Hey, photo lovers!
Another year passed and I’m here with the renewed list of photo editing software.
The short story behind this list: I’ve started this research for my project Photolemur
in July 2016.
The first list was '61 Photo Editing Tools and Apps'. After the very first post in 2016, I’ve got a lot of suggestions from redditors and decided to complete another list 104 Photo Editing Tools You Should Know About
Then, Michael Zhang, Petapixel’s Editor, asked me to repost this list on Petapixel. The article got 5,419 shares and tons of comments with a new portion of great tools for photo editing. The next list came with 148 photo editing tools
Then, ten months after, I’ve published a new list 186 photo editing tools and apps. The biggest list ever existed
Today I’m no longer with Photolemur (I’ve left Photolemur a week ago). But I decided to continue doing this research. And the next steps will be putting all this software to the website with filters and user rating option. Actually, I’ve already bought the domain :) photo-index.com
If someone of you, redditors wants to help me with building the website - just send me a message. What has changed in the new list:
Some of the apps had gone away from the market (you’ll find them in the list). Also, during my new research, I’ve found that there is almost 100 photo editing mobile apps on the market (in the previous list there were only 31 mobile apps). And I decided to create the separate list of photo editing mobile apps. It will be live very soon! So, there is no mobile apps section in this list. I’ve got a lot of comments about including some kind of recommendations to the list. So, the first 5 to 10 items in each section are the best one (in my personal opinion).
As always, I want to say thank you, redditors!
In the beginning, there were only 61 photo tools, and I thought that it’s a huge list! :) Now we have the list of 210 tools for photo editing and photo manipulation (excluding 97 mobile apps)!
- Enhancers (10)
- Cross-platform image editors (5)
- Online photo editors (16)
- Paid Desktop Photo Editors (26)
- Free Desktop Photo Editors (14)
- RAW Processors (21)
- HDR photo editors (15)
- Photo viewers and managers (17)
- Face Editing Software (9)
- Image Enlargers & Resizing Software (15) new
- Photo Utilities, Plugins, Filters & Effects (62)
Fully automated photo enhancement solution to make all photos perfect. It is powered by an AI algorithm that fixes imperfections on images without human involvement. From $35 ($30 in 2017)
photo editor with a set of automatic correction presets for Windows&Mac. $129 ($149 in 2017)
3.Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 6
Software revitalizes photos at the click of a button. Optimize colors and contrasts, adjust the sharpness, remove scratches and noise and realign photos - fast, simple, no prior knowledge required. $8.99 ($20 in 2017)
Quick and easy batch photo enhancement software for Mac & iOS. $19.99 ($18.97 in 2017)
the program offers a fast method to fix a dark picture, improve detail on an image, increase contrast and brightness, and adjust tones. $69
online photo enhancer. Lets to fix the most such problems of digital pictures: fix dull colors and bad color balance; remove digital noise; remove red-eye in photos of people
SoftColor PhotoEQ makes digital image improvement simpler on your PC. PhotoEQ works with a variety of photo formats, including RAW files. $69
8.new Vivd Pix Restore
Provides 1-click improvement for scanned Color Slides, Prints (Color, Black & White, Sepia) and Digital Photos. Fine-tune with easy-to-use sliders. For Mac & Windows. $49.99
Lets you selectively adjust colors in your digital photos. It combines sophisticated LC
h* color processing and fuzzy logic technology with an easy-to-use interface. For Windows. $59.99
- new PictureSpeed Cloud-based solution for Businesses to automatically enhance images, using the power of artificial intelligence
Cross-platform image editors
There is no need to present Lightroom. Now it becomes a really cross-platform photo editor. $9.99/Mo. for Adobe CC Photography Plan (Lr+Ps).
The second photo editing masterpiece from Adobe. The same story: it becomes a really cross-platform photo editor. $9.99/Mo. for Adobe CC Photography Plan (Lr+Ps)
Pro photo editor designed for everyone $2.49/Mo. (old price - $19.99)
Online+mobile photo editor. High-end photo editing and quick filtering. $5/Mo. for Pro Subscription. (in 2017 it was Free)
cross-platform editor and designer, available on every major mobile device, desktop computer and online with One-Tap Enhance’ tool and RAW file processing. $3.33/Mo. for Pro Subscr. (in 2017 it was Free)
Online photo editors
one of the most popular online picture editors. $7.99/Mo.
