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Which one is the best free photo editor? Well, we will show you 9 of them. You’ll be the judge.

Free photo editors here will help you edit your images that you will then use on the web, in your marketing efforts or just post on your social media accounts.

The thing is that you don’t always need to hire a designer to do simple stuff like creating an image for your social media post or optimizing an image to upload to your website.

It would be nonsense and you don’t necessarily need to buy expensive photo editors or tools to accomplish some basic task.

And mostly it’s just that.

I am not talking about branding or creating logos, but just doing some simple photo editing for your daily use.

That’s why I’ve gone through some photo editors online to find the ones that can really help you.

This post isn’t about every possible editor that exist, but rather about the ones that I can say that they can bring value to you and your business. No matter the size.

The photo editors here are also all available for free with no restrictions on their editing functionalities.

So with no more delays, let’s get started with the first one.


1. Photopea Online Image Editor

Photopea Free Photo Editor Interface
Photopea Photo Editor

If you are looking for an online photo editor that can come close to Adobe Photoshop, then this is the one.

It can open PSD, SKETCH, XD and all image formats that you want to use.

What is even more impressive you can crop, add filters and create stunning image effects for your business in this app. You can even retouch your photos.

You can even download it to your computer and use on your desktop. But still remember it opens an online app within its own window, but it’s convenient to use for your daily needs.

It’s a perfect tool to optimize your images before uploading them to your website and you don’t need Photoshop.

I also find it useful to convert Adobe XD files to PSD files for some of my clients.

So even if you are a designer you can find this to be an amazing tool.

It’s free to use, but you can also get the premium one that has a bit more features than the free one.

Of course, the premium tool comes without ads.

The learning curve is a bit more steep, as it is in all its greatness a tool that also professionals could easily use.

But Photopea is definitely a tool that you should use in your business and it can be used for various tasks.

Because it’s online it can be used on both Windows and Mac machines.

Alright, let’s move to the next one.


2. Gimp

Gimp Photo Manipulation Program Homepage
Gimp Photo Manipulation Program

Gimp photo editor is a lot more than just a photo editor.

In all reality, it has the capabilities of an Adobe Photoshop, but it’s totally free and open source.

As the punchline on their website suggest it’s an image manipulation tool.

The interface is familiar but not as polished as in Photoshop, but still quite user-friendly.

Gimp Interface
Gimp Interface

You can quickly learn the basic actions to do the basic image editing, but to use for more complex work you’ll need to spend quite some time with it to learn everything that it can do.

This is actually a professional tool that can do almost all the things that Photoshop can do.

But if you have someone in your company that can perform these tasks and you don’t want to spend money, then this is an obvious choice.

As this tool has a steep learning curve I am attaching a video tutorial for beginners, so you can learn some of the basics on how to use.

Beginners Tutorial for Gimp

Once you know how to use it you can do amazing stuff that will definitely draw attention on social media and in marketing.

The program can be used on Windows, Mac, and Linux devices.


3. Adobe Photoshop Express

Adobe Photoshop User Interface
Adobe Photoshop User Interface

Now don’t get crazy. Yes, this is Photoshop, but it’s not Photoshop.

This is an app that will help you edit your images, add filters, borders, reduce noise in your images, remove red eyes on people and pets, but that’s it.

You have a lot of options available in it’s present, so you can play with it as you want it.

It’s an awesome photo editor if you need to beautify your photos, so you can share them on your profile, your business social media accounts, or just share photos with your friends.

It will do the job.

But as I said it’s a photo editor that will do just that help you edit and beautify your image. It’s all about filters and effects.

You can’t add text or create simple graphics. You can save it or share through apps you have installed on your computer or mobile device.

It’s free to use. You can download it to your computer, tablet or mobile device.

The editor is available for Mac, Windows, Android, and ios.

You will, however, need an Adobe account to use it.

And we move to the next one.


4. Canva

Canva Free Photo Editor Homepage
Canva Free Photo Editor

I have to admit Canva is one of my favorites on this list.

It can do amazing stuff for your business. Because as I said it before, you don’t want to hire a designer for every little task that you have in your company.

I mean it would nonsense.

Canva free photo editor offers features that will help you edit images and images are integrated into the editor itself.

So no need to search for images. If you have your own images, you can upload them and use them instead.

The best part of Canva is that you have premade templates for all kinds of social media posts.

You can choose from templates for:

  • Facebook posts, covers, ads, events and stories,
  • Instagram posts and stories templates,
  • Pinterest graphics,
  • Twitter posts, ads, and covers,
  • Linkedin posts and covers,
  • YouTube video thumbnails,
  • Tumblr banners.

And that’s not even remotely the end of your options. You can find templates for book covers, flyers, business cards, document covers, blog covers and more.

