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Top 5 Free Photo / Image Editing Software for Windows

Photo/Image editing software is a utility through which you can edit, create, enhance and manipulate your digital photos. You can create greeting cards, awesome graphics, business cards, collages, website designs and other whole lot of things. This software allows you to perform standard photo enhancement task by using basic image editing. Nowadays, there is an increasing demand of such software programs, some people use it for their professional purpose or in business while others may use it for fun like for editing pictures on facebook or other social applications. Here is a compiled list of top free five photo editing software which will help you in image editing.


GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a freeware program which helps in tasks like photo retouching, composition and authoring. It is a photoshop like polished and powerful image editor which is also user friendly. GIMP can act as a simple paint software as well as a professional photo-retouching software with expert quality. It is expandable, modular and extensible. It is designed in such a manner that it can be used to accomplish simplest editing as well as most complex image manipulations.

2. Picasa

Picasa is a powerful freeware photo editing tool that helps you search, manipulate and share all the pictures on your PC or laptop. It sorts the pictures into visual albums and keeps the track. It organizes and edits your pictures at one click and allows you to share those pictures via email or CDs etc. Other features includes touch ups, people recognition technology, search capabilities from a google product etc. but the best feature is that it scans your hard drive for images and organizes them into folder based albums.

3. Paint.NET

Paint.NET is a freeware photo editing and manipulating software program. This program is designed to be very user friendly, navigation is simple and fast. It has cool features like 3D rotate/zoom effect, sharpening, blurring, red-eye removal, distortion, noise, and embossing are included. It is a wonderful tool for casual digital photo editing.

4. Windows Live Photo Gallery 2011

Windows Live Photo Gallery 2011 is a freeware program is a kind of package that contains set of tools for downloading, manipulating and sharing images. It has a pleasant user interface and is designed to be very user friendly. It has various features like rotate, crop, red eye removal, people tags, retouching, noise reduction and many more which makes editing fun and easy. It is a powerful photo editing tool which can fully integrate into windows and works seamlessly.

5. ImageForge

ImageForge is a freeware image manipulation software which provides you a great set of utilities for painting and manipulating images. You can even share your photos easily by creating photo albums and simple slide shows.

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  • Anthony October 16, 2012, 1:00 am

    It would definitely be worth adding the online photo editor Ribbet to your list:

    It is an excellent editor based on the Picnik platform, and for a limited time all their premium features are free. Ribbet has thousands of effects, stickers, frames, and advanced effects like levels, clone and curves, and all uploads and edited photos are kept in an online history for registered users.

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  • kasket June 2, 2013, 4:34 pm

    I enjoy gimp, but I’ve noticed that it only saves as one file type, and I can’t open them after I’ve saved them unless it’s with the program itself.

    • Louise August 14, 2013, 4:50 am

      When you use Gimp, you need to use the export option and you can save as almost any file type.

  • Paul August 15, 2013, 11:29 am

    I put gimp on my comp from your site because it was first on your list and it took me 30 minutes to remove all the crap that was installed with it. Won’t be visiting here again.

  • Hritik gaikwad December 3, 2013, 12:00 pm

    Nice software

  • ishan February 28, 2014, 9:38 am

    Richbrush is free image editor, it has many features to edit/retouch photo and it’s very powerful but very simple to use.

  • harshita March 27, 2014, 3:37 am

    i like GIMP..its damn gud..

  • Soliel Dieux Aryan November 27, 2015, 8:58 pm

    I have a laptop with Windows Vista Home SP2. As per minimum system requirements mentioned by you, I tried installing Paint.Net and Windows Live Photo Gallery 2011. I couldn’t get them installed because none of these is valid for Vista anymore. The minimum system requirement is Windows 7 for both of these software. However GIMP and PICASA are working fine.

    Kindly update your site to save others from hassles. Thanks anyways.