers support all make PixBuilder Studio a great graphics software program for image processing and creating illustration.

For other needs, you can use a standard set of graphics software features: rotating, resizing, stamp tool, clone tool, healing brush tool, and many others. The very well organized interface concept will allow you to work with your pictures smoothly and effectively.

Download link: http://www.wnsoft.com/pixbuilder/

6. PixBuilder Studio

  • Serif Photo Plus

Serif created Photo Plus Starter Edition as a free version of its paid software suite to give users elementary tools to edit photos. The software has the basics covered, with tools that let you resize, apply filters and effects, and reduce red eye, among other functions. This program provides you tools that are easy to use and lets you polish photos for your album.

Download link: http://www.serif.com/photoplus/

7. Serif

  • Picnik

Picnik is a very simple program to use and gives you many options for working with your pictures. It packs in nearly every feature that non-professionals desire. It is a Web-based program which won’t let you open an image on your desktop without uploading it first, but if that is not an issue, this program will offer you a great way to edit and work with pictures.

While using Picnik you can create collages and share pictures on popular social networks from any Web-connected PC. You will have to pay for using some of the more advanced features, and you can’t open photos directly from the desktop, but Picnik is still a very capable photo editing application. However, although being a Web-based application, it won’t require that you create an account; you can simply upload a photo from the main screen and begin with the editing.

8. Picnik

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