You also have the panel with elements, where you can choose from free and premium design elements to create your own designs.

Want to create a chart, no problem, they’ve got you covered.

Oh and I shouldn’t forget about this huge library of templates that Hubspot has put together and you can get it for free.

There are 195 + free templates ranging from infographics templates, social media templates, blog title covers to advertising templates.

Hubspot Free Canva Templates
Hubspot Free Canva Templates

You can download it here.

The editor is free to use and has a lot of free items to use, but if you feel that’s not enough you can always get a paid version, which unlocks even more templates, elements and images.

As it’s available online you can use it on Mac an Windows or Linux devices. It even has a mobile app.


5. Snappa

Snappa Photo Editor Homepage
Snappa Photo Editor

It’s really similar to Canva.

Snappa image editor is free to use and it has premade templates for you to use.

You can choose from social media covers, posts for Facebook, YouTube, Twitch, Pinterest, and Twitter.

There are also templates for blog featured images, infographics, and ebook covers.

It’s easy to use.

Everything is neatly organized so you can quickly create a graphic that will help you achieve your goal.

Snappa User Interface
Snappa User Interface

It’s free to use with the option to upgrade to unlock additional features.

But the free version has it all you need to do the daily work for your business activities online.

And you can use it on any device as it’s online.


6. Photo Pos Pro Free Image Editor

Photo Pos Pro
Photo Pos Pro

It’s a photo editor with capabilities of Gimp or similar. It looks like it’s feature loaded for image manipulation.

So you shouldn’t have a hard time to do all kind of stuff with your images in it.

However I should note, that it looks a bit dated (or I am just not used to it), but it should do the work you would perform.

Photo Pos Pro User Interface

Photo Pos Pro User Interface

You can edit and manipulate an image in any way you want. If you want to change exposure you can.

Do you want to change curves? Sure it can be done.

You can cut out people with the pen tool, create layer masks and change backgrounds.

Also, it’s worth noting, that you can use the online version too. So no need for you to download it.

Here you can get the online version.

It seems though, that it’s only available on Windows operating system.


7. Icons8 Photo Creator

Moose Icons8 Photo Creator
Moose Icons8 Photo Creator

Okay, technically this one isn’t a photo editor, but a photo creator.

As the name suggests.

And as it says on their page, why search for stock photos if you can create them yourself.

This editor or creator gives you environment backgrounds or you can use a one color background if you want, and then you put in a person of your choice.

They have a large library of models, so you’ll definitely find the right one.

This could take you quite a long time doing it in Gimp or Photo Pos Pro, but here is just a quick search and drag & drop.

Plus you can mask images and correct lightning of the images right in the image editor.

This is a great tool if you need to create an image to really suits your business.

You can use it on all devices as it’s an online editor.


8. InPixio Free Photo Editor

Inpixio Free image editor
Inpixio

It’s an image editor that comes is in two variations. There is the simple free version and a bit more powerful premium version.

We will focus on the free version.

The free version will be enough for your everyday image editing task, as the editor provides you with 100+ plus effects and filters, 100 + frames and textures.

If you want to do more with it you’ll have to buy it. Or as we are on the list of free photo editors just use one of other in combination with it.

It seems that it’s only available on Windows machines.


9. Pixlr X Photo Editor

Pixlr X Homepage
Pixlr X

This one is a free editor that is a successor of a well-known image editor Pixlr.

It has all the basic functionalities for you to edit and create nice images.

You just upload the image and you can change brightness, contrast, add filters, apply different effects, add shapes to your image or even stickers.

Want to cut something out? Not a problem you can do that too.

If you are good at drawing you can also draw with a basic brush or add text.

Of course, you can also crop your image to be just the right size for you to use.

If you don’t feel like searching the web for free images then Pixlr has you covered as it has built-in images from the most popular sites with free images.

As it is an online based photo editor you can use it on any device.


Conclusion

These free photo editors are the ones that I would use, as they can narrow the time you as a business owner need to create basic graphics to use on social media, blog posts or quick flyers.

These editors, however, can’t replace a designer when it comes to some bigger and more complex designs.

They are here to assist you when it would really be ridiculous to hire someone, as it would be just a loss of money for you and the precious time of the designer.

Some of them do require more knowledge, like Gimp, Photopea or Photo Pos Pro, but it can pay off to have them.

So which one is the best free photo editor?

Try them out and see what best works for you.

Hopefully, you’ll find these tools useful and they will bring you value when you use them.

Simon Sebjanic

SEO specialist and Founder of Nomiscom WebDesign. Here to help you grow your business with the strategic approach to designing your business website and growing it to become the tool that is increasing your revenue.
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