5 Free Photo Editing Software Options

There may be some minor tweaks and touch-ups you’d like to do to your digital photos before having them turned into art with Posterjack. Here’s a look at five free photo editing software programs that work great and can help you get your photos just the way you want without paying a dime.

Even though a lot of the popular photo editing software programs – like Adobe Photoshop Elements and Corel PaintShop Pro – are very affordable, they still may not fit into everyone’s budget. Another reason someone may decide against purchasing one of these programs is that, even if they can afford it, they might not want to spend the money on something they only plan to use once or twice. Whatever the case may be, there are some excellent no-cost solutions that offer great features and tools for those looking to touch-up their images.

1. Picasa

Whether you want to crop your photos, remove red-eye or tweak the colours of your images, Google’s free photo editor, Picasa, offers an abundance of basic image editing tools. Picasa also allows you to perform side-by-side editing so you can compare two different photos or two versions of one photo at the same time. Because Picasa is a product of Google, you can share your photos directly from Picasa to your Google+ account.

Learn more about Picasa and download it here.

2. Paint.NET

In addition to basic photo editing features, Paint.NET – which claims to be the fastest image editor available – offers layers support and several special effects tools. The program also records every action you make, meaning you can undo any or all edits made to a photo.

Learn more about Paint.NET and download it here.


Commonly referred to as the free alternative to the expensive Photoshop, GIMP is probably the most powerful no-cost photo editing software available. If you’re willing to take the time to learn your way around the program, this photo editor will likely provide you anything and everything you need to tweak and enhance your images. Further, many of the free Photoshop plugins available are also compatible with GIMP, making it even more robust than it already is.

Learn more about GIMP and download it here.

4. FotoFlexer

FotoFlexer is an online image editor, meaning you do not need to download or install anything to your computer in order to edit your photos. While Paint.NET claims to be the fastest image editor available, FotoFlexer dubs itself as being the world’s most advanced online image editor. The program offers your basic editing and retouching tools, layers support, numerous effects, and complete integration with a variety of social networking and photo sharing websites, such as Facebook, Flickr and SmugMug.

Learn more about FotoFlexer and download it here.

5. Photoscape

This no-cost solution offers some great features, such as the ability to perform batch editing and a RAW converter. Of course, you can also carry out all your basic photo editing needs like colour adjustments, cropping, resizing and red-eye removal.

Learn more about Photoscape and download it here.

Do you use free photo editing software? If so, leave a comment to let us know which is your favourite and why!


  1. Lots of great info Rhonda, as it helped to clear up concerns I had about having any of my pics printed in a larger size and maintaining the quality. DPI always confused me as well, so the simple graph helped me to understand how it effects the quality of an enlarged photo. Great article, keep them coming.

    K. Vink
    Sidney, B.C.

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