By Emend Studios   in  Photography

Posted On : 16-04-2020


No matter where you’re going to put them up, it happens to be very necessary to edit photographs before posting them anywhere to make the picture seem more professional. Despite having excellent skills and goals, the software that you use to edit the photos must be appropriate to your style and level of understanding, otherwise you might end up with a very messed up post-processing outcome. Most people think of Adobe Photoshop when the said is mentioned, and as high as it is, there are many other types of software available that work as good as or even better than Photoshop. The most significant advantage of these being that they’re free and are giving Adobe and Lightroom a fast run for their money.

Here are 5 of the best image editing software (in no particular order) of 2019 that can get you editing like a pro!

1. BeFunky

Online creative image enhancement is what BeFunky works best for. It is available on the Web and iOS and Android mobiles. It offers us easy to use tools for editing and people of any level of expertise can use it to obtain professional results. It is divided into three segments: Photo editor, Design creator and Collage maker. It has a clean interface and the option to access the history of edited photographs. The capabilities involve an extensive range of tools from artsy effects, basic editing like contrast and exposure, creative overlays and portrait touch up. Display and collage have a big list of customizable templates for the user to pick from. It’s the most significant pro that it has a drag and drop composition feature, stock image access and a large number of creative templates. However, most editing tools have to be paid for and a lot of categories need a premium subscription. 

2. Fotor

Fotor is very similar to BeFunky in many ways; for starters both can be considered more as image enhancing software rather than image editing and they both include collage and design sections as well. Users here have the choice to use a wide range of premade templates to move forward and build their creativity. Fotor is a straightforward image enhancement software. It has a great variety of frames, stickers, effects and text options. All of this is made for sharing images on Social media. Novice editors can create high-quality content without the constant worry of everything other than visual appearance. The advantages of Fotor include batch image processing, Creative composition tools and creative templates that are user-friendly. However, there are no plugin support or manual edition capabilities and there are display ads, which can only be removed upon going premium. Fotor is available for iOS and Android and on the Web.


GIMP works best for advanced users and it has no paid version. It is available only on the Desktop (OS X, Linux, Windows). It has developer support, an open-source program and professional tools and features. However, there happens to be a steep learning curve and a cluttered interface. The platform is updated constantly, while users continue to use it for free. The software can be installed on any of the aforementioned operating systems, or it can also be downloaded as a portable version, which can further be added into a USB key for flexibility of usage. The tools available on GIMP range from professional to primary, thus making it easy for beginners to use it as well. There are automatic image enhancement tools, color adjustment and montage tools. At the same, time the software acts as a brilliant means for advanced users to work with as well (for example, content-aware resizing, layer masks, animated gifs, etc.). This is highly recommended software and is a free version of Adobe Photoshop in a sense.

4. Adobe Photoshop Express

Unlike the paid counterpart of this software, it is not aimed at professional editors but at those who are in search of high-quality photographs with a touch of professionalism in the form of quick edits. The features are easily accessible. It is a trimmed-down version of the OG Photoshop that acts as a blessing by Adobe for those who don’t want to pay for a lot of features they don’t feel the need to use. Apart from basic editing options like change in saturation, contrast, temp, etc. services like spot removal and some more are also available. It doesn’t have as many tools as the other paid for, professional version, but whatever is available is well polished and offers a beautiful user experience. The pros of this software are the professional results, minimalist interference and advanced filters but the drawbacks are that the output is only in JPG format and the free version has limited tools. It also runs only in Flash. The platforms where Adobe Photoshop Express is available would be the Web and iOS, Android and Windows mobiles.

5. Pixlr Editor

Pixlr Editor can be considered to be almost as powerful as the top desktop editing software. You can edit as soon as you open an image on a device directly from FB or even a URL. The interface is very similar to Adobe Photoshop. The features available on this software are unmatched and it is considered to be the best by far. Free editing options are layers, automatic enhancement tools, color pickers, exposure levels, customizable brushes and masks. There is a disadvantage of the software and it is that it can be used only on flash. To overcome this issue, a new HTML version, including Premium fonts and many other such exciting options, was also made available. The platforms where this is available are the web and iOS and Android mobiles. It has the advantage of powerful features, numerous uploading options and the fact that it does not require any downloads. However, there happens to be a lack of batch editing capabilities and the presence of display ads. Pixlr Editor works best for online professional-level editing. Some other software available is Paint.Net, Pixlr X, PhotoScape X, Photo Pos Pro, InPixio and Wix Photo studio (only available to its members). These are some of the best software that you can access for free to achieve a high level of professionalism.

Happy Editing!