Every time the conversation revolves around photo editing the first name that comes to mind is Adobe Photoshop. Although Photoshop is without a doubt the most popular image editing software, we prefer to present alternatively and above all free, programs that can be very useful.
Of course, as far as Windows is concerned, there is no shortage of free image editing tools on the internet, today we have selected the three, in our opinion, the best options for you. Note that we are talking about image editing and not just viewer programs, which we mentioned in our oldest article. But let's look at these three options:
In the top-3 list the GIMP occupies the first place because it is by far the most popular tool photo editing, and not unnecessarily. This is a program that can compete with Adobe paid commercial software. The first thing you will notice when you start the software is that it looks as impressive as Photoshop. You can find in GIMP all the tools, brushes and systems that Photoshop has. At iGuru we are done more extensive presentation of this program and we think it deserves your attention.
In addition to the wide range of tools, GIMP has a huge library of plugins and other useful features that you can download and use, making it extremely flexible. In addition it has online instructions for use in Greek. The only downside to GIMP is that it is not as intuitive and smart as Photoshop.
Pros: It has a style like Photoshop, it has a wide range of tools, it is open source so it has a wide variety of plugins.
Disadvantages: Less intuitive than Photoshop, it is complicated to use.
Download GIMP : https://www.gimp.org/downloads/
For those who need something simple to do their job quickly, then the Paint.NET is the tool they must see. It is an improved and simplified program that can prove to be much more useful than the corresponding programs that contain a lot of shiny beads and mirrors.
It was originally created as a replacement for the Windows Paint application, aiming for simplicity. So for those who are already working with Paint then Paint.NET will seem familiar.
Paint.NET comes with all the photo editing tools needed for a photo editing program (levels, filters, etc.), allowing users to tease and even reassemble their photos with relative ease.
Another good thing about Paint.NET is the resource requirements. Because the application is not as complex as complete photo editing programs such as GIMP or Photoshop, Paint.NET consumes less resources on your computer when it is active, allowing older low-power machines to run the program smoothly. If you are looking for a lightweight photo editor to do the job, then Paint.NET is the best choice.
Pros: Much better than Windows painting, relatively easy to use, lightweight with low resource consumption.
Disadvantages: It lacks some of the features of GIMP.
Download link : https://www.getpaint.net/download.html
Last but not least, we have the program for you Photor, a free image editing tool for PCs, mobiles and web applications. Unlike both GIMP and Paint.NET, Fotor's special features focus primarily on photo retouching, not full photo editing. Therefore, the free version of the application lacks some of the features that can be found in the previous two programs above.
While Fotor is not as powerful as the tools listed above, this photo editing tool comes with some rather unique and special capabilities. For starters, Fotor comes with a range of editing tools, allowing users to tease a large set of photos in a single motion. This is especially useful if you are looking to quickly edit a large stack of photos.
Fotor also comes with a lot of filters and tools that are quite easy to use. This allows those who have no experience in photo editing software on the one hand to do their job easily, on the other hand to indulge in such programs.
Finally, Fotor comes in the form of software but also in a web version for your browser. This means that you do not need to have the editing tool installed on your computer to use it.
Advantages: Its management interface makes it easy to navigate, bulk editing capabilities, available as a program and as a web application.
Disadvantages: All of its features are extremely simplistic compared to GIMP or Paint.NET, focusing mainly on photo retouching instead of complete image editing tasks.
Download link : https://www.fotor.com/windows/index.html
Work online: https://www.fotor.com/app-new.html#/editor
These are three photo editing programs for Windows but with different focuses in terms of their function and each has its own unique features. In our previous article we were mentioned in a top-105 list with image-related programs in which you can find additional applications. Choosing the right one is subjective for each of you and depends on your particular requirements, whether they are for a simple and easy to use photo editor or for a more complex in features.