What is the best photo processing program for free ? We have prepared for you an author's list of the best free tools for photo editing and graphics editing.

Contrary to what Izabela Trojanowska sang, we can now find a lot of free things. We have recommended free photo banks and free internet clouds. Today we have another portion of the proposals for which you do not have to pay. This time, we choose the best free photo editing software.

GIMP

GIMP

GIMP

No comparison can be made without this classic program, which has already been around for over a dozen years. From the beginning, it was conceived as an alternative to Photoshop. It is constantly being developed, due to the fact that the program code is available to everyone. The program gives you great opportunities when it comes to photo editing. The work is based on layers and channels . The program supports alpha channel, we can easily remove a character from a photo using special tools. The power of the program is also a whole bunch of available plugins that extend its capabilities, including, for example, Resynthesizer, which synthesizes the texture based on the surrounding image selection, making it easier to retouch images and remove unwanted elements from the photo. The program also handles RAW support without any problems.

Nik Collection

Color Efex Pro 4/fot. fotoManiaK.pl

Color Efex Pro 4/fot. fotoManiaK.pl

Over the years, the Nik Collection has cost several hundred dollars, and there was no shortage of people willing to buy it. After taking over Google, you can have it for free (now it belongs to DxO). Nik Collection was conceived as a plug-in for photo editing software. However, the program can also be simply downloaded and used in a desktop version. We get a set of several tools for various applications. Using Color Efex Pro, we will perform basic photo processing, improving the white balance, saturation, and detail of the photo. In turn, with the help of one of many very interesting filters, we will give the photo a more "professional" look. Other tools will allow you to get good-looking HDR photos, sharpen a photo, or give it a great look in black and white. Really, skilfully using all the tools, we can get professional-looking photos. It's the perfect set for a photographer who wants to give the photos a great look and Lightroom is out of reach. The downside, however, is the fact that Nik Collection does not support RAWs, so photos need to be called in another program.

Darktable

Darktable

Darktable

Another open source program, which in turn is a direct competition for Lightroom . Even its interface is very similar. This software allows for comprehensive image processing as well as cataloging. It will be well suited to the situation when we have a lot of pictures that we need to properly arrange. The photo processing options that the program offers are really impressive . We can easily adjust white balance, saturation, contrast, exposure correction etc. There are also advanced algorithms that allow you to denoise, among other things. The program provides comprehensive photo processing, also has saved profiles of most cameras. Thanks to this, we can assign denoise or set the white balance to the camera with which the photo was taken, in order to get the best effect. The program also supports RAWs . So I think that this tool in combination with Nik Collection allows for a full range of image processing and giving them an interesting look.

RawTherapee

RawTherapee

RawTherapee

RawTherapee is another program that with possibilities and appearance refers to Lightroom. As the name suggests, the program allows you to call RAWs, but also gives you the opportunity to process them. The new version of the program gives a huge field to show off. Of course, there is no lack of such basics as setting the colors, balance, applying the mask to sharpen etc. Soft however goes a step further, or actually a few steps. You can make changes in points by selecting only the elements of the frame that you are interested in. For example, we can completely change the color of the sky to make it from the sunny day to sunset or evening. The colors can be freely modified, we can also use the filters without any problem. The tool also has the function of removing mists from photos. The program has of course saved profiles of the most popular cameras, thanks to which the functions will be adapted to selected models. As a disadvantage of the program, some users indicate its complex interface , but everything can be learned.

Photoscape X Pro

Photoscape X Pro

Photoscape X Pro

Photoscape X Pro enjoys considerable popularity among users, because it is relatively easy to use and has practically everything you need . Users praise the simple operation of the program. It has all the tools needed for comprehensive photo processing. We can set the exposure, contrast, color balance. We also get the option of applying various types of filters and graphic effects as well as frames and other figures to paintings. The program allows you to call and process photos in RAW format. The effects can be imposed on points, which significantly affects the ability to edit the photo. The producer also boasts very fast software work. The downside may be the fact that you have to pay extra for some of the available tools. However, those that are available for free should be enough for most users.

Fotor

Fotor

Fotor

Fotor was originally created as an application for smartphones, currently it is also available in a desktop version. Its strength is simple and intuitive operation and a large database of ready effects and filters. All this makes it ideal for less advanced users. The application gives us the basic possibilities of image processing, including the ability to adjust colors, brightness and sharpness, and whether to add a vignette or frame. In addition, it has built-in filters as well as frame graphics, among which you can find a lot of really nice. There were also possibilities to straighten the photo or trim it. With the help of this program, we can make a quick and wide photo processing and give them a nice look. There is also a lack of opportunities to work with RAWs. It is a good tool for people who start their adventure with photo processing.

Pixlr

Pixlr

Pixlr

This is an online program that we can use by going to its website. We can also upload photos from the internet, we do not even have to download them. Currently, Pixlr is two editors. One is like Photoshop, the other Lightroom. Both are great for basic photo processing. The classic editor will allow you to control the colors, crop the photo and apply a vignette. In addition, it has all the editing options in the form of cutting out elements, overlapping graphics etc. Pixlr X is a tool designed typically for photos. The interface is closer to the Lightroom than Photoshop, and the available tools focus on the graphics, and strictly on the pictures. We find here most of the tools needed to process the photo. We get the ability to set colors, lights, shadows, exposure correction, apply a mask to sharpen. What is important, there were also a dozen or so creative filters . This is not a very advanced application, but has all the basic tools, and processing the photo takes very little time. Of course you have to take into account that the program will not handle RAWs.

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