There’s no doubt Photoshop is the first choice for designers when it comes to creating and editing images. But with Photoshop’s hefty subscription fee through Adobe, there’s plenty of free alternatives on the web. We take a look at five free useful tools you can use to perfect your photos.
If you’re looking for an easy image creator, do check out Canva. This tool lets you create a number of image types based on popular standard templates, like social media graphics, infographics, flyers, postcards, and more.
Pixlr offers more than 600 effects, overlays, and borders and lets you do all the main things you'd expect from a photo editor, from cropping and resizing to removing red-eye and whitening teeth. If you're used to Photoshop, then you'll find Pixlr easy to use, as it's very similar.
Fotor Photo Editor is surprisingly sophisticated, especially given it's a free app. Fotor allows you to edit the vignette, shadows, highlights, temperature, tint, RGB and curve of the image. You can also rotate, crop, add frames and stickers, pixelate, and even alter the image focus.
GIMP offers a varied toolset - including everything from painting tools, color correction, cloning, selection, and enhancement. You'll be able to work with all the popular file formats without any trouble at all. There’s also a very capable file manager built in, similar to Adobe’s Bridge.
Aviary is a very pleasantly designed app that strikes the perfect balance between serious photo-editing and playful photo-decoration functions without looking dull or childish.
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