free online photo editor and collage maker. $4.99/Mo.( Plus Plan)
free simple online photo editor with pre-set photo effects for an instant photo fix
Ribbet lets you edit all your photos online, and love every second of it. From $4.95
Online photo editor to filter, resize or adjust the images. Free for personal use. From $12.95/Mo.
the most versatile photo editor and painting application that works in a browser. From $9/Mo. (in 2017 it was Free)
simple free online editor
An Ajax-based photo editor. It’s focused on grabbing and editing images that are already online. The tool selection is average
online photo editor and collage maker. $2.99 for Pro Plan. (in 2017 it was $29.99/year)
Edit your photos using stylish photo effects. Free
free online photo editor&collage maker
photo editor and advanced photo effects for free
Image Enhancer by Canon
Software has everything you need to enhance your photos! Such as improving photos' colors, lights, sharpness etc. From $6.99/Mo.
Upload your picture or photo or enter the URL of an image on the Internet. After uploading, you can resize, sharpen and/or rotate your photo. Plus several filters. Free
15.new Film Emulator
Online photo editor with a set of filters. Free
16.new Fun Photo Box
Edit photos online: crop, resize, enhance, change focus, brightness, contrast, saturation & warmth, add text, add stickers. Free
Desktop Photo Editors Paid Desktop Photo Editors
mother of all photo editors. $9.99/Mo. for Adobe CC Photography Plan (Lr+Ps).
a photo processor and image organizer developed by Adobe Systems. $9.99/Mo. for Adobe CC Photography Plan (Lr+Ps).
3.ON1 Photo RAW
professional photo editor with an easy-to-use interface. $99.99 per license. ($90 in 2017).
powerful photo editor for Mac and Windows with more powerful controls than in Lightroom and the world's first AI-powered photo filter. $69
Professional photo editing software for Mac. $49.99
6.DXO Photo Suite
Powerful photo editing software. From 129€
Powerful, fast, and easy-to-use image editor. $29.99
Professional raw converter and image editing software designed for professional photographers who need to process large volumes of high-quality images in a fast and efficient workflow. $299
Editor with an impressive array of powerful professional tools, such as nondestructive RAW editing, and high quality retouching. From $9.99/Mo ($24.99 in 2017)
10.Corel Paintshop Pro
Professional photo editor with the world's fastest RAW photo processor. $80
Everything from downloading onto your computer to editing and sharing, all in one place. For Windows only. $99
combines intuitive browsing, gorgeous effects and a lightning-fast processing engine for image editing. $149
an image editor for macOS 10.10 and later. $29.99
Easy-to-use professional photo editor for PC. $99.99
Optimize and repair digital photos. $34.99
16.Picture Window Pro
powerful photo editing tool for Win, designed for serious photographers with demanding creative and quality standards. $89.95
Raster and vector graphics editor for Win&Mac. Its features include 16 bits of color depth, full-color management, support of RGB, CMYK, and Lab color models, layer support, and non-destructive image manipulation. 59.00€
A set of tools for photo editing including Photo Clip, Photo Editor, Photo Focus, Photo Maximizer, Photo Eraser. The software helps photo enthusiasts to delete, cut out objects, create photo montages and optimize images. From $19.9
19.Photo Lab 4
easy photo editing software for Win. $49
20.Home Photo Studio
desktop photo editing software for Windows. The program includes photo editing options, such as auto enhancement, retouching, red-eye removal, etc. More than 100 special effects can be applied to the images. From $29
21.new Photoscape X Pro
All-in-one photo editing software which provides photo-related features such as Photo Viewer, Editor, Cut Out, Batch, Collage, Screen Capture, RAW images and More. For Win only. $29
22.new Movavi Photo Editor
Enhance image quality manually or automatically. Erase unwanted objects from photos. Remove and change image backgrounds. Crop, flip, rotate, resize and straighten pictures. For Mac & Win. $19
23.new Ashampoo Photo Commander 16
The complete solution to view, edit and organize your photos. For Win. From $49.99
A Beautifully Designed Image and Photo Editor for Win&Linux. $34
25.new Xara PHOTO & GRAPHIC DESIGNER
The software choice for photo and graphic design work, with powerful photo editing and enhancement features, and flexible illustration and design tools. For Win. $59.99
26.new CyberLink PhotoDirector Ultra
A wide range of easy-to-use, professional-quality tools built specifically for turning your photos into stunning artwork. $14.99/Mo.
