Many people decide not to purchase Photoshop for many reasons. Some find the price tag to be too steep and many others just can’t justify the expense for sporadic use. The features can also be overwhelming to the novice user.
If you are seeking a photo editor for general home use – or if you have never tried to edit photos in the past, try one of these options. You are sure to find them easy to use – and in some cases, they feature many of the most commonly used Photoshop tools.
PicMonkey is an easy to use, free photo editor. Use this editor online. There is no software to download. Using PicMonkey, you can transform your photographs with one click filters, light effects, focus effects and much more. Touch-up tools like teeth whitener, hairbrush, and wrinkle remover you can make facial features in photos glow. PicMonkey also allows you to insert text in your photos. There is a wide range of fonts to choose from.
Clearly this app does not have all of the tools and features of Photoshop, but as an easy to use substitute for new users, it is great to begin with.
GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) is a popular free open-source photo editor. Of the programs on this list, GIMP is most similar to Photoshop in the sense that it has advanced tools like layers and batch photo conversion. Whether you are an illustrator, a graphic designer or a photographer, this software presents you with sophisticated tools to help you accomplish your photo editing goals. The software gives you top-notch color management features too. GIMP is an excellent application for the production of graphic design elements, icons and much more.
Pixlr is another easy to use editor that’s great for novice users. It enables you to replace colors in your photographs, transform objects and more. It allows you to apply a quick fix or even add a personal touch with overlays, creative effects, and borders. Not just for novice users, however, Pixlr does have some advanced features that are easy to learn. This program is a web-based photo-editor offering “full versions” and lite versions. If you like the features you find within their web-based editor, you can download versions for your mobile device as well.
4. Ribbet Photo Editor
Install Ribbet as a Google Chrome extension for quick access! This cloud-based editor features thousands of frames, textures, and filters. This app features all of the basic tools like crop and resize, but it also has several advanced tools like clone and layers. Give yourself a virtual makeover if you choose! Import photos from your social media accounts or your computer and save to your desktop.
Obviously, none of these programs are going to have all of the features of Photoshop, but they come pretty close while presenting their tools in an easy to use manner.
Do you have any photo-editing technology that you think we should try? Let us know in the comments.