Free image editors review

Can free photo editing software match up to paid programs?
 
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Comparison table list

  • By default ALL tested products are listed. You can select up to five items to view in a side-by-side comparison.
  • Additional columns can be viewed by using the Next/Previous buttons.

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  • Use the filters to show only products that meet your specific requirements or which have the specific features you're interested in. Selecting filters automatically updates the Comparison table list.
  • The number shown in brackets represents the number of products displayed if you select that filter.
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CHOICE applies the following interpretation to the scores achieved in our tests. When we describe a result as "excellent", "poor" etc, it usually relates directly to a numerical score in that range.
  • 0 - 24 Very poor
  • 25 - 45 Poor 
  • 46 - 54 Borderline
  • 55 - 69 OK
  • 70 - 79 Good
  • 80 - 89 Very good
  • 90 - 100 Excellent
 

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PriceOverall scoreBasic editing scoreAdvanced editing scoreUsability scoreEase of learning scoreHelp information scoreInput scoreHandle RAW format imagesCroppingResizingRed-eye reductionConvert to Greyscale/BWImage straightening toolRetouch/Effect brush ToolCloning ToolLayer HandlingBatch editingThumbnails viewCatalogWindows*MacGood pointsBad pointsBrand
                          
LightZone077758178LightZone
GIMP075738870GIMP
Serif PhotoPlus Starter Edition074738368Serif
PhotoScape072737067PhotoScape
PhotoFiltre 7071518275PhotoFiltre
Paint.NET070587972Paint.NET
Seashore068498070Seashore
IrfanView067705773IrfanView
Photo!Editor064655067VicMan
iPhoto [A]064645170Apple
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Using the table

All programs are free as tested. All have cropping functionality. 

Scores The overall score includes an assessment of advanced editing (35%), basic editing (25%), usability (15%), ease of learning (10%), help information (5%), initial setup (5%) and input (5%). TABLE NOTES 

(A) Included with OS X at no cost, but can also be purchased for $15.99 at the Mac App Store.

(B) Via included raw-to-JPG converter. 

(C) Via command-line or plug-in

* Compatible with Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7/8.

How we test

  • Advanced editing covers retouch/effect brush tool, special effects/filters, cloning tool, layer handling and border designs (picture frames). 
  • Basic editing covers the most common editing functions – cropping, resizing, red-eye reduction, auto-adjust image settings (colour correction, balance, contrast), image rotation, batch editing, image straightening and conversion to grayscale/B&W.
  • Usability includes before and after previews, size of the preview, editing history functions and editing processing speed.
  • Initial setup includes downloading, installing and configuring the software. 
  • Help information includes any tutorials, video (including official YouTube instruction) and other assistance such as wizards and documentation. 
  • Ease of learning takes into account the ease of becoming familiar with the program. Input covers file formats, plus navigating to and selecting pictures for editing. 
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