Free Desktop editors
Photos in macOS helps you keep your growing library organized and accessible. Powerful and intuitive editing tools help you perfect your images. Free
2.new Microsoft Photos
View and edit your photos and videos, make movies, and create albums. Free
Full featured framework for image processing with different user interfaces, including a GIMP plugin to convert, manipulate, filter, and visualize image data. For Win&Mac
Cross-platform image editor. Free software, you can change its source code and distribute your changes.
Digital painting and illustration application with CMYK support, HDR painting, G’MIC integration and more
Pinta is a free, open source program for drawing and image editing.
a simple, unusual editor that can handle more than just photos.
Free image and photo editing software for PC.
A software suite to create, edit, compose or convert images on the command line.
Edit, crop and share your photos.
Free portable photo editor for Win
Free open source Linux program for image editing and collection management.
Comprised of 267K physical lines of source code in the base package GM provides a robust and efficient collection of tools and libraries which support reading, writing, and manipulating an image in over 88 major formats.
14.new Beauty & Face Photo Editor
Software lets you create amazing collages using your photos, cool stickers, backgrounds, emojis, text with fun fonts.
cross-platform photo processor and image organizer developed by Adobe Systems. $9.99/Mo. (Lr+Ps).
Powerful photo editor for Mac&Win with more powerful controls than in Lightroom and proprietary RAW processing algorithms. $69
A cross-platform raw image processing program, released under the GNU General Public License Version 3
An open source photography workflow application and RAW developer.
5.Aftershot Pro 3
Edit faster and get back behind your camera where you belong with the world's fastest RAW photo-editing software. $69
The most popular in-browser RAW files viewer and converter. Support the most DSLR RAW camera formats. $1.99/Mo.
Utility to read and manipulate raw images from digital cameras. It can be used on its own or as a GIMP plug-in.
Handles your raw files, as well as your bitmap files, in a non-destructive 16-bit processing pipeline.
Streamlined raw management and editing application centered around a film-simulating tone mapping algorithm.
Raw and raster image processor featuring non-destructive adjustment layers and 32-bit floating-point accuracy.
Open-source digital darkroom software for Windows/Mac/Linux
12.RAW Photo Processor
Raw converter for Mac OS X, supporting almost all available digital Raw formats. Free
Powerful RAW image conversion application designed and optimized specifically for Mac OS X. Supports RAW image formats from over 620 digital camera models. $99
Professional-grade RAW converter that delivers exceptional detail, outstanding image quality, and a distinctive, natural look. $129
Raw Image Analyzer. $19.99
WYSIWYG RAW viewer that allows to see RAW exactly as a converter will "see" it, and provides RAW-based tools to estimate what a converter will be able to squeeze from the shot. From $19.99
17.Silkypix Developer Studio Pro 9
RAW development software for professionals to enable a partial color correction by circulagradual filter, or equips with completely new sharpness from superior outline detection algorithm. $175 ($213.90 in 2017).
Advanced creative photo editor and organizer that improves every step in your editing workflow. $149
19.Canon Digital Photo Professional
High-performance RAW image processing, viewing and editing software for EOS digital cameras and PowerShot models with RAW capability. Free
Free image processing software, which delivers the best quality RAW file processing, has been updated and expanded with new features that work seamlessly with the Hasselblad cameras.
21.new DxO PhotoLab
Powerful photo editing software for. From 129€
HDR Photo Editors
The most advanced HDR photo editor for Mac&Win. $99
One of the first HDR photo editors in the world for Windows and Mac. From $39
Lets you create beautiful HDR images by merging multiple exposures, effectively capturing both dark and bright subjects to make it more natural or to enhance scene drama. $49.99 ($60 in 2017)
Easy and powerful HDR photo editor. $39
Fast and easy-to-use software for Mac&Win for creating impressive landscape images. $89 ($90 in 2017).
HDR image processing software for Win&Mac. $35 ($39 in 2017)
easy to use HDR processing software for Mac&Win. $79
The free online photo editor, a photo-like composite can be processed into HDR images.
Simple post processing app that lets you combine multiple exposures into a high dynamic range image for Mac. $3.99
Professional HDR Imaging, RAW Processing & Dynamic Relighting. Application to offer digital photographers full control over light and exposure in real-time, as if they were still behind the lens. $149
Free online HDR photo editor.
12.Dynamic Photo HDR
Next generation HDR Software with Anti-Ghosting, HDR Fusion and Unlimited Effects for Win. $59 ($65 in 2017)
Free application to provide a workflow for HDR imaging, creation, and tone mapping.
