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The Ultimate List of Image Editing Software For Photographers

I have stopped updating this post as software updates/discontinues and their prices changes from time to time. However, you can still use this as a guide to what is available out there.


Are you starting in photography?

Don’t know what image editing software out there you can use or buy?

Here is a list of free and paid software to consider.

The URL and pricing of these software are correct during the revision of this post (February 2017).

There are no affiliate links on this page. These are for your information only 🙂


​Free Image Editing Software

There are actually a bunch of image editing software you can use it for free.

If you are looking for something similar to Adobe Photoshop, try GIMP, GIMPshop or Gimphoto.

 
Software, Mac, PC
1,Picasa,Yes,Yes (Discontinued)
2,Apple photos,Yes,No
3,Fotor,Yes,Yes
4,On1 Perfect Effects 9 Free,Yes,Yes
5,Serif Photoplus Starter Edition,No,Yes
6,GIMP,Yes,Yes
7,GIMPshop,Yes,Yes
8,Gimphoto,No,Yes
9,PhotoScape,Yes,Yes
10,IrfanView,No,Yes
11,Paint.NET,No,Yes
12,PicMaster,No,Yes
13,PixBuilder Studio,No,Yes
14,FastStone Image Viewer,No,Yes
15,Brush Strokes Image Editor,No,Yes
16,Chasys Draw IES,No,Yes
17,Fotografix,No,Yes
18,XnView,Yes,Yes
19,Darktable,Yes,No
20,G’MIC,Yes,Yes
21,ImageJ,Yes,Yes
22,ImageMagick,Yes,Yes
23,LazPaint,Yes,Yes
24,LightZone,Yes,Yes
25,RawTherapee,Yes,Yes
26,Seashore,Yes,No
27,UFRaw,Yes,Yes


Free Web-Based Image Editor

These are web-based editor, often very limited in their functionality.

You can do basic image editing with these and some do offer filters and presets.


1,Pixlr Editor
2,Sumopaint
3,BeFunky
4,IPPICY
5,Photo Raster
6,PicMonkey
7,PicsArt

 

Premium Image Editing Software

These are the ones where you need to purchase a license to use them.

Some are subscription only (you need to pay monthly or annually to renew your license) and some are lifetime license (a once off payment to purchase the license).

The majority of these support RAW file and others can be used to organise your images.


Software, Mac, PC, Price
1,Adobe Photoshop,Yes,Yes,From $9.99/month
2,Adobe Lightroom,Yes,Yes,From $9.99/month
3,On1 Perfect Effects 10,Yes,Yes,From $59.99
4,Acorn 5,Yes,No,$29.99
5,Serif Photoplus X8,No,Yes,£79.99
6,Adobe Photoshop Element 14,Yes,Yes,From $99.99
7,Affinity Photo,Yes,No,$49.99
8,DxO OpticsPro 10,Yes,Yes,From €129
9,Corel PaintShop Pro X8,No,Yes,$79.99
10,Sumopaint Pro,Yes,Yes,From $4/month or $120 lifetime
11,Pixelmator,Yes,No,$29.99
12,ACDSee Pro 9,Yes,Yes,$99.99
13,ACDSee Photo Editor 6,Yes,Yes,$59.99
14,Phase One Capture One,Yes,Yes,$299
15,Zoner Photo Studio,No,Yes,$99
16,Xara Photo and Graphic Designer 11,No,Yes,$89.99
17,Cyberlink PhotoDirector,No,Yes,From $59.99
18,PhotoLighting,No,Yes,$39.95
19,PhotoPad,Yes,Yes,From $34.99
20,CodedColor PhotoStudio,No,Yes,$59
21,Color It! 4.5,Yes,No,$59.95
22,Graphic Converter 9,Yes,No,$39.95
23,Helicon Filter,No,Yes,From $10/year or $30 lifetime
24,Lview Pro,No,Yes,$29.95
25,NeoPaint,No,Yes,$45
26,PhotoLine,Yes,Yes,€59
27,Photo Mechanic,Yes,Yes,$150
28,PMView Pro,No,Yes,$49.95
29,PortraitPro,Yes,Yes,$79.95
30,QFX,No,Yes,$399
31,StudioLine Photo,No,Yes,From $70
32,Photo Ninja,Yes,Yes,$129
33,FotoStation,Yes,Yes,$149
34,Iridient Developer (Raw Editor),Yes,No,$99
35,Be Funky Plus (web-based),NA,NA,$4.95/month or $24.05/year
36,Luminar,Yes,No,$69

I hope you find something useful in this post.

Do let me know if you found more software be added to the list or a broken link.