Photo editing software is often extremely expensive and hard to keep up with constant updates both in terms of paying for them and integrating plugins etc. What if both of these problems were solved with a free photo editing platform that upgrades itself? Sounds too good to be true. Well it probably is too good to be true. The free alternatives do not offer the same power and control of the big guys like Photoshop but in a pinch they can help you get a professional look with zero cash out of your pocket.
Here are the top 2 Free Applications for Photo Editing:
This free photo editing software is about as close as you can get to Photoshop. The interface might not be as pretty but the features all robust. You can design graphics from scratch, edit high density images and pretty much everything in between. The app is available for free download at https://www.gimp.org/downloads/
Like Photoshop gimp is layer based so the transition can be fairly easy especially for users coming from older Photoshop versions.
When you are really in a pinch for both time and money Pixlr can be all that you need. The web application can run directly on a browser (great for chromebook users) so you do not even need to download the application and set it up on your computer directly. The app might not be as full featured as Gimp but you can still do some basic photo editing.
Their preset filters and color corrections are very useful if you are in a rush. The drawing tools are pretty limited so creating graphics from scratch will probably be a burden. Like Gimp Pixlr allows for layer creation making adding elements and making edits much simpler.
So if you are tired of paying for expensive photo editing software you might check these two free alternatives out.