Aside from the classics we all know such as Photoshop, there are plenty of budget-friendly options for image manipulation on your computer. Although Photoshop is great, it is very expensive, and we cannot all afford to pay the license fee!
Whether you are just looking to take a few silly snaps with your webcam or want to properly touch up and edit a photograph, there are plenty of good bits of software out there on the internet. For instance, if you are just wanting to take photographs with cool effects, photo booth software could be something for you to consider, whereas more advanced photo editing tools would be your best bet for professional editing.
Here are our three free favorite tools for image manipulation.
GIMP is a massively popular (and oddly named) open-source image editor for both Windows and MacOS. It is widely known as the “free Photoshop” because it can do pretty much anything which Photoshop can and even has a very similar interface.
The similarities stop here, though, and GIMP is very different in terms of functionality and use than its premium Adobe counterpart. One thing to note with GIMP is that it is an open-source project contributed to by volunteers. Anybody can volunteer. Because of this, it is known to have the occasional bug. Many users report that they experience no significant problems with GIMP and it is more than suitable for a little bit of amateur editing.
Paint.NET is available on Windows PCs and is associated with Microsoft, though don’t confuse it with Microsoft Paint, which is a wildly different and substantially less-advanced tool! Paint.NET is continuously kept updated and is still worked on to this day, with features akin to those found in many professional-grade photo editing software such as layers, drawing tools, special effects and level adjustments.
Paint.NET is 100% free and, like GIMP, it is open-source, so more computer savvy users can massively manipulate not just their images, but the software itself.
#3: Photo Pos Pro
Photo Pos Pro is a very powerful photo editing tool, which is a lot more user-friendly and simpler to use than both GIMP and Paint.NET. Photo Pos Pro is very intuitive. Beginners can easily and quickly get to grips with it, and there is a built-in help system should you ever get lost among its vast range of tools.
The capabilities of this very simple tool are staggering; if you put enough time and effort into editing your images, you can produce some very striking and impressive results.
Although professional-grade premium software is great, we can’t all justify the expensive… especially those of us who only occasionally use editing software to play around with a few of our family photos. There are plenty of open-source image editing tools out there which, when used properly, can produce some stunning results – there is no shame in this and nobody will ever be able to tell the difference anyway!