Free software, that combines two or more raw images into a single raw with an extended dynamic range.
An Open Source command-line application for creating images with a better dynamic range by blending images with different exposures. Free
Photo viewers and managers
cross-platform photo processor and image organiser developed by Adobe Systems. $9.99/Mo. for Adobe CC Plan (Lr+Ps).
Photo manager, editor and RAW processor with non destructive layer adjustments all in one. Quick straighten/rotate, rename, batch tools etc. $50
Helps you keep your growing library organized and accessible. Powerful and intuitive editing tools help you perfect your images. Free
View and edit your photos and videos on Windows, make movies, and create albums. Free
Phase One MediaPro1
5.new Luminar 3
powerful photo editor for Mac and Windows with more powerful controls than in Lightroom and the world's first AI-powered photo filter. In December 2018 comes out with Asset Manager. $69
Advanced digital photo management application for importing and organizing photos. Free
Image viewer and browser. Also includes an importer tool for transferring photos from cameras. Free
Free, open source image viewer, which supports multiple platforms. You can use it for viewing all common image formats including raw and psd images.
All your photos are backed up safely, organized and labeled automatically, so you can find them fast, and share them how you like. Free
Fast, stable, user-friendly image browser, converter and editor. Free for Home Users. $35
Software for finding exact duplicate images. Free
An image-viewer with added batch editing and conversion. Rename a huge number of files in seconds, as well as resize them. Free
Free software for reading, viewing, and processing all your images on Mac, Win, Linux, iOS and Android
15.new Cannon Irista
16.new Magix Photo Manager Deluxe
Allows you to easily browse, sort and rediscover your most beautiful photos & videos. Breathe new life into your most beautiful moments. $49.99
Free tool which you can use to easily sort your images.
Face Retouching Software
The world’s best-selling retouching software, that intelligently enhances every aspect of a portrait for beautiful results. $44.95 ($80 in 2017)
Professional skin retouching software. A Photoshop, Lightroom and Aperture plugin that eliminates the tedious manual labor of selective masking and pixel-by-pixel treatments to help you achieve excellence in portrait retouching. $199.95
basic automatic free online face retouching software.
Online photo retouching app that automatically slims the face, lift cheeks and cleans the skin. Subscription from $30/6 Mo.
Face editor is perfect for light photo retouching or full on digital makeup. $7.99/Mo.
Fully automated photo enhancement solution to make all photos perfect. v.3 of the software includes automatic face retouching functions. $35 (old price $30)
7.new Makeup Pho.to
Virtual makeup in a click: remove red eyes, get rid of acne and wrinkles and whiten the teeth. Free
8.new Photo Makeup Editor
Software that will make you look gorgeous in no time. It's all about making photographed people look better. For Windows only. Free
Feature the world's most advanced virtual makeover technology with industry leading facial recognition. Online, Mac, Android.
Image Enlargers & Resizing Software
Desktop software for Mac & Win that enlarges images up to 600% with A.I. upsampling technology. $99.99
2.Inpixio Photo Maximizer
An easy to use photo editor that allows users to produce high resolution photos from any digital picture you have on your device. $59
3.ON1 Resize 2018
Desktop Image Resizer for Big Prints. For Mac&Win. $79.99
4.Blowup (by Alienskin)
Image enlargement app that enables you to easily create sharp enlargements at any size. $99
The program allows enlarging an image to a super-high resolution of up to 300,000 x 300,000 pixels, making a 90 gigapixel poster. $89
Cloud solution for upscaling images 4x times + noise removal. $6.99/Mo.
Desktop software for Windows that enlarge your photo by 1000% without losing quality. $29.99 / 1 Year Subscr.
Free online image enlarge service.
Another free online image enlarge service.
10.A Sharper Scaling
A high-quality image scaling technology mainly developed for upscaling. An implementation for Win is available as freeware.
Small graphical tool (based on Qt) to resize, especially magnify bitmaps in high quality. The app is currently available in English and it was last updated on 2010-04-08. The program can be installed on OS X Linux Vista. Free
Free desktop image enlarger (up to 400%) for Win
13.PhotoZoom Pro 7
Desktop software for Mac&Win. Software not only creates larger images than any other software (up to 1 million by 1 million pixels), it also produces higher quality results. €159.00
14.Stoik Start resizer
Reduce or Enlarge Images up to 1000% Without Losing Quality. $49
The new generation of image upscaling for Businesses, powered by Artificial Intelligence. Cloud solution. Price by the request