Best Free Image Editors

Many business owners find themselves at one time or another where they have to (or want to) take care of certain tasks on their own. One of which is updating their own website, content, graphics, and everything in-between.

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Edit Your Own Website Graphics

Updating images on a website can be a daunting task by those who are not designers, however there are some free image editors out there that can assist you with this.

Before choosing one of these free image editors, consider these questions:

  1. What do you want your end result to be, how do you want to use this software: convert a digital photo to a more Web-friendly image format, or even something as simple as cropping an image for a desktop background.
  2. How easy do you find the software to use? can you edit your images easily or are you frustrated and still feel that you need to call a web professional?
  3. What platform are you using? Windows or Mac.

Here are three of my picks for free image editors, keep in mind this is a small list of what is out there but these are the most popular ones. I singled the these programs out because of the amount free support and forums that are available online.

GIMP – The GNU Image Manipulation Program

Screenshot of GIMP program

URL : GIMP – The GNU Image Manipulation Program.
Description : GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a free application, it is specifically a raster graphics editor used to process digital graphics and photographs. It is usually the direct free replacement for Photoshop. There is a large community that can help you find tutorials, for free.
OS : Windows ALL, Mac OS X, and SkyOS.


Free Image Editor - Picasa

URL : Picasa 3.
Description : A free application from Google, Picasa is basically an application for organizing and editing your digital photos. It offers basic photo editing functions, color enhancement, red eye reduction, cropping, slide shows, printing, optimize for e-mailing and printing (by reducing file size and setting up page layouts). Google. If you have a Google account you can store and share 1GB of photos for free.
OS : All Windows, Linux and MAC OSX.


Free Image Editor - Inkspace

URL : Inkscape.
Description : Inkscape is an open-source vector graphics editor just as powerful as Adobe Illustrator and Corel Draw.
Inkscape does not have all the special features of the leading vector editors, the latest versions provide for a large portion of basic vector graphics editing capabilities. Inkscape can be successfully used to create web graphics, icons, creative art, and logos.
OS : All Windows and MAC OSX.

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Additional Resouces

Free Image Editors for Non-Experts
30 Web-based Photoshop Alternatives