5 Best Photo Editing Apps for Windows

When you look at your favourite celeb’s pictures, your first expression will be “WOW”! Ever wondered how they look so flawless all the time? Well, they don’t actually. Photoshop has led to believe that some things are perfect in appearance, be it your picture or any other piece of your work.

But basically, Photoshop is of professional’s choice as its subscription can’t be easily afforded by ordinary people. So if you are looking for some free photo editing tools, or you just want to look perfect in all your photos without spending any dollars, here are some choices for you.

The Best Photo Editing Apps for Windows

With a simple interface and open source alternatives to Photoshop, following tools could be the ones you just need for your photo touch-ups.


GIMP stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is one of the open source editing tools that is good enough to be utilized as a professional-quality program.

This tool has the similar toolset as of Photoshop. Even though the interface differs when compared to Photoshop, it gives Adobe’s look and feel. The tools that are in regular use will be in easy reach, such as painting tools, cloning, color correctors, enhancement, etc. Even you will be able to work with all the file formats without any exceptions.

Overall, we can say that this tool is very much suited when you don’t want to spend on editing tool and want to choose an alternative to Photoshop. Some of the specifications of this tool are:

Supported Platforms: Along with Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, BSD, Unix, SkyOS are also supported

File Formats: RAW formats, BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF, PSD, etc.

#2 Paint.NET

If you are a regular Windows user and have worked with Paint, you might be familiar with Paint.NET. This is just an advanced version of Windows Paint and does inherit most of the features from default Windows Paint. Even though the tool is less effective than Photoshop as well as GIMP, it is capable of providing you with enough functionalities that you would require for image editing. You can even install plug-ins to extend the functionality of this toolkit.

The only downside of this application is that it supports only for Windows 7 or its later versions.

#3 Krita

This tool has gained a lot of popularity as one of the best photo editing software based on the open-source platforms like Windows, Unix, and Linux. It has been integrated with KOffice suite and of course good enough for all your image editing requirements. In comparison with GIMP and Photoshop, Krita lacks some functionalities, but yes we can say that this tool is great in its own way which is more than enough for being one of the powerful image editors.

Coming to file format support, Krita can work with all Windows-compatible media formats.

#4 GrafX2

Another best and free Windows-based alternative for Photoshop is GrafX2. Well, it also supports Mac OS X, Linux, DOS, Haiku, AmigaOS, MorphOS, FreeBSD, and Atari MiNT. It offers many interesting editing options such as palette editor, drawing in indexed colors, Color cycling, Transparency, various number of effects and brushes, etc. You can edit any Windows supported file format using this editor.

#5 Pixlr

Have you heard about amazing tools like AutoCAD, 3DS Max, Maya? Pixlr is also created by the creators of these tools!

Although Pixlr is not industry-standard types, it is a complete package of all the useful features required by a common user. Being a cloud-based image editor, one of the best things about this tool is that you can download it to your Windows desktop or directly access through a browser as both desktop app or mobile app. While the web and mobile versions of this tool are absolutely free, Windows edition has some feature-limited free versions.

Well…if you are planning to go professional at some point in future, or we can say semi-professional, then it is better to go with Adobe Photoshop. Keeping the monetary case apart, the user friendliness of Photoshop matters a lot for many users.

The ordinary user who is in a need of an occasional photo touch-up can subscribe for a small Windows based package which is for only $14-$19/month.

The game of Photoshop is pretty insane! It turns your images into very beautiful and magnificent pieces. As a further matter, Adobe Photoshop has different versions and all of the versions are not fully compatible with latest Windows OS. If you try to access any older version of Photoshop file on newer Windows versions, the Photoshop file will refuse to open and further there might be chances for file corruption. Before installing any of the apps, just make sure the app version supports Windows OS version you have.

So get the right version of Photoshop on the right Windows platform!

5 Best Photo Editing Apps for Windows was last modified: June 19th, 2017 by John Harris

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