Free image editors review

Can free photo editing software match up to paid programs?
 
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02.What to buy

The following six programs scored highest in our test.

 

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6 CHOICE buys

LightZone

lightzone
Product Scored 77/100 | $Free77%

Good points:

  • Highest overall score
  • Layer handling
  • Cloning tool
  • Thumbnails view
  • Cross platform (Windows, MAC, Linux)
  • Handle raw images

Bad points:

  • None to mention

 

GIMP

gimp
Product Scored 75/100 | $Free75%

Good points:

  • Second highest overall score
  • Professional editor
  • Layer handling
  • Cross platform (Windows, MAC, Linux)
  • Cloning tool

Bad points:

  • Steep learning curve due to complexity


 

Serif PhotoPlus Starter Edition

serif
Product Scored 74/100 | $Free74%

Good points:

  • Layer handling
  • Cloning tool
  • Handle raw images

Bad points:

  • Steep learning curve
  • Many functions are deactivated in the free version

 

PhotoScape

photoscape
Product Scored 72/100 | $Free72%

Good points:

  • Cloning tool
  • Thumbnails view
  • Handle raw images

Bad points:

  • None to mention

 

PhotoFiltre 7

photofiltre
Product Scored 71/100 | $Free71%

Good points:

  • Portable version for USB drive (works without install)
  • Layer handling
  • Cloning tool
  • Thumbnails view

Bad points:

  • No red eye removal function

 

Paint.NET

paintnet
Product Scored 70/100 | $Free70%

Good points:

  • Layer handling
  • Cloning tool

Bad points:

  • None to mention

 
 
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