Do you have a creative mind? Do you love experimenting with your pictures? Are you among those who are fond of clicking pictures and tweaking them before showing off? Also, you need an Image Editing Tool to create interesting images which can help in increasing engagements for your website.

Top 5 Easy to Use Free Image Editing Tools

Thanks to Adobe Photoshop that has changed the face of entire imaging world. Its mix of tools for image creation from scratch, photo retouching, straight-up image editing offers a complete package for enthusiastic amateur photographers and professionals.

However, the dilemma is, you’ve to pay a subscription cost to use Adobe’s Creative Cloud Photography Plan.

Luckily, there are many alternatives that won’t cost you a single penny, and will get you simplicity, convenience, speed or one-click effects that you just don’t get with Photoshop.

1) Picasa

Picasa is one of the fastest and efficient photo organizing tools that comes with good non-destructive editing. It supports major platforms like Windows and Mac.

Often overlooked, it is Google’s free desktop image organizing and editing software. The cool part is that it gets connected with the Picasa Web online albums and makes it easy to share pictures and photos with others right from your desktop. However, it can also be used purely as a desktop application.


Picasa helps you display all your photos in one place allowing you to link your image folders on your computer through its Folder Manager. Moreover, Picasa doesn’t modify your original photo, rather it just displays ‘virtual’ editions which you can undo at any time. Hence, if speed and simplicity is your in-depth concern, Picasa is the best.


While GIMP is a powerful open-source image-editor, it is quite technical and hence requires some efforts. With GIMP, you get an extremely powerful program that offers everything without costing a penny. Whether you want to sharpen up your college vacation photos or crop your ex from any old picture, GIMP can do all that easily. However, the drawback with GIMP is that it doesn’t offer an intuitive interface and you need to keep handy a guide in order to get the best out of it. However its interface is quite comfortable to work over as you get the descriptions for each and every tool each time you hover them.


3) PhotoScape

Supported by Windows and Mac, PhotoScape is a new all-purpose image-editing favorite for picture lovers these days.

PhotoScape on Windows presents everything out in a circle showing its main features. Moreover, when you hover over each option, it gives a helpful explanation of that option.. The editing tab offers you a variety of options including adding new effects, changing the way it looks, cutting it down to size and adjusting the brightness.


With the ‘page’ or ‘combine’ tab, it’s just to group images together that allows you to create a perfect social media posts within seconds.  A dedicated tab to create GIFs from a group of images and tools like screen capture, batch editor, RAW-to-JPG, image splitter, renaming tool and color picker is it’s yet another nifty feature.

4) Paint.Net

If you want to master the art of image editing, this is the ultimate platform for you. Paint.NET was developed by a college undergraduate as part of the senior design project guided by Microsoft and since then it is being maintained by alumni of the program. Originally developed as a free replacement for Microsoft Paint, Paint.NET has beaten MS- Paint in terms of functionality and advanced features.


It presents before you an intuitive user interface, which supports undo, layers, special effects, and other options. While MS Paint was able to do a little more than image resizing,  Paint.NET enables you to handle more advanced photo editing that you’d expect from other paid programs like Photoshop.

5) Pixlr Editor

Pixlr is yet another trendy image editor platform that can be used on your desktop machine as well as you smartphone. It supports almost all the platforms like Windows, Mac, Mobile (iOS and Android) and Web.

Pixlr operates straight out of your device and is perfect for editing images on a machine that doesn’t have ample space like Chromebook. It is also easy to retrieve your images no matter where they’re being stored on device or web.


For instance, if you want to create an entirely blank canvas, open the image from your system or simply specify its location online to get the photo you want to edit. What’s more impressive is the extent of tool options Pixlr Editor Offers with a huge range of filters that facilitate you to change the appearance of the image. The interface possesses a sidebar full of all the tool options (similar to Photoshop) and layering options. The only annoying drawback of using the Pixlr browser version are the popping ads on the right hand side of the window, which limit the space of the interface.

Hope this list of top image editors will help you in enhancing your creativity and image edition skills.If you think we missed any, feel free to share it with people in the comment box below. You can also check out the 5 Amazing handy tools for web developers and designers!

48 thoughts on “Top 5 Easy to Use Free Image Editing Tools

  1. These tools are really easy to use and all kinds of people can use these photo editing tools. Still I don’t use Pixlr and yet. But I’m very glad to see these tools. Thank you.

  2. Good to read and yup I have tried some which you have included in this article. They are a good software to use but I would also recommend photo pos pro for experience something new also free. Thanks for sharing!

    • It is really great that you have tried some of the mentioned image editing tools and found them useful.

      Thanks for recommending the Photo Pos, I will try it for sure.

  3. this is a really good and more informative article that you’ve describe on your website. this is a very necessary post. thank you so much

  4. 999drugs

    Picasa was my favourite tool for photo editing. I’m now using PhotoScape that is also a great service.

  5. Frank

    This article is very helpful for me..By this I came to know about different kinds of photo editing tools.
    Thanks mr. Varun sharma

    • Glad you liked the article.

      Keep reading.

  6. Roger Twose

    Thanks a lot for sharing such kind of informative and helpful post about image editing. I really like to appreciate your work. Keep posting more update on your page.

  7. James Anderson

    Thanks for sharing such an informative article. Image editing tools are highly needed for better satisfaction.

    • Thanks for liking the article.

      Keep reading 🙂

  8. Clipping Path Service Provider

    Thanks for sharing useful information

    • Thanks! Keep on reading our blog posts.

  9. Golam Samdani

    I Use pixlr is nice site for image editing software.

    • I too like pixlr personally but other ones are also good.

  10. Naim islam

    This list of image editing software is well known to us. Thanks for sharing with us.

    • Just tried to add all the useful image editing tools to help others. Thanks for reading the post.

  11. Amira Leyva Cervantes

    Have you tried canva? this is also a great for image editing. The list of yours are also great. Pixlr is 2nd favorite to me. thanks for your collection. these list will be useful for many newbie or beginner graphics designer.

    • Hey,

      This is great that you find my article helpful. I have also used Canva, it is really a good image editing tool and easy to use as well.

  12. Ivory D. Barb

    Hey, great article thanks for sharing with us. This article is very helpful for me.

    • For more informative article, please keep reading our blog posts.

  13. Epark-it

    This 5 image editing tool is great and I used this all tools that you have posted here. thanks a lot for this good resources

  14. Nikon Nik

    Many many thanks for sharing with us the tips. As a new photographer is really so important for me. It’s helped me so much to increase my skill. Thanks again for your good resources!! That is great.

  15. Lisa Maria

    Amazing 5 image editing tools. I also use this tool and very easily use do this tools. I keep bookmark this post.

  16. Adam

    Thanks. Your guidance and tips are important and we appreciate your efforts for sharing this great information.

  17. Michael Peterson

    Wow nice post. Many many thanks for sharing with us. This 5 image editing tools really help me a lot.

  18. Mike Jackson

    This is a great post, In this post, you shared with us a lot of details. Many many thanks for sharing everything.

  19. image editing

    Thanks for sharing us your important information about image editing tools.Your information help me a lot.

  20. Sharon Rosa

    Thanks for the nice post.

  21. Gomez Mariya

    Hey, I am using Picasa & Lightroom for my wedding photographies. Photoshop seemed quite tough for me. I am satisfied with them.

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