January 4, 2018

As previously mentioned in my previous blog about the best photo editing software out there, I realise that not everyone has the option to spend a lot of money on their chosen software, so I have come up with another list of software that are completely free to use!


Most people would have heard of this rather popular editing tool and if you haven’t, you’re missing out. This open-source photo editor first debuted on Unix-based platforms – GIMP stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program. This software is available in versions for Windows, Mac, Linux and Mac.

GIMP offers you a wide list of tools for you to edit your imagery to your heart’s content! From painting tools to cloning and colour correction, GIMP has all the works in a free and easy to use package. The software also supports a wide variety of file types to let you use all our resources to create whatever comes to mind.

Sumo Paint 

This software is a highly capable browser-based photo editor. It contains all the standard tools and features that you’d expect to see on a desktop software. By buying the pro version for £19, you can have the tool installed on your desktop and have it readily available to you at all times. The only tool you need to use this editing software is Adobe Flash Player, other than that you are set to go.

Brushes, pencils, text, shapes, gradients, cloning etc. are all readily available for you to use within this budget editing software. All the tools are neatly compiled into a Photoshop styled floating toolbar.

The only limitations that might put some people off would be that the editor appears to only be RGB only which will limit its use to screen-destined artwork only. Also, no CMYK Lab and other colour models can be found on this software.


Pixlr is another popular free to use piece of software whom its developers claim it to be ‘the most popular online photo editor in the world’. This could be mainly due to the fact that Pixlr not only being completely free to use but also comes with over 600 effects, borders and overlays! The software allows you to do everything you’d expect from a well-rounded editing tool from red-eye reduction to colour correction.


No matter which editing software you choose, it is important that you find the one that works the best for you. Everyone is different and different tools will work better with different people! I have only listed three free to use editing tools, but in fact, there is a wide array of them readily available to you on the internet.

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