Backdrop Express is not a photo-editing service provider, however, we do carry Digital Backgrounds as well as a number of Photoshop Templates. For consumers without software such as Adobe Photoshop or Green Screen Wizard, many of the programs listed below will remove an existing background and allow for use of our digital background images.
1. GIMPWith powerful retouching tools and image enhancements, this product is often dubbed the “free Photoshop”. As they say themselves, “in the free software world, there is generally no distinction between users and developers,” and so oftentimes there are bugs. However, because of the user-generated code, the bugs are often quickly repaired, and the amount of photo-editing power users have for free makes overlooking small glitches pretty simple.
2. PicasaGoogle’s answer to Photoshop, Picasa allows users to apply general color-adjustments as well as archive and “tag” via Google+. There aren’t any pixel-level editing capabilities, however for simple color enhancements and archiving, Picasa is a good option.
3. InstagramFacebook’s version of Picasa, and one of the most famous and widely-used photo-editing softwares, Instagram is not capable of any pixel-oriented corrections. Instagram is associated with iPhones, however it does also function on Android or other smart phones. Although the edits are simple color-corrections, the provided filters make for quirky photos.
4. FotoFlexerWith some advanced Photoshop-mimicking features, such as the ability to use curves to edit images or wrinkle-removal, this online photo-editing application is a great option for those not looking to spend on professional-grade software. FotoFlexer also has a plug in that gives users access to Facebook, Flickr, Myspace and other photo-sharing sites. This means that if users connect to their Facebook, users have access to all of their images, as well as all of their friends’ images.
5. Paint.NETAlthough called paint.net, the actual URL is getpaint.net. A well-decorated online software, Paint.Net was originally developed as an Undergraduate project. Similar to GIMP, this is in many ways a user-controlled program, and there are plenty of forums and tutorials provided “for the people by the people” for users to enjoy. The Magic Wand, Curves, and Clone stamp are all available here, as well as an unlimited number of Undos—an option even Photoshop fails to incorporate.
6. PhotoscapeA software available for download, users can add text, apply general adjustments, composite images, and even convert camera RAW files to JPGs.
10. PixiaFor those into Manga or Anime, Pixia may already be a familiar name. Pixia is a photo-editing and drawing program that was originally designed for the Manga/Anime community, however its popularity has spread to users more interested in photo-editing or illustration.
12. PhotoFiltreThis image-editing software provides users with all the basic tools, however it lacks the ability to work on layers, something very important for the semi-serious photographer.
13. IrfanViewUsers seeking a program allowing PhotoShop plug-ins should chose Irfanview. This free program provides a plethora of features including cropping and adjusting colors.
14. PixlrMuch of the tools provided by Pixlr are similar to Photoshop not only in the program’s appearance and interface. Perform adjustments, including layers and curves, in this free, user-friendly application.
15. Virtual StudioVirtualStudio by OptikVerveLabs is a full-featured system running virtual Photographer, which are both stand-alone programs. Easily enhance digital photos and retouch images quickly.
16. FlauntRAllows users to move files from one tool to another without losing changes. This photo-editing product is part of a larger collection.
17. LunaPicUsers without Flash installed benefit from using this free software program. Turn photos into something unique using special effects, including reflective rippling water!
18. Picture2LifeUsers comfortable with windows and the usability of desktop applications will work with the Floating windows easily. Flash installation is not required.
19. PixerFor those prone to forgetfulness, Pixer will remember the details of which images users opened last. A wide range of filters and special effects are provided.
20. PixenateUsers can enhance photos using tools such as teeth whitening with just a couple button clicks. Flash installation is not required.
21. SplashUpIt’s not exactly like the PhotoShop interface, but there are many similarities. Enjoy tools including a fantastic handling of layers.
22. PhixrImages are not saved on this free to use photo-editing website for long, so users can work privately without worrying about the safety of their copyright. Users without Flash can work with this program.
23. SumoPaintThis photo-editing option has a free online version, as well as one for download for $20. It has an interface highly influenced by Photoshop, and also allows users to “paint” and create graphics.
24. InkscapeOkay, Inkscape is more of a vector-drawing tool, but for those interested in editing or graphic work, it is still a valuable tool to at the very least be aware of, and like the other programs listed here, it is free, in comparison to Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop.
What free photo editing software do YOU use?
-Backdrop Express Photography Team
Disclaimer: The information provided here comes without any warranty. Please download or use the programs at your own risk. We are not endorsing or approving all of these programs or any of its contents. All the other standard disclaimers also apply.
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