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photo editing software

Photo editing software is used to manipulate or enhance digital images. This category of software ranges from basic apps to easily resize images and add basic effects to industry standard programs used by professional photographers. Most often the software is used to manipulate existing images that are opened in (or exported to) the program. Typically you would use sketch, draw or paint program to create new images.

Recommended Reading: Webopedia's guide to understanding common image editing terminology.

Cost and features are the main factors when choosing photo editing software. For example, home users and beginners would use a less complex photo editing software then professional designers. Today, many software vendors offer a free trial that will allow users to try all or a select number of features of photo editing software for free, before committing to buy.

photo editing software
Photo editing software is used to manipulate digital images.

Free Photo Editing Software

For home and beginner users, there are a number of free photo editing apps to try. If you are looking for basic image manipulation – perhaps resizing, adding filter, borders or text–  the following free versions may be enough to suit your needs:

  • Pixlr - Free online photo editing apps
  • GIMP - Full featured desktop editing software
  • Paint.NET - Free photo editing software for Windows PCs
  • PhotoPlus - Free starter photo editing
  • FotoFlexer - Free online image editor

See related definition, video editing software.







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